For the uninitiated, some citations: (Thomas Ashton) (Dan Ward) (Dmitriy Butakov)What’s going on here? And why are we taking Bogles into serious tournaments?
On other narrow decks: I was out on Dredge because, although it frequently beat me, I could never win with it myself for whatever reason. I didn’t want to play Storm or Lantern because I didn’t understand how to successfully sideboard, and generally lacked experience overall with the decks. I ruled out Affinity because I felt very disadvantaged against Jeskai and UW, and Burn because of Jeskai in particular; I felt Humans had more tools for overcoming Snapcaster-Helix, and wasn’t going to roll over and die to a single sideboarded hate card.I ended up solidly behind Humans, with Tron as a backup, until teammate Timothy Wu complained to me about only winning about half his matches (if that) with Humans at his local store; his cold feet for the deck were particularly motivated by a loss he took to a Bogles pilot who was no older than Slippery Bogle itself. Tim haphazardly suggested to me that maybe he should be the one playing Bogles, and his comment reminded me that Bogles had succeeded in both Magic Online Regional PTQs: and . I quickly took a copy into a league and promptly 5-0ed (somehow not drawing Triclopean Sight, a card I continue to never have cast in my life). More important than my record, I felt wholly impervious during my matches. Bogles vaulted from off the board to first among my considerations for the Pro Tour, because I had finally found a Modern deck that clicked with me.
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