This thread is for discussion of this week's Building on a Budget, which goes live Wednesday morning on magicthegathering.com.
It's nice JVL chose to write about this idea. I also had Draco-Explosion deck several years ago and it was super fun!
However I dont like this version at all. Lilliana is good but i dont think this deck can work without blue. Blue offers Jace, the Mindsculptor and Ponder to set up the top card of your library, as well as counters and card drawing which are vital to combo decks. Also, Explosive Revelation costs 5 mana which is 2 mana more than the original explosion. Deck definitely needs some mana acceleration to get to 5 mana before dying to an aggro opponent. I'd suggest Everflowing Chalice for that. Oh and lastly, more copies of Emrakul, I'd play 3.
@ Jacob Van LunenI think you're lying. [C]Prophetic Bolt[/C] creates an effect that puts the cards on the bottom of your library. therefore it's quite useless for your purpose. A Brainstorm is the most efficient card, because you can get put the Draco on top of your library even if you had drawn it. Last but not least, this is just a side effect for your deck... the same is true for the Marit Lage + Hexmage. Funny if it works, but quite unlikely. Therefore, the rest of the deck would have been more relevant for any win.So if Craig mentioned Prophetic Bolt, he is just quite stupid. This would put the focus on a very unlkikely combo. Any red weenie or shock-like effect could have created the same "win if it happens" situation, but would have been more efficient for any other case.@ Explosive Relevation:This is just a bad reprint with an additional "draw effect" making this card an uncommon somehow. So + draw = now??? Come on WotC. Cmc 4 should have been the maximum. Any combination with Selective Memory seems quite random.Nonetheless, I would give this decktype a try, it there wouldn't been Jace, the Money Scalper in the same Standard enviroment.
97563441 wrote:Zendikar had fetchlands, and Worldwake had manlands. What are the new Scars duals called?
61325265 wrote:Explosive Peanut Lightning lands. Well, that's just what I call them.
61325265 wrote:58232598 wrote:i'm just trying to figure out what the point of saying this is. it's just really random.
And so the pot met the kettle.
58232598 wrote:i'm just trying to figure out what the point of saying this is. it's just really random.
What would happen if you drew the Ermakul? You can't put it on top of the library anymore.It seems some way to discard cards for gain would be nice, as it would get shuffled back in.
I remember my first trip to a Pro Tour Qualifier. I was not old enough to drive yet, but my friend's older brother agreed to make the trip for us. It was Extended, and I was not familiar with a lot of the cards. The night before the tournament I stayed up and scoured through lists of cards in hopes of finding the perfect deck. I stumbled on a deck idea that got me really excited. Some obscure tournament in Europe had recently been won by someone that used Scroll Rack to set up an Erratic Explosion for 16 damage by revealing a Draco. Apocalypse had just been released and I was still obsessed with Fire // Ice; So a red and blue deck seemed perfect. I asked my friends if they had the cards for this deck, and they had everything except the Dracos, which, they assured me, wouldn't be too hard to get from the vendors.
First things first. I was led to assume that the article was refering to Magic Online when getting cards and pricing the decks, which is all fine and dandy even though majority of us play using paper magic, but now your telling us to get a mythic card from a pre-release to make it cheaper? Wait, whaaa?Secondly, the entire deck revoles around Liliana which I think is a key mistake and resulted in a deck which could easily be disrupted by a multifarious amount of things in standard, let alone extended.Pitiful deck, Pitiful article.
1 Emrakul and no ways to get it back into the deck is a recipe for disaster. Luckily see beyond and jace exist in the format(as do halimar depths). Lilliana and jace is also a combo. Of course once you go into the territory of 3 colors things become hard to manage. Such a deck might be able to cast those eldrazi at some point though.
I played with this deck yesterday at a Sunday tournament at a local shop. It was a complete disaster. The land ratio is too high for one. So many draws were just swamps and mountains. It also has no way of dealing with enchantments/artifacts once they hit the board. I did manage to win game 1 against my first opponent sadly enough, not by the Explosive Revelations combo but, by hitting him for a final 4 points of damage with 2 Sign in Blood. Game 2 & 3 he easily beat me with a 1st turn Pithing Needle naming Liliana. While the combo is great fun when it goes off, it is very difficult to set up, it required complete dominant board control. What the best build is, I have no idea. All I know is that it needs a way to deal with at least a Pithing Needle!