Dragon's Eye Sanctuary | Dragonlord Ojutai EDH

Commander / EDH Olde_English


Game Log #1 —April 24, 2019

I had two great games recently, against three unique decks:

  • Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer (Izzet Token Aggro)

  • Nicol Bolas, the Ravager (Grixis Control)

  • Zegana, Utopian Speaker (Simic +1/+1 Counters)

Game #1:

Turn order - Me, Brudiclad, Zegana, Nicol Bolas

I had Ojutai on the field by turn 4, I could've had him out by turn three but I waited an extra turn so I could cast him then give him a Crab Umbra to protect him from any wrath effects.

The early game was pretty slow. Brudiclad played a Crystal Shard to dissuade people from attacking him. Zegana played a ramp spell and a Hardened Scales. Bolas used a Duress to take a card out of Brudiclad's hand, which set the tone that they would be going after one another.

I decided to go after Zegana first as she seemed like the biggest threat early on. Crab Umbra kept Ojutai sage from harm and allowed me to start stacking Anticipate triggers and getting solid cards in my hand.

By turn 7 Ojutai was enchanted with a Crab Umbra, Daybreak Coronet and Etheral Armor, I also had a Duelist's Heritage in play. At this point Ojutai had 12 power, First Strike, Vigilance, Lifelink, Double Strike and Totem Armor. After Zegana was eliminated, Brudiclad and Nicol Bolas attempted to team up to stop me but it was too late and they both were struck down by Ojutai.

Game #2:

Turn Order: Zegana, Nicol Bolas, Me, Brudiclad

After being devastated by Dragonlord Ojutai in game #1 my opponents made it clear that I was the archenemy and the game would essentially be 3vs1.

Once again, I had Ojutai on the field by turn 4 and began suiting him up with auras. This time around I went after Nicol Bolas first, since he established a solid board early on.

I was able to kill off Nicol Bolas by turn 7 and set my sites on the remaining two players. Neither of them seemed to have any answers so I continued to pump up Ojutai.

Much to my dismay when I went to one shot kill Brudiclad, Zegana responded with an Aetherize, which caught me off guard and punished me hard for playing too aggressively.

On my next turn I top decked an Approach of the Second Sun, which I immediately cast. At this point, Brudiclad and Zegana were throwing every creature they had at me in an effort to kill me off before I could cast Approach a second time.

A Frantic Search and a Ponder got me close to pulling off an approach win, but with very little life left and no blockers to protect me, I knew I was doomed. I eventually succumbed to an 8/8 hydra but felt proud of the fact that it took three people working together to take me down.

I won't be logging every game I play, but every so often I'll posta few of the highlights, lowlights, and funny stories Ojutai has here.

ShutUpMokuba says... #1

I've fallen in love with this deck (so +1 and added to a folder). May i ask you Polybius if it is possible, according to you, to make a budget version of this deck that still works for casual/non competitive games?

April 17, 2019 10:29 vorm.

Olde_English says... #2

ShutUpMokuba: Thanks, glad you like it!

It can definitely be built on a budget. Cut out expensive mana rocks like Mana Vault and Chrome Mox and replace them with cheaper rocks.

You can also cut expensive lands like Minamo, School at Water's Edge and Ancient Tomb , replace them with basic lands or dual lands that enter tapped.

I like Monastery Mentor a lot but he can easily be replaced with a Silverblade Paladin , which isn't as flavorful but is a lot more budget friendly.

Anything that's out of your budget range just replace with something that has a similar effect and the deck will still run smoothly, perhaps a bit slower, but smooth none the less.

April 17, 2019 10:58 vorm.

ShutUpMokuba says... #3

Thanks Polybius, i'll try to make a budget version of this because the idea behind this deck is very intresting.

April 17, 2019 11:09 vorm.

Nice deck. Good read. +1.

April 17, 2019 1:02 nachm.

I haven't tested it yet, but is God-Eternal Kefnet worth playing for when you get Approach of the Second Sun , especially if you know where it is from Long-Term Plans ?

Great deck btw!

April 21, 2019 6:47 nachm.

Olde_English says... #13

VeloCity_isnt_DT: Unfortunately casting a copy of Approach of the Second Sun using God-Eternal Kefnet 's ability won't win me the game.

According to the Gatherer, I have to cast Approach from my hand twice in order to win with it, copying it doesn't work. I wish it did though because Kefnet looks super sweet!

Approach of the Second Sun Gatherer Page

April 22, 2019 5:01 vorm.

I'll be honest: I didn't know about the "from your hand" clause on Approach of the Second Sun , but I don't think that discounts God-Eternal Kefnet entirely-

While the Gatherer does say "A copy of a spell isn’t cast, so it won’t count as the first nor as the second Approach of the Second Sun ," God-Eternal Kefnet copies the card, not the spell, and then casts it. So, I think he still works, but I could be wrong. The hardest part of Magic is what the cards don't say.

And to clarify, if necessary: I meant for the copy to be the first cast, and to win off of the actual card.

April 22, 2019 9:45 vorm.

Olde_English says... #15

VeloCity_isnt_DT: As long as the second casting of Approach is from my hand that would win me the game. Casting a cheaper copy with Kefnet would make it slightly easier to win, the only problem is having 12 mana available to win on the spot!

Kefnet is cool though, casting a Frantic Search for seems pretty sweet, especially with a Taigam, Ojutai Master on board too. The spellslinger shenanigans could get pretty crazy

April 22, 2019 10:03 vorm.