Game #218: Eron the Relentless

Game #218: Eron the Relentless
Date: 2017-01-03
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Kynaio+; Exava, the Blood Witch; Dragonlord Ojutai; Omnath, Locus of Rage
Result:   Neutral Loss

Eron the Relentless, Magic, TimeshiftedvsKynaios and Tiro of Meletis, Magic, Commander 2016Dragonlord Ojutai, Magic, Prerelease CardsOmnath, Locus of Rage, Magic, Prerelease CardsExava, Rakdos Blood Witch, Magic, Dragon's Maze

The first game of 2017 started out as a 3 person game that added a 4th and a 5th appeared.

I had a lot of lands in hand, opened with a Ghitu Encampment, which swung until I cast Eron on turn 5.  Omnath Ramped, Kynaios did Kynaios things (the deck was still mostly stock, though it was the same guy who is also leveling-up his Atraxa deck), Ojutai hit the board early and played controll, and Exava hit early and was swinging hard.

Omnath had lots of stuff to generate card advantage and token advantage. Exava dropped an Underworld Cerberus and Kynaios played a Zedruu that donated an Oath of Druids to me.  On my 6th turn I oathed in a Seismic Elemental and attacked Ojutai with Eron the Relentless, and used a spell to kill off Omnath’s Oracle of Mul Daya.  Exava had out a No Mercy.  Both Ojutai and Kynaios were hiding be hind various Propaganda effects.   Ojutai started to get the upper hand, but then Omnath wen’t crazy (but slowly,  though we did stop it once, via Kynaios’s Blasphemous Act and me killing Omnath first to prevent damage triggers AND also regenerating Eron).  Omnath got back all lands from the graveyard, ended up with around 18 elemental tokens, pinged out Ojutai and smashed the rest of us (Thanks to Fires of Yavimaya), though it took him a long time to figure out that he had basicaly won.

Had I lived to turn 8, my plan was to Mob Rule away all the big creatures attack into No Mercy with Omnath and Elmentals (but not kill Exava) and use the damage triggers to knock other people down. I also had Jiwari Earth Aflame in hand and was looking forward to being able to Channel it to get around Ojutai’s Teferi).  Didn’t happen though

About the Deck (behind on TappedOut again…)

I needed a better Ultra-Mono Red deck (Skyfire Kirin, was a bit lame… though I kept that deck together too).  Eron is from Homelands, a set that I am in the Ultra-Minority for loving (Don’t think that Chandler and Joven aren’t also getting a deck and the word “Partner” sharpied right on them).   It’s mostly just cool red stuff, like Fire Servant, and no non-red-color-identity spells. The theme is: Attack, Burn, Repeat.  I wish the Homeland’s version was foil, but I settled for the Timeshifted foil. Also, he looks a bit like Jaco Pastorius to me.

Game #69: Lorthos, the Tidemaker

Game #69: Lorthos, the Tidemaker
Date: 2013-10-02
Location: Family Game Store
Vs: Balthor; Karador; Mimeoplasm

Lorthos, the Tidemakervs.Karador, Ghost ChieftainThe MimeoplasmBalthor the Defiled

This was the debut for Lorthos (aka, The Freshmaker, aka Mr. Tentacles, aka Dr. Octopus) and his beasts of the deep blue sea. I had a lot of lands in my opening hand, which was great. Among them were Coral Atoll and Sveylunite Temple. Also in there was Quest for Ula’s temple, which I charged up.

Karador played Braids, which ate my lands, which was sad. Balthor played a Coat of Arms. I played Tidal Influence. Balthor’s Oblivion Stone made life sad by taking my Quest (which did get me a Sealock Monster).

Mimeoplasm became a Hornet Queen.  Balthor got activated with a bunch of things in the graveyard and it caused me to sacrifice Lorthos before he could make with any tides.

Karador started with the discard tricks. Sacrificing Mindslicers to Vish-Kal and other shennanigans with Sadistic Hypnotist.  Mimeoplasm Increasing Ambitions for Praetor’s Grasp, which goes and gets an Urborg from someone. Balthor is having issues with Mana Crypt (which is always funny).

I hung on, but was never quite able to cast anything of value. The endgame got pretty silly, I don’t even remember who won the game (other than Not Me), but it was a lot of fun.

The Karador Deck is one that I’ve played against many times (though not as often as Balthor). It is an All-Creature deck and pretty cool. You can see it here.

About the Deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/deep-blue-sea-28-11-13-1/)

This is an ultra-mono sea creature theme deck.  The goal is to beatdown with sea creatures.  There are no Merfolk allowed because that would be too easy. Cephalids (since there aren’t enough Octopodes for Octopus Tribal) are cool, and my favorite little Crustaceans, the Hominids, also are invited.  Homarid Spawning Bed was actually the inspiration for the deck (as one of my favorite cards from Fallen Empires), and it’s a good way to get rid of things like Leviathan, Polar Kraken, etc when the upkeeps become too messy.  The Serpents aren’t really natural creatures, but they can be played for free with Ula’s Temple.

I’m trying to decide if Nykthos counts in an Ultra-Mono deck.

Game #60: Skyfire Kirin

Game #60: Skyfire Kirin
Date: 2013-09-11
Location: Family Game Store
Vs.: Balthor
Result: Unsatisfying Loss

Skyfire KirinvsBalthor the Defiled

 

I showed up a bit late, but only one other person was there (Balthor), so we decided to play a few games while we waited (and it turned out to be just us).

I draw a bunch of lands and play Skyfire on turn 4. It gets Skin Render-ed. I play Skyfire again. A Memory Jar kind of wrecks my hand (don’t remember what I lost, but it was all good stuff). I jump through a bunch of hoops and cast a number of spells to temporarily borrow  Lord of the Undead and Gravecrawler.  Then I die miserably.

Not a great Maiden Voyage for the Skyfire

About the Deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/fire-in-the-sky-1/  partial list)

For reasons I don’t understand, I decided I needed to have an Ultra-Mono (no artifacts or non-Color Identity* cards) Red deck that was also Spirit Tribal (it was almost also Kamigawa Block Constructed….).  Also Skyfire Kirin looks rad in Foil, and red has some fun Arcane/Splice cards.  Sadly, Skyfire doesn’t give haste, and there aren’t that many great Red sac-outlets. It might need Goblin Bombardment.

Game #43 : Seton, Krosan Protector

Game #43 : Seton, Krosan Protector
Date: 2013-07-31
Location: Sir Benedicts by the Lake (pub), Duluth, MN
vs: Kumano, Master Yamabushi; Riku of Two Reflections

Seton, Krosan ProtectorVSKumano, Master YamabushiRiku of Two Reflections

I met up with two friends at the place where I started playing Magic again for the second time (back around Invasion Block). Good, but over-priced, sandwiches and good beer selection.

I had a 2 forest hand, with plenty of three drops.  This deck only needs 3 lands to work, so I figured it was a decent hand.  It was turn 7 before I played my 3rd land.

In that time Kumano had 2/3 of the Urzatron, Thran Dynamo, Gauntlet of Power and Riku had ramped massively and had a big Gyre Sage.  Once I hit 3 mana I Deconstructed the gauntlets and played my General.  Riku played Parallel Lives, I played Yavimaya Elder. Riku playeed Artisan of Kozilek and Hullbreached  Kumano’s Batterskull and Braid of Fire (or some other good enchantment).  Riku then Genesis Waved for 6.

Kumano Dragonstormed for a Hellkite Tyrant, and I had an Omnath (as well as some random druid dorks) with 6 mana in my pool.  Kumano stole a Wurmcoil Engine from Riku and used it as Annihilator sacrifice fodder and then a deathtouch blocker, and stayed alive at 5 life.  Kumano also played a moonveil dragon, and I played a Worldspine Wurm

Riku responded by doing 17 damage to all creatuers (Savage Twister?), but I kept Omnath alive and was able to re-cast Seton, as well has sitting with 3 5/5 wurm tokens.

Riku played a Palinchron, but didn’t have the ability to go infinite this turn. This forced Kumano to swing with both dragons and force the Palinchron to block for a tapped-out Riku to stay in the game. This left room for me to swing with a huge Omnath and a Hydra Omnivore to seal the victory.

(I did, however, drop half of my Reuben sandwich on the floor from the plate on my lap. The seating configuration left me kitty-corner from my tray of food/beer)

This was a win I didn’t quite deserve, but was a fun game to struggle back on. Kumano did a bit of Kingmaking, but he always tries to take out this Riku deck first. It’s the player’s only deck, but if you let it sit, it will eventually infinite combo.

About the Deck: (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/doodads/  )

This is my Ultra-mono Green deck. No cards in it are of non-green Color Identity.  It’s basically Druid Tribal, but it also plays some big green beaters (And Chroma cards) for fun.  Omnath could also be the general, but it’s more fun to have to draw into him, and Seton makes the whole team more valuable.

Helix Pinnacle is the goal, but it can also have Hydra beatdown as an option.