Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Magic the Gathering - Battle Setup

Welcome to my first Magic the Gathering post. I'll be posting a lot of posts and videos of meaningless battles between top tier decks and also casual decks. I'll be using the program called Forge for this purpose. It's not as perfect as MTGO but the AI is quite impressive. The AI won't be able to simulate a player's logic and play completely but it is good enough to pilot powerful no-brainer decks like Domain Zoo, Jund Aggro and Naya Aggro

To demonstrate the program here, I'll create a video of a mock battle between the Naya Aggro versus the casual Tribal Bear deck I found online. The battle will be based on best of 5 games with no sideboards. (Sorry, the AI is not perfect enough to sideboard)

Below are the decklists.

Naya Aggro (2009 Nationals)

3 Ajani Vengeant|ALA
4 Arid Mesa|ZEN
4 Baneslayer Angel|M10
4 Bloodbraid Elf|ARB
4 Forest|LEA|1
4 Lightning Bolt|LEA
3 Mountain|LEA|1
4 Noble Hierarch|CFX
1 Oran-Rief, the Vastwood|ZEN
4 Path to Exile|CFX
4 Plains|LEA|1
4 Ranger of Eos|ALA
4 Rootbound Crag|M10
1 Scute Mob|ZEN
4 Sunpetal Grove|M10
4 Wild Nacatl|ALA
4 Woolly Thoctar|ALA

1 Ajani Vengeant|ALA
2 Burst Lightning|ZEN
4 Celestial Purge|CFX
4 Goblin Ruinblaster|ZEN
4 Great Sable Stag|M10

Tribal Bear (Casual) 

4 Adaptive Automaton|M12
4 Balduvian Bears|ICE
4 Bear Cub|PO2
4 Bear Umbra|ROE
4 Coat of Arms|EXO
22 Forest|LEA|1
4 Forest Bear|PTK
4 Golden Bear|PO2
4 Grizzly Bears|LEA
4 Muraganda Petroglyphs|FUT
4 Runeclaw Bear|M10


Let the battle begin! Watch the video below. (Sorry for the crappy effects)

Wow, intense match with the Tribal Bear winning the game 3-2 by sheer dumb luck. I top decked the Coat of Arms twice in the final games for the win.  The common problems with tribal decks are some of the cards that they used actually help opponents to win i.e. Coat of Arms and Muraganda Petroglyphs. For my case, Coat of Arms was buffing my opponent's Human; Ranger of Eos and Noble Hierarch. The Noble Hierarch added Exalted ability and Ranger of Eos comes-into-play ability to search for more Nobles makes the opponent's creatures much more painful. Oh, since Woolly Thoctar is a vanilla creature, Muraganda Petroglyphs actaully makes them...scarier. Take note that the tribal bear deck does not have removals. 

Let's try another casual deck for my next MTG battle post.

Hope you guys/girls enjoyed my posts.

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