So, fun story time. I played this deck among others last night and the game was interesting enough I thought I would do a recap of it.
3 Player FFA. Opponents are Zegana, Utopian Speaker
(some sort of hydra deck with counterspells) and Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
(a self milling deck with a bunch of value stuffs).
Opening hand: 2 Plains
, Ancient Tomb
, Gisela, the Broken Blade
, Angel of Condemnation
, Avacyn, Angel of Hope
, Enlightened Tutor
Plains (considering using Enlightened Tutor
here but all my cards are to cast so Sol Ring
doesn't really help get me to 4 mana given tomb. I figure I can see if I draw more lands and to it next turn based on what I need).
Plains Tome of Legends
(trying to be mana efficient). UG deck plays a mana dork and Hogaak is already self milling.
T3: Gisela, the Broken Blade
I figure leading on this gives me some life back from what I am losing to the tomb.
Before drawing for the turn I Enlightened Tutor
for Mask of Memory
. I don't have any more lands in hand so I figure I need to go for draw instead of ramp from something like Sword of the Animist
. Also, I have exactly four mana at this point so tutoring for and using Sword is not ideal in this case. I play and equip Mask and connect it to the player who has more stuffs in play right now. I also manage to get my land for the turn. Zegana player plays Shaman of Forgotten Ways
(he is like, close to maybe having the mana for the Biorhythm
effect next turn and has like 5 creatures with several dorks) and Hogaak player does more setup / milling.
land, Linvala, Keeper of Silence
(happily has a middle finger for Zegana's mana dorks / Shaman of Forgotten Ways
. I keep swinging Gisela to get me life and cards and hit my lands. Zegana's board looks a lot worse now with Linvala in play and he struggles. Hogaak plays his commander and eats it to draw 8 cards and I think even replays his commander.
T6: Thalia's Lancers
for Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
given I have 3 cost creatures in play. Move Gisela towards Hogaak given things are getting spooky there. Zegana continues to strugle. Hogaak attacks me for 8 and is doing gross things with that full hand he drew last turn that mostly resemble having a swarm of little guys on the ground.
, Nykthos gives me 8 mana so I cast Bruna, the Fading Light
rezing Avacyn, Angel of Hope
. I swing Gisela at Hogaak and then meld my commander. Opponents can no longer cast 3 or less mana spells, attack on the ground, or destroy my cards. Hogaak scoops.
I fumble cards around a bit, Nykthos makes 15 mana. I equip a Sword of Fire and Ice
to Avacyn to stave off any sort of theft attempt from the blue player. I dome him for like 28 or something and pass back and he dies moving forward.
I guess it was sort of a fast game for this deck and it was somewhat impressive which is why I felt it was worth highlighting. The lower cost creatures with equipment / equipment tutors once again shining through as a worthwhile effect. I did in the course of the game see both Abeyance
and Eye of Singularity
but neither really fit the game and I ended up cycling both of them off to Mask of Memory
. I need to keep an eye on Abeyance
as its possible that just being like Path to Exile
might be better but I guess time will tell.
I also played a 1v1 game with this deck this weekend but...... I had a T1 Serra Ascendant
sooooooooo..... probably don't need to outline how that went.