Favorite Abnormal Victories

  • I did the Lich Mirror Universe thing way back when, as I'm sure others did here, but my favorite tournament first-turn kill was dropping four Black Vises and casting Ancestral on my opponent. That was obviously the perfect draw, and it had never before occurred to me that I should ever use Ancestral on an opponent before I drew it and actually examined my hand. (This was all clearly well before Force of Will and the subsequent restrictions/errata).

  • @countbeckula You hit a straight flush!

  • @Topical_Island said in Favorite Abnormal Victories:

    Sweetness update.
    Just killed my wife

    ^ That's about as far as I got with this statement.
    That's also about as far as I need to go, as the above statement I'm sure is far more hilarious than anything you wrote after.

  • @MSolymossy I wish I could say it was accidental man... in fact, we kill each other pretty much every day. But seriously folks, she could very easily poison my food.

  • @Topical_Island

    Yeah, it really has to be THE PERFECT DRAW for that, and again I had to do like a triple-take when I drew that hand. Of course, this was like late 1993 or really early 1994 before real sanctioned tournament play, so we were all still trying to figure out the game. That was my first experience with a first-turn kill as I "recall" (had plenty more after The Dark came out with the classic Ball Lightning, Blood Lust, Berserk combo). I still think my very favorite, however, was establishing infinite turns before my opponent ever had a turn back in late 1994. This was actually a sanctioned tournament in Dallas, and of course Time Vault was banned at the time. It was another "god draw" that let me cast and recur Time Walk and Timetwister with a Fastbond on the board. Even Regrowth and Fork were restricted at the time so I basically kept lucking out until I bolted the guy to death. What really pissed him off was just how obviously inebriated I was at the time. I just kept getting transfixed by the artwork on my cards. Hey, man. I was 14 and in college. Not like I could get a date. You'd be on acid, too. 😉

  • I also know there has been some debate here recently insofar as speed vs. diversity, and I for one have no problem with adding a modicum of speed to encourage said diversity. I've been on both sides of a first-turn kill plenty of times, but that's just POWER VINTAGE to me and I love it. I expect I'm entirely on the fringe of this community here in many respects, but I'd advocate unrestricting/unbanning cards like Strip Mine and Chaos Orb (truly the most powerful card ever) to really shake things up in the format. In any event, I surely always enjoy TMD for these discussions.

  • I had to bump this topic because of a hilarious marathon game I just played on Cockatrice with me on White Hatebears and my opponent on UW Landstill

    It went something like this:

    I get my opponent down to 1 life and with a Revoker in play naming Jace. He then lands a Moat with me at 14 life and him with 16 cards left in his library and a Faerie Conclave in play.

    New plan: Let's deck him with Palace Jailer! He attacks into me with Faerie Conclave making him the Monarch. I then Strip his Faerie Conclave with a Thalia 2.0 in play, setting him back 2 turns of damage. Things are back in my favor!

    He then gets rid of my Revoker and starts Jace fatesealing me. Gets me down to 2 life and Jace ultimates himself with 8 cards in hand and 0 cards in his library, and I win the following turn by playing Leonin Relic-Warder on his Moat and attacking with my bears.

  • @griselbrother Jace ultimiting yourself to not get decked is an all time play

  • One of my favorite wins will always be back in the day at the SCG Chicago P9 tournament. My opponent was playing a Mindslaver deck, and after a grueling battle he was at 5 life, but finally got the lock on me. Smugly he asked "GG?" to which I merely pointed at my Juggernaut and reminded him that it HAD to attack 🙂 I think I ended up 10th place.

  • I cast tinker for BSC.
    Opponent casts tinker for BSC.
    I draw and cast TezzAoB, and make his BSC a 5/5, and attackz
    He blocks, takes 6. Next turn after he bricks, I attack with my 5/5 and he dies to infect.

  • @madmanmike25 YAS! I've had Juggers win the same way in the past.

  • Alright - time to think of this again.

    Burning Oath mirror against Nick Coss 2013 at Gencon - he casts SHow and Tell, adn we both put GrizzlyBeard into play. I forgot the rule change on legends, nick reminds me, draws 14, and I assume I'm dead. But he wiffs, and I get him.

    I have won EASILY a dozen games by "Ancestral - Target you" against opponents on Doomsday throughout the years.

    I've used Mindslaver on opponents with Demonic Consultation in hand back in the day (Questing Pheldagriff), as well as the occasional Necropotence or Yawgmoth's Bargain.

    One of my favorites is hitting opponent for 15 via Bolt, Bolt, Bolt, Snapcaster Bolt, Snapcaster Bolt.

  • @billcopes Some days I wonder why I ever stopped playing with the 5/3 beasties lol.

  • I remember losing a match with hermit druid once because I didn't have a dread return in my deck and it was my main win con. I won the first game though.

  • Palace Jailer strikes again!

    I just won another hilarious game where my opponent was decked because of becoming the Monarch.

    Hatebears against UBR Pyromancer: My opponent plays a turn 2 Young Pyromancer but I manage to slow him down with Thalia 1.0 and Glowrider. On my turn 5 I play a Palace Jailer targeting his Pyromancer, but he then Bolts my Thalia in response, making just enough tokens to attack and become the Monarch next turn with 45 cards left in his library. Shit, I'm dead. Well, turns out I'm not, as I manage to lock him out with some Thorn effects, Kambal and eventually Sanctum Prelate at 1 and 2.

    This is the final board state:


  • @griselbrother Remind me never to play you if you can use a 3rd account or a friend to ghost. Then again, I never use Cockatrice anymore because it's a terrible program.

  • @13nova said in Favorite Abnormal Victories:

    @griselbrother Remind me never to play you if you can use a 3rd account or a friend to ghost. Then again, I never use Cockatrice anymore because it's a terrible program.

    I don't think anyone would bother to ghost on cockatrice, because why would you? I've never experienced anything suspect anyway. I think cockatrice is a fine program considering the fact that it's free.

  • @griselbrother My comment is the fact your screenshot shows both players hands, which you can't do if you're playing in the game. Aso, on cockatrice you're always the bottom player - so it's suspect you're on the top AND you can see both hands.

  • @13nova said in Favorite Abnormal Victories:

    @griselbrother My comment is the fact your screenshot shows both players hands, which you can't do if you're playing in the game. Aso, on cockatrice you're always the bottom player - so it's suspect you're on the top AND you can see both hands.

    Eh, it's just a screenshot from the replay where you can see both player's hands and in the replay, the bottom player is always the one who created the game.

  • I have two that stand out for me.

    One was at a small proxy tourney a few years ago. I was playing vs some kind of Storm deck with my Oath of Druids. I kept a hand with FoW+Blue, Mox, land, Tinker, Yawgwill, Voltaic Key, blank.
    I counter his first attempt to go off and put down the Key, but fail to draw mana while he draws nothing but mana. Eventually, both of us drawing blanks for what feels like forever, he hardcasts (!) a Darksteel Colossus, and starts beating down.
    At six life, I draw what I thought would be my last card - a mox Sapphire. I think for about five minutes, before coming up with the correct sequence here: Play Mox, Cast Tinker for Lotus. Sac Lotus for BBB, cast Yawgwill. Recast Lotus, Mox from 'yard, Recast Tinker using Lotus mana for Time Vault, activate with the mana from the re-played Mox for infinite turns.
    That was the first time I realised I was actually capable of finding small holes like this to eke out a win.

    The other one was even better. It was sometime after that, and I was playing Two Card Monte vs Gush Storm. My opponent had succesfully gotten rid of Leyline and managed to kill a Helm. I had a Welder, an artifact, and an untapped Ancient Tomb in play, when he begins to storm off. Ritual, ritual, ritual, Demonic for Yawgwin, recast the rituals, recast demonic. At this point I say: "Hold it, I want to respond. Tap Welder, sac artifact, to get my Helm back in play, tap Tomb to activate it for 1. Ok?" He thinks for a minute, shrugs, then tries to put a card in his 'yard. At this point I say, "hold it, your deck is now removed from game.", and he goes "What?" "Read Yawgmoth's Will. It Leylines you..." He looked so dejected after that, I actually felt sorry for him.
    But yeah. I won a game, and the match, because my opponent resolved a Yawgwin. How often has that happened in the history of Magic?