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Team Kate and Wills

Let's all play some Standard! Wait, no.

That’s what I  nearly registered my deck as on Sunday 1st May, as a sort of commemorative joke, because the deck that I had brought was in fact Team America. Given that we were at GP London on the weekend of the Royal wedding, however, it just felt kind of wrong. Not to mention that I’m sure many would question whether the list that I ran actually qualifies as a real Team America deck or not. Whatever, a blue/black/green shell that pretty much plays all the best cards that it possibly can (read: Force, Bob, Goyf, Brainstorm, Thoughtseize, Big Jace, Hymn, Wasteland etc.) is the exact kind of deck that I like to play – even if it is full of buzz words like ‘tempo’ that don’t really mean anything. Essentially the combination of cost-efficient card draw, discard, removal and beaters leads to a pretty good deck. Here’s the list:

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URb 8-post

It’s my Pauper deck that I play online on MTGO. Pauper is a real man’s format for real men, in which you can only use commons. This deck is super sweet and I love it. The deck has gone through a bunch of iterations and has plenty of sweet interactions. This is the current build, though the sideboard has a few slots that change quite frequently (as it should do) and there are one or two cards in the main that I will be re-assessing soon e.g. is Mnemonic Wall pulling its weight? Is the spicy Strangling Soot I added the other week worth playing?

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75 Main Deck:
3 Izzet Boilerworks
6 Island
1 Bojuka Bog
5 Mountain
4 Cloudpost
4 Glimmerpost

3 Expedition Map
3 Firebolt
3 Flame Slash

4 Prophetic Prism
4 Prohibit

1 Arc Lightning
4 Compulsive Research
1 Capsize
1 Staggershock
1 Strangling Soot

2 Mystical Teachings

1 Mnemonic Wall

1 Ulamog’s Crusher

1 Kaervek’s Torch
3 Rolling Thunder
4 Condescend

15 Sideboard:
1 Arc Lightning
1 Echoing Truth
3 Negate
4 Pyroblast
3 Shattering Pulse
4 Stone Rain

Day 14

Still haz it.

What You Wore Today

Again? Screw this.

Instead, let me present my updated decklist for tomorrow’s PTQ… *Contains spoilers* for all my opponents who want to have the blade against me. Hah.

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Grind Madness at the David Loyd

The Pro Tour Qualifier for Nagoya in Cambridge is coming up next Saturday (the 15th) and three things have informed my choice of deck for the event. I can’t ever quite bring myself the totally stock Tier 1 decks (I don’t recommend this strategy); I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare (only realised we had a PTQ on Friday night); I have a limited budget for cards (I bought a lot of Legacy staples last year). With all this in mind, here is my tech:

Just play all of the good cards, eh?

I’m still working on a sideboard (more testing is required) but here’s the maindeck, which is pretty stock for the so-called ‘5c Blood’ deck, and a maybeboard that might be a little sketchy:

(19) Creatures:
4 Anathemancer
4 Bloodbraid Elf
4 Boggart Ram-Gang
4 Putrid Leech
3 Sygg, River Cutthroat

(11) Instants:
2 Bituminous Blast
4 Cryptic Command
2 Jund Charm
3 Lightning Bolt

(4) Sorceries:
1 Cruel Ultimatum
3 Maelstrom Pulse

(26) Lands:
2 Cascade Bluffs
1 Exotic Orchard
2 Flooded Grove
1 Forest
1 Mountain
4 Reflecting Pool
1 Swamp
3 Twilight Mire
3 Vivid Crag
4 Vivid Grove
4 Vivid Marsh

(15) Sideboard:
4 Blightning
1 Cruel Ultimatum
4 Kitchen Finks
2 Thought Hemorrhage
1 Vendilion Clique
3 Volcanic Fallout


Haven’t had a chance to actually play much Magic recently aside from the odd game of EDH and a funky Winston draft. This always results in some brewing on my part, dreaming up decks that no one else would ever dream of being seen dead playing. I played White Weenie Quest at the Games Day a little while back (to incredibly mediocre results) and despite my lack of success there, there is still a little part of me that played this game when I was 11 or 12 that would’ve had a fit over a card like Memnite. A 1/1 for 0 mana and no drawback? That’s insane!

Here’s my current brew for Legacy that utilises the little bot that could, along with a few other cards from Scars of Mirrodin that you may or may not be expecting to see. (Disclaimer: this list is entirely untested, I don’t even own half of the cards, and I’m just running on pure sketchy theory here).

(32) Creatures:
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
4 Frogmite
4 Master of Etherium
4 Memnite
4 Myr Enforcer
4 Ornithopter
4 Vedalken Certarch

(4) Instants:
4 Force of Will

(4) Sorceries:
4 Thoughtcast

(4) Artifacts:
4 Mox Opal

(16) Lands:
2 Blinkmoth Nexus
2 Glimmervoid
Great Furnace
2 Island
4 Seat of the Synod
Vault of Whispers

(15) Sideboard:
3 Cranial Plating
4 Disciple of the Vault
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Tormod’s Crypt

So, this idea came about largely during the SoM spoiler season, when I was also looking for other relatively cheap uses for my Force of Wills (the threshold deck I built is fine, and there are now two different better versions of it, but I want value out of my cards). The Basic gist is to combo off with Erayo, locking a lot of opponents out of the game either completely or for easily long enough for you to spawn a bunch of dudes and beatdown. 20 blue cards total should be enough for Force of Will to be relevant, my only real concern is the mana with only 12 blue sources – but I don’t think I want to cut any more artifact lands. Quick sideboard guide for a couple of major matchups:

Vs. Aggro
-4 Force of Will
+4 Galvanic Blast

Vs. Dredge
-4 Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
+4 Tormod’s Crypt

Vs. Control
-4 Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
-4 Force of Will
-3 Vedalken Certarch
+3 Cranial Plating
+4 Disciple of the Vault
+4 Galvanic Blast

Weenie Pile

(I have really fallen off the bandwagon with this here blogging malarkey recently, but I do have a few things I want to write about, and this will be the first of them.)


It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Halloween Games Day that always follows the October big set release, which this year was of course Scars of Mirrodin. I have had a fair amount of success with the Games Day events that I have played previously, Top 8’ing the first couple, winning the Worldwake one with Runeflare Trap.dec, but then unfortunately having to sit a few out due to work commitments. This time I’m free though, and I’m back to reclaim my title! True to form, I am playing anything but a Tier 1 deck (previously, I have played W/R ‘Spanish Inquisition’ Control, Luminarch Ascension and the aforementioned U/R Runeflare Trap combo). To continue in the theme of fun and spicy, but ultimately kind of awful decks, and to also play an aggro deck for once, I’m taking this on Sunday:

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