Game #49.1: Rafiq of the Many
Location: Home, Duluth, MN
Result: silly Loss
One last game with my brother before heading back to Maryland. We were still doing Planechase, starting at Tember City, but we rolled to Kilnspire district on the first turn. I had 3 lands, and I tried to leave kilnspire district quickly, but to no avail. My brother casts an early Rooftop Storm thanks to the plane, and I cast Rafiq, but he counters with Thraximundar on turn 3 or four and I sacrifice Rafiq. I spend much mana trying to leave the plane, but I can only manage to cast Wax/Wane on the Rooftop Storm. Thraximundar hits me. I roll 4 times to leave the plane. Rafiq doesn’t stay on the board. I get rid of Rafiq, but the Kilnspire has like 9 counters on it, so Thrax is going to come back no matter what. I roll Chaos and kill Thrax, but hey, haste and I lose.
Since this was Rafiq’s last ride before being transformed into a Hippo tribal deck, and since turn 3 Thraximundar is unfun at any speed, we decided to play one more game.
vs Teneb the Harvester
Result: fun and epic win
We started on the Furnace Layer, but it sucked so we pitched it. Norn’s Annex also sucked, so we pitched it and took Cliffside Market.
He started with a swamp, I had a 1 land hand with a Noble Hierarch. I played an Aven Squire, and my brother planeswalked us with Interplanar Tunnel into Stairs to Infinity. I play a Sword of Vengeance and suit up the Aven, then play Rafiq, who gets Beast Within-ed. I swing with the Aven, and Teneb Buries Alive Massacre Wurm, It That Betrays and Avatar of Woe. He reanimates the Wurm and I have to put the sword on the surviving Beast Token.
It that betrays is Zombified, but I Bant Charm it away and also find a way to Kill the Massacre Wurm. Teneb is loading the yard and making zombies with a Zombie Infestation, I have some more Exalted Birds, but they all die to Eternal Witness returning Zombify for the Massacre Wurm. I have Teneb at low life, but he keeps gaining life or wiping my board. Vault of the Archangel is doing work for his team.
I throw a Bear Umbra on Sigil Paladin and cast a Behemoth Sledge. After attacking I play Rafiq. Liliana Vess shows up and so does a giant Demon of some sort. I’m able to Meddle a Doom Blade aimed at Rafiq to take out Eternal Witness. Swinging with the Sledged and Sworded Rafiq is enough to secure a victory in Rafiq’s final game.
About the Deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/rafiq-pilgrim/)
This was an Exalted/Rafiq Voltron deck. Nothing to special about it, but it did win some games in its day. I started pulling some of the artifacts in this list to put in other decks. Ultimately I decided that I wanted to make a vicious Pheldagriff deck, and reconfigured the deck enough to consider it to be taken apart and re-built.
Of course I wanted to cast Finest Hour a lot, because it makes me think of Scott Pilgrim, thus the name of the deck.