Game #45 : Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis
Location: Sir Benedicts by the Lake (pub), Duluth, MN
vs: Kumano, Master Yamabushi; Riku of Two Reflections
Game three at Sir Ben’s. I had just finished this deck that morning, and was excited to play it. I had to mulligan to start, and then had 2 Swamps and a Cabal Coffers. I play a Shadowborn Apostle to start the game, followed by a Dark Supplicant, and then another Apostle, and they all get sacrificed to summon Scion of Darkness.
The Scion runs over Doran to smack Garruk, the Relentless.
Riku uses a Fierce Empath to get a Roil Elemental, and then plays a Sunken Hope. I still only have 4 land: two swamps, bojuka bog and Coffers, that only tap for 3 mana.
Garruk summons up a Grave Titan. I attack Riku with the Scion of Darkness and resurrect his Consecrated Sphinx (which ends up drawing me about 4 cards before it dies to a board wipe).
Lorax, the Siege Tower swings for lethal damage against Riku, but Riku is able to bolt an attacking creature to stay alive, and then drops an Avenger of Zendikar. Lorax plays a doubling season and then fetches out his own Avenger of Zendikar and makes lots of huge tokens with Oran-Rief.
By this point I have a Door of Destinies, set to “cleric” out, and the Sunken Hope is letting me re-cast a Shadowborn Apostle every turn, so my guys are getting pretty big. Riku casts Disaster Radius for 9, which kills much of the board that is not mine, but Lorax has an Unburial Rites to bring back his Avenger (for lots of tokens again). Riku Genesis Waves into mostly lands and then Lorax casts All Suns Dawn.
Riku fainally dies, and I die soon after to a giant swarm of plant tokens, even though I’m able to declare blockers AND sacrifice enough of my guys to Disciple of Griselbrand to gain 103 life.
It was a good game because lots of big stuff happened. I would have liked some more land to start, but turn 3 Scion of Darkness isn’t bad. I maxed out at having 5 Apostles on the table at any given time, though I played 7 of them. Door of Destinies had 12 counters on it.
About the Deck( partial list at Tapped Out: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/demons-and-deacons/)
This is the obligatory Shadowborn Apostle deck. It is a mix of Tribal Clerics and Demons. There are 13 Demons in the deck for thematic purposes (not including It That Betrays, Scion of Darkness and Elbrus, the Binding Blade, which are not actually demons, but are big evil monsters). There are 18-20 Apostles in the deck, depending on my mood, and I also really like Vile Deacon. Evil clerics aren’t judgmental, so there may also be a few wizards in the deck. I don’t remember if I let Rotlung Reanimator in the deck or not; I’m not sure if they allow independent zombies in this evil church