Game #224: Hanna, Ship’s Navigator (1)
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Lyzolda; Karador; Mizzix
Result: Fun Loss
The main reason why my posts have been so sporadic has been the birth of my daughter. In her honor I was going to build her a deck with her semi-namesake as the commander. I wound up with three. This game was quite a long one, but very fun.
I started out with a traveler’s amulet and an expedition map (two of the only artifacts in this deck), and an early Thassa and Serra’s Sanctum. Mizzix (who was cast 4 times in this game) started with a Goblin Matron and an Electromancer, Lyzolda had an early Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath, and Karador had both Kokusho and Solemn Simulacrum early as well. Karador wrathed on turn 6.
I cast Hanna on turn 7, and followed it with Skybind and fetched a Dictate of Heliod and Sigarda’s Aid via Plea for Guidance. Somewhere in here the board got wiped again, and Hana came out again. I played a Heliod, and did some blinking tricks with Skybind and the Serra’s Sanctum. I had up to 11 clerics when Blasphemous Act happened, and then Lyzolda Chaos Warped Heliod. I played a Sphere of Safety, which got Pridemaged away. Mizziz did a Cyclonic Rift. I played a Blessed Spirits that got decently large, and carried a Thassa’s Emissary. Lyzolda killed Mizzix. My notes don’t say exactly how it ended, other than that I came very very close to actually winning.
About the Deck ( http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/hanna-enchants/)
This one is the (almost) all Enchantment deck, representing creativity. It is also nearly entirely permanents (with the exception of Plea for Guidance and the Cleansing Meditation that needs to be put in the deck!). It plays quite a few Bestow creatures, and could go Hanna “Voltron” if needed. Additionally, both of Hanna’s parents are in the deck. I think I use the Foil promo Terese Nielsen version.
Game #142: Ephara, God of the Polis
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Kruphix God of Horizons; Brago, King Eternal; Karona (lucifer), Grimgrin, CorpseBorn
Result: mostly Fun Loss
I start with 3 lands and evolving wilds and play an early Chasm Skulker. Kruphix and it’s prophet are out early, but the prophet is killed, but not before flashing in an Avenger of Zendikar. Karona cast Blasphemous Act, and afterwards Prohpet of Kruphix comes back, only to be stolen by Grimgrin.
Karona plays Aurelia for a big attack, then Brago swings to blink a Luminous Primordial which mostly picks on Karona (after trying to exile the Prohpet, which is Erratic Portaled). Grimgrin attacks killing of Brago the creature, and the Primordial. Then Kruphix Yevas in a Terastodon. All the while I have a Darien, King of Kjeldor out and am building a Token army and making small attacks. Karona plays a Pyrrhic Revival and then casts Mass Mutiny for a big attack. The turns seem to be long in this game. I cast a Winds of Rath blinking Darien somehow, but I can’t get through with any attacks, and someone else wins. Probably Karona.
About the deck ( http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/celestial-rebel-alliance/)
This is a Rebels deck, kind of, with a bit of Constellation added in just for fun. The idea is to get some rebels out, and maybe make some tokens with Ephara, thus there are some flash creatures too. The Serra’s Sanctum is a sharpie proxy drawn like Bespin, and the Tundra is a sharpie proxy that also says Hoth on it.
Game #132: Athreos, God of Passage
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Balthor; Captain Sisay; Arcades Sabboth
Result: Neutral Loss
I was excited to try this deck out on my last regular Wednesday game for awhile. I had a very landy hand including the first Cavern of Souls (cleric) I had ever put in a deck. Liliana (of Balthor) was making people Discard, and Sisay fetched up a Tolsimir and started building up an army of other legendary thigns, but then Balthor Decree of Pain-ed. I cast Obzedat’s Aid to get back a discarded Treasury Thrull and had a Harvester of Souls, but I stalled out at 5 lands. Balthor got pretty messy with Candelabra of Tawnos and Yawgmoth’s Will (that got him back two tutors, one of which got a Coat of Arms). Balthor killed Arcades and left Sisay at 1. I was at a large life total (And I banishing light-ed the Coat of Arms), but I could’t hold off his Akroma’s Memorialed army, and I lost.
I played the deck again immediately afterward, but I didn’t record the game (because the first game wasn’t bad enough to warrant a re-do, and also because I wanted to focus on playing). I do remember that I got to looping some Shadowborn Apostles with Edgewalker, and that Athreos actually did quite a bit of general damage before I lost the game.
About the deck (no TappedOut yet)
I was initially bummed about Athreos because it didn’t fit right in to Teysa, but then I decided it would actually make a fun different BW strategy. I had first thought of making it a “Seventh Seal” deck with a Grim Reaper and then making it Chess themed with black and white knights and clerics etc, but eventually I decided I didn’t want to be that theme-y with this build. Several people online had posted Cleric/Shadowborn Apostle based decks, which I liked. I have a “divine” cleric deck (Heliod/Avacyn/etc.. ultra mono white) and a Demonic Deacon deck (with Nefarox, 13 demons and Shadowborn apostles), so I decided to make a BW cleric deck as well (Becasue I’ve always wanted to try Egdewalker).
In building the deck, it also kind of became a Constellation deck and took on a heavy Enchantment theme. There’s at least one Enchantment creature cleric that is free with Edgewalker. This deck started from a huge pile of cards. I enjoy playing it, but I’ve found that mostly people let me recur things rather than taking damage.