Game #235: Admiral Beckett Brass

Game #235: Admiral Beckett Brass
Date: 2017-10-17
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Talrand; Edgar Markov; Gonti
Result:   Fun Loss

Due to Backlog, and temporal distance, these recaps will be brief.

Recap: Gonti did some crazy thing. I could never get Beckett to stick on the table, but Pirates are fun

About the Deck:

Pirate Tribal, Ixalan Block Constructed (except for a few mana fixing lands)

Game #161: Sakasilazavumgarima (Lazav, Dimir Mastermind)

Game #161: Sakasilazavumgarima (Lazav, Dimir Mastermind)
Date: 2015-04-01
Location: The Family Game Store
Vs. GrimGrin; Captain Sisay
Result: Fun Loss

Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Magic, GatecrashvsGrimgrin, Corpse-Born, Magic, InnistradCaptain Sisay, Magic, From the Vault: Legends

My plan for this April Fools Day was to play this deck (that’s not all that foolish, just fun). I played the whole night with the same two guys (from the Exava game). I had okay lands at the beginning, but black was hard to come by at first (Tainted Isle wasn’t active), and then suddenly I had a ton of black cards in hand and the wrong mana.  Sisay did a lot of ramping.  I finally got Lazav out and Ostracized a Linvala from Sisay (because if you’re going to play Linvala in your deck, I’m dang sure going to make sure it’s me that gets to play it!).

GrimGrin cast a Fleshbag Marauder though and it got Sisay and Lazav. However, I had a Sepulchral Primordial in the grave yard and I reanimated it (of course getting back Linvala).  Sisay was messing about with Dromoka and Selvala (though I stole his Magewright Stone … or one of those un-tapper things). I soul ransomed Selvala.  GrimGrin played Geralf, but Linvala ruined his fun, so he found a way to kill Linvala, and then used Crypt Rats to kill stuff. He swung at me with big zombies, but I turned them to Frogs.

Then Sisay got Avacyn and a whole bunch more (though we did counter an Elesh Norn!).  Then we died.

About the Deck ( is pretty close to what it is now)

This is the Lazav version of SakaSiLazavumgarima.  It runs 25 blue cards that are all about Copying stuff and 25  Black or Gold/Hybrid UB cards that are all about Stealing or copying stuff, and a package of 12 artifacts/spot removal (like the Monkey Maker and Curse of Swine).   The idea for the deck came from an old (circa 2002) Extended deck my friend and I made with a fully Transformative Sideboard (it started out as a combo deck, but you’d board’ 15 and make it a Counter Sliver deck, and you could board the combo back in in game three and play it AND counter silver).

The deck Originally was my Thada Adel deck, but I took out the merfolk to make a Tiny Leaders deck. I started rebuilding it as Sakashima, but partway through also got the bug to make a Lazav deck. They were fighting eachother for cards, so I thought “why not just make the decks share?”   When Silumgar was spoiled, I realized it had to be a Tripartite General deck.     Sakashima is the Blue Copy and Blue Steal packages, Lazav is Blue Copy and Black/Gold steal/copy pagage, Silumgar is Black/Gold and the Blue Steal package.

Game #124: Sedris, the Traitor King

Game #124: Sedris, the Traitor King
Date: 2014-04-02
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Balthor; Sisters of Stone Death
Result: Neutral Loss

Sedris, the Traitor King, Magic, Shards of Alaravs.Balthor the DefiledSisters of Stone Death, Magic, Ravnica

This was the very first time I even did test draws with this deck (which meant I had to reshuffle twice before I got a hand with any land). My hand had decent lands, but not decent color distribution. Sisters of Stone Death played an Urborg, Balthor a Deserted Temple and some kind of tutor. I drew a Demonic Collusion and was pretty pumped. I hit land drops and mana rocks and was ready to cast it on turn 4, pitching two decent creatures for Buyback to search out a Prince of Thralls, and then cast it again the next turn pitching the Prince and another good creature. At this point I had both Cold Storage and Voyager Staff in hand, so I grabbed Salvaging Station, all set to cast Sedris next turn and start playing Unearth tricks.

Then Balthor cast Withered Wretch and a Candelabra of Tawnos and had ninety bajillion mana and a Grey Merchant and Geth and all sorts of silly things. A Memory Jar actually helps me a bit, putting some unneeded lands and big fatties in the grave yard, but there wasn’t much we could do. Sisters cast the Join Forces ramp spell and I got a bunch of lands. I cast Life’s Finale, helping Sisters get Massacre Wurm, RuneScarred Demon and Hythonia, in his yard for impending Balthor activations, but Balthor just cast Yawgmoth’s Will and re-cast his graveyard instead using Pontiff of Blight to Extort Sisters to a stone death and me to 3. On my turn I cast Sedris, unearthed a Dead-eye Navigator and blinked it, just because. Then I died.

The deck did what I wanted it to in terms of draws, spells and graveyard. Withered Wretch was just too good.

About the Deck:
This deck started as being a UBR Zombies deck using cast-offs from building Tymaret and adding blue, until I remembered that I already had one of those in Lord of Tresserhorn. So it became more of a load up my graveyard/your graveyards unearth/reanimate deck. It’s different enough from my Mimeoplasm deck to be fun. I don’t usually like self-milling, but it’s fun in this deck. As big finishers I like Dragon Tyrant and Prince of Thralls.

The Rest of the Evening:

We started the night playing Mono Black (Balthor vs. Nefarox vs. Shauku the Endbringer).  I had some decent Cleric animation and reanimation and was poised to do pretty decently, but Shauku (a creaturless deck) was able to hang on and use Sanguine Bond and the gain-life Tower to kill us off.

After Sedris I played Melek, Izzet spell-copier guy vs. Balthor and Sisters. My happy play in that game was to double cast a Stolen Identity (getting a matched set of Caged Suns) AND a drake and elemental token. I don’t remember who won that one.

I ended the night playing Teysa #1 against Balthor and Karona. Karona did laps of the table but mostly pounded herself and Balthor. Balthor didn’t have a great board or graveyard, and I had a pretty decent selection of card draw, token creation, sac-outlets, mana and reanimation, so Balthor scooped for time.

Game #77 : Sol’Kanar the Swamp King

Game #77 : Sol’Kanar the Swamp King
Date: 2013-11-06
Location: Family Game Store
vs: Oloro, Ageless Ascetic (Stock); Marath, Will of the Wild (modified); Krenko, Mob Boss; Prime Speaker Zeganna

Sol'kanar the Swamp KingVSOloro, Ageless AsceticMarath, Will of the WildKrenko, Mob BossPrime Speaker Zegana

This game saw Marath get cast 6 times and be huge (thanks to a Doubling Season, Mirari’s Wake, Mana Echoes, Gaea’s Cradle etc.).   Krenko had a threatening position for awhile with 18 goblins that were hasty and 2/2, and that was able to basically destroy Zeganna.  My Sol’Kanar never really got rolling.  I plinked away with a Shadowmage Infiltrator, tried to get going with Dominus of Fealty (Which was killed by Marath, who had untapped lands hidden behind a  tall drink, and was able to ping it after it blocked).  The only trick I really got to do was a Spinal Embrace, and reanimation of a Wurmcoil Engine.  Marath ended up killing everyone else with an Elspeth Sun’s Champion Emblem.

About the Deck( List coming soon)

This is mostly a UBR “fun”-stuff deck that splintered off from leftovers from building Ashling the Extinguisher, nu-Rakdos and Gwendlyn di Corci.  I wanted an excuse to play Prince of Thralls and a few other multi-colored cards like Elder Mastery and such.  It’s fun to play, but it’s not really a go-to deck.  It’s just as happy to beat down with the general as it is to try to steal things from other people.  Sol’Kanar is a fan of Urborg.

Game #62: Gwendlyn di Corci

Game #62: Gwendlyn di Corci
Date: 2013-09-11
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Balthor

Gwendlyn di Corci.1 VSBalthor the Defiled

Since no one else had shown up, we decided to play one last game.  A discard deck isn’t a great match-up for a crazy recursion deck, but I’d been carrying it around for awhile and decided to get it over with.

I started with 2 lands and a Rakdos Signet. Balthor had an early Geralf’s messenger. I had no 3rd land drop, and an Evolving Wilds on turn 4. I played a Blizzard Specter and a Liliana’s spectre, which I used to chump block Geth.
I had a Polluted bonds, but Geth just kept stealing my stuff. I got back my Blazing Spectre, but Geth grabbed Alexi, Zephyr Mage, Greel the Mindraker, milled me into an Illusionist’s Bracers (which he took), and a bunch of other things. I don’t remember if I died to damage or to being Milled out.

Not the best game to finish on, but still not a bad game. Also, I hate Geth

About the Deck ( TappedOut Coming Soon)

This was a deck that was built at the same time as Sol’Kanar, and around the same time that I pulled the discard elements out of Oona.  Straight up discard isn’t great in EDH (and it’s not always that much fun to play with or against), but I really liked the Proxy I made for my Italian Gwendlyn from a favorite Dragon Magazine cover image.

Lots of spells and creatures that make discard happen (but in a different way from my Teysa Spirits/Discard deck).  There’s also a slight bounce theme to it.

Game #19 : Lord of Tresserhorn

Game #19: Lord of Tresserhorn
Date: 2013-05-08
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs: Balthor the Defiled; Child of Alara; Nicol Bolas…
Result: Unsatsifying Loss

Lord of TresserhornvsChild of Alara

Balthor the DefiledNicol Bolas


Oh joy, another game of when will it combo.  I started out with a fist full of lands. Nicol Bolas starts the game with a Jace for the billionth time, and adds a Sensei’s divining top for fun.  Child of Alara is piloted by someone I haven’t played before, so I don’t know if it’s a fun deck or a just-for-the-colors-to-combo deck (or something in between),  he starts with a mix of tri-lands and tapped 2 color lands and a Joiner Adept.  I get out a Reassembling Skeleton and play a Moan of the Unhallowed to get fuel for the Boss Zombie, which I cast on Turn 5, giving  Balthor the two cards (even though he’s a perennial danger). Balthor, both dangerously and perennially, plays a gravecrawler and gets out Mikaeus and some other dudes.  I get a Swing in with Tresserhorn on Bolas, and I’ve got cool stuff in hand as well.  Bolas casts Damnation and I let Tresserhorn die (figuring Balthor is going to get popped soon enough, or I’ll just use some recursion.  Child of Alara doesn’t go to the graveyard. Bolas has been tutoring a lot. I flash back the Moan of the Unhallowed and then Gravedigger back my general.  Then Bolas plays a Palinchron and a Deadeye Navigator (and I’m almost surprised that it’s not Kiki-Jiki/Exarch).  By this time a fifth person has shown up, and I switch tables.  The other new guy asks if there’s anywhere else that plays on Wednesday nights and heads out too.

About the Deck (

This deck was built right after Innistrad came out, mostly just to throw a pile of Zombies together.  I don’t even think I updated it after that when other sets came out in the block. It’s not all that thought-out, but I’ve won games with it. Lord T often comes out on turn 5 (with a regeneration mana), and the deck is quite a bit about swinging with him for a lot of damage. Inquisitor’s Flail is a good complement to the Lord’s big Axe.