This thread is for discussion of this week's The Week That Was, which goes live Friday morning on magicthegathering.com.
The Birthing Pod / Liquimetal Coating deck is legit. I took out the Nature's Claims and replaced them with 4 copies of Viridian Emissary, and swapped a Brutalizer Exarch for Wurmcoil Engine. At that point, the deck utterly demolished every single deck I played it against. The inevitability and CA it has is ridiuclous.
Just curious, but did we at all consider Bludgeon Brawl alongside the Puresteel Paladin?
Wasn't impressed in the "update" of the Mortician Beetle deck by just throwing Fresh Meat in it, so I took a stab at my own Mortician Beetle deck to revamp it with New Phyrexia cards.What do you think? Post New Phyrexia Mortician Beetle Deck.Oh, and ChozoGhost, that Mitoic Slime suggestion is pure win. Thanks! Wish I had thought of it!
The Pure Gear (WW Equipment) deck is pretty close to what I was planning to build with Puresteel Paladin myself. But the list in the article lacks a very important card I will assuredly play, and it literally screams for it: Basilisk Collar. The deck already has 4 Mortarpod, which in conjunction with the Collar allows to you to directly trade any creature equipped with both for any of their targetable creatures (with a little bonus of 1 life). Normally, repeating this costs 4 mana, which can be painful especially in the face of instant speed removal, but with the Paladin and Metalcraft, you make that 0! My current Standard deck, with which I top 4’d a Nats qualifier, is a GW Fauna-Vengevine deck with a large equipment package included, and half of the games are won on the back of this “combo”. I hesitate between finding a way to fit the Paladin in that deck, or make a WW similar to what was shown here. I must say I’m quite tempted by Porcelain Legionnaire, as it’s very fearsome when equipped by Basilisk Collar (First Strike + Deathtouch).
Oh Cool. Playing with 8 Bloodthrone Vampire in Carnivore's Dilemma. That's some great Super Secret Tech right there.
I was this side of not ranting how the authors tend to ignore the technology of the current set over the preference of the tech of ZEN block, but I am glad to see someone else at least maybe feels the same annoyance that I do.