Game #55: Child of “Ravnica” (Maze’s End)
Location: Family Game Store
Result: Fun Win
Vs. Karona, False God; Trostani; Sapling of Colfenor; Braids, Conjuror Adept
This was a crazy game. The guy who usually plays Balthor took the helm of our other friend’s Karona deck (random cool foils theme) so he could play Sapling.
I started with no Gates in hand, but 3 shock-lands and a coiling oracle. I also play an early Sacred Ground and a few Cluestones. Braids’ Fatespinner slows down the early game. Karona hits the table early on and starts making the rounds.
I get a Rings of Brighthearth and a Vesuva and a Maze’s End. Trostani has a Voice of Resurgence and some other things and Braids is ramping with Dreamscape Artist. Karona gets hits in on Trostani and Braids, and then hits her owner twice. Karona’s owner does quite a bit of ramping.
There was a lot of crazy politics-ing happening about how and where to send Karona, who has put everyone but me into General Damage range. Thanks to the Rings and occasional double-Maze-ing with Vesuva, however, I am able to hang on to win by Completing the Dragon’s Maze.
The write-up here (being written several months after the fact) doesn’t quite do justice to the crazy and fun stuff that was happening in this game.
Karona’s Damage output was: Me: 8, Herself:16, Trostani: 16, Braids: 24, Sapling: 13. I played the following Maze Runners: Melek, Varolz, Tajic and Ruric Thar.
About the Deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/the-maze-run/ is a preliminary list)
The goal is to win via Maze’s End. Even though they aren’t all great for the deck, all 10 Maze Runner legends are in the deck, as well as all 10 shock lands (despite what the list above says). It’s not strictly Ravnica Block in construction, since there’s a great need for non-basic land searching that Ravnica block cards can’t provide. I’m definitely going to slot in the Tempting Offer land searcher, not that I expect anyone will ever let me draw off of it.
I don’t have the image easily on hand, but the full-art foil proxy I made for this one actually says “Child of Ravnica” on it instead of Alara. The general doesn’t often get cast, but since the deck mostly depends on Lands to win, it’s not a bad choice.