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Another Tuesday and another 1v1 Duel Commander tournament. We had seven people this week, which was our best showing in weeks. I was really close to switching to a new deck this week, but in the end I decided to stick with Marath, Will of the Wild. Considering I didn’t win any store credit, maybe I should have switched. However, I did receive one of the random promo cards, which was pretty cool.
The following decks were played at the tournament:
* Azusa, Lost but Seeking (Mono-G)
* Karador, Ghost Chieftain (WBG)
* Lorthos, the Tidemaker (Mono-U)
* Marath, Will of the Wild (WRG)
* Mayael the Anima (WRG)
* Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind (UR)
* Oloro, Ageless Ascetic (WUB)
Round 1: Lorthos, the Tidemaker by Connor
Connor was playing a fun sea creature themed deck with lots of kraken, fish, and merfolk. I had a pretty slow start, and Connor played some quick creatures. As expected, I dropped a turn 3 Marath, but I did not have much mana acceleration, so my response to his creatures was pretty limited. Things turned around in the middle of the game when I dropped my Basilisk Collar and was quickly able to rip through his creatures. My land drops starting come at me as well, allowing me to replay Marath and use him on any creature that Connor played. With Connor’s creatures under control, I dropped some large creatures, pressed the attack and won.
Round 2: Azusa, Lost but Seeking by Adam
Adam was back visiting from Fort McMurray and he brough a very strong and tricked out mono-green deck headed by Azusa. Again, my start wasn’t very fast, but Adam had an incredible start with Gaea’s Cradle, Magus of the Candelabra, and eventually a Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary. We both started out pretty slowly, but on turn 3, while I was tapped out from playing Marath, Adam played Lighting Greaves and equipped the Magus, protecting it for quite a while. On the following turn, Adam dropped Rofellos and used it to get even further ahead on mana and land.
While I was able to get rid of the Magus, I couldn’t get rid of Rofellos and when Adam dropped a Genesis Wave for eight mana. I lasted a few more turns with some decent plays and Adam didn’t draw anything too crazy with the Genesis Wave, but the writing was on the wall and Adam just kept playing good cards and big creatures. His final turn involved playing both Avenger of Zendikar and Craterhoof Behemoth, which goes to show just how much mana he was able to produce and overwhelmed me with an army of huge creatures.
Round 3: Oloro, Ageless Ascetic by Nick
For the final round, I was playing against what I thought was an Oloro control deck and so I played very cautiously. It ended up that while the deck did feature a number of control elements, it was designed around exploiting the life gain feature of Oloro, including Test of Endurance and Felidar Sovereign. While I was able to drop a turn 2 Marath after playing a turn 1 Green Sun’s Zenith for the Dryad Arbor, I tried not to play out too much of my hand for fear of hitting a Wrath of God type board clear. While the game progressed slowly, things started to pick up for me when I dropped Primeval Titan fetching me a Kessig Wolf Run. The game ended pretty soon after that as no amount of life gain would keep the large Marath from dealing enough commander damage.
Bonus Round: Kozilek, Butcher of Truth in multiplayer action
I was playing a new deck tonight around the colourless Eldrazi, Kozilek. The deck is based around ramping with artifacts and casting Kozilek as quickly as possible. When you cast the big Eldrazi, you draw four cards, which will hopefully be more lands or artifact acceleration spells. You want more of those because someone in the group will be able to kill Kozilek. Maybe you’ll get one attack in, but probably not two before someone kills it. The hope is that when that happens, you’ll be able to recast it again soon after with the help of the cards that Kozilek drew.
During the one game I played as Kozilek, there was also someone playing a Karn, Silver Golem deck, an Ezuri, Renegade Leader deck, and a Karador, Ghost Chieftain deck. My deck started off quite slow, unlike the Karn deck that very quickly dropped a ton of artifacts, including a Smokestack. Fortunately, for me, I didn’t have to sacrifice even one card to it since it died pretty much right away. Eventually, I got enough mana to drop Kozilek and he was even able to attack, but it was too little, too late as Justin playing Karador dropped Tooth and Nail getting Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion using them together to defeat us all.
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Report submitted by Kevin Humar-Barrett