Game #164: Intet the Dreamer #2
Location: The Family Game Store
vs. Yeva, Natures Herald; Karador, Ghost Chieftain; Ghoulcaller Gisa
Result: Fun*/Neutral Loss
A new player showed up just after the previous game began and had waited patiently to join our next game (he was from out of town, and here on work business and wanted to get a game in). He was playing Yeva, which always gives me pause (mostly because Gisa’s player used to have a crazy Yeva deck).
I had a two land hand, but I could play Kavu Predator on turn two so I was happy. I followed it up with a Temur Ascendancy. Yeva cast Time of Need for an Omnath, Locus of Mana, and later killed off Gisa’s Thran Dynamo with a Reclamation Sage. Gisa also had a Caged Sun, and Karametra was working with Nylea, Corpse Harvester and a Creakwood Liege.
I happened to have Dragon Broodkeeper and a Mark of Fury to easily make a dragon each turn for R, and that was followed by a Crucible of Fire to make 5/5 dragons that also drew me a card. Gisa matched my dragons with a Kokusho and a Whip of Erebos (which my Kavu was happy to see). Yeva’s deck was an Elf build and he had good mana generation powers and had just played an Ezuri. I played a Prophet of Kruphix, which I got to use once to play both of the Dragon-Cost-Reduction dudes (making my dragons cost 3 less), before Gisa Ashes-to-Ashes-ed the Prophet and Ezuri. Fair enough.
I still only had 5 lands on my battlefield, but I managed to cast Intet, and then the next turn cast Atarka for a big swing. I held up on attacking Gisa for fear of the Kokusho, but I accidentally killed Yeva’s player (and felt like a super jerk about it. I was trying to do big Damage to everyone, but ended up just killing him, for which I apologized). I should have realized that attacking Gisa with my 15/15 tramply Kavu would have been great (because hey, if he blocks it with Kokusho, it’s getting even bigger).
The next turn Gisa cast All is Dust, and I said “boooooo.” Then Gisa attacked for big trouble. Karador killed both of Gisa’s Caged Suns. I attacked with Intet and used her ability to cast a Clever Impostor, copying Gisa’s Oblivion Stone (to try to put a Fate counter on Intet in case the O-stone was popped), but Gisa cast Damnable pact to make Karador (At 7 life) draw 7 and lose 7 life. Then Gisa smashed me with zombies and I died.
There was time for more games, but Yeva’s player had to leave, making me feel extra bad that he showed up, had to wait, was the first one out, and then had to leave. Despite enjoying the game, I couldn’t feel totally good about it.
The Rest of the Night: Gisa decided to sit out, so I played head to head vs Karador. First I played Animar, and swung with an Arbitrarily Large Animar (thanks to Stupidly Good Ancestral Statue) on turn 5. We played again, but I switched to Shu Yun, which Karador was able to handle both other games we played.
About the Deck: (tapped out Someday)
This deck was built because I really liked Atarka (the double strike one) but wanted Blue in the deck for Xenograft, Temur Ascendancy, Day of the Dragons, and Sarkhan Unbroken and for some other shenanigans. I also wanted to abuse Kobolds and Cloudstone Curio for Dragonstorming, and I really wanted to play Aluren/Furious Assault/Horned Kavu (my favorite combo ever). So it’s dragons with a Kavu and Kobolds theme (with the goal being making them ALL graduate to Dragonhood). I play both Niv Mizzets, Scourge of Valkas, Utvara Hellkite, Dragon Broodmother, etc. The invention of Impact Tremors (aka Furious Assault but BETTER and CHEAPER) blew my mind.
I’m not a believer, like one of the EDH columnist/podcasters out there, in the philosophy that every deck should be able to win on turn 3, but I realized as I was sitting down to play this one that it actually could:
- Turn 1: Mountain
- Turn 2: Land, Impact Tremors
- Turn 3: Land, Cloudstone Curio, Kobold A, Kobold B
If I felt like adding in an Elvish Spirit Guide/or the Gorilla one, and a Sol Ring, it could happen on turn 2.