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.

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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.