Rieder’s Madrid Masters Report

On February 15, 2014 by Claudio Kirchmair

Tournament Report Madrid MastersPhoto Credit: Ricarda Reicher

Hello and welcome to my review of the Tournament Madrid Masters.” It was held at the weekend of January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. There were many prizes, but the main one was paid vacation for two to the Caribbean!

First of all, I want to talk about how we tested for the Event: I was only testing Constellar and Madolche prior to the Event as I liked them a lot. They had nifty combos and pretty hard OTKs, but if they got their first summon negated, they were practically dead. Moreover, Claudio and I dedicated too much time to Hearthstone and DOTA 2 and were thus unprepared. Rodrigo was really well prepared as he played a lot with his final choice, Unfairnity (Infernity).


We opted to fly from Austria on Friday morning and return on Monday evening. We checked-in at the airport in Graz at 9AM, but it was quick as security is super fast at our airport. We waited until 10AM to board our flight, and then a half hour later, our flight got delayed due to freezing rain. Our new schedule was that we would be boarding the plane at 11:30AM, but we were not confident because other flight were cancelled too.

Approximately one hour later, we got to board, and after boarding was complete, they said that they hope that the freezing rain stops will stop for 10-15 minutes to allow for a takeoff. As I expected, that did not happen! We went back to the arrival hall to get our tickets changed and had to queue up for 2 more hours. We got our tickets for 4:25PM and fortunately, Lutfhansa sponsored our lunch. It turned out to be only the menu they offer which was quite tasty (for god’s sake).

Of course, at our new takeoff time, they announced again that our flight was delayed by a hour. I thought we would never get out of Graz. Luckily, at 5:25PM, we were in the air and the rest of the trip was rather uneventful.

We arrived at in Madrid at 10:45PM. There, Rodrigo picked us up and we spent the rest of the night to build our decks. I decided to play Mermail because Claudio wanted to play Hieratic and we had almost everything for it except a second Mermail Abysstrite. We tested for a bit, then went to sleep.


The next day the tournament was scheduled to start at 11AM with 7 Rounds of Swiss followed by Top 16, but started at 12PM with only 90 attendees.

Round One: Spanish Guy w/ INFERNITY (2-1)

Game 1: I lost the diceroll, he started with the combo and ended with 4 set and a huge board. As I had nothing to overcome this, I scooped up my cards so he would not know what I was playing.

  • Sided In: 3 Maxx “C”, 2 Tragoedia, 2 Dust Tornado, Skill Drain, Dark Hole, Mystical Space Typhoon.
  • Sided Out: Mermail Abyssmegalo, Mermail Abyssgunde, Mermail Abysspike, Deep Sea Diva, Atlantean Marksman, Mermail Abyssteus, Mirror Force, Trap Stun, Abyss-squall and Breakthrough Skill.

Game 2: I had a rather strong hand which made Abyss Dweller and Mermail Abyssteus, with 2 Spell/Traps and Maxx “C” in hand, so I won easily.

  • No Siding.

Game 3: My Opponent tried to combo Turn 1 but I had Maxx “C”, which gave me 2 fresh cards to his Lavalval Chain on field. I destroyed it with a Pike-Infantry play and had the Solemn Warning for his Infernity Archfiend on the top – it was pretty much over.

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