Game #174: Karona, False God (Avatar Korra)

Game #174: Karona, False God (Avatar Korra)
Date: 2015-06-10
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs. Gisa, Sidisi
Result: Neutral Loss.

IMG_0459vsGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Magic, Khans of Tarkir

I started out with a Forbidden Orchard, followed by a Tundra and a Plains. Gisa started with a Nighteyes, Blood Ghast and a Skull Clamp followed up with a Nirkana Revenant. Sidisi had Parallel lives and was making lots of Snakes via Patagia Viper. Gisa responds with a Lashwrithe, Scarecrone and a bunch of other things (like a Caged Sun). Sidisi tries to recover with a bunch of copies of Coiling Oracle, but gets Dark Pact-ed for 36 and I get swarmed by 18 3/3 zombies. All I managed to get down was Mako (+1-ed) and I had just cast Three Dreams.

I played another game with Korra, and I think it went much better for me (may have even won!) Either way the deck is super cool and special.

About the Deck ( ) As a going away present, my friends from the Family Game Store wednesday night crew pooled their resources (okay, one bought a Karona, and the other did the kickass alter) to hook me up with the general for this deck.  The deck had been an idea we’d been talking about for a long time, and, having recently finished watching Legend of Korra, I decided to be the one that built it.

It was originally going to be totally creature-less, but then I decided that thematically appropriate walls could be created via bending, so I allowed those in.  The rest of Team Avatar is represented by planeswalkers (and I did some customs on MSE for them as well)

Tenzin the Sojourner Mako the Firebrand Bolin Worldwaker Asami Transcendant

Along with them were a complement of Fire, Water/Ice, Earth and Air themed spells either to pump Korra or to deal with threats.  It’s pretty strongly themed, though there are a few non-theme choices to make the deck work.

Chapter #165: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker

Chapter #165: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker
Due Date: 2015-04-15
Shelf Location: The Family Game Store
Patrons: Melek, Izzet Paragon; Shauku, the Endbringer
Result: Super Fun, thematic, Loss

Priscilla Page, AcquistionsvsMelek, Izzet Paragon, Magic, Dragon's MazeShauku, Endbringer, Magic, Mirage

Head Librarian Michiko Konda arrived early to the Five Plains branch library, stopping to admire the Fountain of Cho as she passed through the Lobby. It was a slow start to the day, and she was the only one scheduled for the shift, so she spent the beginning of it working on acquisitions.
[I had a 5 land hand, including a Fountain of cho.]

She cursed under her breath as the Science Lab across the street opened for business. Melek Industries had a habit of blowing things up and making a lot of noise, experimented in cloning and unstable energy, and they were the rare scientists that didn’t see the value of a public library that still had books in it. She vaguely noticed some kind of salamander man running around with boots on, and chalked it up to another experiment gone awry. It came into the library and poked its head around. Slimy creatures like that tended to do damage to the books, and while she was committed to serving everyone, in her heart she was glad when the county administrator’s office finally sent a truck around to have it impounded
[Melek cast a Surrakar Spellblade with a Swiftfoot Boots. It got a few attacks in before Shauku wiped the board with something.]

Michiko stepped out from the office to go into the stacks to fulfill some online materials requests, her authority was unquestioned in the library, and she briskly moved to the biography section. She looked out the window to see the County Administration offices in the building next door. Michiko did not like the current county commissioner. She was a harsh old woman, and, Michiko felt, quite the bloodsucker. Despite the extremely full coffers of the county, she had been threatening to cut the library funding for weeks as a cost cutting measure (or, because she was a misanthropic spinster, in Michiko’s opinion).
[I cast my commander and an Unquestioned Authority. Shauku has a Cabal Coffers out.]

Deciding that there was no time like the present to stand up for the Library, Michiko headed across the street to the County Offices, but as she got to the door, a low-level clerk approached her. “This has the new library budget numbers on it. The boss says you probably have the antiquated technology to read it,” and handed her a 3.5″ floppy disk. At this point Michiko knew she would be stuck in the office for the rest of the day trying to work out what to do.
[I attack Shauku with my general, and he pops the Nevinyrral’s disk in response.]

On the way back to her office, Michiko set out the particular volume the patron had requested. A particularly fulfilling and enlightening read that was the journal of a recently deceased teleporter. From her desk window, she saw that Commissioner Shauku was arriving for work, looking furious. Michiko could only imagine what political machinations were bothering her today. Across the way, an astronomer (astrologer?) had arrived at Melek Labs. For her own amusement, she emailed Comissioner Shauku copies of a feature article detailing her recent political victories. “That should keep her busy for awhile. She’s so self-centered.”
[I play a Venser’s Journal and cast Pacifism on Shauku. Melek casts Lunar Mystic.]

Suddenly, a series of loud explosions rocked the building. Michiko saw smoke and small flames rising from the front door of the County Offices. “Well,” she thought, “there goes our chances of keeping her busy all day.”
[Melek kills Shauku with some spells and a Grapeshot.]

After the dust settled, Michiko went back to reading the biography, which continued to strengthen her resolve. I thought struck her, and she pulled out the library’s architectural plan from special collections, how ever “this is not the right time,” echoed in her head, and she put them away, instead pulling out a rare volume of literary criticism that was accruing value. Across the street Melek industries unveiled a new project. One they hoped to get a grant from the county to finance, and that would bring them significant returns. Not wanting to share the glory, or the profit, Shauku spent a great deal of money to make sure the paper work was lost in the shuffle.
[I cast an Urza’s Blueprints to draw a card. I get the second card and gain life from Venser’s Journal, but I don’t pay the echo cost, and cast Barrin’s Codex. Melek casts a Diluvian Primordial — nothing in my yard– and tries to copy a tutor, but Shauku activates Greed several times until drawing a Suffer the Past to exile the tutor from the graveyard.]

The fuss with Melek labs had clearly angered Commisioner Shauku, and she arranged for the termination of key employees at the lab. Bolstered by her show of power she donned her shadowy cloak and crossed the street to confront Melek, howling something about “Closing you down for good!” It was so loud. Michiko did not like loud, and began to worry about the noise disturbing her patrons. She made eye contact with the commissioner through the window, and raised her finger to her lips in the universal library gesture for “SHHH!”
[Shauku, equipped with Umbral Mantle, exiles the Lunar Mystic, untaps and attacks, using Howl From Beyond to hit lethal commander damage on Melek. I gain more life, and cast a Moment of Silence to buy time.]

Clearly still in the mood to cause havoc and abuse her power, Shauku called an emergency meeting of the budget committee and sent drew up a new budget. One would cut the libraries assets in half. Cutbacks weren’t going to hold back Michiko though, and she made arrangements to sell the rare volume she’d been perusing to a wealthy Friend of the Library in order to keep it afloat.
[Shauku makes me sac half of my permanents rounded down (9 down to 4), but I sac the Barrin’s Codex to draw two cards. I keep Venser’s Journal, 2 plains and the fountain of Cho.]

Her plans thwarted by the last-minute sale, Shauku, realizing how thoroughly she had bankrupted the county, did what any politician would do in that situation: burn down the building to cover her tracks and try to sneak off into the night. However, our ever vigilant Librarian Heroine tipped off the authorities, and Shauku didn’t get away as cleanly as she had hoped.
[Shauku, is down to 2 life due to Greed and her own lose-3 ability. I cast Quiet Purity to destroy Shade’s Form (which would have given her a lethal attack on me), and an O-Stone had to be found, cast and popped in order to kill Shauku to save her player.]

The afternoon shift workers started to file in to the Five Plains Branch Library. First an Angelic Curator, head of the conservation department, as well as a Cataloger and Meta-data shaman trained in Dublin-Kor. The curator, an infinite authority in her field, was working on scrolls from an old master that were in the special collections. The two of them went to the remains of the county offices to look for any records that may have survived the blast. Their search was spoiled suddenly, but they were still able to find some useful information, but nothing that would drive a stake through the heart of Shauku’s political career.
[I cast an Angelic Curator, Shaman en-Kor, Scroll of the Masters and Infinite Authority. I swing for two, but Shauku casts Sudden Spoiling, and I respond by buffing the Curator with the Scroll hitting for 1.]

The lack of damning evidence would be their downfall, as Commissioner Shauku was able to call in enough favors, and bleed-dry enough of her secret slush funds (including the library’s endowment) to reassert her political authority. Feeble attempts by Michiko and her staff to keep the Library open were met by the shrieks and Endless Screams of Commissioner Shauku: “You’re Fired! You’re Fired! I’m shutting your doors, just like those nuts across the street!”

Michiko hated noisy people.
[Shauku cast Exsanguinate for 24, leaving me at 54 and him at 25.  I couldn’t do anything to do that much damage and keep creatures on the board. Shauku used Magewright Stone to untap, exile both my creatures and swing in, using Endles Screams to buff up for lethal Commander Damage.]

About the Deck (tappedout someday)

I’m a librarian (at least for now… who knows if I’ll find a Library Job in Portland). I also really wanted to build a Michiko Konda deck. Advisor tribal wasn’t working, and I had ALSO wanted to build a deck with as many Books, Tomes, Codices, Scrolls, Grimoire’s, Journals, etc in it. I decided to make this a mostly-themed library deck.  It plays spells with names like ‘Quiet Purity,’ ‘Moment of Silence,’ and ‘Quietus Spike’ (one of the few win conditions.  As well as many other things that amuse me like ‘Unquestioned Authority,’ ‘Glarecaster,’ and ‘Angelic (book) Renewal’.  I don’t really know if or how it’s supposed to win.  It has White Sun’s Zenith in it (crazy Cat-Lady Librarian Stereotype).  I wanted to put Glasses of Urza (on a chain) in the deck, but it just didn’t quite fit.

Head Librarian Michiko Konda is a Truth Seeker, as a good Librarian Should be.  She is played by Priscilla Page (of the Page Sisters: Librarians from the “Jack of Fables” comics).

Priscilla Page, Acquistions

Priscilla Page, Acquistions

Assistant Librarian Masako the Humorless is played by Hillary  PageHilary Page, Research

And Assistant Librarian Linvala, Keeper of Silence is played by Robin Page

Robin Page, Security

Robin Page, Security

I carry a foil ‘My First Tome’ around with it as a “Banned Book” (since it’s silver border).

It also has a small damage re-direction theme to try to make me take damage to trigger Michiko.


The Rest of the Night:  Won my first game with Rakdos, Lord of Riots. Lost a really close one with Riku (and a Clone of Melek). Scooped (a bit petulantly) because someone countered Isamaru, Hound of Konda for no real reason. Lost a game with Bruna, where she never got cast. Should’ve won a game with Animar, but it was over time, and I played nice/wrong.

Game #148: Triad of Fates

Game #148: Triad of Fates
Date: 2015-02-04
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Gisa; Karona (dragonlord); Horde of Notions; GrimGrin
Result:  Fun Loss

Triad of Fates, Magic, TherosvsKarona, False God, Magic, ScourgeGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Magic, GatecrashHorde of Notions, Magic, Lorwyn

Lazav was being Grimgrin again, and a different Karona deck was being played (this one was super dragony post Fate Reforged. I was playing a deck that might not have had a win condition.

I started with a 3 land hand and a Quest for the Nihil Stone and Serra’s Hymn.  Gisa came early with a Gauntlet of Power, but I think it got destroyed.  Grimgrin’s pet Crypt Rats came out and did their thing. Then Gisa had Necropotence and a Caged sun.

I spent a lot of time playing with counters. I had Power Conduit and a Astral Cornucopia for 3.  The big play came when Horde of Notions Reforged the Soul pumping my Quest up to 22 counters (and thus fueling the Power Conduit for a long time).  I also built up a Time Bomb to 4.  And was using tricks to use Magistrate’s Scepter every other turn (I have since added Clock of Omens, which is a flavor fit AND would let me have a janky infinite turns machine).   I was also playing lots of Will of the Council  with Coercive Portal and Brago’s Representative.

Gisa was doing things with a Lashwrithe and 1000 year elixir and a caged sun and building up guys, Karona had stuck some pretty dangerous dragons like Utvara Hellkite, possibly thanks to a Dragonstorm for 2.

I had moved on to playing with Eye of Doom (everyone picked on Gisa) and was building a Darksteel Reactor up  (I think I got up to about 12, and had the board not mostly wiped, could have maybe won with it on the next turn(s) via tricks and magewright stone, 100 year elixir and Coretapper (who got killed)). But I had to get on offensive defense and start using Triad to exile creatures and also use Parallax Wave.

I had to blow up the world with Oblivion Stone (saving a few of my things), and I totally cast Frankenstein too, but ultimately couldn’t hold on.  However, I got to do lots of things with random counters, have several Votes (which unfortunately always went my way) AND cast Frankenstein. so it was fun.

About the Deck (tapped out someday)

The plan for this deck was “All of the Counters except +1/+1 or Charge.” But, as I was building it, I realized that it couldn’t be done in any sort of playable way with out at least Charge Counters.  We’ve got Page, Quest, Time, Fate, Verse, Doom, and more. Technically Frankenstein can have +1/+1 and so can Spike Cannibal, but the former will always get +2/+0 counters on my watch, and the latter is there to punish those who play with the dreaded +1/+1.     I wish Giant Fan were black bordered.

This deck was under construction for a LONG time.  When it needed a last bump, I realized that Will of the Council was good in W/B and a good flavor fit as well.  Lastly I added in some flavorful filler like “Doom Blade” and will also add in “Clock of Omens” for synergy and flavor

Game #146: Selvala, Explorer Returned

Game #146: Selvala, Explorer Returned
Date: 2015-01-14
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Karona (Lucifer); Gisa; Jarad, Golgari Lich-Lord; Lazav, Dimir Mastermind
Result: Neutral Loss

Selvala, Explorer Returned, Magic, Conspiracyvs10744945_10153296444478747_1509206168_nJarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Magic, Return to RavnicaGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Magic, Gatecrash

My first draw had no lands, and my second had 1 plains, so I kept it. I ould continue to play Plains for 5 turns, dropping a Loyal Pegasus and a Stormfront Pegasus and an Obelisk of Urd convoked. In this time, Jarad has Boundless Realms-ed for 7 and played a Ring of 3 Wishes. and a Grave Titan which Lazav steals and Gisa Duplicants.

My obelisk gets destroyed, as does a pegasus, but by then I have Selvala out and am able to cast a Collective Blessing. Karona is on the table, but gets passed to Gisa first who swings at Karona and then sacrifices her for more zombies. Jarad plays an Ob Nixilis. Most of us are down pretty low in life, and I (at 14) die to Jarad’s Exsanguinate for 14.

About the Deck (tappedout someday)
This deck started as a pile of Griffins, Centaurs, Pegasuses, Unicorns, etc. Eventually I pulled out the Griffins and decided to do more heavily horse-based theme. Selvala was picked mostly for colors and it was an excuse to play her with Well of Lost Dreams. However, I decided the deck was now “Selvala, Homecoming Queen and her Little Ponies.” It’s just a lot of Centaurs, Unicorns, Pegasuses, and Horses and some creature buffs. It only has 2 non-permanents in the deck so it can play Primal Surge.

The Rest of the Night

We played tiny leaders the rest of the night. I played Feldon mostly which was a pretty fun deck to play, though kind of slow. I did manage to get him to summon Twin Ball Lightning Robot Lovers at one point.  One game was a 5 player game, both I and the generally really-really-good Selvala elf tribal deck got booted from quickly, so we played another game while we waited for that one to finish.   The last game I switched to my Soraya birds deck. In the course of the game I drew 16 of the 20 lands in my deck, and probably under 6 other spells, there were also two global mana-increasers on the board, so those Plains were all tapping for 3. It was annoying and didn’t get finished.

So far my general thoughts on tiny leaders are 1. It’s more fun 1 on 1 because the games go fast and there are not many global answers and 2. Its MUCH harder to build a good and fun deck. I’m not giving up on it though.

Game #142: Ephara, God of the Polis

Game #142: Ephara, God of the Polis
Date: 2014-11-05
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Kruphix God of Horizons; Brago, King Eternal; Karona (lucifer), Grimgrin, CorpseBorn
Result: mostly Fun Loss

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I start with 3 lands and evolving wilds and play an early Chasm Skulker. Kruphix and it’s prophet are out early, but the prophet is killed, but not before flashing in an Avenger of Zendikar. Karona cast Blasphemous Act, and afterwards Prohpet of Kruphix comes back, only to be stolen by Grimgrin.

Karona plays Aurelia for a big attack, then Brago swings to blink a Luminous Primordial which mostly picks on Karona (after trying to exile the Prohpet, which is Erratic Portaled).  Grimgrin attacks killing of Brago the creature, and the Primordial. Then Kruphix Yevas in a Terastodon.  All the while I have a Darien, King of Kjeldor out and am building a Token army and making small attacks.  Karona plays a Pyrrhic Revival and then casts Mass Mutiny for a big attack. The turns seem to be long in this game.  I cast a Winds of Rath blinking Darien somehow, but I can’t get through with any attacks, and someone else wins. Probably Karona.

About the deck (

This is a Rebels deck, kind of, with a bit of Constellation added in just for fun. The idea is to get some rebels out, and maybe make some tokens with Ephara, thus there are some flash creatures too. The Serra’s Sanctum is a sharpie proxy drawn like Bespin, and the Tundra is a sharpie proxy that also says Hoth on it.

Game #131: Skeleton Ship

Game #131: Skeleton Ship
Date: 2014-05-18
Location: Friend’s House in Baltimore
vs.: Thelon of Havenwood
Result: Fun Loss

Skeleton Ship, Magic, Ice AgevsThelon of Havenwood, Magic, Time Spiral

Pirates vs. Plants (Because the zombies were off fighting the ninjas) was the second game of the afternoon. I played an early Merchant Ship, and he played an early Thelon, along with an Ashnod’s Altar and a Sol Ring and a Worldly Tutor for Verdeloth. Meanwhile all I can muster is a Reef Pirates and a Coastal Piracy. He matches my Merfolk Looter and Bane Alley Broker with a kicked Verdeloth and a Verdant Force (and other things to give him spore counters). I’m doing everything I can to chump block and stay alive. Eventually I get to a Deepchannel Mentor, but it just helps my Reef Pirates get through.

I’m on the brink of a creeping death by non-seaweeds when I’m able to cast a Knowledge Exploitation via Prowl and get Death Mutation to kill off Verdant force and have some blockers. However I’m at 2 life and I’m one blocker short. I manage to hold of death again, though, by bouncing Verdeloth and negating his Saproling Pump. The one plant gets through for 1. I cast some creatures as a last ditch effort, but I’m not able to do anything to hold back the saprolings.

About the Deck (TappedOut maybe someday)
I’ve been considering the obligatory Pirate deck for a long long time. Ramirez Di Pietro was one of the very first Legends I ever owned (after Jasmine Boreal), and he’s interchangeable with Skeleton Ship as a general for this deck. It, of course, plays all of the pirates, but I supplemented the pirates with other Rogues, giving me access to Prowl, and some neat Inspired cards in UB. The deck also plays Bribery/Acquire and a number of other things to represent conscription/theft/kidnapping etc. I think I’m going to add in Grappling Hook for flavor also. I added King Macar, because pirates love gold, and he can give them their letters of marque.

I briefly considered making it a Pirates of Dark Water theme deck, but I decided I didn’t want to spend too much time matching things up with it.

Each island in the deck is foil and different. I considered getting the Euro lands, but this deck isn’t one that I want to invest too much more into. The lands are warped and shuffle poorly, so this one is going to get sleeved (and probably foiled, someday) in House Greyjoy kraken sleeves.

The ultimate goal, of course is to go “Caw Blade” by equiping a Ensouled Scimitar to either Storm Crow, Rainbow Crow or Giant Albatross. Because that would be absolutely awesome.

Storm Crow, Magic, 8th EditionEnsouled Scimitar, Magic, Fifth Dawn

Game #125: Yomiji, Who Bars the Way

Game #125: Yomiji, Who Bars the Way
Date: 2014-04-19
Location: Mom’s Living Room, Duluth, MN
Vs. Teneb the Harvester
Result: fun ‘win’
Yomiji, Who Bars the Way, Magic, Betrayers of KamigawavsTeneb, the Harvester, Magic, Commander

I was home for a short time to do Wedding Preparations and see family, and I brought two decks, in the off chance that my brother would be around to play.  Of course I had to play the Legendary Wedding deck.  Playing with my brother is fun, because neither of us take the game too seriously.

I started with a 4 land hand and played a Mikaeus the Lunarch with 1 counter on turn two.  Teneb started ramping early on with Fertilid and a Solemn Simulacrum. I played Heliod and a Day of Destiny, and swung with Mikeaus, who was functionally a 5/5 at the time. He was swords, but I tapped him to pump for 6 life.  I dropped a Kor Haven, and I needed to keep mana available for it because Teneb had hit the board adn was threatening.

Teneb continued to ramp, using a Whip of Erebos to bring back Fertilid and use it twice.  I was able to play Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile and attack.  Teneb ramped into It that Betrays. I, against better judgment, Expedition Mapped for Cathedral of Serra (because that’s how this deck rolls — Bands. With. Other. (I should’ve probably gotten Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx (my proxy is “Nicthos, Shrine to Nics”  with my face with the ‘starfield’ effect))).

I banded Heliod and Brigid and was able to kill Teneb, though I was hoping to get ITB to block.  I was stuck at 4 useable land.  My brother isn’t very cutthroat, and could have won the game right there with annhilate and ITB, though I did have enough Cleric tokens to survive for a turn.  Instead he built up Liliana of the Dark realms to her ultimate (because he didn’t have enough mana).  I lucked into an Akroma’s Memorial (which he decided not to destroy, opting to kill the Kor Haven instead).  Teneb then cast Diabolic Revelation for 15, followed by a Morality Shift into Rise of the Dark Realms (leaving him with 5 or 6 cards in his library).  If we would have taken time to deal with all of the Triggers (I later noticed a Terastodon) and such, he probably would have won, also.

I was dead, and couldn’t think of what I could draw to not die on his turn. I drew Honor-Worn Shaku, and started formulating a plan.  The Shaku allowed me to play and use a Mindslaver, the sacrifice of which put it on to Teneb’s side via ITB. He was tapped out.  All I had to do was figure out how to get him to draw out his deck.

I took my stolen turn, first re-using the Mindslaver to get control of his next turn.  He had Chainer, Night-Eyes and the Whip of Erebos for reanimation, but NO SACRIFICE OUTLETS. My plan was to use his Solemn Simulacrum and Pelakka Wurm death triggers to cause him to draw out. I had plenty of ways and means to get them back, but the only way I could kill them was via one  Avatar of Woe (I did re-draw his STP and exile his Platinum Angel).

I killed the Pelakka Wurm and reanimated it. He was down to 3 cards in the library. I took my second turn. Drew. 2 cards. Killed the Pelakka Wurm and reanimated it. 1 card. Then I noticed Mageta the Lion. I had two cards in hand so I wrathed the board. 2 draw triggers… only one card to draw.  (we weren’t sure how the triggers would work with creatures reanimated by Chainer, so we agreed that I had just used Nighteyes).

It was a silly game, and my brother really should have won it, but he said he was far happier getting to Morality Shift/Rise of the Dark Realms and then watch me try to make him lose.

About the Deck (Tapped Out: )

I wanted another Mono-White deck, as I had the fewest mono decks of that color, and I was intrigued by the old non-mana-producing lands from Legends that granted “Bands with Other Legends,” mostly because people think they are terrible.  It became clear that a Mono-Legendary deck was in order. Since I’m getting married pretty soon, AND I loved “How I Met Your Mother” (and I didn’t hate the 9th season OR the finale), I knew it had to be somewhat Wedding Themed.  Yomiji is the officiant, and there are an equal number of “male” and “female” legends (because my wedding will be of that variety), though neither I, nor the deck discriminates, and good gameplay allows any legend to freely “Band” with any other legend (“Cats and Birds! Living together! Mass Hysteria!”), including Sister Wives and Brother Husbands, etc.

Most of the non creatures are also Legendary, though there are a few cards like Ring of Thune, Holy Day, etc. I was extremely excited when Heroes Podium was spoiled, because it was the perfect Altar for the wedding.

This deck also got a fancy box, little plastic gold ring/dove tokens, and is in Sleeves. The sleeves are because I only own one Elesh Norn, and had no spare Avacyns, so I made full-art proxies for it. Sleeves also allow for custom cards, which I only use when playing for Fun with my brother or fiance (otherwise I play Sisay’s Ring)

Lun Ring
Legendary Artifact
At the beginning of your end-step put a counter on Lun Ring. If Lun ring would have 4 or more counters on it, instead remove all counters.
Add 1 to your mana pool for each counter on Lun Ring.

It’s a counterpart to Sol Ring, also based off of Tidal Influence.  It’s probably broken. I’m not a developer.

Game #120: Progenitus, 2.0

Game #120: Progenitus, 2.0
Date: 2014-03-05
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Balthor; Captain Sisay; Baru, Fist of Krosa
Result: Ineffectual Loss

Progenitus, Magic, Modern MastersvsBalthor the DefiledBaru, Fist of Krosa, Magic, Future SightCaptain Sisay, Magic, From the Vault: Legends

I had 3 lands and playable spells in my hand, but no creatures. I played an Isochron Scepter (imprinting the Sylvan “turn everything green” instant from Legends) on turn 2, Bident of Thassa on turn 4, and that was basically it.

Balthor cast about 4 tutors (like Imperial Seal, and other spells that cost more than my deck), Sisay was on the board with Lightning Greaves and Rofellos, and by turn 6 Baru had Boundless-Realms-ed for 8, one of the lands being Gaea’s Cradle  after having played Avenger of Zendikar.  Sisay responded with a Sisay’ed up Myojin of Wrath of God and a Karametra. Baru Chord of Calling-ed for the guy that draws cards for Green Creatures (I could have Dwarven Song-ed everything to Red, but I forgot), and then played a Gauntlet of Power (my lands could only produce blue, red and black), and used a Paleoloth to get back the Avenger .

Sisay wiped the plant tokens away with Elesh Norn (which, had I ever drawn white mana, would have prevented me from playing my white Heroic guy).  Baru Duplicanted Karametra, Balthor Black Sun’s Zenithed for 9,  Sisay played Jedit, Baru got ridiculous and I lost track of the game and started talking about Ethiopian Food with Balthor’s pilot.  Someone won, but I don’t remember who or how.

About the Deck

This deck is Progenitus and pretty much every Heroic creature from Theros Block.  It plays most of the re-playable aura’s from past blocks, all 5 of the 1-mana color change instants from legends (Dwarven Song, etc) that can target any number of creatures, a few Buyback spells.  Progenitus felt Greek-thematic.  It’s not a great deck because the only mana fixing is a Chromatic Lantern and the Scry lands (well 8 scry lands and 2 guild gates).

The Rest of the Evening:

We had time for one more game. Just as we were about to start, another guy had shown up, fired up to play Purphoros. Since it was Purphoros, I decided not to play a deck that I cared about having fun with and pulled out Zur Group Hug. Then, as we were about to shuffle up, a 6th player showed up. We decided it was best to split into two groups of 3 because we only had 45 minutes left.

I got stuck playing against Purphoros and a Sakashima deck that took extra turns and countered things.  I decided to stick with Zur Group Hug, because I didn’t want to put effort into the game, or waste a game with a deck I actually wanted to enjoy playing.  I thought the game would go quick, but it actually lasted way too long.

Game #107: Heidar, Rimewind Master

Game #107: Heidar, Rimewind Master
Date: 2014-02-05
Location: Family Game Store
vs.: Ghave; Balthor
Result: Neutral/Fun Loss

Heidar, Rimewind Master, Magic, ColdsnapvsBalthor the DefiledGhave, Guru of Spores, Magic, Commander

It was fitting to debut this deck on a day that I had off from work due to an ice storm. I had 3 snow-covered lands and got to start the game with a Leyline of Anticipation in play (my first ever pre-game leyline). Balthor started out with a Stripmine, Wasteland and Expedition Map. I played a Frost Raptor and had to discard twice to Liliana (lands both times. big mistake). Eventually I drew a 4th land to play the Surgespanner that I didn’t discard, but I stalled there for a long time. Balthor already had ridiculous lands plus a Mikaeus. There was a Patriarch’s bidding.

The best thing I managed to do was kill off the coffers by bouncing a Reality Acid (the other card I didn’t discard) with a Surgespanner. Then Balthor played a Coat of Arms. Ghave had been slowly building an army with a Cytoplast Root-kin and drawing cards off of Greater Good. Balthor was set to play Grey Merchant of Asphodel and Ghave did a ton of stuff in response sacrificing big tokens to Greater Good with Butcher of Malakir out to kill zombies (That came back from Mikaeus) and kill them again, and then Chord of Calling for Savra to accelerate things, but by the end Gray merchant only had Devotion of 3 or 4 (down from 17). Ghave couldnt’ sacrifice anything else or he’d have decked himself.

Ghave dropped Ajani and Elspeth and gave his general flying and double strike to kill Balthor. I had an Icy Manipulator to tap Ghave, but there was nothing I could do to stay alive. I played a Delusions of Mediocraty, but had no ability to donate it.

About the Deck (Tappedout someday)
This deck was built around the time of the big “Polar Vortex” where barely sub-zero temperatures crippled the East Coast (and made this native Minnesotan laugh). I had to acquire plenty of Snow Covered Islands to make it work. It started out just being a Ice/Snow theme deck (yes it has an Ice Cauldron) but then I realized that Heidar’s ability is really good and worked well with things like Reality Acid and Puca’s Mischeif/Donate + Illusions of Grandeur/Delusions of Mediocraty. I was really excited to play it, but really bummed that it was mana-screwed. Icy Prison is a great multi-player O-ring for Blue. You can play it on a major threat, but then put pressure on other players to pay the upkeep instead if they want the target gone too.

Also, I like having fun random sleeves for my generals (the only card I sleeve is the general) and another card I ordered came in that day with a really pretty deep blue metallic sleeve that was perfect for Heidar.

Firefly Weatherlight: Another Theme Deck

I’ve had cards set aside to make a “Weatherlight Crew”  theme deck for quite awhile  (with Legacy Weapon as my 5-color “General,” breaking the rules of the format wide-open).

This morning it struck me that many parallels could be drawn between the Crew of the Weatherlight, another rag-tag band of Science-Fantasy misfits on a Flying Ship out to save the world from infectious science-zombies…

…thus we have: The Big Damn Heroes.
(I used the quite cool Quantom Mechanix Art Noveau portraits (please don’t sue me))

Malcom ‘Mal’ Reynolds

 Gerrard Capashen

Of course Mal is Gerrard. He’s the Boss (though Mal is way cooler than Gerrard)

Zoe Alleyne-Washburne:

Captain Sisay

And Sisay was the obvious choice for his second.

Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne:

 Hoban Ships Navigator

I was torn over who would be the better Hanna. In the end the Navigator/Pilot theme won out.  I also imagine Artificers to be like Archaeologists… which are like paleontologists and…. Dinosaurs. Also, similar fates.

Kaylee Frye: 

Karn Silver Golem

Kaylee was the other option for Hanna, but in the end, she was the one keeping the ship in the air, and had a way with machines. Please excuse the off-color quotation choice.

Inara Serra:

Mirri Cat Warrior

Un?requited  or at least awkward love with the captain? Check!

Simon Tam:

 Orim Samite Healer


River Tam:      

Tahngarth Talruum Hero

Super Badass that can “fight” anything, and had some bad experiments happen.

Jayne Cobb:

Squee Goblin Nabob

Jayne was a tough one, he’s a bit better fighter than Squee, so he could have been Tahngarth. He’s got a bit of a bad side, so he could have been Crovax. Ultimately he was revered and worshiped unnceccessarily, so I kept him as squee.

Shepherd Derrial Book:

Ertai Wizard Adept

Book was another tough one. He’s not cocky like Ertai (though there’s that whole fate thing). He has a bit of a Dark Past, but I didn’t quite see him as Crovax .

Serenity, Firefly Class:

Legacy WeaponSkyship Weatherlight

This one was another no-brainer. I really like the picture for the Legacy Weapon.

Baddies (more coming soon) — Suggestions welcome!

Saffron/Yolanda/Bridget – YoSaffBridge

Starke of Rath

She really should be Takara, but Takara didn’t get her own card. Traitrous Red-head? Yes Please.

A Reaver Ship

Predator Flagship

The deck isn’t finished. I’m going to stick with Weatherlight Story Blocks cards, of course. I haven’t decided who all the other Legends will be, and I don’t know if I’m going to make proxies of every card, or just the Legends.