"Elspeth’s story is over," Ajani said. "Don’t you want to hear how it ends?"
Ajani awoke, his whole body a dull ache of pain. His blurred vision resolved into lantern-lit shadows flickering on an angled white ceiling. He was in a tent, at night, and its canvas flapped slightly against the breeze.
Three “infinite” combos, because I hate being that much of a jerk, there’s a lot of interaction so they’re really easy to interrupt. They’re also incredibly obvious. 1- Azami (or Arcanis) and Mind Over Matter, infinite draw, go figure blue players.
2- Grand Architect and Pili-Pala, 6 mana, infinite land (pair with Oona for the most efficient results).
3- Time Sieve and Thopter Assembly, the most humane “infinite” turn combo I could use.
The one foreseeable issue is that there are not a lot of draw cards in the deck, I suppose I’ll work on that sooner rather than later that aren’t creatures.
To what extent does Avacyn know that she was created by Sorin?
Good question. I’m not actually sure! As far as I know the fact of the matter hasn’t been nailed down anywhere. But I think basically all configurations of that relationship are interesting:
She has no idea what her origins are, and would be dismayed and repelled to discover that she was created by one of the very blood-hunting monsters she helps fend off. Cool story potential. Lots of self-doubt. A self-doubting guardian archangel? What could happen?!
She is dimly aware of her vampiric origins, or has some dubious and unsubstantiated evidence of them, and has a kind of Luke “NOOOOO” moment when she finally searches her feelings and knows ‘em to be true. Gives her a kind of lurking, chilling awareness of her artificiality, but also a kind of grudging respect for the dark but far-sighted being who created her. Maybe she can come to terms with that bond, that connection, for Innistrad’s sake.
She is fully, consciously aware that Sorin Markov made her, and it’s an explicit part of her protective mission. In this scenario, she might’ve had an especially hard time in the Helvault, knowing that her creator’s purpose for her wasn’t being fulfilled, and that Innistrad was suffering as a result. She knows that her creation represented his betrayal of his own kind, and has probably come to wear her Markovian origins as a proud badge on her heart.
There are even more possibility-wrinkles, I’m sure. If we ever return to Innistrad or whatever, remind us to explore that relationship further!
Yesterday, I encountered one of the most interesting Magic gameplay situations I’ve been in for a *long* time. (And the answer to this question probably says a lot about how you play Magic/your life philosophy.)
Normally I can’t play in Magic tournaments because of working at Wizards, but yesterday was a rare exception for Mariah’s charity tournament. The setup is this: It’s round 5 and you’re 3-1. You’re playing Blue Devotion and he’s playing R/W burn. It’s game 3. He has played pretty well during the match so far, and has been taking a lot of time to think about his decisions the entire match.
On his turn, he uses his last card to Magma Jet you down to 3 life. He picks up his top two cards, thinks for a while, and then goes to put the cards on top of his library. You ask him right as he sets the cards down in an assertive voice, “In that order?” He looks up, stares at your Nightveil Specter, his face very briefly contorts into something that you read as having made a mistake, then replies in a slightly quiet, “Yeah, that order.”
He passes the turn.
Thanks to the Master of Waves in your hand and your couple creatures on the board, you have a pretty big army that puts him on him dead next turn no matter how you attack - assuming you survive.
The question is this: do you attack with Nightveil Specter and have him draw the second card of his library, or do you hold it back and have him draw the top card of his library?