Game #155: Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

Game #155: Shu YMeun, the Silent Tempest
Date: 2015-03-18
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Gisa; Sun Quan; Jarad; Shauku the Endbringer
Result: Fun Win

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest, Magic, Fate ReforgedvsGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Magic, Return to RavnicaSun Quan, Lord of Wu, Magic, From the Vault: Legends

Shauku, Endbringer, Magic, Mirage

 

I had lots of land to start, but it was a good thing. Sunquan started with a Chasm Skulker and Shauku cycled a Decree of Pain. I cast Shu Yun and on the next turn attacked Shauku (no blockers in a creatureless deck) after playing a Sol Ring, Jeskai Banner and Brute Force with enough mana left over to make my 9/7 guy punch twice for a total of 18, which sort of woke up everyone else. Shauku was also building a pretty strong presence with Greed, Coffers, a Mirari, etc. I missed my chance to turn Shauku into a Monkey with pongify before he equipped her with Swiftfoot boots, and then Shauku at my guy (who could now kill him with no help… though I wasn’t going to go after Shauku next).

Gisa had a rings of brighthearth that never got to get used, and tried for Ugin, which Sun Quan countered. Shauku ate a Vorinclex (yay!) and then Hexed away some of my stuff and a bunch of Sun Quan’s tokens. I recast Shu Yun and Shauku ate him again. At this point Sun Quan had 2 Caged Suns AND a Gauntlet of Power (and I only had one basic Island). Jarad and Shauku come close to clearing the board again, and some how they both get out of the game. I had been trying really hard to get some Jeskai Ascendancy shenanigans going, but I only had one card in hand most of the time (I did have a 0-cmc artifact, so a Banishing Knack would have been pretty rad).

Gisa tapped out, and I was able to use the double “Prowess” and a Pongify/Curse of the Swine/Merchant Scroll for/Brainstorm/rebounding un-blockable spell to buff up Shu Yun enough to kill Gisa. Sun Quan had a Leyline of Anticipation but was at 8 life, and smacked me down to 4. In response to the rebound he flashed in an Ulamog, thinking he had me beat, but the card I had kept with my Brainstorm was Ajani’s Presence, and I made Shu Yun indestructible AND unblockable and swung in to win the game as the store was closing up.

About the Deck (Tapped out Someday)
I thought about doing a Tiny Leaders Shu Yun, but EDH was more fun (I also am considering switching my RWU humans deck to being a shu-yun deck, but that is not this deck).

I really wanted to mess around with Jeskai Ascendancy, which reminded me a lot of the glory days of Miracle Gro, and I wanted an exuse to get Monastery Mentor into a deck as well. The deck is mostly Monk Tribal, but not entirely. It also has a Sunforger package, and plays Epic Experiment. I didn’t realize how explosive it could be (granted Brute Force is pretty, well… brutal) with Shu Yun. I briefly considered building it as Shu Yun only, but I did that with Narset (whose Transendant version may join this deck)

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Game #136: Narset, Enlightened Master

Game #136:Narset, Enlightened Master
Date: 2014-10-01
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Prime Speaker Zegana; Baru, Fist of Krosa
Result: Fun Loss

Narset, Enlightened Master, Magic, Khans of TarkirvsPrime Speaker Zegana, Magic, GatecrashBaru, Fist of Krosa, Magic, Future Sight

I started the game with a three land hand, none of which produced colored mana (Sunhome, Slayer’s Stronghold, Cathedral of War). I kept it anyway and drew… Rogue’s Passage. By turn 6 I also had a mountain and a plains, but no blue. Baru had a Sylvan Library, Chameleon Colossus and was doing pretty well. Zegana was ramping and had a Psychosis Crawler. Baru hit 8 permanents on a Genesis Wave for 8 and was looking very strong.

I cast narset and swung into Zeganna, who did not block with a 4/4 Psychosis Crawler (thanks First Strike and Exalted). I got a Beacon of Tomorrows. On the extra turn I got two extra attacks, and I Long-Term Plans-ed for Alpha Brawl (to take care of Baru’s board) but didn’t notice that Baru had an Altar of Dementia, so it got milled away (grrrrr….). I had Divine Reckoning in hand to take care of Baru’s board when he was going to pop Nissa Worldwaker’s ultimate, but instead he just used Overrun via Garruk and smashed us.

About the Deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/narset-pre-build-copy/)
Narset stood out to me as the most fun of the new Khans. My deck isn’t super original (I faced a similar one last week). Narset’s the only creature (other than kobold, Keyrune or Tatsumasa tokens). I tried to limit the number of Extra Turn spells, only playing Beacon of Tomorrows, but I do like Extra attacks a lot. Hedron Matrix is a favorite choice because it’s The Matrix, and Narset is Keanu. The other goal is to get all three in-color “Dragon” enchantments on her to make her a Serra Lightning Angel Dragon (4/4 Flying Vigilance, Haste, Firebreathing). Reconnaissance is gold in this deck too.

The Rest of the Night

We played another game with Balthor that got long and grindy. I played Marath, and had lots of opportunities and good draws, but kept getting foiled by Patron of the Moon and Roil Elemental. Patron eventually won. Then I played Teysa #3, but Balthor rolled us over.

Game #23: Numot the Devastator

Game # : Numot the Devastator (Gwafa Hazid, Profitteer/Norin the Wary)
Date: 2013-05-15
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs: Savra, Queen of the Golgari (guild); Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Result: Fun, quick, Loss

Numot, the Devastator vs.

ImageGisela, Blade of Goldnight

I had a lot of Blue and White mana-producers in a hand full of red cards.  Savra came out of the gate with a vengeance, getting Savra, Seal of Doom, Shambling Shell, Perilous Forays and regrowing a Doubling Season after I Mana-Tithe it.  Gisela built up with a Spikeshot Elder, Brion Stoutarm and a Furious Assault, as well as a Hound of Griselbrand.

I don’t look to be able to keep a creature on the board due to Savra having multiple recurrable creatures and sac-outlets for them.  I play a Mana-echoes (that never gets used) and a Hero of Oxid Ridge (that attempts to attack and is sacrificed).    Gisela is able to get Savra off the board, and the Hound gets Seal of Doomed.

Looking at my hand (Which is all enchantments that would work great if I had creatures (that I didnt’ have)), I play Airforce One (aka Numot) beause, hey, it’s a flying beater, and get a swing in on Savra for 6 general damage the following turn.

At this point the shopkeeper comes up to let us all know he has to close early and to please try to wrap up the games.  I, and Numot, survive to the next turn, and I draw the land to be able to cast a +9/+0 Enrage and General Damage out Savra.   Gisela is on the board and swings at me along with a little lifelink angel, putting my life down to 5 and then casting an X spell to kill me.

It was a quick one, but it was fun.

About the Deck (tapped out coming soon)

This is actually a Tag-Team Commander Deck featuring Gwafa Hazid, Profitteer/Norin the Wary.  Numot is a “just for the colors” substitute when not playing tag-team style; this is normally anathema to me, but I allow it in this deck.

The theme here is AMERICA!!!!  It’s a human tribal deck that uses a lot of the Innistrad block human-tribal cards.  Gwafa represents Blue America’s Beauracracy and White-Collar America’s greed, and Norin is a cowardly red-stater. (He’s also really good with human-based ETB effects)

Every land in the deck is a foreign printing. Numot is the big airforce that blows stuff up (even though I don’t usually intend to play him, and never intend to use his land-destruction capabilities).

Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer/Norin the Wary