Game report: Damia

29 Dec

I took a bunch of notes for this game so I have more of an idea about what happened.

The Decks

Oros, (my) Nin, Damia, (my) Kaalia, and Progenitus

I get a turn 2 Sakura-Tribe Elder which lets me get double Signets (Dimir and Golgari) turn 3, but in the meantime Oros mountain cycles Igneous Pouncer and then Reanimates it on his turn three, attacking Kaalia. I drop a Zombie Infestation and Cryptoplasm. The next turn he attacks Kaalia again, and this time has Sunhome to really bring the beats. Kaalia drops a Pristine Angel, forcing the Igneous Pouncer (which lives for a surprisingly long time) to focus elsewhere. Nin has a Darksteel Myr on the board, and my Crpytoplasm copies it, meaning it’s Progenitus (which is really a 5-colour control deck – he never casts Progenitus the whole game) which gets the 8 damage.

A few turns later Progenitus casts Brilliant Ultimatum, which meets a Dream Fracture from Nin. On his next turn he tries Debtor’s Knell, to which Nin responds with Hinder, and Progenitus counters with Dismiss.

Meanwhile Kaalia has cast the Oros of her own, and equipped it with Champions Helm. It swings into Oros, and activates it’s ability which kills off a few creatures, most notably Nin. It also kills a completely surplus to requirements Llanowar Elves of mine. At this stage my Cryptoplasm is still the Darksteel Myr, so it survives.

Oros casts (Oros’s) Oros to Legend Rule (Kaalia’s) Oros (my notes say Oros –> Oros –> Oros 😉 ),

The Knell starts doing it’s work, first bringing back Kaalia’s Oros, then (after a Day of Judgement from Oros) her Pristine Angel.

Kaalia gets cast for the third time, and equipped with Champion’s Helm. By this stage I have 12 mana and Damia in play, and go for what I hope will start to close out the game; I first cast Psychosis Crawler, which meets an Overwhelming Intellect from Nin. I Eternal Witness the Crawler back, then try something a bit risky – Bottled Cloister.

Kaalia then attacks me, and drops…. Angel of Despair into play. Uh-oh… Thankfully he’s persuaded to hit the Debtor’s Knell, and not the Cloister. I take 9 from the attack, but still have my hand safely under the Cloister. It survives the whole round, and I stack the triggers properly so Damia refills my hand (draw 7) then get my old hand back (4 cards at the time) and draw an extra. If the Psychosis Crawler hadn’t been countered I would have been much happier 🙂

Progenitus gets back and recasts Brilliant Ultimatum which reveals:

Oh damn. The table debates for a while and put Intet and Bloodgift in one pile and the other three in another. He takes the Intet pile. On his next attack, he attacks Nin with Intet, and the Oros player decides to Sunhome Intet, which gives Progentius Future Sight and Mulldrifter for “free”. Mulldrifter draws him into Maelstrom Nexus and Spin into Myth (revealed due to the Future Sight).

Oros then tries to reset the board a little with Kirtar’s Wrath, but it meets a Spell Crumple from Progenitus who by now has a pretty dominant board position.

On my turn I tap out to Genesis Wave for 10 getting:

9 out of 10 ain’t bad even if 6 of them were lands 😀

Kaalia attacks me again, this time dropping Dragon Tyrant into play 😦 I block Kaalia with my 5/6 Intet, and take 18 from the pumped Tyrant, dropping me to 7.

Progenitus plays and activates an Oblivion Stone, which aside from all my creatures (including Damia) kills my three Signets, Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, and most importantly Bottled Cloister. Sad face…

Oros drops Kaervek the Merciless. If anyone casts a big spell, Kaervek can just kill me. My turn rolls around, and my Crytoplasm becomes a Kaervek (it survived the O-Stone due to still being a Darksteel Myr), and the Legend Rule does its thing so that I’m not quite dead.

Kaalia plays Malfegor, discarding two cards which is enough to clear the board of creatures again. End of Kaalia’s turn, Progenitus plays Fact or Fiction revealing:

We split it the first two and the last three, and he takes the three. On his turn he plays the Chronarch, getting Brilliant Ultimatum back again. He plays it immediately, revealing:

We again debate for a while, and decide that Unburial Rites and everything else is the way to go. He takes the everything else and casts them all for free (Willbender as a Morph. It’s always Willbender), Arcane Denial excepted.

Sometime around here I have a 20/20 Allosaurus Rider (19 lands are fun!) and swing into Nin to try finish him off, but Oros gives him a spirit token off Forbidden Orchard to block with, for some reason that no one can properly explain.

I draw and cast Ice Cauldron, add 3UUB to it and stick a Rite of Replication of my own under it. I also suspend a Living End, and play a morph (“it’s Willbender!” they exclaim. I don’t dissuade them of this opinion. It’s actually Vesuvan Shapeshifter).

Oros casts Carnifex Demon. On my turn I get the Rite out from under the Ice Cauldron and target the Carnifex Demon – Oros takes the two counters off in response to make his bigger and kill the two “Willbenders” – I morph my shapeshifter into a Carnifex Demon of my own.

This where I think I made an error. I have 6 Carnifex Demons (5 from RoR with 2 -1/-1 counters on them and 1 Shapeshifter with 1) and 9 black mana available. The Oros player has a Carnifex Demon with no -1/-1 counters on it and 3 black mana. I spend a good couple of minutes trying to figure out some way where I can kill his with -1/-1 counters while still holding on to mine – we spend the next five minutes activating, resolving, and responding to triggers, and when the dust clears, they’re all dead. I’m reasonably sure I did it wrong, but I still don’t know how I could have done it. The primary issue is of course that each time I activate one of my demons, it puts a -1/-1 counter on every other demon I have as well, and eventually they add up to kill everything. It was suggested that I should have really only used one or two of them, and not worried about the rest; I think that’s probably correct. If anyone can figure this out (assuming optimum responses from my opponent as well) then please post in the comments!

Not much happens until it’s my turn again, and I attempt to Genesis Wave (I got it back with Regrowth) for 12. Progenitus casts Dismiss. Nin Twincasts the G.Wave. Progenitus Spell Crumples the Twincast. Nin Rewinds the Spell Crumple. In the end, Nin gets the G.Wave, and Progenitus gets a card, and I get to spend 15 mana. Sigh.

All this happens while I’m still on 5 life (I got hit for 2 by someone somewhere). Shortly after that Oros swings at me with his general, and I’m the first one out. Shortly thereafter Progenitus (decked by a Mana Geyser-fueled Blue Sun’s Zenith from Nin) and Nin follow and then Kaalia kills of Oros and wins.

Aside from the somewhat random (and if I’m honest somewhat annoying) interventions by Oros on behalf of Progenitus (against Nin) and for Nin (against me), this was a very enjoyable game. It’s by far the best game my Damia deck has had, despite being the first eliminated. Lessons learned:

  • I confirmed my suspicions that while Damia can do a lot of stuff, it’s very short on finishers – at one point I had more mana than anyone else, more creatures than anyone else, and a full grip, and I still couldn’t do anything. (My board was something like 2 Zombie tokens, Damia, a fake Darksteel Myr, Eternal Witness, Durkwood Baloth, and mana). I built this deck so that I could accelerate into Damia as soon as possible, and never later than turn 6. It has done this admirably, and reliably, but it means I often draw irrelevant creatures (like Llanowar Elves) in the late game. I’ll have to address that soon.
  • I need more flying defence. The deck is blue/black – it should be able to muster some decent fliers.
  • There aren’t currently any counterspells in the deck. I think maybe I should put a few in.

MVP: Tough call – I’m going to go with Genesis Wave here, but the only reason it was so good (or would have been if it wasn’t countered the second time) is because of the work that went into my boardstate earlier

LVP: Llanowar Elves. Was a dead draw.


Posted by on December 29, 2011 in EDH/Commander, Game Report


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7 responses to “Game report: Damia

  1. Sam

    December 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Quick thoughs (as I am meant to be working!)

    I can explain the annoying random plays this way.

    I figured you killing Nin was not good for me as a) you and Intet had good boards, I needed help to get rid of those boards. Losing Nin meant that controlling you two was much harder b) Nin provides another target for aggression for longer. If one weak guy dies, then its the next etc., though this one can back fire as by saving Nin I may have made myself your target.

    The double striking Intet one. Partly because it was cool to see happen. Partly because an opponent taking twice the damage is generally good (though the difference with the above situation was that it clearly wouldnt kill him – on that point if your attack above on Nin was non-leathal I would have done nothing). Sure he got a great board out it, which was not good for us.Mind you, it made him clearly the target of the remaining 4 players for the next few rounds.

    Anyway, thats my explanation of the two random? plays.

  2. Sam

    December 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I aint sure if I want to try explain, but I think you should have been able to end up with two demons left, basically by activating 3 demons six times, which will kill three of yours and mine, which forces me to respond to the last activation, and then you use the remaining 3 mana to focus on responding to my activations inorder to save two demons – I think. The key point is that by using only a limited amount of demons you maximise the fact they dont put counters on themselves.

  3. Joe

    January 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    So what’s up with Durkwood Baloth? Am I missing something about this guy? He’s a vanilla 5/5. Sure you only play one green mana for him, but I’ve never known a 5/5 to be a great body in EDH unless it has some fun text to accompany it. If I’m missing something, I’d love to hear it, but when I saw that card was in your deck I did a double take and re-read it a couple times in case I missed something.

    And on the topic of Llanowar Elves: I’ve never liked them as much as things like Cultivate, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Viridian Emissary or any of the other spells/creatures that actually produce a land instead of just mana. Llanowar Elves dies to EVERYTHING and when it’s gone, you’ve got nothing to show for it unlike Sakura-Tribe Elder (or Seedguide Ash, a personal favorite of mine) where they die and you’ve still got an extra land (or three) in play. If you were playing an Elfball deck, then Llanowar Elves are obviously going to be solid, but otherwise, I’ve never dug cards like Llanowar Elves or Arbor Elf.

    • Viperion

      January 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Yeah, you’re reading it right. I put Durkwood Baloth in there because I can get him out of my hand for cheap so Damia can reload it next turn. However, I’ve been discovering that (shockingly) spells that don’t cost very much simply aren’t very good, and the Baloth is definitely coming out when I re-tune this deck. Likewise with the Llanowar Elves, although he’s in there to help make sure I get Damia ASAP. But if he’s not in my opening then he’s worse than bad 🙂 He’ll be coming out as well.

  4. Sam

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Didnt know where to put this, but thought it might be interesting for you. I found it pretty interesting too, does really out in to words alot of what happens on Tuesday nights.

    • Viperion

      January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Gene had already sent me this link via Facebook; I thought it was a decent article but one that spent a very long time stating the bloody obvious; do you think it’s worth blogging about?

  5. Sam

    January 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Not sure? I did find that while what he says make sense, he didnt really produce any suggestions of how to not get into the crappy extremes of each situation.
    I am really starting to favour us playing some point based edh to see how it goes.
    Look forward to your Wednesday game write up 🙂


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