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"I understand. You found paradise in Akrasa, you had a good trade, you made a good living. The Blessed-caste protected you and there were courts of law. You didn't need a friend like me. But, now you come to me, and you say: 'Gwafa Hazid, give me justice.' But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather..."

This Gwafa deck is built around playing the table, handing out "favours", making "deals they can't refuse", copying/taking control of the other players' beasties, and generally making things as fun as possible for everyone else at the table. You "win" when people are still talking about playing with you at the next FNM.

NOTE: Please read the "A Change In Direction" update at the bottom before continuing!

GENERAL PILOTING ADVICE

First things first: always refer to yourself in the third person! Gwafa is kind, Gwafa is generous, Gwafa is polite, until certain things in the board state unfortunately force Gwafa to call in a few favours...

But seriously, though. You exist to cut deals for the entire table.

This is the most effective pillowfort technique in the format, in Gwafa's opinion. Don't donate permanents, don't stack up taxchantments -- just give people advantage. They will draw into their threats and answers, they will go at each others' throats, and they will absolutely leave you alone, because you're helping them have more fun with their deck than they ever thought possible.

Avarice Totem, Bribery, Briber's Purse, Minds Aglow, Rainbow Vale, Tempt with Reflections, Duelist's Heritage, Excavation, Sailmonger, the plus ability of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria -- such a good friend, he is! -- and Gwafa's own bribery counters are your main flavour cards and abilities for this deck. Regularly offer to help out other players with these cards and counters, ask for nothing in return, and wait calmly while they beat each other down with your fun little toys.

NOTE: Be judicious with Gwafa's ability! If you slap bribery counters on enemy commanders, or spam them out on anything that looks threatening, the game will slow right down and you'll become a target as a result. So wait, save it until someone is truly in need, and become the hero of the table!

WIN CONDITIONS

Win Condition 1: The Godfather always has the courts in his pocket. Get Azor's Elocutors out, and prepare to politic/pillowfort your face off for five turns.

Win Condition 2: The Godfather is a source of wisdom and advice. It is only natural that a particularly useful friend may have a minion with a Corrupted Conscience that can be... swayed.

Win Condition 3: The Godfather is generous to his friends, but occasionally, they can be irresponsible with his gifts. If someone spends too much time in the Dream Halls and some plans are moved to a Forced Fruition, well, who can say who is at fault?

Win Condition 4: The Godfather is always benificent. The Godfather is kind and generous. The Godfather knows your life is full of stress and pain. The Godfather bids you put on the Helm of Obedience, for he knows that as soon as you have done so, you will Rest in Peace.

Win Condition 5: The Godfather has such wonderful friends. Famous friends! Friends like Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, who is indeed so fond of the Godfather that he may just provide a mystical emblem upon request.

Win Condition 6-999: You're helping all of your friends at the table draw and play their cards, correct? Well! When the time is opportune, take control of their wincon using Bribery, Avarice Totem, Dominating Licid, Helm of Obedience, or Mind Control, then (if possible), copy the hell out of it with Rite of Replication, Tempt with Reflections, or one of the many other cards that do so. When a boardwipe comes out, rinse and repeat. The Godfather's sleeves are voluminous, after all, and capable of holding many tricks...

NOTES ON SPECIFIC CARDS

Parallel Thoughts: Read the table, pull out the wincons you think will work best for the current game, and put them in the subdeck.

A FINAL NOTE

Have fun, eh? This deck is firmly aimed at diplomacy, player politics, reading the table, and 75%ing games by scaling itself to what it can copy from its opponents. You'll get a lot of mileage by waiting until just the right time to offer a bribery counter to somebody who desperately needs it. Remember, Gwafa is a kind and generous soul, a humble merchant who wants nothing but the best for his friends, despite what these undertakers may think...

Suggestions

Updates Add

Thank you for joining Gwafa on this, a day of... promise.

Over the last few years, the list has focused quite a lot on global card draw, and Gwafa has noticed that despite his best efforts, this has a distressing way of empowering the player sitting to Gwafa's left, or dragging out games longer than the Godfather finds entertaining.

As a result, Gwafa will be experimenting with a shift in his strategies. You'll notice the following changes right away:

Font of Mythos --> Well of Knowledge
Kami of the Crescent Moon --> Cryptoplasm
Well of Ideas --> Braids, Conjurer Adept
Psychosis Crawler --> Psychic Surgery
Ensoul Artifact --> Sailmonger
Overtaker --> Excavation

These changes reduce Gwafa's investments in global card draw, and make his available choices more... liquid, better able to cut deals and shape the game to his advantage. Sailmonger and Excavation in particular look promising, with Psychic Surgery... well, hopefully unnecessary.

That concludes our business for now. Thank you, again, for the pleasure of your company. We have some excellent vintages available -- would you prefer the Jhessian zinfandel, or the Valeron merlot... ?

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