Game #221: Ravos/Tana

Game #221: Ravos/Tana
Date: 2017-01-10
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Atraxa +; Omnath Locus of Rage; Kynaios and Tymna
Result:   Neutral Loss

NOTE: due to a baby, I’m way behind in updates, so  I’m not going to write a full game write up initially. Also, due to me playing this game almost 4 months ago, I don’t remember the details from my notes as well

Ravos, Soultender, Magic, Commander 2016/Tana, the Bloodsower, Magic, Commander 2016vsOmnath, Locus of Rage, Magic, Prerelease CardsAtraxa, Praetors' Voice, Magic, Commander 2016Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis (Commander 2016), Magic, Oversize Cards

  • I had an Ant Queen and Eldrazi Monument
  • I cast Ravos twice, but he only lived a turn each time, due to Board Wipes
  • Died before turn 10 to a huge army that included a 150/150 selfless squire that Kynaios gave trample somehow. Also Omnath vomited out like 30 elementals all at once with Scapeshift.
  • I didn’t make as many tokens as I planned to.
  • This was the very last game to fit into “The Book of Orzhov,” the purple moleskine that I keep my game write-ups in.  Time to get a new book!

About the Deck

Ravos is my favorite partner, and Tana makes 2/2s when he’s around. This deck is mostly about making tokens and swarming.

Game #220: Kraum/Reyhan

Game #220: Kraum/Reyhan
Date: 2017-01-10
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Omnath Locus of Rage; Kynaios and Tiro+
Result:   Neutral Loss

NOTE: due to a baby, I’m way behind in updates, so  I’m not going to write a full game write up initially. Also, due to me playing this game almost 4 months ago, I don’t remember the details from my notes as well

Kraum, Ludevic's Opus, Magic, Commander 2016/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan, Magic, Commander 2016vsKynaios and Tiro of Meletis (Commander 2016), Magic, Oversize CardsOmnath, Locus of Rage, Magic, Prerelease Cards

  • Kynaios built up a big defense with Propaganda and some swords for offense
  • Omnath almost had a Parallel Lives, but Kynaios countered it
  • I had Reyhan with a Rancor and got to move counters, and Kraum did work too drawing cards
  • Corpse Harvester fetched a Thraximundar, but it was too late.
  • I huge horde of Angels did me for 46 (Luminarch Ascension for Kynaios).

About the Deck

This was a reconstruction, reconfiguring of my original 4-color tagteam zombie deck. Reyhan isn’t a zombie, but I rebuilt it around a Zombies and +1/+1 counter theme with stuff like Skullbriar and Grave Betrayal, etc.

Game #217: Ravos/Tymna

Game #217: Ravos/Tymna
Date: 2016-12-13
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Atraxa +; Vial Smasher/Silas Renn; Tymna/Ludevic
Result:   Neutral Loss

(Tymna the Weaver, Magic, Commander 2016/ ) vsAtraxa, Praetors' Voice, Magic, Commander 2016(Vial Smasher the Fierce, Magic, Commander 2016/Silas Renn, Seeker Adept, Magic, Commander 2016) (Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist, Magic, Commander 2016/Tymna the Weaver, Magic, Commander 2016)

I started with a Windbrisk Heights (hiding away an Enduring Renewal).  I played Tymna on turn 3 and a Keening Apparition on turn 4.  Atraxa started with a Hardened Scales and also cast Manifold Insigts. T/L played Blind Obedience. A Reforge the Soul shuffled up our hands.  I played some small creatures (Herald of Anafenza, Tithe Drinker, etc) and an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion. I got my Enduring Renewal on turn 11 and cast Fleshbag Maruader several times, until Atraxa Mortified my Renewal.  Vial Smasher smashed me pretty hard a few times, and then the board was wiped.  I cast Ravos and rebuilt my board a bit, but a giant Atraxa cast an Overloaded Cyclonic Rift (a card I am definitely starting to HATE), and there wasn’t really much that could be done after that.  I did some fun stuff in the game, but the ending was anticlimactic.

About the Deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/unnamed-black-white-partner/) (This link may change, as it is still being built)

Mostly the plan is to have a lot of small creatures, have Ravos pump them and bring them back for value, and attack a lot. Tymna helps draw more stuff. I’m glad to have a W/B deck that isn’t basically a Lifegain deck (even if Tymna does like some lifegain).

My 5 Cents on… WUBR Partner Configurations

In honor of finally having “official” 4-color options, I’ve decided to give my pre-playtest opinions on the new 4-color Partner configurations.  I’ll start with how I think they work together and give them a score on Compatibility from 1(least) to 4 (most) with only one “4” being awarded, and a score on how likely I’d be to build them as a pair (1 = no, 2=unlikely, 3=possibly, 4=yes) with no gaurantees.

Note that additional card choices/deck context could improve compatibility, but I’m not going to go too deeply into that, though I may mention brief ideas.

The Non-green “theme” is “Artifacts”,  My current xG Tag-Team deck is Zedruu/Syg “Alt Wins“.

The Boss

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Would I play: 4, Since they didn’t want to give me a UR Artifacts Matter commander for this pile of “Thopters Matter’ cards I’ve had ready since Origins, I’ll happily add in a bit of white and black and just use this beauty. Definitely my favorite of the “true” 4-color commanders..

The Built-Ins

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= Both play well with artifacts, and Silas IS an artifact.
Compatibility: 4
Would I build: 3, it’s a kind of obvious build, though maybe I’d limit myself to only trinkets…

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= Double Strike on Silas means two triggers, which is good if you have mana to cast both things you target. I wish Silas looked at any graveyard
Compatibility: 3
Would I build: 1

The Friendlies

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= no real compatibility other than Ishai’s casting cost is actually nice with Vial Smasher.
Compatibility: 1
Would I play: 2 , If I had a non-artifact plan for these colors. They could swap with Zedruu/Sygg okay.

The Cross-Overs

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= No real connection, except Ravos buffs everyone .
Compatibility: 1
Would I build: 1

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= Both involve the words “life” and “draw cards”.  You get a bonus card if you hit for combat damage.
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 2 I could maybe see them replacing Zedruu/Sygg

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=  Ravos Buffs Kraum, which is cool, and they both fly, so evasion?
Compatibility: 2
Would I play: 1

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= They both involve drawing cards. Kraum’s evasion means maybe a Tymna trigger.
Compatibility: 2.
Would I build: 1.

My 5 Cents on… WUBG Partner Configurations

In honor of finally having “official” 4-color options, I’ve decided to give my pre-playtest opinions on the new 4-color Partner configurations.  I’ll start with how I think they work together and give them a score on Compatibility from 1(least) to 4 (most) with only one “4” being awarded, and a score on how likely I’d be to build them as a pair (1 = no, 2=unlikely, 3=possibly, 4=yes) with no guarantees.

Note that additional card choices/deck context could improve compatibility, but I’m not going to go too deeply into that, though I may mention brief ideas.

The Non-red “theme” is “Growth”, which means a headache of +1/+1 counters.  My current xG tag-team theme is “Legendary Colors” with Zur and Sisay.

The Boss

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Would I play: 4, because I’ll probably build all of the “True” 4 colors, and this one is really good, but WHY DID THE 4-COLOR ANGEL HAVE TO BE THESE COLORS!

The Built-Ins

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= Ishai, might get bigger so Ikra might let you gain some more life.
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 1

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= Both play with +1/+1 counters, and if Ishai has a counter on it, at least you won’t have earned it for naught if she goes to the Command Zone.
Compatibility: 4 but only because they fit more with the “growth” theme than Sidar/Silas.
Would I build: 3 , They’ll be the Built-in party ticket for Election.dec.

The Friendlies

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= Sure, Silas Renn can be harder to block.
Compatibility: 3
Would I play: 3 , but only because they will be Running Mates  on the Friendly ticket for Election.dec!

The Cross-Overs

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= No real interaction, other than Thrasios being card filtering, then again Ravos automatically works with any other creature (which is why he is the winner of best Partner).
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 1

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= They both involve drawing cards, but not much overlap other than that.
Compatibility: 1
Would I build: 3, I think this is the X-over party ticket for Election.dec for ballot box manipulation and door-to-door canvassing.

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=  Kydele might help cast another Ravos.
Compatibility: 2
Would I play: 2.  They are dark-horse candidates for being on the Election.dec ticket.

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= If you can get through for some damage, Kydele is activated.
Compatibility: 3.
Would I build: 3, it might be nice to make an Agro deck with these… of course Melee is mostly a red ability, and that’s how I’d want to build the deck… or Blade of Selves and the old commander creatures that have the that ability

My 5 Cents on… WURG Partner Configurations

In honor of finally having “official” 4-color options, I’ve decided to give my pre-playtest opinions on the new 4-color Partner configurations.  I’ll start with how I think they work together and give them a score on Compatibility from 1(least) to 4 (most) with only one “4” being awarded, and a score on how likely I’d be to build them as a pair (1 = no, 2=unlikely, 3=possibly, 4=yes) with no gaurantees.

Note that additional card choices/deck context could improve compatibility, but I’m not going to go too deeply into that, though I may mention brief ideas.

The Non-Black “theme” is “Group Hug”, though thankfully the deck isn’t too hugg-y.  The current theme of my 4-color Tag Team is “Angels,” so not a lot of help here

The Bosses

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Would I play?: 3, but only because I’m sure I’ll build a ‘true’ 4 color deck with each of these generals.

The Built-Ins

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= Sidar encourages your opponents to attack, and to attack someone other than you, which triggers Ludevic for them.
Compatibility: 4 (but only because there must be a “4”)
Would I build: 2 (Maybe a pillow-fort with spell protection)

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= Both are on “theme”. Sidar encourages your opponents to play multiple cheap creatures in a turn, maybe?
Compatibility: 3
Would I build: 1

 

The Friendlies

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= no real interaction.
Compatibility: 1
Would I play: 1 (even with flying, I wouldn’t give this to the angel deck)

The Cross-Overs

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= Maybe you draw another artifact?
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 1

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= Maybe you draw something worth beefing up? .
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 1

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= Artifacts cost colorless mana.
Compatibility: 2 
Would I play: 2.

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= Kydele can help you cast a big creature for Bruse to Buff.
Compatibility: 2.
Would I build: 2. This is the only combo that I would maybe put at the helm of the Angel deck.

My 5 Cents on… WBRG Partner Configurations

In honor of finally having “official” 4-color options, I’ve decided to give my pre-playtest opinions on the new 4-color Partner configurations.  I’ll start with how I think they work together and give them a score on Compatibility from 1(least) to 4 (most) with only one “4” awarded, and a score on how likely I’d be to build them as a pair (1 = no, 2=unlikely, 3=possibly, 4=yes) with no guarantees.

Note that additional card choices/deck context could improve compatibility, but I’m not going to go too deeply into that, though I may mention brief ideas.

The Non-blue “theme” is “ATTACK”.  My current non-blue tag-team is “Token Sacrifices” with Kresh and Hazezon.

The Boss

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Would I build: 2, I mean, probably a “3” but I don’t like having a commander that totally singles out one player. She might be fun in a “Curse” deck though, so yeah, okay, “3”.

The Built-Ins

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= Buff a trampler, get more opportunities at Saprolings that are Buff. Seems Good.
Compatibility: 4
Would I build: 4  This is very likely to replace Kresh/Hazezon in my current Tag-Team.

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= More things to attack with, means more things might get through.
Compatibility: 3
Would I build: 3 I don’t know if it would be much different than TanaRavos

The Friendlies

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= You’re playing small creatures, so Maybe that means you have mana for big other spells?
Compatibility: 1
Would I play: 1

The Cross-Overs

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= Akiri doesn’t get more toughness.
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 1

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= Putting Counters on Akiri seems decent.
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 2

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=  Bruse targetting Ikra means 14-28 life. That’s crazy.
Compatibility: 3 
Would I play: 4. These two will probably get their own deck.

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= Reyhan will make things bigger, and bigger things with Double Strike is good.
Compatibility: 2.
Would I build: 2.

My 5 Cents on… UBRG Partner Configurations

In honor of finally having “official” 4-color options, I’ve decided to give my pre-playtest opinions on the new 4-color Partner configurations.  I’ll start with how I think they work together and give them a score on Compatibility from 1(least) to 4 (most) with only one “4” being awarded, and a score on how likely I’d be to build them as a pair (1 = no, 2=unlikely, 3=possibly, 4=yes) with no gaurantees.

Note that additional card choices/deck context could improve compatibility, but I’m not going to go too deeply into that, though I may mention brief ideas.

The Non-white “theme” is “Chaos”, though thankfully the deck isn’t full of a ton of standard red chaos cards.  My current xW Tag-Team is obviously Zombies (Jarad/Thraximundar), so there’s not a lot of help here.

The Boss

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Would I play: 3, becasue I’ll probably build all of the “True” 4 colors.

The Built-Ins

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= If you have non-spell means of drawing additional cards, Kydele could fuel a big first spell. If your mana is right, Kydele ensures at least 4 damage the turn after playing Vial.
Compatibility: 4
Would I build: 3

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= Thrasios gives you a better chance at drawing a big spell, or being able to play it (except for the high cost of his scry ability).  Vial’s randomness might also be a drawback.  Maybe play with some top-deck manipulation?
Compatibility: 3
Would I build: 4 (though I probably don’t need another Top-deck manipulation deck)

The Friendlies

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= If you attack with both of them, maybe they have to choose which one to block?
Compatibility: 2
Would I play: 3 , but only with ways to give them banding!

The Cross-Overs

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= They both benefit you for dealing combat damage, Ikra builds your life total, while Ludevic encourages others’ life total to go down.
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 1

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= Kraum is aggressive, so maybe it triggers Ikra more easily.
Compatibility: 2
Would I build: 2

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=  Without context or other cards, no real interaction.
Compatibility: 1
Would I play: 4.  Context is King: Kraum’s Zombie-ness, and Reyhan’s “stuff-dying” means they’re  very strong candidates to take-over for Jarad/Thrax, who also play with Skullbriar, who LOVES Reyhan..

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= Another one that requires more cards to make any context.
Compatibility: 1.
Would I build: 1.

My 5 Cents on… Partner.

  1.  I’ve been using “Tag Team” generals to create my 4-color decks (which have not been featured here, since I couldn’t get enough people to let me play them) for quite a few years.   Partner is pretty close to that, except for the fact that they can both be in play at the same time. So that’s pretty cool. I was definitely not expecting this to be their solution though.
  2. I feel just a tiny bit slighted that they didn’t come up with more “true 4-color” or “4-color Identity” cards.  I know DFCs are expensive to print, so that’s excusable, but it didn’t seem like the Fate Reforged style “activation color’ generals would have been that tough to design.
  3. Partner is neat, though, because it means that there are lots of combination options, and not just for forming new 4-color decks.  I hope they continue to print Partner cards in the future.  Also, it’s incentive to buy all of the decks to maximize combinations.
  4. Partner and Soulbond would be cool. Partner and Meld would be super cool.
  5. Brothers Yamazaki should be errata-ed to have partner.