Made some small changes to the deck before taking it out for a whirl, since I was short on blue sources last time out:
-1 Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
-1 Forgotten Cave
-1 Altar’s Reap
Ended up being a 6 person free-for-all – I was quite enjoying it, but I think most folks got sick of this one before the end, as you’ll see later on.
Intet, (my) Nin, Scion of the Ur-Dragon, Garza Zol, (my) Tolsimir, (my) Jaya Ballard
Intet: Land, go
Nin: Land, Sol Ring, Signet, go.
Rest of Table: Oh shit….
Me: How come I never get that start with my own decks!
As it turned out, Nin didn’t actually have a whole lot to do, and his turn two, with 5 mana (another land) was Kami of the Crescent Moon and Darksteel Myr. The Kami of the Big Buttcrack keeps everyone with full hands, and most of us end up discarding a few cards – I get a Crystal Ball into play, and I remember keeping a Condescend for something important but then forget to use it on Intet’s Scroll Rack, and instead keep the ultra important, uh, something from Scion (the player to my right) just to get the card out of my hand and scry before I draw my next two cards.
Highlights of the early-mid game:
- Tolsimir gets an early Suture Priest
- Jaya gets an early Spellshock
- Intet gets Scroll Rack
- Nin gets…. Nin. And by my count, four of the six counters which are in the whole deck, which he uses to counter most of Intet’s stuff.
- Scion gets…. well it’s a Dragon deck. It doesn’t get much early on
- I gets a Crystal Ball, and a Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, although that dies before it does anything.
- Tolsimir discovers a very well hidden combo in Seed the Land and Suture Priest (bwahahaha)
- Jaya starts throwing her weight around, for some reason latching onto Scion and attacking him with burny burn spells (like Meteor Shower), usually fueled by Mana Geyser. This turns into a bit of theme, for some unknown reason. The spellshock – which lasts for as long as Jaya does!!! – in conjuction with the Suture Priest is keeping everyone’s life down, so pretty much everyone is in the mid-20’s before anything really useful starts happening. Tolsimir is ahead of most people due to the Suture Priest working for him.
- I gain some life from a Falkenrath Noble, when the inevitable happens and creatures die. For a 2/2 for 4, he’s surprisingly good.
- Intet sticks a Body Double, choosing the Iona in Scion’s graveyard, naming blue. Luckily for me I only have one blue spell in my hand (Dream Leash), but it shuts Nin down for a while.
Eventually Scion casts Wrath of God, leaving the Spellshock and Seed the Land as the only important permanents remaining. There’s a little jockeying for position, but no one seems willing or able to do anything about the Spellshock, or it’s controller, and so it keeps chip chip chipping away at peoples life totals. I jump into the lead with a Malakir Bloodwitch (more to protect against a Yosei that just hit the table than anything else) which gains me 15 while draining everyone else for 3 (I also had a Viscera Seer and Garza Zol on the table). From that point on everyone starts getting picked off – I’m on close to 40, but Jaya keeps picking on Scion, and to cut a long and not particularly exciting story short, being on three times as much life as everyone else (who are mostly in single digits by now) is enough for me to win the game. Not a particularly satisfying win, but I’ll take it!
MVP: Malakir Bloodwitch
LVP: Crossway Vampire, who I had to discard because I couldn’t find two red sources (obviously still haven’t got the mana right; I think I’ll drop a Swamp and put Shinka back in – it doesn’t come into play tapped, and I have three targets for the First Strike ability)
Close, yet so far away: Crown of Empires in play, Throne of Empires in my hand when the game ended. One day…..