Game #128: Kruphix, God of Horizons
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Balthor; Sisters of Stone Death;
Result: Fun Loss
I was super excited to play Kruphix, who is easily my favorite of the new Gods. I had a 4 land hand and a Cold Eyed Selkie to start out. Early on I Plasm Captured a Boundless Realms by the Sisters, which got me mana and prevented his ramp (temporarily. Eternal Witness exists).
I had a number of ways to draw cards, and a Triumph of Ferocity. I had to Momentous Fall Kruphix for some added value in response to a Toxic Deluge that would have killed it anyways. Balthor had Necropotence out and I had a Greater Good. I got threatening with a Masumaro, a Multani and a Prime Speaker Zeganna (for 19). Balthor Popped and caused trouble. Sisters cast Boundless Realms (for 16), and was using Ink-Eyes and Chainer to steal things from people (but also hurting his life total).
It was close to over, so decided to take a risk. I had most of my deck in hand, with somewhere between 15-25 cards in my library. I knew that one of them must have been a Labratory Maniac (since I hadn’t drawn it yet). I sacrificed Zeganna to Greater Good and hoped I didn’t just kill myself (I didn’t have the mana to throw down Abundance.
I counted out 19 cards and breathed a sigh of relief when I saw 2 left in the library. I looked through my hand… No Lab Maniac! On my turn I cast Worldly Tutor to find the Maniac (who was on the VERY bottom of the library) and drew it. I cast it, but I still had to jump through some hoops to draw 2 more cards that turn. I went to draw via some spell, and Lab Maniac was targeted to die in response. I had responses, but ultimately I didn’t have enough to keep up and he died and I lost. (it may have been a Phyrexian Plaugelord flinging bodies it the Maniac)
In hindsight, I wonder if I still had enough creatures on the table and still had the Greater Good to try to draw more. Hmm… maybe I could have won this one. Either way, my deck did exactly what I wanted it to do: draw a ton of cards and have dudes get huge because of it AND I almost won via an Alt-Win. And it’s Simic.
About the Deck (Tapped out some day)
The goal here is to draw a lot of cards. The deck is pretty much team ‘Maro (though at the time it didn’t have the original Maro in it!), and the idea for it started when I was building Soramaro (and wishing Masumaro could also be the general of that deck).
I thought about Edric just for the colors, but then, on a glorious day, Kruphix was spoiled and I got really excited. It’s got Multani, Soromaro, Masumaro, and pretty much every other “gets bigger” based on cards-drawn-or-in-hand creature EXCEPT Psychosis Crawler… This deck wants to win in the Red Zone or by Lab Maniac, so life loss is out of the question (plus my Vorosh, the Hunter deck already does that trick).
The deck also plays Enter the Infinite (but not Omniscience… why would I want to make my creatures smaller?) but it’s only to set up an alpha strike, or to support Lab Maniac. I like this deck even more than Karametra.
The Rest of the Night
I played Lord of Tresserhorn and his Zombie Crew, but it didn’t work out all that well, or at least it wasn’t memorable.
The next game, since it was a Simic night, was Experiment Kraj (newly outfitted with some recent stuff). That game just sort of fell into an early Illusionists’ Bracers/Horsehoe Crab/Wirewood Herald craziness. Also I got to use Jodah’s Avenger to make Kraj Double Strike and Shadow.