Game #11: Tariel, Reckoner of Souls
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs: Savra, Queen of the Golgari (Guild); Doran the Siege Tower;
Result: Neutral WIN
A silly Kamigawa Block deck provided me with my first victory. I had a 4-land hand, and all colors represented (which is hard to do in Kamigawa block). Savra had a bad mana start. Doran built up a strong position with a lot of high-tougness creatures and Doran himself. I made good use of Night Dealings and some pro-black attacks from Hand of Honor. Michiko Konda hung out for a bit, and Tenzo, Godo’s Maul was on the table when I cast Tariel. With Doran in play a Tenzo-ed Tariel was a 2-turn clock, and the severe lack of fliers meant that she flew in pretty easily for General Damage victories. The game only recieves a Neutral rating, because it wasn’t very interactive (and I didn’t get to do too much tapping of Tariel).
About the Deck: (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/tariel-samurai/ )
I needed another RWB deck. I already had Oros (graveyard destruction/grief), and I’m opposed to Kaalia on a fun-damental level, so it fell to Tariel. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with her mechanically, and I had a number of Samurai sitting around. Tariel looks vaguely samurai-esque (though I eventually custom-foiled her to be even more so).
The deck, aside from the general, is all cards from the Kamigawa block. There are exactly seven Legendary Samurai in the deck (from the Kurosawa block), and a few other supporting samurai. It’s also got the requisite splice/arcane package to be extra silly. My Jitte is currently homeless, so it may go in to this deck.