I got to play with my Smothering Tithe deck in my signature on Friday and this happened.
Playing against Nekusaur, Ishai / Irka, and Tymna / Thrasios
Ishai had at this point gotten to be Commander damage lethal and goes to swing at Tymna/Thrasios player, they Nature's Claim and artifact only to Swan Song to try and get a bird to block but the Nekusaur player Disallows the Swan Song so that player gets hit out of the game. Also means the Ishai player gets 30 odd more life
Comes to my turn, I cycle a Sheltered Thicket draw into a Cyclonic Rift and while the Ishai player is tapped out rift their commander to take that lethal presence out of the way. The Nekusaur player replays their commander and then passes, the Ishai player does some ramping recasts Commander swings at me with other creatures and passes.
I draw 2 lose 2 and am at very low life however I drew a Replenish that I cast and it puts into play
I played Reveillark and sacrificed it to Yahenni with Teysa Karlov in play, expecting to just get some value after the 5-ish board wipes that had been played during the game (in addition to the Rakdos, the Showstopper deck at the table who had cast their general several times). I was definitely behind, but also not quite down and out of the game.
Probably my quickest win to date with any deck, which is cool considering I try to avoid combo. I felt like a jerk dominating the game so early, but all the pieces came together perfectly, and I had plenty of gas in hand too - I cast Brutalizer Exarch to fetch Rampaging Baloths with a Collective Voyage in hand and there was literally no board presence.
I got to live the dream this weekend. We were in our 3rd hour in a 5-player game. The mono white angels deck was in a good position, and he landed Avacyn, Angel of Hope. The table had seen most of what I’d drawn into my 7 card hand from some triggers off Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign and Sphinx of Uthuun. The only card that the table hadn’t seen was the card I drew the turn prior, Swords to Plowshares. After the angel deck resolved Avacyn, he promptly tried to cast Armageddon...and in response I used the Swords on his Avacyn. Felt great, and I finished off the table with my sphinxes.
Did he sputter? Or hit his head on the table in despair? It would be SO much better if he sputtered, though.
He’s very thorough, and he’d talked out loud through options. I had UWB mana open, so he noted I didnt have UU for Counterspell. I said I could have Swords to Plowshares but said “I’ve seen 6 of your 7 cards, I think the odds are in my favor”. Once I used Swords on his Avacyn, he kind of chuckled, like the laugh you do when you’re at your wits’ end.
The deck was built to accelerate the table to their win conditions, and, if they take too long to win, it wins with overwhelming card draw. Now, with all of this in mind, the deck has some extremely brutal lines of play. Most recently, I dropped a T3 Notion Thief and cast Whispering Madness on T4, Ciphered on to Notion Thief. The entire table scooped.
I also play an Atraxa artifact tokens combo deck. I got out Revel in Riches and Mechanized Production out (enchanting my Platinum Angel while I had out Platinum Emperion and Darksteel Forge), and was generating a TON of Treasure tokens off of Doubling Season + Smothering Tithe. At one point, I ended up with 35 Treasure tokens, with my opponents doing everything in their power to keep my Revel and Production off the board to prevent me from winning on my next turn. Eventually, my Forge got bounced, my Angel wiped, and my Revel bounced, and I lost after they destroyed my Emperion, but it was an epic game, overall. At one point, I turned all of my Treasure into 5/5's with Tezzeret the Seeker, but somebody cast Evacuation and that set me back a couple of turns.
2011: Best Mafia Performance (Individual) - Best Newcomer
2012: Best (False?) Role Claim - Worst Town Performance (Group) - Best Mafia Performance (Group) - Best SK Performance - Best Overall Player
2013: Best Non-SK Neutral Performance
2014: Best Town Performance (Individual) - Best Town Performance (Group) - Most Interesting Role - Best Game - Best Overall Player
2015: Worst Mafia Performance (Group) - Best Read
2016: Best Town Performance (Group) - Best Town Player - Best Overall Player
It’s not a matter of winning and losing. It’s savoring the helplessness of your enemies and enjoying them entering an infinite loop of death.
I did that before, except that a third player had rain of gore in play (which meant that he goes on an infinite loop LOSING life while being unable to actually die.
It’s weird going +infinite life while losing, but that’s pretty funny either way.