...until now. One of the members of our playgroup handed me a decklist that he wanted me to play on his behalf if he wasn't able to join us. When game time was upon us and he hadn't show up, the very least I could do was honor his wishes.
So it came to pass that I ran Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse, with a deck designed around using both of her abilities to build an unstoppable board of powerhouse creatures. Standing in the other corners were Arcades, the Strategist, Sygg, River Cutthroat, and Sethron, Hurloon General.
Arcades and Sethron were able to get out to faster starts than I was. Though Arcades didn't have any ramp, they played a turn three Wall of Denial into their commander on turn four, allowing them to swing in for 8 every turn. Meanwhile, General Sethron had ramped both with an Arcane Signet and a Ragemonger to get their bull man himself a turn early.
Zendikar Resurgent on turn 5, which allowed me to begin setting up for my end game. And thanks to the tap ability of Sensei's Diving Top, I was able to generate a few token off what was technically my second draw for a few early turns.
Reliquary Tower, I was able to keep many more cards in my hand than normal. And on turn six I managed to play an Elder Gargaroth, using it's power to get a discount off of The Great Henge.
Alhammarret's Archive to further extend my lead, knowing the remaining contestants wouldn't have as much in the artifact and enchantment removal. Sygg tried to set me back with a Damnation, but in response I used Return of the Wildspeaker to extend my hand and push myself to a point where the rest of the table wasn't able to respond.