Game #66: Wort, Boggart Auntie

Game #66: Wort, Boggart Auntie
Date: 2013-09-25
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Selenia, Dark Angel; Balthor

Wort, Boggart AuntievsSelenia, Dark AngelBalthor the Defiled

My fist draw is 7 lands. My Mulligan has one. I play it anyway, and soon a Shrine of Burning Rage

Balthor has an Ancient Tomb, Mana Crypt, Altar of something, Maze of Ith, but NO SWAMPS. Selenia had a Vizkopa Guildmage and a Tithe Drinker.

I manage to get Krenko for a little bit while Balthor is slowly dying to his own Mana Crypt, but then Selenia gets an Exquisite Blood and the Vizkopa Guildmage makes us die.

About the Deck (  OR

This deck has interchangeable Commanders in Wort, Boggart Auntie and Bladewing the Risen.  It’s both Dragon and Goblin Tribal. Usually when I play Wort, I draw lots of dragons and the opposite is true for Bladwing.   Lots of cheap goblins can make for a pretty big Dragonstorm, though.  I tend to have trouble drawing lands in this deck.

Game #65: Brion Stoutarm

Game #65: Brion Stoutarm
Date: 2013-09-25
Location: Family Game Store
vs.: Balthor; Sapling of Colfenor; Ruhan of the Fomori; Karona, the False God;

Brion StoutarmvsBalthor the DefiledSapling of ColfenorRuhan of the FomoriKarona, False God

I started with 3 lands, personal sanctuary , Squee and a Sunforger, which seemed decent.

There was a mana doubler at some point. Ruhan played a Grand Melee and later a Powerstone Minefield for extra fun.  Karona played a scrambleverse, and I ended up with 3 zombies and a Terastodon, but then a Living Death is played.

Karona has a, quite relevant, Ice Caves. I manage to level up a Figure of Destiny, but it dies to removal. Balthor has a huge Soulless One, while Sapling of Colfenor, via Vigor, has gotten quite large.

At one point I have Brion, Sunrise Sovereign and a Nim Deathmantle, but I don’t think I won this game. I don’t actually remember who won it, but it was a decent game.

About the Deck (TappedOut soon)

It’s pretty much about Brion flinging things, with a bit of Giant tribal.  Most often, it’s Squee that gets tossed, which is sort of silly and inefficient.  There’s some damage prevention and some damage doublers (as well as Avacyn and Gisela), and I like Pyrohemia.

Game #64: Vela, the Nightclad

Game #64: Vela, the Nightclad
Date: 2013-09-25
Location: Family Game Store
Vs.: Jaya Ballard; Ruric Thar, the Unbowed; Balthor

Vela the Night-Clad VSJaya Ballard, Task MageRuric Thar, the UnbowedBalthor the Defiled

I start with 3 lands and an Augury Owl. Balthor has an early Fleshbag Marauder.

I start building up some decent stuff like Cloud of Faeries, Puppet Conjurer, a Dopplganger, Sengir Autocrat, Ashnod’s Altar and Thopter Squadron, but I have a really hard time keeping Vela on the table because Jaya Ballard can just kill her for R.  Ruric sends some General Damage my way, Balthor plays a Gray Merchant, but Jay Infernos everything and then we all die to the Red Women (the theme of the Jaya deck).

About the Deck (

The decklist in the link is an early version of the deck, and may not reflect its current state.  The goal of the deck is to have creatures leave the battlefield  (my favorite way being looping Su Chi with Ashnod’s Altar and Nim Deathmantle for the added bonus of infinite colorless mana), OR to have a lot of cool artifact creatures with Intimidate.



Game #63: Ashling the Pilgrim

Game #63: Ashling the Pilgrim
Date: 2013-09-25
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Balthor

Ashling the Pilgrim.1VSBalthor the Defiled

This game took place while we were waiting for more people to arrive.  I played Tibalt on turn 2 (which received great praise for awesomeness), Ashling on turn 3 and an early Stigma Lasher (that got at least one hit in, preventing Balthor from gaining life shenanigans).  Balthor had a grave crawler and a bunch of other zombies.  Tibalt died after being activated 3 times.

Ashling blew up for 6 damage, which wiped the board, but Balthor followed up with a Grave Titan. I was mounting a comeback when Geth showed up. Balthor had enough mana to activate Geth multiple times per turn (grabbing a Stigma Lasher the first time).

More players had arrived, so I cast a kicked Molten Disaster for enough to kill me and end the game in a fiery apocalypse.

About the Deck (

The rule for this deck is that every card has a CMC of 2 (or a split-card half that costs 2, and including X spells). It’s pretty fast, and a lot of fun to play.

Fittingly, the deck has two versions.  One version has a slight artifact theme, while the other version plays Land Destruction (which I normally never ever do, but I figure the restriction of only-2-CMC is enough to off-set it). The Sideboard on Tapped Out are the LD cards that get swapped in if it has to be that way, and the Maybeboard are the cards that swap out.

I recently decided to foil this one out, but not to the extent that I’ll cut un-foilable cards for ones that could be foiled. I’m only missing 3 cards, plus some lands.

Game #62: Gwendlyn di Corci

Game #62: Gwendlyn di Corci
Date: 2013-09-11
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Balthor

Gwendlyn di Corci.1 VSBalthor the Defiled

Since no one else had shown up, we decided to play one last game.  A discard deck isn’t a great match-up for a crazy recursion deck, but I’d been carrying it around for awhile and decided to get it over with.

I started with 2 lands and a Rakdos Signet. Balthor had an early Geralf’s messenger. I had no 3rd land drop, and an Evolving Wilds on turn 4. I played a Blizzard Specter and a Liliana’s spectre, which I used to chump block Geth.
I had a Polluted bonds, but Geth just kept stealing my stuff. I got back my Blazing Spectre, but Geth grabbed Alexi, Zephyr Mage, Greel the Mindraker, milled me into an Illusionist’s Bracers (which he took), and a bunch of other things. I don’t remember if I died to damage or to being Milled out.

Not the best game to finish on, but still not a bad game. Also, I hate Geth

About the Deck ( TappedOut Coming Soon)

This was a deck that was built at the same time as Sol’Kanar, and around the same time that I pulled the discard elements out of Oona.  Straight up discard isn’t great in EDH (and it’s not always that much fun to play with or against), but I really liked the Proxy I made for my Italian Gwendlyn from a favorite Dragon Magazine cover image.

Lots of spells and creatures that make discard happen (but in a different way from my Teysa Spirits/Discard deck).  There’s also a slight bounce theme to it.

Game #61: Ruhan of the Fomori

Game #61: Ruhan of the Fomori
Date: 2013-09-11
Location: Family Game Store
Vs.: Balthor
Result: Fun Loss

Ruhan of the FomorivsBalthor the Defiled

I start with a 2 land hand and a Krark’s Thumb and an early Goblin Festival. I play Ruhan on turn 5. Balthor has Entombed a Graveborn Muse. I get in 7 general damage, plus 3 from Lightning Angel. Balthor Black Sun’s Zeniths for 3, nerfing my angel and weaking my crazy general, (who still swings in for 4 General Damage twice more). I use Umbilicus to get back a healthy Lightning Angel, but Balthor does tricks with other zombies to knock everyone down -5/-5, then, also, everything gets sacrificed.

I use a Flame Tongue Kavu on Liliana’s Reaver, but by this point Balthor has a loaded yard (10+ guys) Crypt of Agadeem + Deserted Temple and vomits a whole bunch of Zombie on the table with their favorite tombstone — Akroma’s Memorial — to crush my face for 44. The end.

Total Coins Flipped =1 + 1 from the Thumb.

About the Deck (

This is my coin-flip deck. I love flipping coins in Magic (and rolling dice, too. This one might get an Un-version). It’s not a Chaos deck though (because those aren’t fun… okay, Tide of War is in).  It can win by Ruhan smashings, and there are plenty of things to Voltron him up, as well as Tap him for value, or Deadeye Navigate, him if I don’t like where he thinks he’s going.  The real goal, however, is to win by Chance Encounter, so there are some enchantment fetchers. It packs a bit of defensive magic to protect the homefront when Ruhan decides to invade, and it also plays Delaying Shield + Umblicus/Blood Clock, which is my favorite way to protect myself.  I’ve not yet won by coinflip, but I’m going to keep trying!

Game #60: Skyfire Kirin

Game #60: Skyfire Kirin
Date: 2013-09-11
Location: Family Game Store
Vs.: Balthor
Result: Unsatisfying Loss

Skyfire KirinvsBalthor the Defiled


I showed up a bit late, but only one other person was there (Balthor), so we decided to play a few games while we waited (and it turned out to be just us).

I draw a bunch of lands and play Skyfire on turn 4. It gets Skin Render-ed. I play Skyfire again. A Memory Jar kind of wrecks my hand (don’t remember what I lost, but it was all good stuff). I jump through a bunch of hoops and cast a number of spells to temporarily borrow  Lord of the Undead and Gravecrawler.  Then I die miserably.

Not a great Maiden Voyage for the Skyfire

About the Deck (  partial list)

For reasons I don’t understand, I decided I needed to have an Ultra-Mono (no artifacts or non-Color Identity* cards) Red deck that was also Spirit Tribal (it was almost also Kamigawa Block Constructed….).  Also Skyfire Kirin looks rad in Foil, and red has some fun Arcane/Splice cards.  Sadly, Skyfire doesn’t give haste, and there aren’t that many great Red sac-outlets. It might need Goblin Bombardment.