Interview with the 2/26/2018 MASTER WINNER: DrownInYourLies

Written by iKringe on February 26, 2018

All 3 participants whom had 2 byes made it into our top 8, proving how powerful having that second bye can. With the conclusion of another tournament, and yet another winner of Magic-League's master, I'm very happy to use this platform to announce that we will be hosting 2 Masters a month, with daily trials! You can go to our articles section to learn more about this when it is announced. Shameless promotion aside, lets get to the interview.

This interview was conducted shortly after the victory of DrownInYourLies on infect over Mikolaj on 5C Humans.

iKringe: Congratulations on your victory in the Finals against @Mikolaj! Why don't you tell us about yourself, champ?

DrownInYourLies: My name's Alex, I'm a 20 year old Irish college student, and I'm... not entirely sure what else there is.

iKringe: So, your weapon of choice for this month's Modern Master was UG Infect. What made you choose this strategy?

Main Deck Sideboard
4 noble hierarch
4 glistener elf
4 blighted agent
4 blossoming defense
4 groundswell
4 might of old krosa
4 mutagenic growth
4 vines of vastwood
3 become immense
1 dismember
2 spell pierce
1 apostle's blessing
1 peek
2 breeding pool
2 forest
4 inkmoth nexus
2 pendelhaven
2 windswept heath
2 wooded foothills
2 misty rainforest
3 verdant catacombs
1 distortion strike
2 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Spellskite
1 Dismember
1 Dispel
2 Dissenter's Deliverance
2 Nature's Claim
1 Spell Pierce
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar

DrownInYourLies: I was going to play Ponza, but then you told me to play Infect, so I did that instead.

iKringe: Do you think you would have gotten as far as you did in your match ups with Ponza?

DrownInYourLies: I don't think so. Blood Moon wouldn't have been great against the stuff I played against today. Fast linear combo seemed to be the best way to go, there were a lot of the slower big mana decks hanging around from what I saw. Blood Moon

iKringe: Speaking of your matches, what did you play against this go around? Any tough moments/matches/board states that seem notable to you?

DrownInYourLies: I played against Mardu Pyromancer, GW Emeria, the Sky Ruin, Soulflayer Combo, Titanshift, and 5c Humans. In the top 8 it was Dredge, then Titanshift, then Humans. Top moments was massively punting the second game of my quarters and still winning (better lucky than good), and beating my r5 loss in the finals for a little payback

Damnit, *top moments were*. For the love of god please edit that right. (#payback for being better than me.)

iKringe: You entered top 8 at the 3rd overall seed. That's incredible given the current Modern meta. Do you feel that infect is a well positioned deck? Were there any points in your rounds up until/including the swiss where you "knew you had it"?

Bloodbraid Elf

DrownInYourLies: Honestly, Modern's so wide that I don't know if Infect is well positioned. It's in a bad spot vs the Jace/BBE decks, but a very good one against the stuff that beats them, Tron/Scapeshift and the like. But it's powerful enough that the bad matchups are totally winnable. As for "knowing I had it", I felt pretty good once I beat Mardu, because it's a super tough matchup and if things could break well enough for me to win it, I had a chance vs anything

iKringe: You mentioned the recent unbans, and I'd like to make a note of that. Just how often did you see the powerful planeswalker, and Bloodbraid Elf (a.k.a. value_elf.card)?

DrownInYourLies: I had Bloodbraid cast against me a grand total of once, and Jace never at all. So I guess I dodged the matchups I just talked about being crappy, which I'm super okay with.

iKringe: Let's switch gears: How long have you been apart of Magic-League? Have you played in these Master's events before, and if so, have you won them as well?

DrownInYourLies: God, I don't even know how long I've been apart of Magic-League. A year? I've taken breaks from it at various points, so I don't really know. I played a Masters's event ages ago, and went like, 2-3 drop from what I remember

iKringe: Is there anything you'd change about this tournament? The format, the deck, mistakes in your matches, anything at all?

DrownInYourLies: not punting the aformentioned semis would've been nice. But, hey, I won, so I'm happy enough with how it all went.

iKringe: Is there anything you'd like to add at the end of this before I send you off?

DrownInYourLies: Nothing really, bar that I'm thrilled to see so much activity on magic league. 22 players is amazing, hope we can keep it going

iKringe: Hell yeah. Well, thank you for joining me for the interview! May your delvers always flip, and your bobs cause you 0 damage. Have a wonderful night!

DrownInYourLies: Cheers mate!

iKringe: P.s. I'm not editing that mistake. You know what you did, and you're gonna have to live with it.

DrownInYourLies: You're the worst

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by MikolajDomin on 2018-02-27 12:25 CET

One more time - Congratulations!

Infect is very hard deck to master - sometimes you lose even if you played your best game, sometimes you win from nothing with ease. Therefore it's really tricky to learn what is correct play every time or mulligan decision.

by MikolajDomin on 2018-02-27 12:28 CET

I don't know why editing won't work, so I have to put another post.
Can we have decklists and ranking uptade after Master Tournament?

by Jahallo on 2018-03-14 22:23 CET

This interview is really interesting and insightful. Good job to both of the participants.

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