Game #105: Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Balthor; Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Result: fun loss
Many people don’t seem to like 3-player commander games, however, sometimes 3 player games are quicker and that means you get to play more of them. I think 4 is the best number, but I would much rather play a 3-player game than a 5-player.
Since there were only 3 of us, we were able to get a 4th game in in our less than 3 hour time-slot. I decided to play another deck on its maiden voyage. I started out with a 3 land hand with a spellbook, and played a turn 2 Howling Mine. Gisela had a Lightning Greaves and some Battalion guys and started building up a small army, which Balthor Damnationed (which killed Slobad).
I had in play: A Sculpting Steel (Howling Mine), Cock of Omens, Unwinding Clock, Staff of Nin, Sol Ring and a Temporal Aperture, so I was drawing 4 cards per turn and shutting off the Mines on other peoples’ turns. Gisela had a Sunforger out, but was stalled at 5 lands.
I kept buildng up artifacts and using tapping/untapping tricks to Temporal Aperture (which was always for lands) often using Blinkmoth Nexus Mana, and eventually I also had a Summoning Station and Darksteel Reactor plus some Chimeric things. However I didn’t have enough win-condition yet.
Balthor was sacced to get back Mikaeus and a Gempalm Polluter and played Coat of Arms (and had a Candelabra of Tawnos). I knew I could pump out a bunch of Pinchers to block with, and could use a Chimeric to block Mikaeus, but I still didn’t have win power. I drew the thing that steals an artifact for a turn. I didn’t want to do the math (and in hindsight don’t think I could have) to try to generate mega-mana with his Candelabra (I would have needed at least one other artifact land that I could use to tap to the Clock of Omens), so instead I took Balthor’s Coat of Arms. I didn’t have Haste with any Pincher Tokens to try to win there, so I sacrificed the Coat to Slobad.
My only hope was to try to draw or Aperture into Dismantle to try to get my Darksteel Reactor to go off, but I couldn’t and Balthor tutored for a Phyrexian Altar to combo off with Gravecrawler. It was closing time anyway. I enjoyed this game because it did what I wanted it to do, which was fiddle around with artifacts (since it’s creature-less it feels very different from my Karn deck or the Bosh or Sydri decks).
About the Deck ( http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/slobads-tinker-toys/ not quite pared-down to the final build )
This is the third deck that was generated from taking apart my old Sharuum Deck. It started out as being a Mishra deck, but I didn’t really like where it was going and I also wanted to have a “red” creature-less deck, so I switched to Slobad. The goal is to either set up the Station Combo (which is tougher to do with no natural Creatures, thank goodness for Flayer Husk), or to Build up a Darksteel Reactor, or, if need be, take a cue from Bosh and suit up Slobad with Bludgeon Brawl (or a Strata Scythe… less fun).