Game #150: Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E (Sliver Hivelord)
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Karona(Foils), Karona(Dragons), Grimgrin, Gisa
Result: Neutral Loss
Game #150 is finally here. This deck has been well over a year in the making. The usual suspects were all gathered, despite the impending weather. The All-Foil Karona (with every card also in Top-Loaders, deck was present, as was another Karona deck based on the new Dragons, plus Grimgrin and Gisa (whose players only have the 1 deck). A nice mix of 5 colored decks and the balance of mono-deck-owning to my too-many-deck owning.
Gisa kept a 0 land hand (drawing into a land) and had 6 mana by turn 2, casting Gisa that turn. I had WUG lands and a Guard Gomazoa, Paradise Mantle and Gilder Bairn in my opening hand. 3 other players had turn 1 sol rings. K-Dragons played the mana-making Siege. A turn 3 Chromatic Lantern put me in a decent starting place, followed by a Guard Gomazoa.
Grimgrin played a Noxious Ghoul. I got my first Planeswalker, Ajani Vengeant, out and -2ed him to Lightning Helix the Ghoul (which my indestructible general was not fond of), then Gisa killed Ajani. Next turn I played my Broccoli Man… I mean Sliver Hivelord and gave him a paradise mantle, but he died to a Black Suns zenith, as did Guard Gomazoa. I played Chandra Nalaar and started pinging people, She got two activations before being killed by K-Foils Nicol Bolas (Karona ended up playing nearly as many Planeswalkers as I did… silly duel decks).
I played a Venser and blinked a land and also had replayed my general, but Kokusho and Sliver Hivelord got Ashes to Ashes’ed and Venser got zombie swarmed. I had clockspining in my hand and would have Ultimated Venser the next turn. I re-cast Sliver Boss, but then K-Foil cast Hallowed Burial and I lost it (Gisa went away too). Bummer.
Gisa had been pounding on K-Dragons, and ended him with a Lashwrithed Inkmoth Nexus. I played Vraska to kill the Lashwrithe, and would have been able to Ultimate Vraska the next turn, but Vraska died to an All Is Dust. Then a Memory Jar absolutely hosed me (I lost Doubling Season, Chain Veil, Liliana Vess and Nicol Bolas to it ). GrimGrin hit me with a 9/9 Nether Shadow.
Gisa was slowly dying to bad coinflips with Mana Crypt (to the point that he had to Unstable Obelisk his own crypt to not die). I cast Tezzeret and Garruk, and then Kiora and, unfortunately, Jace the Mind Sculptor* but K-Foils Comet Storm and and Karona Attack killed all 4. Next turn Karona killed Grimgrin by Damage and Gisa by Soul’s Fire.
My last hope was Sorin Markov. I set Karona to 10, but since Garruk had died, I couldn’t Overrun my Karona Attack, and left K-Foils at 2. He pinged Sorin, and I clockspun him to keep him alive, but I couldn’t protect him long enough to do the last two damage, so I scooped. It was a frustrating game. Not Un-fun, but there were way too many “I was about to do something exciting, but then couldn’t” let-downs for it to be a really fun game.
ABOUT THE DECK (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/agents-of-hate/ and Gallery Here: https://edh100.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/updated-nextwave-superfriends/ )
I had wanted to build a Planeswalker (“Superfriends”) deck for a long time (because I rarely play PWs). Originally I had thought of doing DC Comics Heroes as proxies (the actual Superfriends), but I realized that it would be WAY cooler to use my favorite hero team instead. (Seriously, you should all go read Nextwave right now, Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen are great).
It took me awhile to make all of the choices for who would play whom. I also ended up dipping into Runaways (another great series) for a few characters, and also Howard the Duck for Ajani, and Namora for Kiora.
The goal of the deck is to just play as many Planeswalkers as possible and use Proliferate and Clockspinning and GilderBairn (possibly Vorel/Liquimetal Coating) to cheat more Loyalty counters out. There are some walls to block and some recursion as well.
I was origninally going to see if people cared if I played Legacy Weapon (The Shockwave Rider) as my general, but then Sliver Hivelord came out (this doubly filled my need to make a Hivelord deck with NO slivers in it, where Hivelord was still relevant) and I knew that a 5/5 indestructible dude would be good for protecting Planeswalkers. Of course he had to be a Broccoli man (and If I ever put other slivers in the deck for fun, they will also be Broccoli Men).
*I believe I’m the only person to go, “Oh,darn… it’s only JtMS… 😦 ” in the history of Magic: I thought it was Teferi,which would have been AWESOME, because I could have used Gilder Bairn to Ultimate him immediately for a super-rad emblem… silly confusing Proxies.
The Rest of the Night:
I played Animar for the second game. Had a really fun looking opening hand, but didn’t draw in to blue mana. Even after a Reforge the Soul (where I lost many great things) still no island. Animar never even got cast, and Karona(Dragons) got a pretty brutal Scourge of Valkas/Baby-dragon-every-upkeep/Utvara Hellkite combo on that killed us all. Bummer.
Next game I played Teysa #1 and was doing okay. Reforge the Soul (again) dumped stuff in my hand, but Teysa can get stuff back. I had some Sun Titan, Murder Investigation, Karmic Guide, Debtors’ Knell, Teysa good times. I did get brutally NIhil Spellbombed because I forgot to exile a Junk Diver. I had just played Grave Pact, Ashnod’s Altar and Soul Warden, when it hit closing time.