Game #146: Selvala, Explorer Returned
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Karona (Lucifer); Gisa; Jarad, Golgari Lich-Lord; Lazav, Dimir Mastermind
Result: Neutral Loss
My first draw had no lands, and my second had 1 plains, so I kept it. I ould continue to play Plains for 5 turns, dropping a Loyal Pegasus and a Stormfront Pegasus and an Obelisk of Urd convoked. In this time, Jarad has Boundless Realms-ed for 7 and played a Ring of 3 Wishes. and a Grave Titan which Lazav steals and Gisa Duplicants.
My obelisk gets destroyed, as does a pegasus, but by then I have Selvala out and am able to cast a Collective Blessing. Karona is on the table, but gets passed to Gisa first who swings at Karona and then sacrifices her for more zombies. Jarad plays an Ob Nixilis. Most of us are down pretty low in life, and I (at 14) die to Jarad’s Exsanguinate for 14.
About the Deck (tappedout someday)
This deck started as a pile of Griffins, Centaurs, Pegasuses, Unicorns, etc. Eventually I pulled out the Griffins and decided to do more heavily horse-based theme. Selvala was picked mostly for colors and it was an excuse to play her with Well of Lost Dreams. However, I decided the deck was now “Selvala, Homecoming Queen and her Little Ponies.” It’s just a lot of Centaurs, Unicorns, Pegasuses, and Horses and some creature buffs. It only has 2 non-permanents in the deck so it can play Primal Surge.
The Rest of the Night
We played tiny leaders the rest of the night. I played Feldon mostly which was a pretty fun deck to play, though kind of slow. I did manage to get him to summon Twin Ball Lightning Robot Lovers at one point. One game was a 5 player game, both I and the generally really-really-good Selvala elf tribal deck got booted from quickly, so we played another game while we waited for that one to finish. The last game I switched to my Soraya birds deck. In the course of the game I drew 16 of the 20 lands in my deck, and probably under 6 other spells, there were also two global mana-increasers on the board, so those Plains were all tapping for 3. It was annoying and didn’t get finished.
So far my general thoughts on tiny leaders are 1. It’s more fun 1 on 1 because the games go fast and there are not many global answers and 2. Its MUCH harder to build a good and fun deck. I’m not giving up on it though.