A few interim games, or How to Stop Worrying and Not Detest Time Stretch

Since I’m still waiting for a few last pieces to finish of Nahiri, I didn’t play any new decks this week, and I probably won’t play anything but Tiny Leaders over my holiday break. However, I did play in 4 pretty fun games last night using decks I haven’t played in a while.

Game 1:  Isperia, Supreme Judge Vs.  Daretti, Scrap Savant and Grimgrin, Corpseborn.

I had just updated Isperia  (a UW Aggro Tokens deck) with a few cards from C14 (and removed Propaganda) and was excited to play.  I got to do tricks with Reconnaisance an Inspired guys to make tokens,  and I managed to, for only the 2nd or 3rd time EVER, pull off a Planeswalker Ultimate (Tamiyo).  I had to use an overloaded Cyclonic Rift AND keep a Stonecloaker (that ate an almost-goblin-welded Spine of Ish-Sah) on the board to make it happen.   Then, because the cards were falling my way, I Windbrisk Heights out a Cathar’s Crusade.  I never actually used the Tamiyo Emblem until, whoops, I drew Time Stretch.     Normally I hate Time Stretch, and this is the ONLY deck (of 130+) that I even have it in, and it’s ONLY in it because there’s no “You get another attack step” spells in UW and ONLY because I have no way to tutor for, duplicate, or recur it… except, I now realize, by a Tamiyo Emblem.  Luckily I had the board state to win the game in place and there were people waiting who wanted into the next game.   It felt dirty… but it kinda felt good.

Game 2: Atheros, God of Passage vs.  Daretti, Grimgrin, Gisa, Sisters of Stone death

This one wasn’t as clearly epic for me, but it was pretty fun, and was back and forth.  Grimgrin, had Lazav (who really should be the commander) out and had lots of decisions to make.  I had Atheros and few other enchantments and a Serra’s Sanctum.  At various times I also had a quite large Nighthowler in play.  My one sweet move involved playing Opalesence to make a non-creature Atheros into a 3/3 so I could bestow a +24/+24 Nighthowler on it and kill Gisa outright.   This game went on pretty long, I may or may not have had the ability to win, but it was past 8 and another player had shown up 30 minutes prior, so I voted to concede so we could split into two groups so that the new player got some time in.

Game 3: Kresh the Bloodbraided vs Gisa, Teneb

Gisa rolled over us pretty good.  I cast Kresh twice (up to 9/9 and 12/12) and had a Deathgreeter and Mortician Beetle (and a Trident) onthe board, but Gisa had tons of Zombies and Teneb was Mana screwed.  This gave us time to play a 4th game.

Game 4:  Kaalia of the Random vs Gisa, Rafiq of the Many

Gisa played a first turn Mana Crypt, followed up by Liliana of the Dark Realms (which got to Ultimate) AND Forcefield AND Gauntlet of Power AND Caged Sun (Yes, his swamps tapped for BBBBBB), however he took the Crypt Damage repeatedly (which made me think of this Dusters comic, except he’s not terrible).  Rafiq came out and was quite suited up, and chipped away 2 points at a time against Gisa.  Kaalia came out and dropped a Dragon of some sort,  then a Grinning Demon,  and then an actually pretty good Malfegor (that wiped the other two boards), then a Nefarox. I cast and morphed an Imperial Hellkite to get a dragon that could cast Fireballs (to get through the Forcefield), but by this point Gisa was at 4 (almost entirely of his own doing)… his hand was Phyrexian Arena and Graveborn Muse, and his next draw would have been… Whip of Erebos.  It was 9, and I was able to get enough attackers through to get past a flying suited-up Rafiq.

I had a lot of fun in these games, and got to do things with decks that I hadn’t done before (honestly, the night was a win for me as soon as I got to get Tamiyo’s Emblem… even if I didn’t really use it (and actually opted NOT to use it when my Valor died)),  so thanks to all involved (if you’re out there reading)!

Game #144: Titania, Protector of Argoth

Game #144: Titania, Protector of Argoth
Date: 2014-12-10
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Zurgo Helmsmasher; Daretti, Scrap Savant;Ghoulcaller Gisa; Grimgrin, Corpse-born
Result: Neutral Loss

Titania, Protector of Argoth, Magic, Commander 2014vsZurgo Helmsmasher, Magic, Prerelease CardsGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Daretti, Scrap Savant, Magic, Commander 2014Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Magic, Innistrad

I play Lands on Turn 1-6, casting Titania turn 6 followed by a Crop Rotation for a token and a Ghost Quarter. On Turn 7 I can swing for 20 with Titania and 3 elementals.  In the meantime Daretti has started building a Myr Army, Gisa has a 1000-year elixir, cryptghast and shepherd of Rot, and Grim Grin has killed things with a crypt rats.  Zurgo has smashed a number of people.

Turn 8 I swing elementals at Zurgo and Grimgrin.  Turn 9 I swing at Grimgrin. Turn 10 I swing at Zurgo (though Gisa Duplicanted my Titania) Zurgo has blasted Daretti out of the Game early, so Gisa kills Zurgo out of the Game. GrimGrin has a Roil Elemental, but it dies to Gisa.

I just keep drawing lands and Casting Constant Mists to try to keep Grimgrin and Myself alive, but I’m always one land short of being able to really do anything to re-mount an offense, and we get over-run by Gisa.

About the Deck ( http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/titaniacs/  is  close to what it ended up)

I think this is a pretty straight forward Titiania based deck. It likes to let its own lands be destroyed (Ghost Quarter is a pretty good card). There are a few ways to try to bounce or blink Titania if needed, and ways to get more lands in to play to be destroyed.  However, I think I need to cut the number of lands down from 49-50 down to 44 or 45 and add in some card draw.  I would super like to play this with the Titania Vanguard card… hmm… maybe a Rebecca Guay art proxy foil general…

Game #143: Ghoulcaller Gisa

Game #143: Ghoulcaller Gisa
Date: 2014-12-03
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Ghoulcaller Gisa; Sidisi, Brood Queen
Result: Very Fun Loss

Ghoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014vsGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Magic, Prerelease Cards

Preface: Balthor is no more. Balthor’s player decided it was time for a new mono-black deck, with fewer foils and with a slightly different angle (but still several non-foil but super expensive cards). Thus Gisa is born… just in time to play against my Gisa deck.

It was a Zombie Token Land crazy match. I started with a 3 land hand, but hitting land drops pretty well. Turn 4 Moan of the Unhallowed, Turn 5 Gravepact, Turn 6 Gisa, Turn 7 Filth (into zombies).  Other Gisa has a Gravecrawler, Crypt Ghast and a Metalworker (Because it’s legal now).  Sidisi has an amulet of Vigor and a Zombie Infestation AND Necromancer’s Stockpile.

Other Gisa kills my Gisa with Liliana of the Dark Realms, while Sidisi kept attacking other Gisa in order to offset the life that Sangromancer was gaining him because of Sidisi’s discards.  I’ve got out a Grim Haruspex and a Necropolis Regent and an active, but patiently waiting, Quest for the Gravelord.  Other Gisa Duplicants Sidisi.  My guys have gotten pretty big from the Regent.

Other Gisa has built up a pretty sizeable Zombie Army, Sidisi plays a Masscre Wurm (which is what I was going to do on the very next turn) that clears Gisa’s board, but sends him to 96 life.  I’ve got out a Wall of Blood, but my life total is low enough that it doesn’t do me any good.  Gisa knocks me down to 10 and then a Damnation followed by a Massacre wurm puts me to 2.  I play my own massacre wurm (Wurms for everyone!). Gisa gets crazy with Yawgmoth’s will.

I try to reanimate Sidisi’s Eternal Witness, but it’s countered.  Other Gisa gets knocked down to 6 and we both die to a horde of Sidisi’s Tokens.   All in All this was a very fun game that any of us could have won.

About the Deck: (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/gisa-and-her-graveyard-crew/)

While Other Gisa is more along the lines of Robots and Zombies, my Gisa deck is a Zombie deck with NO zombies in it at all. It started as possibly being Gisa and the Bad Girls (with a human tribal, and female character theme), but slowly became more of a Gisa and her Graveyard Pals deck.  The Bad Girls might become a Kiku tiny leaders deck.   I like this deck, and am looking forward to playing it more, though probably not in mirror matches, just for variety’s sake.

Game #142: Ephara, God of the Polis

Game #142: Ephara, God of the Polis
Date: 2014-11-05
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Kruphix God of Horizons; Brago, King Eternal; Karona (lucifer), Grimgrin, CorpseBorn
Result: mostly Fun Loss

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I start with 3 lands and evolving wilds and play an early Chasm Skulker. Kruphix and it’s prophet are out early, but the prophet is killed, but not before flashing in an Avenger of Zendikar. Karona cast Blasphemous Act, and afterwards Prohpet of Kruphix comes back, only to be stolen by Grimgrin.

Karona plays Aurelia for a big attack, then Brago swings to blink a Luminous Primordial which mostly picks on Karona (after trying to exile the Prohpet, which is Erratic Portaled).  Grimgrin attacks killing of Brago the creature, and the Primordial. Then Kruphix Yevas in a Terastodon.  All the while I have a Darien, King of Kjeldor out and am building a Token army and making small attacks.  Karona plays a Pyrrhic Revival and then casts Mass Mutiny for a big attack. The turns seem to be long in this game.  I cast a Winds of Rath blinking Darien somehow, but I can’t get through with any attacks, and someone else wins. Probably Karona.

About the deck ( http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/celestial-rebel-alliance/)

This is a Rebels deck, kind of, with a bit of Constellation added in just for fun. The idea is to get some rebels out, and maybe make some tokens with Ephara, thus there are some flash creatures too. The Serra’s Sanctum is a sharpie proxy drawn like Bespin, and the Tundra is a sharpie proxy that also says Hoth on it.