Game#52: Momir Vig, SIMIC GUILD

Game#52: Momir Vig, SIMIC GUILD
Date: 2013-08-21
Location: Family Game Store
vs: Savra (GUILD)
Result: Fun Win

Momir Vig, Simic VisionaryvsImage

Crazy Mess-with-the-living Guild vs. Crazy Mess-with-the-dead guild. I start with a 5 land hand and a Vigean Hydropon. Savra has a Dark Confidant and Birds of Paradise. I get a Master Biomancer and Savra gets Jarad. I play Momir Vig, but it’s Seal of Doomed. I try Vig again, but it’s Sealed again thanks to a Recollect, so I play Vorel instead. Jarad is back too, doing tricks with his Sister to make me sacrifice things. Then there’s a Corpsejack Menace. I comment that it would be really nice if I could play black mana, then I recast Vig followed by Coiling Oracle and search up Progenitor Mimic… to copy the Corpsejack Menace. I some how am able to keep ahead of Savra’s sac-forcing and hang on to the Corpsejack Mimi, and then get out a huge Fathom Mage and a big Fluxmage. I get up to 5 Corpsejac Menace tokens, and play an 80/80 Nimbus Swimmer and use that to fly in for more victory than is necessary. Corpsejack menace is a great Simic card.

About the Deck
Another of the 10 guild decks. I used Momir Vig because he lets me get all of the other cool creatures. Also, everyone and their mother/brother/cousin/dog has a Prime Speaker Zeganna Deck these days, so I’ve vowed not to use PSZ as a general.

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Game #36 : Ghave, Guru of Spores

Game #36 : Ghave,  Guru of Spores
Date: 2013-07-09
Location: Friend’s house in Duluth
vs: Talrand, the Sky Summoner; Teysa, Orzhov Scion; Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer
Result: Neutral Loss

 

Ghave, Guru of SporesVS Teysa, Orzhov ScionTalrand, Sky SummonerJor Kadeen, the Prevailer

After a somewhat disheartening early-exit (and some binder shopping) I decided to play a recently re-tooled Ghave deck.  I had a strong opening hand with 3 lands, Cultivate, Forgotten Ancient and Pollenbright Wings.

Teysa had an early Land Tax and Reveillark, Jor Kadeen had a shadow creature and Talrand was mostly “non-threatening” (at least on the board).  Like most games, there were Swords of Stuff and Things littering the board.

There was, not, however, much creature removal.  A PollenBright Forgotten Ancient got me about 14 or so Saprolings over the course of two attacks, until I had to slow down due to a Soul Wardern. The Forgotten one himself got up to almost 30/30, but by then the Wings had been disenchanted.  Ghave hit the board, as did a Black Market, and I was pretty pumped to be able to start doing some tricks with Ghave, the Ancient, and also a Hunter of Eyeblights.

I would not get another chance to do so. Talrand worked himself into a multiple(but not infinite) extra-turns chain and built up a large squadron of Drakes (and a Grand Architect).

Talrand cast Innundate (a spell I’d never seen before). Teysa scooped, Jor Kadeen had turned around to attend an important “World of Tanks” practice on his computer (but he’s, like, nationally ranked at the game, so it was legitimately and important practice).  I sacrificed as many tokens as I could afford, to bump up my Black Market, hoping to draw something big and at least have a chance to hang on. Then I peeked at my next draw, saw that it was inconsequential, and conceded.

It was a game with a lot of promise that ended with watching a Fishbowl (Drakebowl?). To Talrand’s credit, he only needed 3 extra turns to build up for a beatdown victory.

About the Deck: (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/ghave-nectar/)

I recently re-did this deck. The things I pulled out, to make it slightly less combo-tastic/centric, are in the “Sideboard” on tapped out.  They were pulled to make room for cards from Return to Ravnica block.  I am considering putting Geralf’s Messenger back in as a combo piece (because, dang if I don’t love me my Ashnod’s Altars).

Ghave is a good centerpiece in the deck. The fact that he can manipulate counters on creatures other than himself is one that I sometimes forget.  Forgotten Ancient, Mr. Babycakes himself, is another favorite card in the deck.  Other notable cards in it include the Foil Promo Doubling Season (because Ghave deserves it), and one of my least favorite cards ever: Aura Shards.

I like this deck, but don’t play it often due to the amount of token and counter bookkeeping.