Game #198: Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Child of Alara; Chorus of the Conclave; Kemba, Kha Regent
Result: Fun Loss
Jarad is a deck I was excited to play. I had the idea for it awhile ago, but ended up throwing it together in a day. This game was with a group of people I’d never played with before. One of them was a younger kid who showed up to play regular casual magic (and had only recently started); he borrowed a Kemba deck from someone, because it was straight-forward to play.
I had a decent opening hand, but no green sources. I played a Crypt of Agadeem on turn one, and a Golgari Thug on turn 2. Turn 3 brought me a Kavu Predator. Kemba was very land flooded to begin with, and also didn’t realize that equipment could be cast without creatures in play, so we coached him a bit. Child of Alara dove right in with a Burgeoning, Strip Mine, Crucible of Worlds mess (frown), but Chorus of the Conclave was able to Oblivion Ring the Crucible. I played a Graveblade Marauder turn 4 and an Elvish Piper turn 6.
Kemba started building up a bunch of equipment and using the commander to make a small army of Cats, and Chorus of the Conclave had a Behemoth Sledge and lots of ramping creatures. I piper-ed in a Colossus of Akros, and played a Sewer Nemesis (targeting myself). I was still only at 1 green mana at this point and had to use a Sidisi to tutor up a Bayou, so that I could cast Jarad on turn 10. Child of Alara was making good use of Knight of the Reliquary.
On turn 12 I was able to use Jarad and sacrifice 20-power worth of creatures to take out Chorus and Child, but I mis-calculated how much Mana I’d need to recur AND monstrosity AND sacrifice the Colossus to also kill a basically untouched Kemba on the next turn. I also underestimated a combat trick, and ended up dying to the Cat Horde on Turn 13 (these were unlucky WHITE cats… forboding for game 200).
About the Deck (not yet in Tapped Out, but soon)
This one is an “All-Creature” deck. Everything in it is a land or a creature, and it’ is heavy on basics in case I need to recur Jarad for cheaper. It makes use of solid Dredge creatures (I had to dip into my Jarad Ravnica-Block Guild Wars EDH deck to borrow the Grave Troll). The goal is to either smash with a huge Jarad, or drain the table with Jarad’s activated ability. It’s fun to self-mill with this deck, and is one of the few that I play that does that.