3 Quick News Updates.
1. I’m up to game 177, but due to news item 3, I haven’t had much time to update. I’ll try to get a few more written up soon. Highlights: Elves, Pauper (Gilder Bairn! Wooly Thoctar!), Korra the False God, Rakka Mar, Medomai, Teneb!
2. My very first EDH deck — Kangee, Aerie Keeper — got some airtime on the Magic Homepage on a “Command Tower” article. http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/command-tower/commander-origins-2015-06-18 After playing it tonight, I realized that I added a few other new cards to it.
3. Tonight (6-24) was my last night playing at The Family Game store with a super awesome playgroup (short version: destroyed by Squirrels!), as I am moving to Portland over the course of the next month. It’s been great playing there.
If anyone knows of a great Commander / EDH group in Portland, Oregon, I’ll be looking for one (must be chill, not-hypercompetitive, and okay with me using occasional place-holder proxies.
Game #169: Oloro, Ageless Ascetic
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Keranos, God of Storms; Karona (Lucifer); Captain Sisay; Lyzolda, Blood Witch
Result: Fun Loss
I had a good land starting hand and played an early Crawlspace, Nihil Spellbomb and Maze of Ith. Lucifer ramped a lot and played Jenara, Asura of War and a Greater Good. Lyzolda smacked something with a Flame Tongue Kavu and played some discard rats. Sisay played a Karametra, Twilight Drover, and Nullmage advocate, which was scary to me as I had built up a Cloud Cover, Propaganda, and Dreamstone Hedron that I wanted to keep around. Keranos played an Akroma’s Memorial, and Karona played an actual Akroma, as well as a True Conviction and Light Within.
I made my move to try to win the game, casting Lim-Dul’s Vault and digging 35 cards down to find the second half of the Sanguine Bond/Exquisite Blood combo to try to deal with Keranos and especially Karona (who had a ton of life), but Karona flashed in a Pernicious Deed to blow up one of my enchantments in response to the casting of the other one. Sisay was hanging around at a miniscule amount of life, and Lyzolda played a Void for 8 to get rid of Akroma. I tried for a Storm Herd, but my tokens could do nothing against Karona who had played an Avacyn and Empyrial Archangel.
About the Deck: I know Oloro kind of gets a bad rap, but I did like the idea of playing a “creatureless” Oloro deck, where the goal is not to ever even cast the General (I know this isn’t original). I took the stock pre-constructed deck, pulled out all of the creatures and replaced them with other life-gain/life payment spells. It plays Test of Endurance, Exquisite/Bond, and Storm Herd as potential win conditions. There are almost no counter-spells and not too many board-wipes.