#Badwill presents: A Counters Company Tournament Report/Sideboard Guide

Hi everyone it’s #BadWill here again with more Counters Company! As most of you know a few weekends ago Joby and I went to Mox Boarding House in Beautiful Bellevue, Washington for the RPTQ. I had a lot of fun! I’m bummed I didn’t Top 4 to get the invite to Pro Tour, but I made some weird changes to the deck a few days before so I didn’t get much practice with them. I’m gonna keep this short and straight to the point. This will serve as a kind of tournament report/sideboard guide, and I hope you can glean some insight! Feel free to hit me up in the comments with any questions.

Here’s the decklist I played:

Creatures Other Spells Lands Sideboard
1 Walking Ballista
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Noble Hierarch
1 Viscera Seer
4 Devoted Druid
2 Duskwatch Recruiter
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Remorseful Cleric
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Selfless Spirit
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Vizier of Remedies
2 Eternal Witness
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Knight of Autumn
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Rhonas the Indomitable
4 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
2 Forest
1 Gavony Township
2 Horizon Canopy
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Plains
2 Razorverge Thicket
1 Stomping Ground
1 Swamp
2 Temple Garden
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Remorseful Cleric
1 Spellskite
1 Aven Mindcensor
2 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Knight of Autumn
1 Orzhov Pontiff
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Stony Silence

ROUND 1 VS Blue Moon


Game 1 my hand was okay – I could combo turn 4. He played Thing in the Ice and 4 spells and killed me. I boarded like this:

-1 Magus of the Moon
-1 Knight of Autumn
-1 Qasali Pridemage

+1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
+2 Abrupt Decay

Game 2 he killed every creature I played and countered every spell and flipped two Thing in the Ice and I died.

I lost 0-2.

ROUND 2 VS Bogles


Game 1 he was on the play. He played a tap land, I played a tap land, he played the Kor Spirit Dancer, I played a Devoted Druid, he pathed it and played an Umbra and Rancor and attacked for 7. On the next turn I played Knight of Autumn to kill Rancor, but on the next turn he played four 1 drop enchantments and killed me.

Game 2
-1 Scavenging Ooze
-1 Selfless Spirit
-1 Remorseful Cleric
-1 Spirit of the Labyrinth

+2 Abrupt Decay
+1 Spellskite
+1 Knight of Autumn

I played Spellskite turn 2, he played Suppression Field on turn 2… I had 2 fetch lands in hand so I knew I was too far behind. But then he pathed my Spellskite on his turn 3 so I fetched and paid the two mana and he cast Gaddock Teeg, so on the stack I played Collected Company. I hit devoted Druid and Knight of Autumn killing the suppression field. He passed and I drew Walking Ballista and had Vizier of Remedies in hand so I won game 2.

Game 3 I kept 6 scry to the bottom.

Turn one fetch for a basic play Birds of Paradise. I drew a second fetch got a second forest and cast Magus of the Moon. My opponent had tapped both his nonbasics for kor spirit dancer and I played 2 other creatures and my opponent didn’t play another spell.

I won 2-1.

ROUND 3 VS Infect

Game 1

I was on the play with the combo in my opening hand. I won on turn 3.

-1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
-1 Selfless Spirit
-1 Knight of Autumn
-1 Scavenging Ooze
-1 Remorseful Cleric

+2 Abrupt Decay
+2 Assassin’s Trophy
+1 Spellskite

Game 2 he killed me turn 3. Tun one Glistener Elf, turn two Noble Hierarch. I played Devoted Druid. I didn’t block, he played 4 cards from his hand to pump his guy, and I died.

Game 3

I had combo in my hand and I played it on curve and killed him turn 3.

I won 2-1.

ROUND 4 VS KCI

Game one I misplayed buy not chording for 2 to get the Cleric and exile his yard when he was trying to combo. And he killed me on turn 3.

-1 Magus of the Moon
-1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
-1 Collected Company
-1 Eternal Witness

+2 Stony Silence
+1 Kataki, Wars Wage
+1 Remorseful Cleric

Game 2 I combo’d turn 3.

Game 3 I got 100 billion life and played Stony Silence and scry’d Cleric on top, then I started attacking. He then end step Nature’s Claimed the Stony Silence and tried to go off. Luckily, he didn’t. I won 2-1

ROUND 5 VS UW Control

Game 1 he put all my creatures on the bottom and played Jace and next turn Teferi and I had 2 creatures. He then path, snap, pathed them away and I scooped.

-1 Magus
-1 Knight of Autumn
-1 Birds of Paradise
-1 Kitchen Finks
-1 Viscera Seer

+2 Assassin’s Trophy
+1 Abrupt Decay
+1 Aven Mindcensor
+1 Spellskite

Game 2 I combo’d late game when he tapped out for a Lyra. I only had Devoted Druid on the battlefield and Chord of Calling in hand and drew the Vizier of Remedies.

Game 3 he had 3 cards in hand and zero’d Jace to “brainstorm.” I responded and Chord of Callinged for 2, got Spirit of the Labyrinth. So he had to put two cards on top. I had a few creatures that he couldn’t answer so I killed him in turns with damage.

I won 2-1

ROUND 6 VS UW Control

Game 1 he countered everything I played and cast two Terminus. I died to Vendilion Clique and Celestial Colonnade.

-1 Knight of Autumn
-1 Birds of Paradise
-1 Kitchen Finks
-1 Viscera Seer

+2 Assassin’s Trophy
+1 Aven Mindcensor
+1 Spellskite

Game 2 nothing changed he did the same thing. I lost 0-2

ROUND 7 VS Living End

Game 1 he cycled 5 creatures and cascaded into Living End. At end step I cast Collected Company and hit devoted Druid and Scavenging Ooze. I untapped played Vizier and Rhonas and killed him during combat.

-1 Knight of Autumn
-1 Qasali Pridemage

+2 Eidolon of Rhetoric

Game 2 I had Viscera Seer when he Cascaded into Living End. So I sacked my board to scry in response to Living End. He got 3 4/4 creatures and then cast Anger of the Gods so I sacked again. I lost to damage.

Game 3 I had the combo and he kept killing my creatures and after he cast Living End I Collected Companyed and hit Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies, he passed I played Chord for 2 he said okay so I grabbed Duskwatch Recruiter and went to activate the ability to look at the top 3 and get a creature. He tried to kill it so I responded and did it again until I got Walking Ballista. I won with Walking Ballista damage.

I won 2-1

I’m not sure what my sideboard will look like in the future, but you know I’ll be playtesting like mad to figure it out! Thanks for all the support guys, I appreciate you all! Let me know if you have any awesome board ideas, I’m always down to try out new tech.

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