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