8/26/2010 TD: "Great Looks at Great Decks"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Top Decks Article, which goes live Thursday morning on magicthegathering.com.
Don't you have to play Gather Specimens in response to Summoning Trap?  Doesn't seem like an opponent would find an Emrakul in that case so it's just a six mana counter spell.
the Naya Homebrew can often literally cripple the opponent with Destructive Force



Literally crippling your opponent is not recommended, as it can get you DQed from the tournament... or arrested by the police.
A very good and thorough run-down, and much appreciated.

You do of course continue to ignore the mythic issue, and put lemon juice in that wound by praising " one of the most diverse standard formats in years", but I'll forgive you on this occasion as there were a couple of archetypes other than jund that did not seem to rely on the golden ticket mythics.

What I would ask you to consider, if you wouldn't mind, is why so many decks rely upon Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Primeval Titan, Vengevine, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Baneslayer Angel and whether that is truly "diverse" or desirable.

Meanwhile I will return to my praise of this article's obvious labour.

It's also a big of an indictment of the last few years...


I reluctantly have to agree that it's a varied meta at the moment, if not a cheap one.  Ascension is fairly budget, and it has pushed Time Warp to over 20 tix online, but they're cheaper on paper.

If you're on MTGO check out the Free Events via PDCMagic and Gatherling.

Other games you should try:
DC Universe Online - action-based MMO.  Free to play.  Surprisingly well-designed combat and classes.

Planetside 2 - Free to play MMO-meets-FPS and the first shooter I've liked in ages.
Simunomics - Free-to-play economy simulation game.

I really like the Soul Sisters deck and I reckon it would be pretty cheap to put together aside from the Elspeth's (what do they go for now anyway).

Unfortunately Elspeth is now banned online so guess we can only play this on paper.
I actually playtested against this deck a fair amount (albeit after the tournament) and found it remarkably difficult to wrap my head around. There never seemed like anything worth spending countermagic on ... and then I would die with three Mana Leaks in my hand. Or I would underrate the card quality of the deck, only to fold when it ran out what seemed like a "real" card (say an opportune Oblivion Ring or Brave the Elements).



If anyone actually wants to hear some of this playtest session (vs Patrick Chapin, which Mike didn't mention), you can check it out on Episode 35 of Yo! MTG Taps!, available this Friday on StarCityGames.com.
~Joey Pasco Co-host, Yo! MTG Taps! podcast http://iwantmymtg.com
I love the Soul Sisters deck. Although it might be dangerous to play a combo that "allows the deck to literally explode with life points the following turn". Literally exploding decks may not be quite as unsportsmanlike as literally crippling the opponent, but it's still likely to disrupt your tournament rather.

But anyway, yes, Gather Specimens doesn't work too well against Summoning Trap. It's an awesome response to Polymorph or a hard-cast Emrakul though.
I really like the Soul Sisters deck and I reckon it would be pretty cheap to put together aside from the Elspeth's (what do they go for now anyway).

Unfortunately Elspeth is now banned online so guess we can only play this on paper.



I managed to put together a relatively effective version online for about $30, substituting the soon to be rotated Elspeth, Knight-Errant and Ranger of Eos for Ajani Goldmane and Sun Titan.

I really like the Soul Sisters deck and I reckon it would be pretty cheap to put together aside from the Elspeth's (what do they go for now anyway).

Unfortunately Elspeth is now banned online so guess we can only play this on paper.

Elspeth, Knight-Errant is banned online?  How does that work?
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My Decks
These are the decks I have assembled at the moment:
Tournament Decks (4)
Kicker Aggro (Invasion Block) Sunforger/Izzet Guildmage Midrange (Ravnica/Time Spiral/Xth Standard) Dragonstorm Combo (Time Spiral/Lorwyn/Xth Standard) Bant Midrange (Lorwyn/Shards/M10 Standard)
Casual Multiplayer Decks (50)
Angel Resurrection Casual Soul Sisters Sindbad's Adventures with Djinn of Wishes Sphinx-Bone Wand Buyback Morph (No Instants or Sorceries) Cabal Coffers Control Zombie Aggro Hungry, Hungry Greater Gargadon/War Elemental Flashfires/Boil/Ruination - Boom! Call of the Wild Teysa, Orzhov Scion with Twilight Drover, Sun Titan, and Hivestone Slivers Rebels Cairn Wanderer Knights Only Gold and () Spells Captain Sisay Toolbox Spellweaver Helix Combo Merfolk Wizards Izzet Guildmage/The Unspeakable Arcane Combo Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and his Wizards Creatureless Wild Research/Reins of Power Madness Creatureless Pyromancer Ascension Anarchist Living Death Anvil of Bogardan Madness Shamen with Goblin Game/Wound Reflection Combo Mass damage Quest for Pure Flame Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle/Clear the Land with 40+ Lands Doubling Season Thallids Juniper Order Ranger Graft/Tokens Elf Archer Druids Equilibrium/Aluren Combo Experiment Kraj Combo Reap Combo False Cure/Kavu Predator Combo Savra, Queen of the Golgari Sacrifice/Dredge Elf Warriors Eight-Post Sneak Attack Where Ancients Tread Zur the Enchanter with Opal creatures Tamanoa/Kavu Predator/Collapsing Borders Esper Aggro Mishra, Artificer Prodigy and his Darksteel Reactor Theft and Control Unearth Aggro Soul's Fire Vampires Devour Tokens Phytohydra with Powerstone Minefield Treefolk Friendly? Questing Phelddagrif Slivers Dragon Arch Fun I'm probably forgetting a few...

Not anymore.


After yesterday's patch there was a bug in the code for Elspeth.  Since they couldn't patch it immediately they did what can be hotfixed: ban the card from tournaments.


Today they patched and fixed it so the ban was lifted.

If you're on MTGO check out the Free Events via PDCMagic and Gatherling.

Other games you should try:
DC Universe Online - action-based MMO.  Free to play.  Surprisingly well-designed combat and classes.

Planetside 2 - Free to play MMO-meets-FPS and the first shooter I've liked in ages.
Simunomics - Free-to-play economy simulation game.

I saw several Fauna Shaman decklists with 1 or 2 total non-creature spells. Why did I see 0 Ancient Ziggurats?? Three or four colors, almost no non-creature spells and no Ancient Ziggurats, really??
There are a lot of Tectonic Edges running around, so it was probably a personal choice.
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