Oath of the Gatewatch 1: Unofficial Thread

julianus Posts: 188 Tile Toppler
edited March 2018 in MtGPQ Events

As with Oath of the Gatewatch 2, I didn't see an official summary thread for this event, so I thought I'd start one. Basic information is as follows:

Rewards - Gold Tier
5 - 400 manarunepng
10 - Basic Booster
15 - 5 manacrystalpng
20 - 700 manarunepng
25 - Kaladesh Booster Pack
30 - 15 manacrystalpng
35 - 1000 manarunepng
45 - 25 manacrystalpng
55 - Kaladesh Booster Pack

1. Cyclone Sire
2 - take 10 or less damage
1 - take 35 or more

Loyalty: 0 - gain 3 mana

Mana: Blue +1

24 health

2. Reaver Drone
2 - cast 3 or less spells
1 - cast 8 or more spells

Loyalty: 0 - Deal 3 damage to your opponent unless they control at least 2 colorless creatures

Mana: Black +1

31 health

3. Seed Guardian
2 - cast 3 or less supports
1 - cast 8 or more supports

Loyalty: 6 - Summon a 3/3 wolf

Mana: Green +1

33 health

4. Cliffhaven Vampire
2 - Win with 10 or less health
1 - Win with 40 or more health

Loyalty: 3 - deal 1 damage to your opponent and gain 1 life

Mana: White +1

38 health
Kor Castigator
Mind Raker
Reaver Drone
Kalastria Healer

5. Jori En, Ruin Diver
2 - Summon no creatures with defender
1 - Lose 5 or more creatures

Loyalty: 0 - all cards in hand gain 3 mana

Mana: Red/Blue +2

103 health
Flayer Drone
Goblin Dark-Dwellers
Matter Reshaper
Mina and Denn, Wildborn
Reality Smasher
Walker of the Wastes
Tyrant of Valakut

Kozilek's Return

Captain's Claws

6. Mina and Denn, Wildborn
2 - lose 3 or less creatures
1 - lose 6 or more creatures

Loyalty: 6 - give all of your creatures on the battlefield Berserker, Trample and +2/+2 until the end of the turn

Mana: Green/Red +2

113 health


Jori En, Ruin Diver
Sylvan Advocate

Reality Smasher

World Breaker


Oath of Nissa

Oath of Chandra

7. Inverter of Truth
2 - kill 3 or less enemy creatures
1 - kill 6 or more enemy creatures

loyalty: 6 - Convert all void gems to black gems, then ingest every gem of your opponent's color.

Mana: Black +4
Red/Blue +3
White/Green +1

294 Health
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet: https://beta.mtgpq.info/cards/KalitasTraitorOfGhet
Wasteland Strangler: https://beta.mtgpq.info/cards/WastelandStrangler
Sire Of Stagnation: https://beta.mtgpq.info/cards/SireOfStagnation
Oblivion Sower: https://beta.mtgpq.info/cards/OblivionSower

Drana, Liberator of Malkir: https://mtgpq.info/cards/170

Remorseless Punishmenturl: https://beta.mtgpq.info/cards/RemorselessPunishment

8. Worldbreaker
2 - Summon no creatures with defender
1 - Lose 10 or more creatures

loyalty: 3 - destroy all gems of your opponent's color

Mana: Green +5
White/Red +4
Black/Blue +1

412 Health


Gladehart Cavalry
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
World Breaker
Oblivion Sower
Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Nissa's Renewal
Bring to Light

Zendikar Resurgent
Oath of Nissa


  • julianus
    julianus Posts: 188 Tile Toppler
    edited April 2017
    Updated with additional information.
  • Fedaykin
    Fedaykin Posts: 47 Just Dropped In
    regarding battle no. 7 (Inverter of Truth opponent):

    I was able to win the battle and get the 1 extra ribbon for killing 6 or more enemy creatures, but unless I can win the battle and kill 3 or less creatures, I won't get the extra 2 ribbons and will then never reach the score of 55 to get the final reward (I am at 53 now). There are only a possible 56 points total, so these 2 ribbons are a must. The problem is that the enemy brings out a creature that has (Activate 2, destroy first creature that you control and first creature you opponent controls). There is almost no way to stop him from destroying his own creature and one of yours, thus adding to the 3 or less enemy creature count. Any ideas on how to do it? (I came somewhat close on my last attempt. He was down to 83 hitpoints left and 3 of his creatures were destroyed when I ran out of hitpoints.) Has anyone been able to do it? If so, what planeswalker did you use?
  • julianus
    julianus Posts: 188 Tile Toppler
    Fedaykin wrote:
    Has anyone been able to do it? If so, what planeswalker did you use?

    I have not even tried to get those last ribbons, but I would imagine that any successful attempts would involve a deck that has several options for disable/kill/bounce. Basically, having cards in hand that enable you to disable and/or get rid of that creature (I"m thinking it's Ayli?) as soon as it appears, since disabling will deactivate the kill power while the creature is disabled.
  • Magog
    Magog Posts: 106 Tile Toppler
    That's what I did. A Jace 2 deck with Anchor to the Aether, Crush of Tentacles and Engulf the Shore works wonders for bouncing. But yeah, Ayli is a pain. Best you can do is hope that the board gets filled up with other creatures so she can never come out. Imprisoned in the Moon helps by taking up a slot while also reducing the damage you take.
  • arNero
    arNero Posts: 358 Mover and Shaker
    Yeah, Inverter Of Truth's Kill 3 or less objective is an absolute pain.

    Aside from people's idea of playing blue and use bounce, Frog or Moon, I personally would suggest, risky and requiring much replay as it is, Ob Nixilis discard. The reasons:

    1) Inverter's ability means that playing with anything other than black makes it hard for you to get your matches.
    2) By playing black, Inverter's own ability also help curb itself, since its deck aren't filled with enough Devoid cards (whereas you can play Mind Raker and Transgress the Mind)
    3) With enough draw (Tamiyo's Journal, Ob's own first ability, Behold the Beyond), Ob's ultimate can be surprisingly lethal very quickly once it's out. If you have a few life gain (lifelinkers, for example), as long as Ayli doesn't show up, ever, this becomes mostly a battle of getting your ult out and then burn it to death with card draws.

    Again as I said, this often takes several retries, but it's one of the methods I pretty much swear by.

    Speaking of discard, Liliana v1 is probably worth trying too. Thanks to the fact that Inverter's own ability hurts itself by removing black gems, playing a discard-heavy Liliana like this theoretically should allow you to empty its hand while you Dark Petition or Floorboard your victory away.
  • theyrejustelves
    theyrejustelves Posts: 34 Just Dropped In
    I have had a lot of success running a Ob Nix deck that is mostly creature kill and discard spells.
    Despite the board not having much black out there, the inverter doesn't get black either.

    as far as the 3 kills or less, i think it is more luck with keeping the creatures out of its hand.  behold the beyond would make this much eaiser, but i dont have it.
  • Dodecapod
    Dodecapod Posts: 96 Match Maker
    edited April 2017
    In case it helps with collecting info, there's a thread from last summer with all of the AI decklists for the OGW 1 and 2 events, in a bit of an obscure location because it was created before the Events subforum (or multiple events, for that matter) existed.  The rewards are outdated of course, and all of the opponents that used to skip their turns now make matches in addition to using their respective 0-loyalty abilities, but the objectives, mana gains, abilities, and decklists remain unaltered as far as I can tell.  I recently attempted to find the mysterious 10th card for Reaver Drone, which was the only missing card from that thread, but finally gave up after seeing nothing new despite waiting 333 turns (according to the battle log) and casting umpteen copies of Gonti, so it's probably safe to assume that deck only has 9 cards total.
  • julianus
    julianus Posts: 188 Tile Toppler
    Updated with some additional information on enemy cards (mostly from @Dodecapod's informative post)
  • julianus
    julianus Posts: 188 Tile Toppler
    Bumping this, since it seems the Oath events are back in rotation for now.