Game #76: Angus MacKenzie

Game #76: Angus MacKenzie
Date: 2013-11-03
Location: Friend’s house in Baltimore
vs: Thromok the Insatiable

Angus MacKenzieVS.Thromok the Insatiable

After having played a few games with the new Commander 2013 decks, my friend and I got in one regular EDH game before it was time to play Star Trek Catan.

Thromok got a quick start with a Nest Invader (which always makes me think of the “Bed Intruder” song).  I start with a Rhox War Monk followed by my General (who gets Chaos Warped).  My start was pretty slow, being stuck at 4 lands, but eventually I start drawing lands and a bunch of Landfall cards like Rampaging Baloths, Lotus Cobra, etc as well as lands like Ghost Town and tricks like Fathom Seer.  Finally a Tradewind Rider (with an active Quest for Renewal… or what ever the untapping quest is) let me deal with threats and continue to draw cards off of Fathom Seer.   The game ends with huge attack from a Nacatl War-pride.

About the Deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/angus-beef/)

This is a deck to play with landfall and make tokens.  Fun tricks include trying to get bazillions of Doppleganger-ed Mirror-Sigil Sergeants, or doing crazy mana tricks with Amulet of Vigor and Patron of the Moon (similar to my Moonfolk deck, but with white and green for more fun like Lotus Cobra).  Angus is nice to ward off attacks, and there are ways to untap the general frequently if necessary.

Game #49.1, 49.2: Rafiq of the Many

Game #49.1: Rafiq of the Many
Date: 2013-08-15
Location: Home, Duluth, MN
vs. Thraximundar
Result: silly Loss

Rafiq of the ManyvsThraximundar

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.

Game #49.2
same day
vs Teneb the Harvester
Result: fun and epic win

Rafiq of the ManyvsTeneb, the Harvester

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.