Game #13: Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs: Balthor, the Defiled; Nicol Bolas
Result: Fun Loss
A two land hand with a Coral Helm Commander was how I started, and it took a while before I had mana to do anything else. I turned Balthor’s Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth into an island, but sent attacks towards Bolas (getting a Sol Ring). Thada died and was re-cast twice. Bolas got knocked out of the game, and while my Seasinger was doing its darnedest to prevent Balthor from getting crazy, I was unable to keep up. A last ditch attempt to get enough merfolk on the table to make use of Balthor’s Coat of Arms came up short, though it almost looked as if I could pull it off. It was a fun game.
About the Deck (tappedout.net coming soon)
This deck was my first mono-blue deck. It started out as an Empress Galina deck with a “Counter and Steal” theme that was partial Merfolk Tribal. Now it can play with either Empress or Thada as the boss. Thada is quicker, and less likely to get killed right away, so I only play Empress if the other Thada player is around. It still has a counter and steal theme, but I’ve added a few more merfolk in to it. It’s not one I reach for often, but I’ve had some really fun games with it in the past.