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Launch Party Scars of Mirrodin

This weekend there are launch parties of the new magic set and first of a new block happening all over the world. I’ve followed the previews of this set, Scars of Mirrodin, and it got me really excited. Especially the new mechanisms: infect, proliferate and metalcraft. I wasn’t in the magic community when Mirrodin got released, but I can understand that the return of the Phyrexians and the all-metal-world is a great setting for new directions.

I played the launch party at MTG Legends FNM Almere and it was my first official tournaments. I never played sealed before, so I was really glad when some of the other members helped with constructing a deck of all my cards. The guy who was sitting opposite of saw what I got out of the boosters and hated himself for not switching boosters with me. The boosters gave me a Koth of the Hammer, Wormcoil Engine and Molten-Tail Masticore. Everyone who heard or saw what I drew, didn’t want to play me. I don’t really know why, because I suck at constructing decks and playing (as I always miss the right actions).

When I saw Koth, I immediately knew that my deck needed red. My other red draws weren’t as good, but two Shatter were a good reason to not splash red. My second colour was white. Why? I don’t really know, because my white cards weren’t very good either. The two Gold Myr and Auriok Replica helped me playing my Wormcoil Engine early in the game and preventing damage from nasty powered up cards (lots of equipment and metalcraft).

This is the deck I made:

Lands:

11 Mountain
6 Plains

Creatures:
Auriok Replica
Auriok Sunchaser
Barrage Ogre
Chrome Steed
Copper Myr
Darksteel Myr
Goblin Gaveleer
Gold Myr 2x
Ichorclaw Myr
Leonin Arbiter
Molten-Tail Masticore
Myrsmith
Salvage Scout
Snapsail Glider
Wurmcoil Engine

Spells:
Glint Hawk Idol
Grafted Exoskeleton
Koth of the Hammer
Panic Spellbomb
2 Shatter
Tumble Magnet

Both Wormcoil Engine and Molten-Tail Masticore loved me very much. 80% of the time, I had Wormcoil Engine in my opening hand; 40% of the time, Molten-Tail Masticore; and 20% both. Koth didn’t like me very much, I only got to play (and win) with his killer ability. He probably knew that I was gonna trade him after the tournament for Elspeth. I play a lot more with white than with red, so for me it’s a logical decision. I ended up with one win, one draw and two losses, which were entirely my fault, and not my deck’s. I ended up 16th out of the 23, which is pretty good considered that there were some players with pro points.

I know this isn’t the best deck you could make with this pool of cards and I dare you to make one that would’ve earned me a top 10 place. You can post them in the comments section and I will try them out.

Pool

Colourless
Auriok Replica 2x
Barbed Battlegear
Bladed Pinions 2x
Chrome Steed
Copper Myr
Corpse Cur
Darksteel Myr
Flight Spellbomb
Golden Urn F
Gold Myr 2x
Glint Hawk Idol
Grafted Exoskeleton
Heavy Arbalest
Ichorclaw Myr
Liquimetal Coating
Molten-Tail Masticore
Nihil Spellbomb
Panic Spellbomb
Razorfield Thresher
Saberclaw Golem
Snapsail Glider
Strider Harness
Trigon of Mending
Trigon of Thought
Tumble Magnet
Vector Asp
Wurmcoil Engine

White
Auriok Sunchaser
Ghalma’s Warden
Leonin Arbiter
Myrsmith
Salvage Scout
Seize the Initiative
Soul Parry
Whitesun’s Passage

Blue
Darkslick Drake
Inexorale Tide
Lumengrid Drake
Riddlesmith 2x
Shape Anew
Sky-Eel School
Steady Progress
Stoic Rebuttal
Twisted Image
Vault Skyward

Black
Bleak Coven Vampires
Blistergrub
Ichor Rats F
Instill Infection 2x
Painsmith
Plague Stinger 2x
Psychic Miasma 2x
Relic Putrescence

Red
Assault Strobe
Barrage Ogre
Goblin Gaveleer
Ferrovore 2x
Furnace Celebration
Koth of the Hammer
Scoria Elemental
Shatter 2x

Green
Alpha Tyrranax
Bellowing Tanglewurm
Blight Mamba
Carapace Forger 2x
Ezuri’s Archers 2x
Lifesmith
Tel-Jilad Defiance 2x
Tel-Jilad Fallen
Untamed Might
Viridian Revel
Wing Puncture

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How to kick butt with elves

Or…

How to do 10300+ damage with Nissa Revane’s Ears of the Elves deck in Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers

As I wrote in my last post, I started playing Duels of the Planeswalkers when it came out on Steam. I still haven’t finished it, only the challenges. Right now, I’m busy trying to unlock all the cards of the decks I’ve unlocked. This time it was Nissa Revane’s turn. At the time of playing the “epic win”-match, I had unlocked 13 of the 18 unlockable cards. I was halfway of kicking Elspeth’s butt when I thought that things could turn out to be a bit more interesting if I didn’t kill her off just yet.

First I played Elvish Visionary, followed by Farhaven Elf and next turn Nath of The Gilt-Leaf. Elspeth still had around 6 cards in her hand then, so with every discard, I would get an elf-token. I got lucky and Lys Alana Scarblade was on the table next turn. With both Nath of The Gilt-Leaf and Lys Alana Huntmaster early in the game I was able to have around 40 elf-tokens when I attacked. Soon after I played my token creators, I played Jagged Scar Archers and got rid of all of Elspeth’s angels. I used Eyeblight’s Ending and Essence Drain to get rid of the Venerable Monks and Youthful Knights when I didn’t have enough power to kill them without being killed.

When I entered my last attack phase, none of the creatures and tokens which entered on my side of the battlefield had left. I probably had around 54 elves in play. Add the +1/+1 from two Elvish Champions and one Imperious Perfect, every elf had +3/+3, except Jagged Scar Archers, which was a 57/57. Add two Coat of arms to that and there you have an amazing army.  With just 15 more cards in my deck, I was preparing for my final attack. It didn’t matter much what I did, I would win anyways, but I wanted to end this well. If this was a multiplayer game, my opponent would’ve rage quit. Right then, I got Immaculate Magistrate and used its ability twice to make my army more powerful. My weakest creature at the moment of my attack was 147/147, but it could have been higher if I hadn’t wasted my Giant Growths and Overrun trying to take screenshots and skipping my attack phase. My strongest elf was 219/219.

Throughout the game, Elspeth tried her best to play the cards she drew, because if she didn’t, she had to discard it right away. It didn’t matter to me much that she had three Angel’s Feathers and a Glorious Anthem on the table. It only allowed me to attack with Rhys the Exiled (before playing Coat of Arms), which gave me a crazy life total.

This deck is one of the most used decks in multiplayer and I can see why. It’s possible to destroy your opponent in 5 turns, which isn’t fun if you lose. Especially if that happens 4 out of 10 games you play. Of course, there will always be favorite decks, as there are favourite characters in other games. But maybe, for the sake of love for the game and the mood of the players, this kind of play should be played against AI. It’s nice to win, but you don’t have to burry them alive.

Here’s the core decklist of Revane’s deck and the list of unlocked cards I used in this game

Decklist

23 Forest
11 Swamp

2 Elven Riders
2 Elvish Champion
3 Elvish Eulogist
2 Elvish Visionary
4 Elvish Warrior
4 Farhaven Elf
2 Gaea’s Herald
1 Lys Alana Huntmaster
2 Moonglove Winnower
1 Coat of Arms
3 Essence Drain
3 Eyeblight’s Ending
4 Giant Growth
2 Naturalize
1 Overrun

Elvish Champion
Wurm’s Tooth
Immaculate Magistrate
Rhys the Exiled
Wurm’s Tooth
Elvish Champion
Wurm’s Tooth
Jagged Scar Archers
Imperious Perfect
Wurm’s Tooth
Lys Alana Scarblade
Coat of Arms
Eyeblight’s Ending
Nath of The Gilt-Leaf

Epic win!

I’ve been playing Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers since it came out on the PC (a wonderful gift from a dear friend) and today I had my most epic win ever. I don’t think I’m ever going to top this, unless I get the same cards in the same order. What are the chances of that happening in Magic? Very small. This match was between the decks of Elspeth Tirel and Nissa Revane (played by me). Before I attacked, she had a life total of 67. Here’s the win announcement of the game. Epic win in Duels of the Planeswalkers