Personal Play moments you are Proud of!
Posted on Aug. 28, 2021, 5:18 p.m. by berryjon
So, we play Commander here. What moments are you proud of accomplishing?
For myself, what got me to start this thread was last night for casual Commander. I was rolling my Killian Voltron deck that I was refining for Pattern Recognition, an my Turn 1 play was Vorpal Sword, Turn 2 Killian, then careful threat assessment and removal with a Sanctuary Blade set to for near total protection from creatures.
Then I got the magic number of mana. . Opponent 3 is told "No, I'm not swinging at you. #1 and #2 are threats." So he uses his turn to take out Opponent 1's Vorinclex. I then take out Opponent 1 on my turn. Next turn, Opponent 2. Opponent three lucks into Koma, but there's no way for him to block the activation of the Blade or have enough non-green creatures to throw in the way. He makes it clear that I can go for it, and Killian takes out all three opponents with the Vorpal Blade.
I was over the moon with that, that's for sure.
So, what moments in Commander are you guys proud of accomplishing?
Personally, I was very happy with my very first in-person win. I was running a jank version of my modern Esper control-combo deck and I had played Mirror of Fate. My opponent had no idea what was going on until I dropped Jace and won the game.
I admittedly haven't played much in-person, I was going to start more but then y'know COVID :P
August 28, 2021 5:25 p.m.
Similar to above, used a mindslaver to kill someone with their own necro. Another time made them sac all their lands. Mindslaver effects are powerful.
Another play was borrowing my friends R/G omnath deck. Opponent had Aetherflux and 51 life. I had Omnath and a sac outlet on board with some elementals. He activated Aetherflux, I asked if hes sure and he said yes. I then responded by saccing the elementals to kill him with aetherflux trigger on the stack, killing him
August 28, 2021 6:29 p.m.
I told the player who wasn't running Markov that if he full swings into Markov, Markov has two options: Take it and die, or block.
If he blocks, I swing and finish the job. Markov loses and I'm left wide open, so you win the game.
He agrees and swings full.
August 28, 2021 8 p.m. Edited.
griffstick, I can't stand dirty tactics like that! Wincons like that should be banned! >:[
August 28, 2021 8:13 p.m.
Or any of the Lorwyn hideaway lands. Those are always cool.
August 28, 2021 8:54 p.m.
tiffanyann, If I may... Um, I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here, it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now (bangs on table) you're selling it, you wanna sell it.
And yes, Hideaway lands are seriously underrated and wonderful to use. I love how Spinerock Knoll only cares if an opponent was dealt 7 or more damage that turn, not WHO dealt it! Really wonderful cracking that on an opponents end step ;)
August 28, 2021 9:10 p.m. Edited.
In a recent game with my Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer deck, I got a player to waste 10 mana using the Avarice Totem I let them keep because I had Deflecting Swat in hand and was going to win through commander damage the next turn.
I was like...sure, I don't need to use it right now, and I don't have enough mana to stack the activations so that I end up with the card again, but if I give him the card, I pretty much know how the next turn will play out, and I'd rather give him the rope to hang himself with.
August 28, 2021 9:16 p.m.
TypicalTimmy Haha! Deck was called Hammond's Walking Stick and was me whiffing on Gishath triggers lmao.
August 28, 2021 9:43 p.m.
I once ran a Karametra, God of Harvests tokenmaster deck that ran a gambit of every single method of gaining life whenever a creature ETB, on top of the hardest hitting ETB token makers, on top of blink / flicker effects.
Going wide doesn't even begin to describe the far-reaching nature of that monstrosity. I wasn't encroaching on other players playmats; I damn-near needed a whole table just for myself!
When you are up 180+ life above your starting total and all three opponents full-swing and you brunt the full force of their blows and then make 144 life on your next turn, you can see how the rest goes.
I actually LOST the game because I was having so much fun going wide that I never even attacked. A single Cyclonic Rift ended me as I couldn't repopulate fast enough on the multitudes of crackbacks.
But the table knew I could have won at any point I wished. I was just having far too much fun to do so. Hence my username. XD
August 28, 2021 9:54 p.m.
Otherwise, probably my favorite, was a Turn 5 win with Lathliss, Dragon Queen.
T3 - Spinerock Knoll exiling Sunbird's Invocation. Cast Terror of the Peaks. Terror ETB with 5/5 token. Terror sees a 5/5 but before damage I pay into Lathliss for a +1/+0 global buff. Terror sees a 6/5 and hits for 6 (-13). Tempest sees 3 dragons with 2 ETB together, so 6 more damage (-19). Swing for 7+6+6 (-38). Bet they wish they didn't -2 shockland themselves.
Opponent dead on turn 3.
- T4 - Cast Moltensteel Dragon off topdeck for . ETB 5/5. Buff crew +1/+0. Terror sees a 6/5 and a 5/4. Hit next opponent for 11. Tempest sees two ETB at five Dragons. Land another 10 (-21). Pay Spinerock Knoll to free-cast Sunbird's Invocation and swing for 7+6+6 for 40 at 2nd opponent for TKO and remaining 6+5 at other opponent for 11.
Opponent #2 dead on turn 4.
- T5 - Land drop, cast Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast. Sunbird's Invocation wheels for Scourge of Valkas. Lukka can exile a 5/5 token and wheel for a Dragon. When that Dragon ETB, I get the 5/5 back. You can see where this is going... Gg.
Turn 5 win.
August 28, 2021 10:23 p.m. Edited.
This isn’t a commander story but I’ve never been able to tell it so thanks for coming to my TED talk.
It was 2014. KTK Standard, just a couple weeks before the new set. It was an SCG Classic. About 40 players. I was playing mardu midrange and my opponent was on U/W heroic. Opponent had one huge creature I couldn’t interact with or block. It’s a close race. I untap my lands. Draw a card. It’s Crackling Doom. GG.
August 28, 2021 10:33 p.m.
Next turn, untap, cast Insult / Injury, Dualcaster Mage it, swing at one of the non-elf opponents with Glorybringer, which deals 4x2x2 = 16 damage to a Llanowar Elves. Then Repercussion deals 16x2x2 = 64 damage straight to his face and kills him, even before blocks can be declared.
August 28, 2021 11:48 p.m.
August 29, 2021 2:38 a.m.
You know what's not fun? Losing all of your creatures, one by one, to 3 points of damage over and over; all of your artifacts and enchantments, one at a time; and seeing the source gain nigh infinite life, in a onslaught of 3s. But that's never happened to me, so what to I know?
August 29, 2021 3:06 a.m.
August 29, 2021 7:03 a.m.
Definitely my first kill with Razor Pendulum. I’ve had a few more since then, but that first was the best of them. I’m still hoping to some day kill an OPPONENT with it, too. One of these days... ;p
August 29, 2021 11:56 a.m.
Overcoming Cruel Ultimatum being cast targeting me three times in a single game, with a mono White deck. I had nothing but lands, an Extraplanar Lens, a Land Tax, a Skybind and my commander, Heliod, God of the Sun. Note that the Cleric Tokens you create, are Enchantment Creature Tokens, and they trigger Skybind. I was able to blink every problematic permanent that threatened me, even though I had no hand and was pretty low on life. After 5 turns of desperate chump-block-blink-stalling, I found a Sun Titan from the top, and was able to grind it out from there. The lifegain of Authority of the Consuls really kept me alive through that. Feels like my most deserved win ever ^^
August 29, 2021 3:49 p.m.
My favorite "wins" are mutating Illuna on top of a Managorger that's made it a round and deleting a player with 70+ life. I've never actually won in my playgroup, but I've definitely taken people out.
August 30, 2021 10 a.m.
Gaining 2,097,152 life in a single turn is pretty based, also.
August 30, 2021 4:49 p.m. Edited.
All of my proud moments which I performed are in modern (including taking a game off Patrick Sullivan’s Gruul burn deck using a Pili-Pala combo deck). BUT I have some moments I’m very proud of others for pulling off against me.
LGS: playing in a pod of 4 (using my Sharuum the Hegemon deck) with a Purphoros, God of the Forge player. I’m at 17 life with 7 non basic lands in play. I have an infinite ready next time my turn comes around. ON MY UPKEEP I ask if everyone wants me to end the game, or just keep playing and fuck around (some players at my LGS prefer to lose gracefully than the “pity continue”). I even show my hand and demonstrate what the infinite will be. When I move to draw step, the purphoros player responds by Price of Progress + Lightning Bolting me for exactsies. Never have I been so proud of a loss.
That same purphoros player would later go on to beat my Vona, Butcher of Magan deck (it’s a control/resource denial deck, not vamp tribal) using a Daxos of Meletis deck, by resolving Approach of the Second Sun twice.