Game #121: Tymaret, the Murder King

Game #121: Tymaret, the Murder King
Date: 2014-03-19
Location: My apartment
vs.: Balthor; Karona
result. Interesting loss

Tymaret, the Murder King, Magic, TherosvsBalthor the Defiled Karona, False God, Magic, Scourge

I went to the usual locale for Wednesday nights, but from the sounds of what was going on, I had the suspicion that the store would be closing early. Karona arrived and we started a game, but as Balthor arrived, the owner came up and said he had to kick us out and close early (which was fine by me, since Seton had just gotten tucked). We considered going in to a restaurant to play, but I offered up my place since it wasn’t too far away and was on the way home for at least one of the others. I had to do a bit of scrambling to get the library/game/computer room table cleared off, but eventually we were ready to play.

I had a two land hand, Balthor led with an Urborg and a Bazaar of Baghdad, Karona mostly played lands. I kept drawing mountains (thanks Urborg!) and managed a Lord of the Undead, that helped balthor more than me. I stalled at 4 lands, but was able to cast Anathemancer to hit Balthor for 5 (all of his lands were NB), but had no sac outlet to get my guys to the yard when Balthor popped for huge amounts of Zombies. Balthor swung at a defenseless Karona (forgetting to hit Tezzeret) for big damage. I had nothing but a Murderous Redcap harbinger-ed to the top of the library. Missing Tezzeret proved huge though, when Karona hard cast a Decree of Annihilation and wiped everything but Tezzeret (who fetched up artifact lands). I drew non lands for 5 straight draws, and then didn’t hit my second drop until “new” turn 8. By that time Karona had an army of planeswalkers including an Ultimate-d Vraska (just added today from the Jace v. Vraska set, so I was happy he got to win with it). I managed to make 3 zombies with Zombie Infestation, but Karona was able to tap 2 of them and send enough lethal assassins to kill us both.

About the Deck (Tapped Out someday)
I had a foil Tymaret and felt like building a Zombie deck (I forgot about my Lord of Tresserhorn deck). Adding Red meant that I could get more value out of any potential Balthor activations, and also let me dip into Goblins a bit for things like Squee and Dralnu’s Crusade and Murderous Redcap. I also inherited a lot of foil good Zombies from Balthor (since he found a connection to get German foils), so they needed a home. There aren’t too many tricks in this one, other than it likes to make Zombie tokens. Tymaret, isn’t integral to the deck, but he and Squee are useful as cards to be discarded.

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