Game #190: Kozilek, the Great Distortion
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
vs. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund; Grenzo; Masako the Humorless;
Result: Unfun Loss
The normal people I played with were in the middle of a game and a table of 3 people I’d never played with was open so I sat down to play.
It took me a while to get a working (and by working I mean more than 1 land) hand. I started with a Ghostfire Blade, followed by a Mage-Ring Network and some Boots. I had a Glimmerpost on turn 3 but missed a turn 4 landdrop. Masako stated with one of my most favorite cards, reconnaisance as well as other boots. Karthus played a baby dragon and Grenzo played Purphoros’ Hammer. I missed a turn 5 land drop, but was bulding up some Mage-ring mana. Karthus hit me for some damage twice.
Masako played a Lieutenant Kirtar and a Sunscorch Dragon and attacked me. Grenzo played a door of Destinies. I tried to cast Endbringer but miscounted and I couldn’t do it without using stored mana, so I cast All is Dust in anger instead. I cast my first creature on Turn 8.
Masako was doing the whole “attack around the table” thing and attacked me (at 11, with 5 mana) instead of Grenzo who had just played a Siege Gang Commander and Obelisk of Urd and had a bunch of counters on Door of Destinies (i.e. was the clear and present threat BUT lacked the ability to block fliers). I’m not against attacking around the table in the early game, but once dominance has been established, it’s not the kind of game I like to play, and “sorry, that’s how I have to do it” isn’t the kind of game I like to be in either, so I died and left the table. Humorless, indeed.
I ended up having to wait about a half an hour for my next game. I played the same deck, but was able to actually do some stuff. I didn’t win, and I did accidentally kill the sliver player with New Ulamog, when really I was just trying to get things into exile for processor purposes. I felt extra bad because I had two options of whom to attack and I flipped a coin on it (It was also my fault for not actually checking life-totals before attacking).
About the Deck: This one basically built itself. I already have an old-school Eldrazi Spawn Deck, and a 5-Colorless one. Using basically the new Kozilek brood eldrazi and a few other colorless cards on hand, I threw it together in about an hour. It was also great because it meant that it was easy to find room for more colored-less devoid eldrazi for the other deck. This is actually a deck I woudld be interested in playing multiple times in a row, though it’s hard to have an early game.
I chose new Kozilek because he’s the least scary of the Titans since he lacks Annihilator or Mill-20, and because at 12/12 he’s a one turn clock. The counterspell ability is an afterthought, but I love trying to maximize the card draw. (Once the deck gets going it’s pretty easy to have only 1-2 cards in hand).