Most people correctly answered this scenario. With a scry and being on the draw, your odds of finding a red source are much better than your odds of winning the game on five cards. It’s difficult to ask for more than a first turn discard spell into ten Goblins in most match-ups. You can’t be afraid to keep hands without lands.
Hand 1: (on the draw)
This is a great hand in so many match-ups, but ten Goblins on the draw just doesn’t beat Stoneforge Mystic into Batterskull. It’s understandable to keep if a hand like this was backed by a discard spell.
Don’t be afraid to keep slower hands in the match-up, Stoneblade decks have a very slow clock and don’t have cards such as Counterbalance to lock you out of the game. Sculpt to your game plan and execute, Batterskull can’t even start attacking you until turn 3 — you’ll have plenty of time to win.
Hand 4: (on the play)
If you were willing to keep hand two with fourteen Goblins, there’s no reason you should be concerned casting Ad Nauseam with mana floating.
Hand 5: (on the draw)
These sorts of hands are tough, I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on this, but it just doesn’t do anything. You can send your first few turns shredding their hands, but then you’re left with no resources and your action spells can’t do anything. By the time they can, your opponent’s hand has recovered.
While this hand is very similar to hand five (lots of protection, but missing an item), it’s almost always better to need an action spell rather than mana. Going off requires multiple pieces of accelerants, while you only need one “tutor effect.” You also have your most valuable protection spell in Hope of Ghirapur that is able to negate multiple counterspells.
Hand 7: (on the draw)
In hand 10 from UR Delver I said, “You can’t be afraid to keep hands without lands.” This isn’t one of those times. This hand doesn’t do anything even if you do draw two lands in a row, Empty the Warrens for ten to twelve Goblins on turn three definitely will not beat a Batterskull.
Hand 8: (on the play)
I’m testing you, you cannot keep hands that the data doesn’t support. You need ten Goblins on the play, it’s that simple.
I’ll provide my answer in the next article, but for now, make sure to post your thoughts!
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