MTG AotP: Jace vs. Liliana (5/29/2016)

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Our first recorded session of Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers,
its Jace Beleren vs. Liliana Vess in two player combat.   Follow along how two strategies; aggressive assault and careful plotting fared against each other.

Mistakes and omissions will happen.

Drawing a spell card in Action 1 is presumed.
Jace’s Focused Thoughts ability is presumed.

Jace Beleren, Mindmage
Life 7, Move 6, Range 7, Power 5, Toughness 3
Squads: Illusionary Projections, Leyline Phantoms

Liliana Vess, Necromancer
Life 7, Move 6, Range 6, Power 4, Toughness 3
Squads: Restless Zombies, Blighted Reavers

Jace takes the north edge and positions over the Toughness glyph.   Has 3 cards.  Liliana takes the south edge positioned over the Movement glyph.

Turn 1, Jace

Army: Jace.
Plays spell card: Jace’s Erasure.  Liliana loses the top two spells to her graveyard.
Summons Squad Creatures – Leyline Phantoms.  They are positioned south near the Toughness glyph.
Jace moves 6 south flanking the Leyline Phantoms to the east.

Turn 2, Liliana

Army: Liliana.
Summons Squad Creatures – Blighted Reavers.  Positioned to the northeast in the direction of the Power glyph.
Liliana moves 4 spaces north to the southern edge of the ruins.

Turn 3, Jace

Army: Leline Phantoms.
Plays spell: Selective Memory.  Takes Twisted Image from the library.
One phantom races to the Toughness +1 glyph.
Two other phantoms move to and climb up a sand tile.

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Leyline Phantoms take the sand tiles.

Turn 4, Liliana

Army: Blighted Reavers
Plays spell: Duress.  Enchants Blighted Reavers.
One Reaver stands on the Power +1 glyph.
The second Reaver races to the edge (but not on) a sand tile.
The third races northeast and jumps into the water.

Turn 5, Jace

Army: Leyline Phantoms
Plays spell: Twisted Image.  Power and toughness are switched until EoT.

Combat:
A Leyline Phantom attacks an adjacent Blighted Reaver on the Power glyph.

Phantom power: 5 (Twisted Image) + 1 (height advantage) = 6
Reaver toughness: 3
Result: Attack 3 vs Defense of 0 = 3 damage.  The Reaver goes to the figure graveyard.

Combat
A Leyline Phantom attacks an adjacent Blighted Reaver.

Phantom power: 5 (Twisted Image) + 1 (height advantage) = 6
Reaver toughness: 3
Result: Attack 4 vs Defense of 1 = 3 damage.  The Reaper goes to the figure graveyard.

Turn 6, Liliana

Army: Liliana
Summons Squad Creature – Restless Zombies.  One appears on the Movement +1 gylph.  The other two are 3 away creating a defense wall between Liliana and the Leyline Phantoms.
Plays spell: Rise of the Dark Realms.  A Blighted Reaver returns from the Graveyard adjacent to Liliana.
Plays hidden spell on Restless Zombies.
Moves two spaces behind her Restless Zombies.

Turn 7, Jace

Army: Jace
Summons Illusionary Projections to her southeast.  Draws a spell card.
Spell: Unsummon.  A Restless Zombie  returns to reserve.
Spell: Mind Control: Targets a Restless Zombie to attack Liliana.

Restless Zombie power: 3
Liliana toughness: 3
Result: 2 damage to Liliana

Jace moves to the Power glyph

Jace, with a range of 7, attacks Liliana

Jace power: 5 + 1 (glyph)
Liliana toughness: 3
Result: 2 damage to Liliana.

Mind Stealer: Jace rolls a (15) and fails.

Turn 8, Liliana (3 life)

Army: Blighted Reavers
Spell: Altar’s Reap.  A Restless Zombie is destroyed.  Liliana restored to full health of 7.
One Reaver moves one space through water.
Second Reaver moves adjacent to Jace.

Combat: Reaver vs. Jace
Reaver power: 3 + 1 (Duress)
Jace toughness: 3 + 1 (glyph)
Result: No damage.

Turn 9, Jace

Army: Illusionary Projections
Plays two hidden spell cards.
The Projections move within range of Liliana.

Combat: (3) Projections vs. Liliana
Projection power: 3 + 1 (glyph)
Liliana toughness: 3

Result of attack from Projection 1: No damage.
Result of attack from Projection 2: No damage.
Result of attack from Projection 3: 3 damage.

Turn 10, Liliana (4 life)

Army: Blighted Reaver
Hidden spell played on Blighted Reaver.
Spell: Corrupt.  COUNTERED by Jace’s Psychic Rebuttal.
A Reaver climbs out of the water and adjacent to Leyline Phantom protecting the Toughness glyph.

Combat: Blighted Reaver vs. Illusionary Projection
Reaver power: 3 + 1 (Duress)
Projection toughness: 2 + 1 (glyph) -2 (Necrotic Stench)
Result: Projection takes 1 damage.

Combat: Blighted Reaver vs. Jace
Reaver power: 3 + 1 (Duress)
Jace toughness: 3 + 1 (gylph)
Result: 1 damage.  Jace loses a random card, Aetherspouts

Turn 11, Jace (6 health)

Army: Leyline Phantoms
Spell: Talent of the Telepath.  Plays Liliana’s Twisted Image from the graveyard.
Two Phantoms move off the sand tiles to be adjacent to Liliana.

Combat: (2) Phantoms vs. Liliana
Phantoms power: 5 (Twisted Image)  + 1 (glyph)
Liliana toughness: 3

Result of attack from Phantom 1: 3 damage.
Result of attack from Phantom 2: 6 damage.

Liliana is defeated!

Rule clarifications

How many spell cards can you play in a single turn?
Rule book page 6 under “Action 1: DRAW A SPELL CARD” reads you may play up to three spell cards.

When can a Planeswalker summon squads?
Before Action 3.

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A tsunami of lucky rolls and Liliana Vess is defeated quickly.

 

 

 

 

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