Game #116: Obzedat, Ghost Council (GUILD)

Game #116: Obzedat, Ghost Council (GUILD)
Date: 02-13-14
Location: Home
Vs. Boros Guild
Result: Neutral Loss

Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, Magic, Return to RavnicavsAurelia, the Warleader, Magic, Gatecrash

This was second to last of the decks I had remaining (and one that I didn’t mind playing as a one on one), and, having just lost to it, I wanted to get the game over with. Most of the poeple at my normal game store no longer have Guild decks, so this was a good opportunity. My fiance asked for the fast red-white one, so I fetched Boros. I had a 3-land hand with a lot of high-cost things in my hand, but I went with it anyway. She started quick with a Guildmage, and a Courier Hawk and then built into an Assemble the Legion. I managed to get to 4 lands and an Absolver Thrull (though it didn’t have an enchantment to hit when I cast it). She played an Aurelia and a Gleam of Battle, which became a 2 Turn clock (4, then 5, then 6, then 7). I had a Hissing Miasma which was keeping the soldier tokens at bay. I got to 5 and cast Obzedat. I had an Obzedat’s Aid in hand, but not enough turns left to be forced to discard something so that I could bring it back and have a chance (Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts was the thing I discarded, but it was too little, too late. I had no way to get the Absolver Thrull to die and take Gleam of Battle with it.

In my hand: Angel of Despair; Necropolis Regent; Obzedat’s Aid; Merciless Eviction; Culling Sun; Treasury Thrull; and Pontiff of Blight. All would have been great to have, but you need lands to cast spells.

About the Deck
Orzhov is my favorite Guild of all of them. This deck skews more to the Extort side of the guild, but it does have a bunch of Haunt cards (since this is really the only deck I’d put Haunt cards into).

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Game #38 : Exava, Blood Witch (Guild)

Game #38 : Exava, Blood Witch (Guild)
Date: 2013-07-11
Location: my childhood home, Duluth,MN
vs: Obzedat, Ghost Council — Guild (mine)
Result: Neutral-Fun Loss

Exava, Rakdos Blood Witchvs.Obzedat, Ghost Council

My brother and I continued our travel through the Planes. This time it was Rakdos vs Orzhov in a battle for body and soul.  The tl;dr :  Turn 2 Blind Obedience = Loss

The game went on longer than that though. I actually had a good starting hand and good prospects until he played the Blind Obedience and another extort bat.

We started on Grixis, moved quickly to Glen Elendra, and got stuck on Bloodhill Bastion (which was all upside for him, and all downside for me).

I kept playing dudes, even though Exava was basically neutralized, and I kept swinging, still doing a surprising amount of damage (sometimes as much as 17).  I did trade a few creatures with Glen Elendra, but they got Chaosed back.

He had a Blood Baron that was hasty and deathtouch and doublestriking, but not +6/+6.  That, plus a Crypt Incursion on himself kept him alive (I had him down to 5 at one point).  We both rolled Chaos several times (which made his Blood Baron better, and all of my things worse) trying to get off the plane.

I actually had the game within my grasp at one point. He was low enough that I would win on the next turn, and I had the ability to block him, until he cast a Beckon Apparition (which, with the haste and double strike was enough to do me in).

This would have been my game handily, if not for the stinky BO of Blind Obedience. He never even got to two white mana to cast his general.   The fact that I was able to compete made the game fun despite the loss.

About the Deck

An all Ravnica/Return to Ravnica Rakdos Riot.  Exava runs things, and the goal is to dump the hand and just keep attacking.