I usually play mutli-player Magic with a group of 5 people. This includes myself, my boyfriend, another couple, and our single friend. Myself and the girl in the other relationship are both playing Orzhov now, and we have relatively similar decks since we both bought the Orzhov intro pack. I am now faced with a couple of problems, one being how to best play my Orzhov deck in multi-player and unfortunately, reccuring biases.
Let me start with asking if anyone has any advice how to effectively play Orzhov without earning a huge target on your forehead. When we started out our first couple multi-player matches after Gatecrash was released, I extorted whenever I possibly could, as did the other girl. My single friend made it his mission to take us both down, as he hates lifegain and saw us as the biggest threat. He let me in on some advice when the other girl left the room, that I could probably get away with extorting just a couple times at the start, then wait and hit everyone much later on in the game to avoid constantly drawing aggro the whole game. I see his point, but the temptation to extort when I can is quite hard to ignore. And of course that may have been his way of convincing me not to drain his life, so if I could get any more advice on Orzhov multi-player it would be appreciated.
Now, the recurring biases. Long before Gatecrash came out, myself, my boyfriend, and our single friend have noticed that the guy in the other relationship will not attack his girlfriend in multi-player. Let me make it clear that I will attack my boyfriend, and he will attack me, especially when the situation calls for it. But the other guy doesn't dare attack his girl. In fact, it will almost seem as though he will try to help her win, by "screwing up" when he does attack her (which seems to happen at the start just to say he attacked her but it doesn't tend to happen again), causing him to lose his creatures because he "didn't notice something" on her field. He has done things like prevented 3 damage heading towards her and actually proliferated the counters on her planeswalker once, causing her to win the game (in a FREE-FOR-ALL match...).
Since myself and the other girl both have Orzhov decks, who do you think the guy focuses down first? Me, every time, and it is really starting to get on my nerves. His excuse is "we have to get rid of one of the Orzhov players", yet once he has me dead he will then turn and target anyone other than his girlfriend in every single Gatecrash match we played... everyone else agrees that she extorts way more than I do, making her more of a threat, yet he decides to target me and kill me off every time.
I am unsure how to handle this and neither do my boyfriend and other friend. We all think this is very unfair of the guy in the relationship to be doing this.
If anyone has any words of wisdom on one or both of these issues on mine, please let me know.