Game #119: Karametra, God of Harvests
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Rhys the Redeemed; Arcades Sabboth
Result: Neutral Loss
I arrived to see the tail end of a Sisay vs Arcades battle, and decided it was a good time to also be playing a GW deck. I’ve been waiting to try out Karametra. Sisay’s player switched to Rhys (which, of course, prompted me to correct his pronunciation).
I had a 2 land hand, but playable things, so I went with it. Playing a Scryb Ranger on turn 2 and a Gaea’s Herald on turn 3. A third land let me do Ranger tricks to get out Centaur Omenreader, and a creatureless Arcades made it so I could tap the Omenreader and get out Karametra on turn 5 with only 3 lands. Rhys had made a few tokens by this point.
I followed that up with a Fierce Empath, that grabbed a Soul of the Harvest, but I had no reliable way to tap the Omenreader, as both opponents now had blocking creatures. Arcades dropped a Mana Reflection and Rhys had an Eldrazi Monument, so I Dust Elemental-ed back the ranger, herald and empath, and was able to play them all due to a tapped omen reader. I grabbed a Woodfall primus to take care of the mana Reflection. Then Rhys dropped a Gaea’s Cradle, so my Primus decided to attack Arcades, but, whoops, there was a 9/9 Prime Speaker and the primus died and persisted to kill the cradle.
I played a Knight of the Reliquary, hoping to fetch my own Cradle to abuse with a Stone-seeder Hierophant that was in my hand, but at that point Rhys was able to swing with many huge flying elves and kill Arcades. I top decked the Archon of Can’t Attack Me, but Rhys had a Martial Coup and I had nothing I could do about it.
It was a pretty fun game overall. The deck did what I wanted it to (but no Lotus Cobra action, or Stonecloaker). I had a Twilight Shepherd in my hand, but no mana to cast it, and it wouldn’t have saved me anyways. My only hope would have been to bounce and re-play the Woodfall Primus.
About the Deck (no TappedOut yet)
Karametra is definitely my favorite of the New Gods (okay, actually, it’s Scott Free). Yes, this deck is about ramping lots of lands out with the God of Harvests, but I limited myself to only creatures and no artifacts (which was made possible by remembering that Stone-Seeder Heirophant is, in fact, a thing). It uses a lot of bounce creatures to get value out of other creatures (and Kara triggers) and only makes tokens based on Landfall. I did put an Avenger of Zendikar in the deck, but only because I had a spare Foil one lying around from the “Pack to Charity” binder from the 1st Commander Cast “Gifts Given” auction. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx (or shrine to Nics) is the only non GW color-identity card in the whole deck. It really plays out like a combo deck, but it has a lot of math, searching and shufflling, so despite really liking it, it’s not one I would play often.
The Rest of the Evening:
I actually played game #120 this evening as well, but by the end of this game Balthor had shown up, and the other players were all playing Mono decks. The only Mono deck I had with me tonight was my All Foil Vampires (Team Edward*… because they Sparkle). I never got above 4 lands, Balthor had Candelbra, Nykthos, Deserted Temple, Urborg, Coffers, etc and was making metric tonnes of German mana. The coolest play of the game was SunQuan’s player Rite of Replicationing my Captivating Vampire (which didn’t get to steal Baru’s Polukranos)