Got a game in with the Garza Zol deck last night – but before the game started I managed to trade for two of the cards I really wanted for the deck:
– Blight Sickle
– Aura of Dominion
Thanks Sam 😉
A big game this time – 5 player free-for-all, involving:
The action starts pretty much straight away when Tolsimir drops a Soul Warden and Ruhan an Auriok Champion, although they don’t get much value out of them immediately as we all have a pretty slow start. I only have the Thornbite Staff and Crown of Empires on the board. Much comment about the Crown is made, and about how bad it is… but it did its job nicely, and is one of those things (apparently) that no one can be bothered destroying because there are other more important things to get. The first real significant play is when Ruhan plays Callous Oppressor – and then we can’t figure out who gets to choose the creature type. As it turns out, having now checked, it’s the Oppressor’s controller:
Q: In a multiplayer game, I play Callous Oppressor. Who chooses the creature type?
A: An opponent of your choice gets to choose. The choice of opponent isn’t targeted.
StarCityGames Ask the Judge, 25 May 2004
In the end I think that’s how we did it anyway; the Ruhan player chooses the Intet player who names….. Goblin. Apparently he likes his Kiki-Jiki 😉 Thus begins my uphill battle to get rid of the stupid thing, before it keeps taking my best Vampires away from me – something I forget when I get to 7 mana, cast Garza Zol, and he grabs it before he finds out who I’m attacking (it would have been him anyway).
It’s about now that the game really starts going, and the Ruhan player with the aid of his Auriok Champion and a Wall of Reverence is hovering around 80 or so life. As it turns out he has quite a theme of stealing other people’s stuff going on, between Callous Oppressor (targeting me), Evangelize (with buyback, targeting me) and Insurrection (targeting everyone, natch). Maybe I should point him at my Threat Analysis article… By the time all that dust clears (this is pretty far into the game) the Insurrection takes out Intet (who had Scroll Rack active, and had used Praetor’s Counsel a few turns earlier, and had an Avenger of Zendikar, a Phyrexian Avenger of Zendikar, 20 2/3 plant tokens, and various other nasties. I had Chancellor of the Dross and Nicol Bolas, Tolsimir had a bunch of Saprolings, and Ghave had goodAkroma and Skullbriar. (Ruhan had Auriok Champion – still!! he was pretty happy with the double Avenger shenanigans – Callous Oppressor and bugger all else.) It wasn’t enough to kill everyone so he killed off Intet and made Ghave discard his hand with my Nicol Bolas. After that it was open season on Ruhan and he got knocked out fairly easily.
By this stage I’d got Bloodchief Ascension active and that plus Chancellor of the Dross had got me to 51 life. I got knocked down to 45 and then Tolsimir dropped his general and Overrun on the same turn and took me out, before I did the same to him (he was on 5). However, for a few turns before that I got to live the dream (a little) – I had Death Pits of Rath and Chancellor of the Dross with Thornbite Staff and got to ping creatures away (for two mana a time, unfortunately. If I’d drawn one of my Fire Whip variants I would have been very happy indeed 🙂 )
So it was down to Tolsimir and Ghave, and after a lot of back and forth, Ghave was dead (from 20-odd) on Tolsimir’s next turn. “I have a card in my graveyard that will finish this..” he says, and then flips the top card of his library – without knowing what it was – onto the table…. (see here —>)
And the card in his graveyard: Bond of Agony
Stealth Addendum: This was the swingiest, funnest, and also longest game of EDH I’ve played in quite some time. It took about 2 1/2 hours to play, and involved exactly one Wrath of God variant: Desolation Giant. Coincidence? I don’t believe so. Creatures die in combat, but not having Wraths means people actually get to play their stuff and build a board presence. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. More of the same, please!