Game #86.1: Daxos of Meletis
Location: Family Game Store
Vs. Damia, Sage of stone; Marath, Will of the Wild; Jeleva, Scourge of Nephalia
Result: Scoop. Unfun.
A newly built deck that I was excited to try out. The game started with Marath’s player taking a telemarketing survey phone call, that lasted for several turns. I had 3 lands and a Keyrune and started the game with Field of Dreams. Damia ramped like nuts and played early sword of Feast and Famine and Mana Reflection. Damia took long turns, killed off my white mana, ramped more, then ramped, then drew a billion cards and bonded Sylvan Primordial to a Dead Eye Naviagator and everyone scooped. This was turn 5.
Thankfully, another super competetive player had arrived, and also Balthor got there, so Damia and Marath went to a different table. This wasn’t a worthwhile game, so I decided Daxos got another shot.
vs. Jeleva; Ghave #1; Balthor
Game two started out much more fun. The Ghave player was from out of town and had time to kill before picking someone up at the Airport. I had a 4 land hand with a Mindstone as well, and then a Sword of Vengeance and more Mana rocks. Jeleva hits the table and is able to cast Army of the Damned on turn 5 AND copy it for 26 tapped zombies. Strangely none of us were worried, and Balthor took care of it with a cycled Decree of Pain (so I held on to my Evacuation).
Jeleva also managed a Vampiric Tutor from this casting, so, of course, I had to swing Daxos that direction to try to cast that which was tutored for, but Daxos was turned to Frog (and therefore did not get any greaves.
I got Cruel Ultimatumed. Balthor’s Patriarch’s bidding caused Daxos to die and everyon to get Gray Merchant-ed for 10. A Balthor activation kills Jeleva and Ghave, and I die to the attack (despite a Propaganda). Daxos was poised to be cast for the 5th time (with a Thespian’s Stage playing Opal Palace). A much more fun game.
Daxos had the chance to cast: Ray of Revelation, Gempalm Polluter, Isochron Scepter and something else, but none were worth doing.
About the Deck: Tapped Out Someday
This deck is all Daxos, all the time. No other creatures. There’s a decent amount of mana-rock ramping, some decent defensive enchantments, wraths, and things to give Daxos first strike or double strike. Field of Dreams is a fun card to have to make an educated choice, as is Spin Into Myth and other bounce-to-top-of-library cards. I may add Pyxis of Pandemonium to partner with Field of Dreams.