Game #137: Kaalia of the Vast
Location: Family Game Store
vs. Grimgrin, Corpse Born; Phenax; Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
I was psyched to play The Deck I Said I’d Never Build, and foolishly kept a two land hand. I was able to cast a Ring of Valkas, but I didn’t drop a 3rd land until turn four, and my fourth land drop, on turn 8, was a Temple of the False God.
Other stuff happened while I didn’t get to play. Grimgrin counterd a Rhystic Study. Phenax played a starfish and a Withered Wretch, and an Undead Alchemist. This mostly meant that I had a small library and most of my creatures were removed from the game. Phenax Traumatized Grimgrin, to suprisingly little effect. Sidsi played a Tombstone Stairwell (which actually gave me something to sac to my Phyrexian Vault to draw said Temple). Grimrgin got out an Avatar of Woe and Geth.
Then the game turned into a pretty long drawn out mill battle between Sidisi and Phenax. Grimmy stole my Ob Nixilis the Fallen with Geth… making me mill 5 cards, 4 of which were lands… dumb. Someone won. It was not me.
About the Deck
Kaalia was always one of those generals I said I’d never build: too autopilot, too abuseable, tough to be creative with. Then one day I decided it would be fun If I had very little idea of what creatures were in the deck. Now the deck is 45 mana sources, 15 spells or artifacts that give haste, extra attacks or non-broken buffs to Kaalia, and a huge stack of almost 100 Demons, Angels and Dragons. Each game I shuffle and pull out 40 random creatures and shuffle them in to the deck. If I swing with Kaalia, I let my opponent pull a random creature from my hand. It seems like a fair way to do it.
I was super annoyed that it’s innaugural game didn’t even include a single Kaalia casting…