Game #177: Teneb the Harvester

Game #177: Teneb the Harvester
Date: 2015-06-24 (Last Game in MD)
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
Vs: Titania; Captain Sisay; Karona (Squirrels)
Result: Fun (I think?) Loss

Teneb, the Harvester, Magic, Planar ChaosvsTitania, Protector of Argoth, Magic, Commander 2014Captain Sisay, Magic, From the Vault: LegendsKarona, False God, Magic, Scourge

This was my final night playing at the Family Game Store in Savage Mill (in Savage MD) before I moved to Portland, OR, so I wanted to make sure I got at least one new deck played there.

I started with 3 land (I think all forests?) but I think I drew into a plains somewhere. I know I was able to Mortify Titania’s early Azusa. Sisay had played Dosan, and Titiania Stripmined an Island from Karona, who followed that with a Mirari’s Wake.

I used a Priest of Gix to play a Phyrexian Plaguelord. Sisay dropped a Karametra and Jedit of Efrava. Titania played Exploration, a Zuran Orb and Parallel Lives (which was troubling). Cast Unearth on Priest of Gix to get the mana to play Teneb and then cast Necromantic Selection on the next turn, returning my own Teneb. Teneb harvested a Solemn Simulacrum, and a Deranged Hermit (which helped pay the convoke to Endless Obedience out Jedit).

It seemed like I was in a good spot. Sisay started rebuilding with Heroes Podium and Karona was doing things with Tiling Treefolk and Strands of Night. Karona was at really low life but dropped Parallel Evolution, Parallel Lives (up to 72 squirrels) and then a Goblin Bombardment. I play Death Frenzy and Karona casts Riot Control (for 30) in response, and then also Kills me.

Rest of the Night: I switched tables with Karona’s player so we could play some last games with Gisa/Ihsan. I played one game with my Tariel and the Seven (Legendary) Samurai deck. I had a Neko-Te on Kumano, Master Yamabushi (which is fun times), I came really close to winning, but Squirrels happened. I ended the night with my very first deck (from this project, and ever, which was recently featured on the Mothership site), Kangee the Aerie Keeper. I don’t really remember what happened in the game, being more focused on one last game with some really good friends.

About the Deck:  This is just big dumb reanimation. It doesn’t stray far from the theme of it’s commander. Stuff goes to the graveyard, and I get it back.  There might be combos, but I don’t even remember.  I think it forked from building another deck.

NOTE:  This game was played at the end of June. I haven’t built any new decks since then due to a cross country move and not yet being settled in permanent housing (I’ve been swapping decks to my backpack from the trunk of my car).  I have new decks in the works and found a new place to play.  I anticipate recording some new games around October.  Finances might keep me from hitting 200 decks as soon as I’d like,  but it will happen.

Game #124: Sedris, the Traitor King

Game #124: Sedris, the Traitor King
Date: 2014-04-02
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Balthor; Sisters of Stone Death
Result: Neutral Loss

Sedris, the Traitor King, Magic, Shards of Alaravs.Balthor the DefiledSisters of Stone Death, Magic, Ravnica

This was the very first time I even did test draws with this deck (which meant I had to reshuffle twice before I got a hand with any land). My hand had decent lands, but not decent color distribution. Sisters of Stone Death played an Urborg, Balthor a Deserted Temple and some kind of tutor. I drew a Demonic Collusion and was pretty pumped. I hit land drops and mana rocks and was ready to cast it on turn 4, pitching two decent creatures for Buyback to search out a Prince of Thralls, and then cast it again the next turn pitching the Prince and another good creature. At this point I had both Cold Storage and Voyager Staff in hand, so I grabbed Salvaging Station, all set to cast Sedris next turn and start playing Unearth tricks.

Then Balthor cast Withered Wretch and a Candelabra of Tawnos and had ninety bajillion mana and a Grey Merchant and Geth and all sorts of silly things. A Memory Jar actually helps me a bit, putting some unneeded lands and big fatties in the grave yard, but there wasn’t much we could do. Sisters cast the Join Forces ramp spell and I got a bunch of lands. I cast Life’s Finale, helping Sisters get Massacre Wurm, RuneScarred Demon and Hythonia, in his yard for impending Balthor activations, but Balthor just cast Yawgmoth’s Will and re-cast his graveyard instead using Pontiff of Blight to Extort Sisters to a stone death and me to 3. On my turn I cast Sedris, unearthed a Dead-eye Navigator and blinked it, just because. Then I died.

The deck did what I wanted it to in terms of draws, spells and graveyard. Withered Wretch was just too good.

About the Deck:
This deck started as being a UBR Zombies deck using cast-offs from building Tymaret and adding blue, until I remembered that I already had one of those in Lord of Tresserhorn. So it became more of a load up my graveyard/your graveyards unearth/reanimate deck. It’s different enough from my Mimeoplasm deck to be fun. I don’t usually like self-milling, but it’s fun in this deck. As big finishers I like Dragon Tyrant and Prince of Thralls.

The Rest of the Evening:

We started the night playing Mono Black (Balthor vs. Nefarox vs. Shauku the Endbringer).  I had some decent Cleric animation and reanimation and was poised to do pretty decently, but Shauku (a creaturless deck) was able to hang on and use Sanguine Bond and the gain-life Tower to kill us off.

After Sedris I played Melek, Izzet spell-copier guy vs. Balthor and Sisters. My happy play in that game was to double cast a Stolen Identity (getting a matched set of Caged Suns) AND a drake and elemental token. I don’t remember who won that one.

I ended the night playing Teysa #1 against Balthor and Karona. Karona did laps of the table but mostly pounded herself and Balthor. Balthor didn’t have a great board or graveyard, and I had a pretty decent selection of card draw, token creation, sac-outlets, mana and reanimation, so Balthor scooped for time.

Game #75.1, 75.2 : Lim-Dul, the Necromancer

Game #75.1, 75.2 : Lim-Dul, the Necromancer
Date: 2013-11-02
Location: Family Game Store
vs: (game 1) Teneb the Harvester; Prime Speaker Zeganna; Dralnu, Lich Lord

Lim-Dûl the NecromancerVSTeneb, the HarvesterPrime Speaker ZeganaDralnu, Lich Lord

After a long game with Oloro vs the other 4 new Commanders (on a Saturday Night, which is not my normal EDH night), I joined up with a pod of people I didn’t know very well. I had just made a few updates to Lim-Dul and was excited to play it.

The group looked like they were pretty intense. I had a bad land start, but impulsively played a Necropotence on turn 3.  It was followed up by Dralnu playing a Hypnotic Specter and Hitting me twice (exiling cards I needed to have a hope of a chance). I tutored for a Nevinyrral’s Disk (the only means of artifact destruction that I had), but the random-discard of the Hyppie exiled it. Knowing I was basically out of the game I chose to “draw” 33 cards and then died, hoping to join a different less cutthroat pod.

Game #76.2  vs Kei Takahashi; Olivia Voldaren

VSKei TakahashiOlivia Voldaren

This game was against a father-son duo. The Olivia deck was a new one and the Kei deck was purported to have no real win-condition other than surviving.   I got into the mana-production game early with a Gilded Lotus, Everflowing Chalice and a Cabal Coffers, and eventually a Caged Sun.  I also played an early No Mercy to deter attacks.  Kei played a CoP: Black and Olivia played a Steel Hellkite  to try to deal with my enchantment. I kept finding ways to kill it and Sheoldred (including Dark Betrayal). I necromancied  Sheoldred.  Eventually Olivia had a Trostani’s Summoner on a Mimic Vat.

I tried to stay inthe game as long as I could, but Lim-Dul was always threatened, so never got cast. Warstorm Surge plus the Summoner/Vat got dangerous.  I Exsanguinated for 9 to try to live on, and a Life’s Finale was followed up by Rise from the Grave on a Sepulchral Primordial (that had been Finaled from the library), but ultimately I lost to Insurrection + Entwined Savage Beating.   Though the guy that won attracted a Kibitzer from another pod who looked over his shoulder, helped search the deck, gave advice on combat math, etc.  It was kind of annoying. I was hoping for a better game with Lim-Dul.

About the Deck ( (mostly))

This deck only has Lim-Dul as a creature. Everything else is creature destruction and reanimation. Two Lilianas hang around. I once was able to sneak enough counters onto Grimoire of the dead to steal a mass-reanimation out from under Balthor (though I still lost).  Dark Betrayal was a pretty crucial addition to the deck, as I always end up against partial-black decks, and most of the cards in the deck don’t like to kill Black creatures.  If I had a Damnation, it would be in here