Game #163: Anafenza the Foremost
Location: The Family Game Store
vs. Karador, Ghost Chieftain; Gisa
Result: Fun Loss
I had perfect starting lands, and led off with a Llanowar Reborn. Next turn was Warden of the First Tree (with a counter) and an Orzhov Basilica (refreshing the Reborn), which Leveled-up the Warden. Then I played a forest and Anafenza (with a reborn counter). Karador played a bunch of mana dorks, and Gisa had a ton of Artifact Mana and a Necropotence.
Then I proceeded to get out the Holy Trinity (Tuskgaurd Captain, Ainok Bond-Kin, Mer-Ek Nightblade) to make my guys super-ultra deadly, and started to Outlast what I could.
However, Gisa duplicanted away the Warden, and Karador had built up a pretty sizeable army including a Silverblade Paladin souldbonded to a Silverglade Elemental for style. Gisa was below 20 life, all but two of which was due to Necropotence. Gisa made a bunch of Zombies and slammed me for 26, and a Phyrexian Plaguelord killed Anafenza so that Karador could safely put a Massacre Wurm in his ‘yard and Karador it back, which hurt my board and killed Ghost Anafenza before I could bolster anything. He swung at Gisa. Gisa responded with a Toxic Deluge and had a Huge Gaurdian Beast (due to Strata Scythe)
I had a Raid triggered Hordemate get back the Bond-Kin, recast Anafenza and also a Fleecemane Lion, but I was at 6 and I got crushed by a Double Striking Karador
About the Deck (tapped-out someday)
A mix of Warrior and Spirit Token tribal with a bit of a +1/+1 counter theme. (that plays differently from other counters/tokens decks I have). Anafenza is just a good cheap beater, and graveyard shenanigan nerfing is gravy. I considered trying to make it a Tarkir-only deck, but there were just enough other cool things I wanted to add to make it not worth it. I think this deck actually started as a fork off of a Teneb deck that I haven’t quite finished yet.