Game #169: Oloro, Ageless Ascetic

Game #169: Oloro, Ageless Ascetic
Date: 2015-05-13
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Keranos, God of Storms; Karona (Lucifer); Captain Sisay; Lyzolda, Blood Witch
Result: Fun Loss

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, Magic, Commander 2013vsKeranos, God of Storms, Magic, Journey Into NyxLyzolda, the Blood Witch, Magic, DissensionCaptain Sisay, Magic, Invasion10744945_10153296444478747_1509206168_n

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.

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Game #168: Treva, the Renewer

Game #168: Treva, the Renewer
Date: 2015-05-06
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs. Grimgrin, Corpse Born; Horde of Notions
Result: Mostly fun Loss

Treva the RenewervsGrimgrin, Corpse-Born, Magic, InnistradHorde of Notions, Magic, Lorwyn

I had a 3 land hand, with no white mana. Eventually I was able to Wargate for 1 getting a Birds of Paradise (maybe a land would’ve been better…), which I then Doppleganged. I followed it up with an Emeria Angel, which then got Doppelganged, and then followed that up with a Windreader Sphinx (doppelganged).

Horde of Notions was Ramping like CRAZY, Fertilid tricks, Silverglade Elemental, etc, and Grimgrin was just drawing cards off of Rhystic Study, and causing problems with a Withered Wretch.  I played a Gravitational Shift and Derevi.

Horde cast Maelstrom Wanderer into Boundless Realms (for 9) and then Mirrorweaved Silverglade elemental for an attack. Then he cast a Tornado Elemental (!) but it was countered, but horde brought it back for free. This was bad for me.    Luckily I was holding an Angel of the Dire Hour (a card that almost got cut) and was able to lure an attack in and exile the Wanderer and the Tornado bro (Or maybe they came back again… I can’t remember now).   He still had tons of mana.  Grimgrin got eliminated from the game.

A Legacy Weapon was cast (that he could activate at least 4 times a turn) and I used Diluvian Primordial to get an artifact destruction spell.  I forgot the clause about it shuffling back in, and I missed the turn where he tutored and re-cast it, so that when I tried to rite of replication my Primordial, he exiled it (seemingly) out of nowhere.  I had really good stuff, and he was at really low life (like 7), but there was just no way I could keep up with 4-5 things being exiled per turn.

After this game I pulled out Iname, Death Aspect, and it was one of the most lopsided mana games in history.. sisters of stone death had more than 20 lands and Grimgrin had like 4. My deck was too slow to do anything, though I did get Mortal Combat in play, but died before it mattered.

About the Deck (tappedout someday)

This is Treva’s Flyers.  It plays a bunch of DTK Dragons, plus lots of other flyers and flying matters cards.  It also plays clones so that I can have two of the Enduring Scalelord in play at the same time.  There are a few life-gain tricks with Treva, but mostly I just want to find Radiant, Archangel and have her be huge.

Game #164: Intet the Dreamer #2

Game #164: Intet the Dreamer #2
Date: 2015-04-08
Location: The Family Game Store
vs. Yeva, Natures Herald; Karador, Ghost Chieftain; Ghoulcaller Gisa
Result: Fun*/Neutral Loss

Intet, the Dreamer, Magic, Planar ChaosvsYeva, Nature's Herald, Magic, Magic 2013 (M13)Karador, Ghost Chieftain, Magic, CommanderGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014

A new player showed up just after the previous game began and had waited patiently to join our next game (he was from out of town, and here on work business and wanted to get a game in). He was playing Yeva, which always gives me pause (mostly because Gisa’s player used to have a crazy Yeva deck).

I had a two land hand, but I could play Kavu Predator on turn two so I was happy. I followed it up with a Temur Ascendancy. Yeva cast Time of Need for an Omnath, Locus of Mana, and later killed off Gisa’s Thran Dynamo with a Reclamation Sage. Gisa also had a Caged Sun, and Karametra was working with Nylea, Corpse Harvester and a Creakwood Liege.

I happened to have Dragon Broodkeeper and a Mark of Fury to easily make a dragon each turn for R, and that was followed by a Crucible of Fire to make 5/5 dragons that also drew me a card. Gisa matched my dragons with a Kokusho and a Whip of Erebos (which my Kavu was happy to see). Yeva’s deck was an Elf build and he had good mana generation powers and had just played an Ezuri. I played a Prophet of Kruphix, which I got to use once to play both of the Dragon-Cost-Reduction dudes (making my dragons cost 3 less), before Gisa Ashes-to-Ashes-ed the Prophet and Ezuri. Fair enough.

I still only had 5 lands on my battlefield, but I managed to cast Intet, and then the next turn cast Atarka for a big swing. I held up on attacking Gisa for fear of the Kokusho, but I accidentally killed Yeva’s player (and felt like a super jerk about it. I was trying to do big Damage to everyone, but ended up just killing him, for which I apologized). I should have realized that attacking Gisa with my 15/15 tramply Kavu would have been great (because hey, if he blocks it with Kokusho, it’s getting even bigger).

The next turn Gisa cast All is Dust, and I said “boooooo.” Then Gisa attacked for big trouble. Karador killed both of Gisa’s Caged Suns. I attacked with Intet and used her ability to cast a Clever Impostor, copying Gisa’s Oblivion Stone (to try to put a Fate counter on Intet in case the O-stone was popped), but Gisa cast Damnable pact to make Karador (At 7 life) draw 7 and lose 7 life. Then Gisa smashed me with zombies and I died.

There was time for more games, but Yeva’s player had to leave, making me feel extra bad that he showed up, had to wait, was the first one out, and then had to leave. Despite enjoying the game, I couldn’t feel totally good about it.

The Rest of the Night: Gisa decided to sit out, so I played head to head vs Karador. First I played Animar, and swung with an Arbitrarily Large Animar (thanks to Stupidly Good Ancestral Statue) on turn 5. We played again, but I switched to Shu Yun, which Karador was able to handle both other games we played.

About the Deck: (tapped out Someday)
This deck was built because I really liked Atarka (the double strike one) but wanted Blue in the deck for Xenograft, Temur Ascendancy, Day of the Dragons, and Sarkhan Unbroken and for some other shenanigans. I also wanted to abuse Kobolds and Cloudstone Curio for Dragonstorming, and I really wanted to play Aluren/Furious Assault/Horned Kavu (my favorite combo ever). So it’s dragons with a Kavu and Kobolds theme (with the goal being making them ALL graduate to Dragonhood). I play both Niv Mizzets, Scourge of Valkas, Utvara Hellkite, Dragon Broodmother, etc. The invention of Impact Tremors (aka Furious Assault but BETTER and CHEAPER) blew my mind.

I’m not a believer, like one of the EDH columnist/podcasters out there, in the philosophy that every deck should be able to win on turn 3, but I realized as I was sitting down to play this one that it actually could:

  • Turn 1: Mountain
  • Turn 2: Land, Impact Tremors
  • Turn 3: Land, Cloudstone Curio, Kobold A, Kobold B

If I felt like adding in an Elvish Spirit Guide/or the Gorilla one, and a Sol Ring, it could happen on turn 2.

Game #163: Anafenza the Foremost

Game #163: Anafenza the Foremost
Date: 2015-04-18
Location: The Family Game Store
vs. Karador, Ghost Chieftain; Gisa
Result: Fun Loss

Anafenza, the Foremost, Magic, Khans of TarkirvsGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Karador, Ghost Chieftain, Magic, Commander

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.

Tuskguard Captain, Magic, Khans of TarkirAinok Bond-Kin, Magic, Khans of TarkirMer-Ek Nightblade, Magic, Khans of Tarkir

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.

Game #158: Yasova Dragonclaw (B)

Game #158:  Yasova Dragonclaw (B)
Date: 2015-03-25
Location: Family Game Store
Vs.: GrimGrin; Sisters of Stone Death
Result: Fun, No Decision

Yasova Dragonclaw, Magic, Prerelease CardsVSGrimgrin, Corpse-Born, Magic, InnistradSisters of Stone Death, Magic, Ravnica

There seemed to be time for another game tonight, so I played the other Yasova deck I had built.  This one is “Mono” Green.  I started out with a Forest and Fertile Ground followed by a Beastmaster Ascension.  Sisters played an early Steely Resolve choosing Gorgons (obviously).  I swung with a Giant Solifuge to start ascending.  I also got to play Hero’s Blade followed by Yasova.

Sisters of Stone Death hit the table and ate Grimgrin’s Solemn Simulacrum. Knowing that my Yasova was probably going to die to either Grimgrin or Sisters, I sacrified her to a card draw spell to draw 7.  I tried to cast a Realm Seekers, but it was countered (thankfully Grimgrin also countered SoSD’s Vraska attempt as well).  I managed to steal a a Grave Titan, and I played an Engulfing Slagwurm as some anti-Sisters tech, but I couldn’t stabilize.  Grimgrin played a Crypt Rats, wiped the board, and by then it was 9p.m., and we had to go.

About the Deck (tappedout someday)

This is the “Mono” green version of Yasova. Every card (Except Temur Ascendancy) can be played with only Green mana.  There are enough color-fixing sources to be able to use Yasova’s ability (I think the Izzet karoo is the only non-green producer), but it’s not the focus of the deck.  It’s more about big ferocious creatures and smashing things. (Yasova Hulk!)

Game #157: Yasova Dragonclaw (A)

Game #157:  Yasova Dragonclaw (A)
Date: 2015-03-25
Location: Family Game Store
Vs.: GrimGrin; Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
Result: Fun Win

Yasova Dragonclaw, Magic, Prerelease CardsvsGrimgrin, Corpse-Born, Magic, InnistradSidisi, Brood Tyrant, Magic, Khans of Tarkir

I switched tables after being the first one out in my previous game. The first land I drew was the only Forest (Snow-Covered) in the entire deck. I played Yasova on turn 3. Sidisi had an Amulet of Vigor. I stole something with Yasova, but then GrimGrin’s Fleshbag Marauder killed her. I drew a LOT of lands this game.

Sidisi came out and also played a Magus of the Bazaar. I played a Rune-chanter’s pieke and Grimgrin had a Nether Traitor. I stole Sidisi, but didn’t attack and just Fling-ed it back. I also grabbed a Solemn Simulacrum which died (and I drew a Land). Yasova sat around with nothignt to steal (and I had a bunch of Threatens in hand). Grimgrin got out a Rooftop Storm and a Gisa and convereted GG into 7 zombies. At some point I also pongified a Grimgrin. I was also stuck stealing Magus of the Bazaar to try to draw into non-lands (and put instants in my graveyard for the pike).

Grimgrin got to live the dream of creating a big 8/8 zombie with Geralf (eating my Nucklavee) and turning it into 8 zombies with Gisa. Wonder Twin Powers Activate! Grimgrin hit me pretty hard with an attack. I cast Mob Rule for 3CMC and under (I had considered doing it for 4+ to get Grimgrin), and in response Sidisi created a ton of zombies. Grimgrin sacced all of his, but I had 11 zombies plus my general and Grimgrin was at 22. I swung for the kill and then cast a Relentless Assault to get the win.

Yasova was cast 3 times, Sidisi 3, Grimgrin 2

About the Deck (Tapped Out someday)
This is the “Non-Green” Yasova. Thanks to the brilliance of the FRF legends’ design, you can bascially play a UR deck with her. The only cards in the deck that require Green Mana are Yasova and Temur Ascendancy. There’s one forest in the deck, but enough mana fixing that it’s not hard to have the G needed to cast the general. Hybrid cards are a big part of the deck (though I didn’t have Biomantic Mastery in the deck yet). The plan is to beef up Yasova for optimal stealing, and also play other steal-stuff cards that UR likes. Red is mostly the stealing color and Blue is mostly for support.

Game #155: Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

Game #155: Shu YMeun, the Silent Tempest
Date: 2015-03-18
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Gisa; Sun Quan; Jarad; Shauku the Endbringer
Result: Fun Win

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest, Magic, Fate ReforgedvsGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Magic, Return to RavnicaSun Quan, Lord of Wu, Magic, From the Vault: Legends

Shauku, Endbringer, Magic, Mirage

 

I had lots of land to start, but it was a good thing. Sunquan started with a Chasm Skulker and Shauku cycled a Decree of Pain. I cast Shu Yun and on the next turn attacked Shauku (no blockers in a creatureless deck) after playing a Sol Ring, Jeskai Banner and Brute Force with enough mana left over to make my 9/7 guy punch twice for a total of 18, which sort of woke up everyone else. Shauku was also building a pretty strong presence with Greed, Coffers, a Mirari, etc. I missed my chance to turn Shauku into a Monkey with pongify before he equipped her with Swiftfoot boots, and then Shauku at my guy (who could now kill him with no help… though I wasn’t going to go after Shauku next).

Gisa had a rings of brighthearth that never got to get used, and tried for Ugin, which Sun Quan countered. Shauku ate a Vorinclex (yay!) and then Hexed away some of my stuff and a bunch of Sun Quan’s tokens. I recast Shu Yun and Shauku ate him again. At this point Sun Quan had 2 Caged Suns AND a Gauntlet of Power (and I only had one basic Island). Jarad and Shauku come close to clearing the board again, and some how they both get out of the game. I had been trying really hard to get some Jeskai Ascendancy shenanigans going, but I only had one card in hand most of the time (I did have a 0-cmc artifact, so a Banishing Knack would have been pretty rad).

Gisa tapped out, and I was able to use the double “Prowess” and a Pongify/Curse of the Swine/Merchant Scroll for/Brainstorm/rebounding un-blockable spell to buff up Shu Yun enough to kill Gisa. Sun Quan had a Leyline of Anticipation but was at 8 life, and smacked me down to 4. In response to the rebound he flashed in an Ulamog, thinking he had me beat, but the card I had kept with my Brainstorm was Ajani’s Presence, and I made Shu Yun indestructible AND unblockable and swung in to win the game as the store was closing up.

About the Deck (Tapped out Someday)
I thought about doing a Tiny Leaders Shu Yun, but EDH was more fun (I also am considering switching my RWU humans deck to being a shu-yun deck, but that is not this deck).

I really wanted to mess around with Jeskai Ascendancy, which reminded me a lot of the glory days of Miracle Gro, and I wanted an exuse to get Monastery Mentor into a deck as well. The deck is mostly Monk Tribal, but not entirely. It also has a Sunforger package, and plays Epic Experiment. I didn’t realize how explosive it could be (granted Brute Force is pretty, well… brutal) with Shu Yun. I briefly considered building it as Shu Yun only, but I did that with Narset (whose Transendant version may join this deck)