7/6/2011 BoaB: "Core Set Musings"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Building on a Budget, which goes live Wednesday morning on magicthegathering.com.
I'm suprized Blunt the Assault didn't make the turbo-fog list.
Visons is NOT an obvious staple for legacy dredge. Careful study is better early and mid game since it discards. Late game it is ok, but mental missteps mean a one mana cost card that doesnt discard is not going to be played.
Revoke existence is a threat... >.<
Why would you put Rest for the Weary in a deck like this.  You'll be preventing damage anyway and it won't stop straight burns from adding counters to the ascension.  And the nature of Noxious Revival (phy-mana and instant) is anti climax with the ascension as well.

Wall of Omens seems to be a much better fit.
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First of all, Jacob makes a lot of good observations in this article, and that shouldn't go without mention. 

 Visions of Beyond is obviously a staple for Legacy dredge decks.

Um... no. Dredge has better things to do once it's got 20 cards in the graveyard (like win the game).
After all, dredge plays its own wacky version of magic, where card advantage is about cards in the graveyard, not cards in hand. As a dredge enabler and combo starter, Visions of Beyond is vastly outclassed by other cards like Breakthrough and Golgari Grave-Troll. The only place left for it would be to restock after a setback, but if your opponent is trying to nuke you playing dredge, they're not about to leave 20+ cards in your graveyard.

It also doesn't really have a place against dredge either. It's a sideboard card since it draws you one against every other deck, and I doubt anyone will honestly spend 4 sideboard slots for dredge hate on something that doesn't really hate dredge. Drawing 3 cards is nice advantage, but your opponent is busy dumping 20+ more cards into their "hand" too. Tormod's Crypt and Leyline would be much better. 
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there is nothing "epic" about a turn one victory. ever. or really any magic game, for that matter.
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So no one else is upset with the stunt Wizards just pulled to drive sales?
Drive sales of what? Non-Jace, non-Mystic cards? I'm pretty sure people already own more than eight Magic cards. If you don't, I feel for you. Maybe you can trade those Stoneforge Mystics, which are still quite valuable, for some.
I assume the Revival's there so you can cast it on your own fogs, in which case you can pay the phyrexian cost on your own turn and not cost yourself ascension counters in doing so.
Probably need some Leyline of Sanctity in that list, even maindeck, if you want to beat red decks or decks with discard spells (i.e. the whole format). As a bonus, it makes life much more difficult for Valakut (until they board in Nature's Claim).

More Howling Mines would be prudent as well, to make sure the Fogs keep coming. Personally, I'd go Bant for Jace Beleren, but Temple Bell also exists.
I assume the Revival's there so you can cast it on your own fogs, in which case you can pay the phyrexian cost on your own turn and not cost yourself ascension counters in doing so.

Not to mention, you don't have to pay life to cast Noxious Revival.
Elixir of Immortality!
No Personal Sanctuary? Its pretty much a persistent Fog on attacking creatures.
At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if you didn't lose life that turn, Luminarch Ascension triggers. If it resolves, you get to put a counter. There's not problem in casting Noxious Revival after that. Also, as someone said, you can just pay :G: anyway.
I think Temple Bell and regular Jace are rotating out with M12, no?

No Personal Sanctuary? Its pretty much a persistent Fog on attacking creatures.

It only prevents damage during your turn, not their turn.

M11 and M12 will be in standard together for several months until Innistrad comes along.
I think Soul Parry might be a better fit than Rest for the Weary - especially running so many Day of Judgment effects.
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