Game #122: Kiki-Jiki, the Mirror Breaker

Game #122: Kiki-Jiki, the Mirror Breaker
Date: 2014-03-19
Location: My apartment
vs.: Balthor; Karona
result. Neutral loss

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Magic, From the Vault: LegendsvsBalthor the Defiled Karona, False God, Magic, Scourge

Kiki-Jiki was another new deck for the evening. It had played well in fish-bowl tests, and I wanted something a bit stronger after the loss Tymaret suffered.  I had a 3 land hand, with a few things I could cast and lots of good 4 drops.  I did not drop my 4th land on time.  Balthor, again, had an early Urborg and Bazaar, followed by Liliana of the Dark Realms.  Karona hit an early Vraska and Hythonia the Cruel.

I managed to sac a Skirk Prospector to get a 4th mana to cast a Keldon Champion that took out Vraska, but I didn’t have mana to pay the Echo (I hoped Balthor would bring him back). I drew a 4th land finally an played an Avalanche Riders to kill the Urborg. Next turn I played a Rage Forger.

Balthor was down to a low life total, but he Beseeched for a Gray Merchant to solve that problem, and then a huge Balthor-activation did bad things to all of us (and brought back the GM.  Mikaeus was involved also).  I finally hit 5 land (there are 39 in the deck) and cast Kiki-Jiki just to say I did.  I copied the Rage forger (giving  KJ and the original Forger a +1/+1… Synergy!) and then died to massive zombies (I was at 1 life anyway).  I had Thornbite Staff in my hand.

About the Deck (Tapped out someday)

This deck was going to be All-Creatures, but I decided to let Mr. KJ have a suit (Darksteel Plate), some gloves (Illusionist’s Bracers), and a cane (Thornbite Staff) because he is a classy goblin.  He also got a hat (Skullclamp) but he is un-classy and lets other people wear it.   It used to have a Zealous Conscripts in it, more to steal stuff than to infinite combo, but I decided to take it out because it was too obvious. Instead I put in Felhide Spirit Binder (because Shaman and copying).    I decided to keep the Thornbite staff because it needs at least a 3rd card to go crazy and because I really enjoy the card.  I know a lot of people hate Combo decks (which this one very much is NOT meant to to be) so I adopted the policy of always carrying a Steamflogger Boss with this deck and asking if anyone is opposed to the existence of the Staff; if anyone protests, Staff is out and Boss is in.

The Rest of the Night

Seton vs. Balthor vs. Pheldagriff.     Balthor died really fast when all of my creatures became Primal Crux (thanks to Phelda’s Mirrorweave) making the one that I swung with 70/70.  Then all creatures named Primalcrux got bounced.  I was able to replay everything (druid’s make Hella Mana), but I died due to hippo influx and Suture Priest (and a repeatedly cast Seht’s Tiger that kept my multi-kamahled Hippos from ever hitting).

Prossh vs. Balthor vs. Arcades Sabboth:  I stared the game   Kobold-Gaea’s Cradle-Sol Ring, and played an early Prossh, but Noxious Ghoul effectively ended any hope at kobold swarm. I could make tons and tons of mana, but had nothing to do with it.  I think Balthor crushed us.

Game #101: Mistform Ultimus

Game #101: Mistform Ultimus
Date: 2014-01-15
Location: Family Game Store
Vs.: Jeleva; Baru, Fist of Krosa; Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
result: scoop to mana screw and time

Mistform Ultimus, Magic, TimeshiftedvsJeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, Magic, Commander 2013Baru, Fist of Krosa, Magic, Future SightNiv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Magic, Return to Ravnica

I started with a 2 land hand and played an Ameboid Changeling. I stalled at 3 land. Niv played a Lighthous Chronologist, Baru had a Sylvan Library and a Gaea’s Cradle, Jeleva ramped a ton and hardcast a Decree of Pain

Jeleva Beacon of Unrested something, Niv had a Wojek Embermage and Baru played Vorinclex, at which point I scooped since I only had 3 lands and there was only 5 minutes left before 9 P.M.

About the Deck (TappedOut someday)

This deck is Illusions tribal, with some creature-type matters stuff, and a good helping of the tribal equipment to auto-equip onto Misty.

Game #99: Momir Vig, Simic Visionary

Game #99: Momir Vig, Simic Visionary
Date: 2104-01-15
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Oloro #1; Balthor; Phelddagrif; Oloro #2
result: Neutral Loss

Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, Magic, DissensionvsBalthor the DefiledOloro, Ageless Ascetic, Magic, Commander 2013Phelddagrif, Magic, AlliancesOloro, Ageless Ascetic, Magic, Commander 2013

I decided to pull out Momir Vig, one of my original decks, for game #99. It’s one I was considering taking apart, so it might have been it’s last ride. The Oloro deck the guy didn’t play last game came out, but I was nice and didn’t go for Blind Seer.

I kept a 3 land hand with a Reliquary Tower. Balthor started out with a Nantuko Husk and a Pontiff of Blight. Oloro #2 dropped a bunch of color hosers like CoP Black, Deathgrip (which ruined me) and a Crusading Knight (Who was 20/20 thanks to Balthor’s Urborg). Oloro #1 had a Sanguine Bond. I played a Cold Eyed Selkie, and despite drawing two cards per turn by island walking I stalled at 4 land for a Long Time. That plus the Deathgrip (and Oloro’s constant access to Black Mana thanks to Urborg) I couldn’t cast anything, and my handsize grew.

Balthor had a Grave Defiler and was extorting a lot. Oloro #1 played a Drogskol Reaver and a Blazing Archon. I had a bunch of Hippo tokens, thanks to Pheldagriff, but I was getting some guff for not attacking with them enough. I finally got to 5 mana and snuck by a Murkfiend Liege, which gave me some damage capability. Pheldagriff also had an Oracle of Mul-Daya and then played a Dovescape (most of my hand was creatures, so it wasn’t terrible for me).

Balthor sacrificed his team to the zombie that makes us lose life, and then does it again and we all die. I never got above 5 mana, and I didn’t have an opening to play my general.

About the Deck (Tapped out Someday)
This is one of the earliest decks I ever built. It has a Graft/Proliferate theme and makes good use of Vig’s tutoring abilities. However, it gets tedious to tutor all the time, so I don’t play it often. At one point it had combos to tutor for, but I took most of them out. I greatly prefer just making use of the pretty foil Gilder Bairn, and also casting Slippery Bogle. I will probably put Kiora in this deck if I keep it together.*

*I typed those words at the exact moment that Peter Gabriel sang “nothing will keep us together” in his cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’. Crazy.