Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Casual EDH attempt no.4 - Budget deck and level of annoyance

At the last session I was told not to play with my decks because no one can actually deal with those (instead I was handed a white weenie deck...). The reason given was that one of my cards in the deck is more expensive than the decks I played against. Which is true but even if I would swap my manabase for basic lands they wouldn't be able to deal with my 150USD deck (and I was certain that I can put together a way more annoying deck for way less - I used to play all common UB control highlander). So I was wondering about what next I should build. I did not choose the right general for it for starters but I was interested in what it would do and how much it would cost because I did not expect the deck to cost much.

I put together Animar - comes into play deck...while thinking about the deck I did not really have my playgroup in mind in general but I was thinking about the player who was complaining about my deck on Tuesday. He wants to sell his Prime Speaker Zegana deck for 80EUR so I guess the deck that follows should be comparable to it (price wise). His deck is a nice Hydra deck and it actually is quite good and really difficult to deal with unless one plays Wrath effect every two turns. 1-on-1 the hydra deck is even more deadly than in multiplayer. That's not the case of this deck, but what it can do is so insane that it can actually stay alive in MP game and kill one player at a time with Animar having quite a lot of other creatures in play. Anyway back to Animar and 58 creatures I put together...

Animar, Soul of Elements

Creature [58]
1 Shrieking Drake
1 Wood Elves
1 Acidic Slime
1 Fierce Empath
1 Coiling Oracle
1 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Yavimaya Elder
1 Mulldrifter
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Cloud of Faeries
1 Priest of Urabrask
1 Krosan Tusker
1 Pelakka Wurm
1 Clone
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Soul of the Harvest
1 Flametongue Kavu
1 Treasure Mage
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Inferno Titan
1 Artisan of Kozilek
1 Roaring Primadox
1 Garruk's Packleader
1 Man-o'-War
1 Elvish Visionary
1 Sphinx of Uthuun
1 Brutalizer Exarch
1 Raven Familiar
1 Peregrine Drake
1 Simic Sky Swallower
1 Pathrazer of Ulamog
1 Primordial Sage
1 Edric, Spymaster of Trest
1 Somberwald Sage
1 Garruk's Horde
1 Bogardan Hellkite
1 Farhaven Elf
1 Deadeye Navigator
1 Eternal Witness
1 Mystic Snake
1 Faerie Impostor
1 Wall of Blossoms
1 Arctic Merfolk
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Genesis Hydra
1 Master Biomancer
1 Sylvan Ranger
1 Gatecreeper Vine
1 Flamekin Harbinger
1 Sea Gate Oracle
1 Fathom Mage
1 Bond Beetle
1 Trinket Mage
1 Quickling
1 Pestermite
1 Deceiver Exarch
1 Bloom Tender

Artifact [3]
1 Cloudstone Curio
1 Skullclamp
1 Crystal Shard

Enchantment [1]
1 Equilibrium

Land [36]
1 Command Tower
7 Island
7 Mountain
13 Forest
1 Ancient Ziggurat
1 Winding Canyons
1 Karplusan Forest
1 Shivan Reef
1 Simic Growth Chamber
1 Gruul Turf
1 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Yavimaya Coast
(mana base is random for the time being)

While putting this together I wanted to avoid any rare cards or mythics but I also needed some 'finishers' or at least I thought so. That's how Bogardan Hellkite, Inferno Titan and Steel Hellkite ended up in the deck. Honestly I had problems coming up with more creatures I could put there. At first my only finishers in mind were Pathrazer of Ulamog and Pelakka Wurm. But when I was looking at 83 cards and still had to add more creatures I just aadded from the pool of creatures that actually came to my mind instantly.

Anyway by just solitairing this deck I can see what it can do especially on turns 4-6 if Animar survives in play. I have to say that it is amazing. Now I understand why Animar decks can be so deadly.

So next time someone will be telling me that he can't deal with a deck that costs 150USD I'll play with this (supposedly costs 75 bucks) and I can still cut cards to make it less expensive and maybe even more efficient. (ho! There is Mercurial Pretender...and well I guess I could come up with some morph creatures as well). This certainly is budget deck but way more annoying than the rest of the decks I put together (I think). Cheap does not necessarily mean bad. (I guess any infect deck should be cheap as well)

Hm...I had to write a post about this because I spent majority of the day figuring the deck out. But now I can just toss it away and try to come up with something fair...Any ideas?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cabal Ritual

Another quickie...

Lotus Petal no.2

Patience nor productivity are at really low here is a super fast alter of a Lotus Petal I got yesterday. The card's condition is really poor so anything would help it^_~.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Legacy - UR Delver

Next month there should be another Prague Eternal. I'm not really sure if I'll be able to participate or not but if I would want to I need a deck to play. Sleeving a legacy deck is not a problem for me as I can put together almost anything from Dredge to Stoneblade. But choosing a deck I'd like to play is difficult since the printing of 'Delver of Secrets'. Since the day I saw it for the first time I knew I would hate this card and I knew that this would define a new legacy. No matter against Delver decks are not usually enjoyable. When I sometimes tried playing such a deck I did not really like playing it either. But maybe I just need to accept the fact that this card exists and make peace with it.

Now Wizards of the Coast is taking it to another level. They printed Moonsilver Swiftspear and TREASURE CRUISE, a common sorcery speed Ancestral Recall. Treasure cruise is just insane no matter in what format and Moonsilver Spear is THE card any Pyromancer or Delver deck needed. I personally hope that they will ban the card. For the time being when I play it and draw three cards of it feels like cheating.

So I guess it did not take long and someone came up with some UR Delver playing Swiftspear and Treasure Cruise. When this deck won something showed up in quite huge numbers in our local game stores. So I ended playing against few of them and I was swearing from the start of the tournament till the end of it. I was playing Show and Tell and some games got to the situation in which I had Emrakul on the table and couldn't win because an army of 1/1s attacked me and I was down to 2 life. The best matchup and game I had was against ANT. But all those Delver games...those games were just annoying. The deck seemed really fast and it countered all it could. And even when I got to the situation where I got all the counter spells out of my opponent's hand he then just played Treasure Cruise and I lost once again. That really seemed unfair.
In the next tournament I participated I played Jund (because I forgot one of each card from Show and Tell in my EDH deck). Jund was slow and inefficient and it lacked any card advantage...oh yeah playing against 4x Treasure Cruise with Jund wasn't a good idea. I even lost to some players who had no idea what to do with their decks and one even forgot to trigger his Young Pyromancers 3 times (2 were on the table...). That game was quite fun in general, because he tried really hard to lose the game. He attacked with his Pyromancers, let some of them die (my Deathrite Shamans were glad to trade) and then played some cantrips (^_~). I thought that I could possibly win this game if I would manage to draw Golgari Charm but well.. I lost anyway after he played few Cruises and I did not see my charm...

After seeing this I decided to try the deck myself and see if I can win some games with it. I played some games against Miracles and BUG Tempo. (I actually sleeved up more decks and proxied the cards I don't have in 12 copies and so on...I might need to mark the proxies to be able to distinguish them fast)

Today I brought UR Delver to a tournament in Najada and I had some really strange games with it (my pool of decks does not count with such matchups - the decks I have are Sneak and Show, ANT, UWR Delver, BUG Tempo, Shardless BUG, Death and Taxes, UWr Miracles, Jund). In Round 1 I played against Tomas Mar's deck. His decks are full of good stuff. It's a 4c goodstuff deck running Delver. I managed to screw t1 and t3 colossaly but Tomas messed it up once too. This helped me stay alive (keep my land and brainstorm) and dig for one Lightning Bolt I needed to finish him off. This should have been an easy victory for me but I messed it up so much that only luck could get me out of it. I drew the Bolt in the last possible turn and so it was time for game two. I tried to stay focused this time and avoid any silly plays. I decided to try Price of Progress in the deck especially for this kind of matchups so I put that in along with Pyroblasts (in the end I couldn't play it, Blood Moon wouldn't help me either though). Tomas played Deathrite Shaman on t1 and t2 and that was the end for me. I was trying to get some Bolts but I only managed to get one and died to that remaining Shaman. The game wasn't even close. In game three I managed to have creatures in play, get rid of Deathrite Shamans and resolve one late game Treasure Cruise. I had it since the beginning but had no time to play it...and it would get countered most probably. Later via Gitaxian Probe I saw his hand and I knew I can play the card finally (no matter what I would have to try playing it). I drew 3 lands of it but the following three cards were 2 Pyroblasts and yet another land. Pyroblast tried to kill Delver but Delver was regenerated by Golgari Charm. This allowed me to attack for 5 though. The next turn I played the second Pyroblast and won the game.

Next round I played against Merfolk. I had no idea what to expect from this match up. I had a slight advantage because my opponent thought that I play Sneak and Show and probably kept a hand against that (I had no idea that he played Merfolk). My opponent started with Cursecatcher. So I played my creatures and waited with my noncreature spells. Another Cursecatcher then showed up so I used Forked Bolt to get rid of them. I played Young Pyromancer, created about 6 tokens and my opponent conceded. In game two I looked at his hand wondering what I'll be doing with it. There was Jitte in play and one creature. I killed it and hoped for another removal because it was more likely I would draw a burn spell rather than Smash to Smithereens. I drew it after some Ponders and Brainstorms and got rid of the creature that showed up next. When I started wondering about third creature that might show up I realized that I don't even need to care about that because I can deal the remaining nine damage before the creature would attack me (Treasure Cruise is what won me the game).

In the third round my opponent accidentally showed me Sinkhole from his deck. So I knew what kind of deck to expect but I did not know how the games would go. I played t1 Delver and flipped it on turn 2. It died to Smallpox later. I managed to draw a land and started looking for something else. After few Sinkholes about 5 Mishra's Factory attacks and some annoying cards I managed to draw another Delver and flip it the next turn. This creature managed to win the game. In the second game it did not look good. My opponent had 2x Sinkhole, Toxic Deluge, Liliana of the Veil, Smallpox in hand. I played Delver of Secrets and tried swinging with it. I only had one land so I tried to dig for another land. When Tabernacle hit the table I wasn't really sure what to do. I decided to keep my land rather than Delver of Secrets. Looked for more creatures and played them one at a time. They all died and then I tried countering as many Sinkholes I could. That's when Liliana hit the board but I already had Pithing Needle ready for her. My opponent countered that with Ratched Bomb and destroyed the needle. So I played another Needle I had and then I was getting hit with Mishra's Factory and stared at Engineered Plague that affected humans. My only way to win was to draw several burn spells. When we were both at 4 life my opponent started to be afraid of Smash to Smithereens and stopped attacking me. That gave me some time to draw something else than Smash to Smithereens that I already had in my hand (I had Lightning Bold and Smash to Smithereens). I played 3 Treasure Cruises, some combination of Brainstorms and Ponders...I probably had something like 15 cards in my library (that contained 2 bolts)...and then I finally top decked the bolt.

In the finals I played against a mono red deck with 8 Pillars and all sweepers there possible are in red. I had to take mulligan which wasn't good either...In game one I did not manage to counter Pyrostatic Pillar and I knew this card would eventually kill me as there is no way getting rid of it. My opponent was stuck at one land though so I tried dealing more damage to my opponent than to me. Well it almost worked out...but I died. His first sweeper that he played was Volcanic Fallout that I couldn't counter and that was more or less it. If I would have drawn a Lightning Bolt I could have tried to deal the 5 remaining damage with it and Swiftspear...(but still I would get hit by Fireblast.) In game two after few mulligans I couldn't do much. There was no way I could win...even though I tried to survive for a while.

So after an eternity I was allowed to win some store credit in Najada and I had to thank the deck for it. Actually today all the games were fun. But it might also be due to the fact that I did not play against any annoying Delver deck. I don't count Tomas's deck because that deck simply does...everything...So I'll bring the UR Delver to another tournament to see how it fares against ... well those Delver decks I did not encounter.^_~.

UR Delver
By STsung
Creatures [12]
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Young Pyromancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear

Instant [16]
4 Daze
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt

Sorcery [15]
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
4 Treasure Cruise
2 Forked Bolt
1 Chain Lightning

Land [17]
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Volcanic Island
2 Island
1 Polluted Delta
1 Mountain
1 Wooded Foothills

1 Smash to Smithereens
3 Pyroblast
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Pithing Needle
2 Grim Lavamancer
2 Sulfuric Vortex
3 Price of Progress

Steppe Lynx

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Casual EDH attempt no.3 part 1 - Sydri

(those who heard me whine about EDH or read my rant can skip majority of the post^_^)

Some time ago I read some article about EDH and it made me think once again. Any article actually does, there are plenty of them but as this one ended up in my mailbox I read it... Most articles actually talk about the very same problems. What is EDH about? What is a fun game to play? Do I want to win and if so how? And how all this can work in my playgroup? Each playgroup solves these 'problems' in different ways usually by limiting themselves somehow or setting up some kind of challenges.

EDH for me was a way to play cards I don't have the opportunity to play somewhere else and make them work. That did not mean that the cards had to be bad. I used to play mono black zombie control and mono blue control. No one ever complained. But the decks I usually played against were more of a german highlander style. No one would even wink after seeing a t2 Karn Liberated (if that would have existed at that time). As fun goes I like strange games and I like watching someone play a deck that works nicely. What is important for me too is that I actually get to do something. In the past I usually played rock decks or pure control so there was always something for me to do. As for winning goes..I guess I'm not the most inventive person, but I can see what certain cards do together and I choose the better ways how to kill someone even though I used to kill people with Gempalm Polluter because I found it cool back then. But I'm not someone who would kill the entire table with Exsanguinate (Cabal Coffers/Urborg).

Years later though we have so many more cards to choose from and so many powerful generals. So how to build a deck one that could be fun for me but wouldn't kill entire table at once? I actually have problems with that. Pretty soon I discovered that most people don't like when someone messes up their game. That was completely unknown notion for me. I used to disrupt my opponent's game all the time. My game plan usually got disrupted many times too and it was better card advantage/recursion that won the game. I started playing 'modern' EDH with Glissa, the Traitor. Anything from the graveyard could come back and the deck ran quite a lot of removal or answers to anything. These cards were primarily targeted removal and that was probably one of my first mistakes. It used to run some tutors but they weren't really important in this deck. It wasn't like....Mikaeus+Triskelion or any combo I could come up in this deck.

Later I added blue (I said good bye to my monoU deck for good). It was simply a rock deck...a deck full of good cards and that usually killed via Mindslaver/Academy Ruins. But that is something majority of the decks at that time ran. When EDH became more popular here and people were running into my deck it seemed that we were from two different worlds. Most people's decks weren't really doing much except playing some random creatures or cards that did not usually do much (did not have a great impact on the game). In my deck most cards were actually doing something. I started feeling kinda bad facing a 7/7 vanilla creature with my Grave Titan.

Some time later when playing some multiplayer games I saw that most people ramp and start actually doing something on turn 6 or more. I couldn't really understand that. Even though my decks were relatively slow I simply had to do something early game. But I played some games in which something really bad happened on t3-4. I played in few games in which one of my opponents played Bribery on t3 or t4. I usually had ways of dealing with the creatures but that wasn't considered as a good think and people did not really like me for that. Once I happened to counterspell Bribery on t3 and was yelled upon. I actually played my competitive 1-on-1 deck against some multiplayer decks and I warned everyone in advance but that's how it ended up. Not only I consider Bribery pretty mean but being yelled upon because I countered it (Force of Will) that's something I couldn't really understand. This was the end of EDH for me. At least I thought so...But as with anything Magic ...I came back.

In the meantime I sticked to French EDH. Something that was way closer to german highlander and something where I could actually build a combo deck and don't feel bad about it. But in the end different people come to EDH tournaments and those that come to have fun or play their game they just lose pretty badly not understanding what's going on.

If you are reading my blog you know that I joined a group that regularly meets on Tuesdays. For that I tried building few decks - Marath Pod, Prossh the Beast, Roon - Blink, Phelddagrif - turboland. All those decks though seem too powerful for the group. So what should I play? Two weeks ago I think I was told to build a different deck and take out Mindslaver out of my deck (I had it there because of 1-on-1 games I used to still play at that time. Because cards like Emrakul or Ulamog weren't usually good enough to kill my opponents). I have no problem taking out Mindslaver or any card messing up with multiplayer but building a new deck because people don't like it that's not something I'm prepared to do. This deck was not supposed to be any good or evil. I decided to keep the deck at home for a while and take a different deck with me next time. I had 3 different generals in mind Sydri, Sidisi and Sedris. It's been a really long time since I played Zombies so I started putting those together. The cards I put in the deck were mostly black and blue. One card was actually red...So I thought about it once again. There are cards I really wanted to try Empty the Pits and Sidisi. For that I would need some sac outlets, self mill etc. In the end I just couldn't decide what I want to do with the deck so I grabbed the cards and tossed them in a Epic Collection box (now I have written where they are...might come handy when I start looking for them^^). I grabbed Sydri from my bed and stared at her for a while. I always wanted some Karn deck but I wasn't really sure how to build it without making it....staxx like. I started writing down a list of cards but it was already Tuesday afternoon and I was supposed to leave soon for the session. So I put the found cards already aside and took out Prossh that changed a bit from the original 'grab the first 60 cards in jund colors'. After figuring out that the deck won't really be much casual I made it more combo. It had ramp, tutors, combo pieces, some necessary spot removal, Toxic Deluge and Prossh^_^. It did not really matter if there were any other creatures except combo pieces and mana dorks.

I took the deck in my hands and put all tutors aside. Then I took out half of mana producing one-drops. Instead of those I added 'mass removal' in the form of Black Sun's Zenith, Damnation, Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos and card draw engine Skullmuncher, Underworld Connections, Graveborn Muse. The rest of the slots was taken by creatures that either bring some tokens into play or leave a token in play - Thragtusk, Wurmcoil Engine, Deranged Hermit, Nested Invader, Kozilek's Predator, Grave Titan, Sprouting Thrinax, Hornet Queen. I also added Skyshroud Claim so I would have yet another ramp spell...not one I would normally play. After all these changes my deck actually seemed ready for some kind of more friendly games.

I won all of the games. But I had a bit more fun than before. Most of the time I was holding combo pieces in my hand wondering if I should play them or not. During the games even without any obvious combos I was able to do something, have creatures in play (important) and draw enough cards not to end up mana screwed for example. So after these games I decided to finish my Sydri having something else in mind.

If someone would ask me what to play in an Esper artifact deck I'd list cards like Thopter Foundry + Sword of the Meek, Disciple of the Vault, Voltaic Construct, Voltaic Key + some big mana rock, Mycosynth Lattice, Liquimetal Coating, Karn, Memnarch, Planar Portal, Temporal Aperture, Darksteel Forge + Disk ... anyway I could go on but you get my idea. When I looked at my first Sydri list it looked like this but hell screw that.

After learning that many creatures is the way to go (and not be considered a big threat) I started adding creatures. I put some big creatures in the deck - Sharding Sphinx, Sphinx Summonner (meant to search for Enigma Sphinx), Enigma Sphinx, Filigree Angel and Steel Hellkite. After this I ran out of 'bad card' options so I added Wurmcoil Engine, Duplicant, Sharuum, Myr Battlesphere. In order to be able to play those cards I need some even though I don't like those I added signets, talismans and some random bigger rocks - Gilded Lotus, Thran Dynamo, Sol Ring. I also added Mind Stone but that was a huge mistake^_~. More mana can be generated or creatures can be cheated into play somehow. Metalworker, Master Transmuter, Etherium Sculptor, Kuldotha Forgemaster, Chief Engineer, Grand Architect found their place in the deck. Next I needed some card advantage...Scarecrone, Baleful Strix, Vedalken Archmage, Trinket Mage, Sun Titan, Solemn Simulacrum. That was more or less it for creatures..Then I added some spot removal - Utter End, Vindicate, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Dispatch, Spine of Ish Sah. Then it was time for some fun cards or cards I wanted to use with other cards - Expedition Map, Trading Post, Unwinding Clock, Executioner's Capsule, Staff of Nin, Nihil Spellbomb, Open the Vaults, Roar of Reclamation, Hanna and both Tezzerets. The remaining slots were mostly filled in with card draw.

My deck was complete and I could try it out...I wasn't sure what it would be doing...and if I would like it. But playing many cards early and then doing something with them - sacrificing, putting them into play, getting them back from the graveyard etc...seemed fun. I could play with my artifacts all alone^_^

It was fun to play with Sydri today...erm yesterday so I'll keep the deck as is for the time being. I might do some changes later. So far I would probably (certainly) cut Mind Stone for something producing colored mana and cut some creature (Master of Etherium) for Sphinx Sovereign. That creature looks like it could do some crazy stuff and not be totally overkilling...Who the hell would be playing 6/6 flyer for 8 mana? If I manage it I will try to fit in a Dispeller's capsule as well...

I know that I did not really write much about the deck. But this post is more about changing the perspective and trying to delve into something else because that something else might actually be fun. I know that the 'problem' lies in me even though I know what it means to have fun and I like to see what people can do with their decks and I let them to a certain point. Noone wants to die without doing anything... But I always was good at knowing what cards are good and never saw a reason why not play them. But if other players are not prepared for them or they are not even prepared for interactions those cards can have...what should one do? Limit oneself I guess..but how? Magic being a really well designed game has a lot to offer with cards that are not stellar or other format staples. Even an all common deck can be a fun deck to play or a relatively good deck in general (UGw blink and UB control respectively that's what I have in mind). So here's probably the cheapest deck I produced so far...if not taking mana base in account this is worth 150USD. Twice less than my previous attempts^_~. (compared to the decks I usually put together worth 1500-2000USD - mostly because of mana base +/- 900USD)

Sydri is great general. She animates artifacts like Karn but allows to play cards that are not really that dangerous or mean and allows to play all those awesome Shards of Alara block cards. Master Transmuter is a card I like. I never thought that gaining 57 life would be cool or anything, but at least it's not Blightsteel Colossus or Sphinx of the Steel Wind. I personally don't have anything against those cards. People around me usually could easily deal with that so I had no problems playing it or facing it. But in this's a huge problem. Not only they can't usually deal with it when they need to but most of these players aren't really prepared for a card like this (not to mention that it's not the nicest way how one can certainly is better to die to ... animated Spine of Ish Sah^^). Triskelion is overkill with Sydri and I never expected to draw SO many cards with Vedalken Archmage. This is a card I wouldn't normally play because it would immediately die in games I was used to play. But here in multiplayer everything is possible^_^. Creatures stay in play for quite some time and one has time to build an interesting board...or have enough blue mana to animate opponents' equipments when someone plays Damnation^_^ After those few games I thought that Academy Ruins is cheating^^ (usually was holding it in my hand waiting for things to go awry...they didn't do). Now I feel bad for wanting to add Petrified Field (Academy Ruins). I might add Buried Ruin but hell with Academy Ruins. Anyway also this is the first deck I put together in which fetch lands don't do more than just fix the colors^_~. If I'd be adding another colorless land it will be High majority of the games I played I was missing a sacrifice outlet (I'm used to Thopter Foundry but since I don't have it in the deck I need something else to replace it...Trading Post is not enough^^)

So here's the first deck list I put together.


1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Vedalken Archmage
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Grand Architect
1 Scarecrone
1 Chief Engineer
1 Master Transmuter
1 Duplicant
1 Sharuum the Hegemon
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Enigma Sphinx
1 Filigree Angel
1 Master of Etherium
1 Sharding Sphinx
1 Trinket Mage
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Metalworker
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Shimmer Myr
1 Baleful Strix
1 Etherium Sculptor
1 Triskelion
1 Sphinx Summoner
1 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Sun Titan
1 Myr Retriever

Instant [8]
1 Dispatch
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Path to Exile
1 Hinder
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Cyclonic Rift
1 Utter End
1 Swords to Plowshares

Sorcery [6]
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Merciless Eviction
1 Vindicate
1 Compulsive Research
1 Roar of Reclamation
1 Open the Vaults

Artifact [23]
1 Courier's Capsule
1 Mind Stone
1 Dimir Signet
1 Clock of Omens
1 Seat of the Synod
1 Unwinding Clock
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Thran Dynamo
1 Executioner's Capsule
1 Ancient Den
1 Azorius Signet
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Voltaic Key
1 Vault of Whispers
1 Trading Post
1 Expedition Map
1 Talisman of Progress
1 Staff of Nin
1 Talisman of Dominance
1 Sol Ring

Land [34]
1 Isolated Chapel
1 Mystic Gate
1 Temple of Enlightenment
3 Island
1 Underground Sea
3 Swamp
1 Phyrexia's Core
1 Arid Mesa
1 Celestial Colonnade
1 Temple of Deceit
1 Adarkar Wastes
1 Watery Grave
1 Command Tower
3 Plains
1 Caves of Koilos
1 Tundra
1 Glacial Fortress
1 Temple of Silence
1 Godless Shrine
1 Drowned Catacomb
1 Underground River
1 Academy Ruins
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Marsh Flats
1 Flooded Strand
1 Scrubland
1 Polluted Delta

Planeswalker [2]
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fellwar Stone

It's time to get some different red paint...erm...I just destroyed ...ehm already destroyed Fellwar Stone. *sniff*

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Duel Commander - The Mimeoplasm adventure no.2

Random blah blah you don't need to read^_~

My calendar was showing two events on 11th October - an EDH Tournament in Hradec Kralove and Machinae Supremacy concert in Prague. The concert got the priority but there was a condition. If I would get enough money for it out of Khans of Tarkir I would go. Otherwise I'd attend the next one that could possibly happen in 3 years time^_~. If I would get at least some money from the tournaments I'd go to Hradec Kralove to play EDH. My last chance to open or win something was at Najada's League Top 8 draft. As expected...I managed to open nothing worth enough money to help me go to the concert. During that week I borrowed some money so I could survive through the week and send out all orders. On Thursday I needed to return the money and still have enough money for another batch of orders. Going to Hradec Kralove started to look unlikely as well.

On Friday my plan was to go to Beroun where I would vote and return to Prague so I could possibly go to Hradec Kralove. That day my mother called me and mentioned that my father is in Prague and could take me to Beroun and that by the way he is about to go to Hradec Kralove the next day. Long story could be told here but let's skip that. The next day we left for Hradec Kralove. I arrived on time and went to register.

During the registration time we played few games with Martin so I had some time to remember what cards were actually in my deck. I managed to screw up few times even though I won those games *facepalm*. Something like that should not be happening to me during the tournament.

EDH Tournament Report

Round 1 - Doran, the Siege Tower - Petr Stefan

In game 1 I kept a hand that was actually good but would become completely useless if a discard hit me. It would also totally die to Aven Mindcensor or Scavenging Ooze. All of this was quite probable from a Doran, the Siege Tower player but I did not expect that to happen and well that is what killed me in the end. My opponent played Mother of Runes on turn 1 followed by Aven Mindcensor and Scavenging Ooze. That was too much for me to handle because my only out was Toxic Deluge. These creatures were joined by Doran itself which was beating me pretty hard. After several blank draws I lost the game.

In game two my opponent opened with Deathrite Shaman. He was so kind to actually attack with it though so I killed him with my Phyrexian Devourer+Triskelion+Necrotic Ooze combo a bit later.

In game three I kept a hand with a fetchland and Wasteland which was not a good idea, those were all the lands I saw during that game. At that time I did not know that Sinkhole would be the most played card against me that day and there wasn't anything I could do with colorless mana...

Round 2 - Sen Triplets - Miroslav Vana

After this terrible loss I did not really expect to finish in top 8 but I could still try. I checked my opponent's hand so I could get rid of counterspells or discard but instead of that I saw a hand full of enchantments. One of them was Rest in Peace that really had to go. There was also Mystical Tutor but I wasn't really sure if that card could look for anything reasonable. I probably won soon after this. I did not write much information during this match except my opponent's cards in hand and life totals. The life totals were like 29 -> 26 and 29 and game over. I remember that the last game I won thanks to Survival of the Fittest because my tutor and reanimation spell were discarded. I did not have a creature in hand but I top decked Brainstorm thanks to which I managed to find a creature. I could discard it then and tutor my combo pieces and play Necrotic Ooze from my hand to win the game.

Round 3 - Rafiq of the Many - Viktor Coufal

When my opponent started with a tapped land followed by another one and playing a mana dork on turn 3 I did not expect much of resistance. My life totals I wrote down during the match were 29, 21 and 8 (the second attack was actually pretty brutal). It was my opponent who lost though. In the second game I reanimated Griselbrand which was pretty much the end of the game.

Round 4 - Kaalia of the Vast - Martin Vlnas

This round is were all the fun began. I lost game one. Kaalia of the Vast -> Rune-Scarred Demon -> Ravages of War wasn't any good.

Game two was a catastrophe for both of us. I kept a hand with a fetchland that could not fetch Underground Sea which was a HUGE mistake because I needed to play some cantrips to get to another land. I fetched for Tropical Island facepalming myself (showing my opponent that I'm completely screwed if he destroys that land...). I peeked at my opponent's hand seeing a hand full of rocks, Orim's Chant, Hymn to Tourach and Toxic Deluge. My hand consisted of two tutor spells, reanimation spell and Entomb. I couldn't really play those though because I couldn't draw a black source. I managed to draw or tutor Flash and put Woodfall Primus into play this way. In order to survive I needed my opponent to be also mana screwed and be drawing blanks. In this case rather color screwed so I destroyed his two sources of red and hoped that Kaalia would never hit the board (not that there would be anything that my opponent could put into play with it). I hoped that the Primus would be enough for me to win. My opponent destroyed my Tropical Island so I couldn't play anything (obviously) when I finally drew a land it was ... wait for it... Boseiju, Who Shelters All. My opponent drew a card, played a Swamp. I drew another land. It was Wasteland. At least I could destroy another red source if it would ever hit the table (and would be a non-basic LAND). In the meantime I was swinging with Woodfall Primus. When I drew another land I really started wondering how many lands produce colorless mana in my deck. I played the card I drew - Cavern of Souls - and named Ooze. When I couldn't really come up with other lands producing colorless mana in my deck, to my surprise I drew Flooded Grove which in this case was yet another colorless source. At that moment I was glad I cut Twilight Mire and replaced it with Mana Confluence. My opponent was down to 7 so he played Orim's Chant to earn at least one more turn to draw Swords to Plowshares. Then I finally drew Cephalid Coliseum. My opponent killed my only creature with Toxic Deluge because he wouldn't be able to do it a turn later. Then I drew Survival of the Fittest. I discarded Phyrexian Devourer and Triskelion keeping Necrotic Ooze in hand (finally Flooded Grove was a land I appreciated!). No matter what though I still needed a source of black. The next card I drew was a Forest or Island I do not recall but it allowed me to use Cephalid Coliseum and look for something in three cards. The last card was Marsh Flats so I finally killed my opponent (I was glad that I won at least once) at 30 life this time. I could have tried to tutor a mana producing creature but that would most probably die (I actually used Birds of Paradise to look for the combo pieces, those poor Birds were removed from the game for quite some time - Mesmeric Fiend).
Game 3 was pretty boring - I killed my opponent on turn 3.

Round 5 - Horde of Notions - Zbynek Boltek

These two games went pretty badly. I Thoughtseized my opponent discarding Reanimate leaving him Sword of Fire and Ice, Garruk Wildspeaker, Dust Bowl and Eternal Witness. After seeing his hand I was ready to shake his hand but I continued playing. I had a plan but it would most probably be wrecked by Dust Bowl and that is also what happened. Then Fauna Shaman with SoFaI equipped killed me. I could have destroyed the Sword but then Reanimate, Eternal Witness and Shaman's ability would kill me instead. In the second game we were changing control of Woodfall Primus for quite some time. In the end it ended up on the wrong side of the table for me and I lost. Losing this match most probably meant no top 8 for me so I wasn't really happy about that. Especially knowing that intentional draws would mean that I would not even get the chance to get into top 8 with 4-2 record. After this we played two more games in which ones I just killed my opponent very easily. It was fun though and I hoped that this player would make it far in the tournament. He lost though a mirror match in the first round of the top8.

Round 6 - Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon - Jiri Ponikelsky

My next opponent as I learned later is the owner of the restaurant where the tournament was held. He played a monoblack infect and that scared the hell out of me. Black has discard, graveyard hate and a 4/4 body that can be 10/10 Infect Flying creature quite easily. I 'poisoned' quite a lot of players with Skithiryx so I knew how evil this creature could be. Anyway it was me who played the first discard spell. I saw a hand full of lands and Lashwrithe + Coalition Relic. I discarded the Relic, let my opponent swing with a creature for 7 and then I just killed him with my combo.

In game two I reanimated or Show and Tell'ed Griselbrand into play. I also had Dryad Arbor in play (since my opponent had Diabolic Edict in hand) and that was pretty much it. He wasn't aware that Dryad Arbor is a creature so played the Edict, no matter what I expected Griselbrand to die. Griselbrand was a target of another removal spell later so I drew 14 cards and found a another win condition there. I spent some time explaining how the Ooze combo works - I should prepare some text for that...

After this I signed up for a booster draft because I did not expect to get into top 8. While waiting for the draft to begin we started playing some Legacy. During one of those games few players came rushing in to tell me that I made it to the top 8.

Round 7 - Doran, the Siege Tower - Martin Pelikan

My opponent had to go so I practically got a bye. Good for me.

Round 8 - Horde of Notions - Jakub Havelka

These games were interesting. Kumano's deck is actually a combo deck. I'm not sure if he wins via something else other than Deceiver Exarch/Pestermite/Zealous Conscripts and Kiki-Jiki/Splinter Twin combo or not. In his hand he had Mystical Tutor, Eternal Witness (oh man how she was annoying during the whole tournament) and Stoneforge Mystic. He played Phyrexian Arena early and was drawing extra cards. I managed to Flash Woodfall Primus into play destroying some lands - usually hitting green and red sources. I was attacking with Primus killing some creatures in the process and dealing some damage as well. At one life my opponent wanted to finish me off -> Mystical Tutor -> Enlightened Tutor -> Splinter Twin on Exarch but I ruined his plans by killing the blue creature. I won't lie, I was lucky.
Game two was quite similar for me, because I had Mystical Tutor and Woodfall Primus in hand. That seemed crucial actually because I needed to destroy some of his lands in order to slow him down. His turn 2 Dark Confidant wasn't anything I'd like to see. Zealous Conscripts, Treachery, Dark Tutelage, Eternal Witness and Deceiver Exarch were in his hand. So I destroyed some lands and once again tried attacking with the Primus. Later on I managed to put in play Rune-Scarred Demon with which I tutored Toxic Deluge. My opponent looked for Chord of Calling the turn later and played it during the attack. He looked for Phantasmal Image, chose Rune-Scarred Demon to tutor and block the original Demon. I was down to 18 life which wasn't much because he could steal one of my creatures and deal 12 damage but those six life would still be enough for me to win. That is most probably why he tried a different plan (he was down to 6). He played Kiki-Jiki, I killed the goblin so he wouldn't go infinite. On my turn I played my general copying Kiki-Jiki that made a EOT copy of Woodfall Primus destroying another land hoping that this would be enough (because alpha strike wasn't enough). I won.

Finals - Cpt. Sisay - Jan Kousal

This was the deck I wanted to end up playing against as it seemed the easiest one to beat. There were 2 other Mimeoplasm decks in the top 8, Elves, Doran, Cpt. Sisay and 2 Horde of Notions. I certainly did not want to play against any blue deck. Anyway game one seemed pretty bad at the beginning for me. My opponent played Aven Mindcensor and one more creature (Mother of Runes?). I had Toxic Deluge to get rid of those creatures but before I managed to play it Safi showed up wrecking my plan (killing the Mindcensor). Anyway I was forced to play the Deluge. After that I was facing Aven Mindcensor alone. My opponent decided to play Armageddon then. He wasn't aware that on top of my library I stacked 3 lands and Duress (with shuffle effect in my hand) - Lim Dul's Vault is awesome^_^. So I played my three lands, shuffled my library and looked for anything that could help me deal with that annoying bird. My opponent had Kor Haven in play and later managed to play two other lands. I destroyed one somehow. Later on I reanimated Terastodon destroying Kor Haven because it was most probable that I would need to deal some damage with creatures in order to win. (so my own lands were a necessary target as well) I was facing three creatures, was down to 4 life and my opponent had Swords to Plowshares in hand. One creature wouldn't really do... Later I drew and played Primeval Titan. I attacked with it few times, thinning my library so I could draw something better. Later I hardcasted Griselbrand and started swinging with more creatures I had in play (knowing that Griselbrand would gain me 7 life no matter what). I was afraid something would go wrong but it did not and I won this game.

I hoped for the second game to be really short because I was starving. My opponent had 7 mana available on turn 3 so I was forced to look for a removal for his general. I was afraid that something would happen to my combo so I rather killed the general first before trying to kill him. When thinking what could instantly screw me up I only came up with Crop Rotation. I wouldn't be able to do anything with it anyway so I tried...and I won.

After the tournament I was left alone. Everyone just ran away from our 'feature match' and I could finally eat my dinner. I ordered chilli noodles with spinach and chicken steak. I have to say that it was delicious. During my meal the organizer of the tournament came to me and gave me my two prizes. With my belly full I went to watch the ongoing draft matches. Majority of the players were drunk so it was quite fun to watch sometimes, sometimes it was sad to look at. In general we had quite some fun. Seeing players counting to eight or six trying to figure out how many cards in their graveyard they need to remove from the game and how many lands to tap was funny. The rest of the night we played legacy.

I'd like to thank everyone for everything, Dominik for writing report from the last tournament (reason why I participated in the tourney), my parents for their support and the ride, Martin for the ride back and accommodation and the other players for chatting with me, playing etc. Cheers to the organizers and judge for everything. It was awesome experience.

I'd love to write more but I cannot convert my feelings into words right now. This post looks pretty dull to me compared to the good time I spend there.

As I did not really expect myself to actually show at the tournament I did not really make any changes to the deck. There are cards I'd like to try out like Sultai Charm (another draw a card/discard a card effect but it can also deal with this deck's nightmares - Linvala, Scavenging Ooze, Aven Mindcensor...etc) and Dig Through Time (7 cards? that's a lot) for example. These cards are quite expensive for the deck but they are good. Cutting something though is difficult. Recurring Nightmare and Jace, the Mind Sculptor are the first cards I would take out.

Thanks for reading

The Mimeoplasm
by STsung
1 Arbor Elf
1 Birds of Paradise
1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Elves of Deep Shadow
1 Elvish Mystic
1 Fyndhorn Elves
1 Griselbrand
1 Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
1 Llanowar Elves
1 Massacre Wurm
1 Necrotic Ooze
1 Phyrexian Devourer
1 Primeval Titan
1 Rune-Scarred Demon
1 Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
1 Sylvan Primordial
1 Terastodon
1 Triskelion
1 Woodfall Primus
1 Dryad Arbor

20 cards
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Brainstorm
1 Dismember
1 Entomb
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Flash
1 Frantic Search
1 Go for the Throat
1 Intuition
1 Lim-Dul's Vault
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Peek
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Diabolic Edict
14 cards
1 Buried Alive
1 Careful Study
1 Compulsive Research
1 Diabolic Intent
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Duress
1 Exhume
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Green Sun's Zenith
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Ponder
1 Preordain
1 Reanimate
1 Show and Tell
1 Strategic Planning
1 Thoughtseize
1 Toxic Deluge
18 cards
1 Animate Dead
1 Dance of the Dead
1 Necromancy
1 Pernicious Deed
1 Recurring Nightmare
1 Survival of the Fittest
1 Sylvan Library
7 cards
1 Liliana of the Veil
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 cards
1 Bayou
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
1 Breeding Pool
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Cephalid Coliseum
1 City of Brass
1 Command Tower
1 Drowned Catacomb
1 Flooded Grove
1 Flooded Strand
2 Forest
1 Hinterland Harbor
2 Island
1 Llanowar Wastes
1 Marsh Flats
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Phyrexian Tower
1 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
2 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
1 Mana Confluence
1 Underground River
1 Underground Sea
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Wasteland
1 Watery Grave
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Woodland Cemetery
1 Yavimaya Coast
38 cards