2/28/2013 "Sealed Deck Builder"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Sealed Deck Builder, which goes live Thursday morning on magicthegathering.com.

There's probably some sort of three-color monstrosity lurking here somewhere, but I love just being two colors in this format, and this looks like a very solid Boros build. Cards that I didn't main deck but that deserve consideration are Madcap Skills, Foundry Street Denizen, and Riot Gear.

  This Deck was built in 0:05:35


Total Deck Size: 40 17 Lands ---------------
10 Mountain
7 Plains


17 Creatures ---------------
1 Assault Griffin
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Ember Beast
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Nav Squad Commandos
1 Ripscale Predator
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers


6 Other Spells ---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Knight Watch
1 Mark for Death
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging

I'm hard pressed to imagine what to do besides play Boros.  I don't think it's small enough to cheat on land counts, but I think it does want to be aggressive so angling for too much top-end and higher land counts also seems poor.  This was my take on it:

This Deck was built in 0:08:02


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
10 Mountain
7 Plains



16 Creatures
---------------
1 Assault Griffin
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Ember Beast
1 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers



7 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Knight Watch
1 Madcap Skills
1 Mark for Death
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging

Also, I've never seen a six-of in one of these before.  Do I build the contaminated ground deck? Is it a deck??  I'll give that a shot next.

So here's my terrible Six-of Contaminated Ground deck.  It really really wants a Verdant Haven.  When casting a three drop costs my opponent four life, putting it back in hand or on top of library with Totally Lost seems pretty good, right?  Or they tap out taking six to cast a bomb and I Psychic Strike it?  I'm running very few creatures, but the ones I do have are pretty massive.  Alms Beast might seem anti-intuitive with the Contaminated Grounds, but there's very little that will trade profitably with it, and they probably paid more life for the creatures to come into play.  Perhaps a second Rust Scarab or a Snapjaw would be better than the Phantasm.  I also feel this deck would be hilariously weak to the low-curve Orzhov extort deck.  And any aggressive Gruul or Boros deck.  And Dimir decks would shrug off all their lands becoming swamps.  But middling Simic decks?  I'd totally own those.  Plan B is Gateway Shade-based aggression:


This Deck was built in 0:14:50


Total Deck Size: 40
16 Lands
---------------
4 Forest
1 Island
2 Plains
4 Swamp
4 Dimir Guildgate
1 Orzhov Guildgate



10 Creatures
---------------
1 Alms Beast
1 Clinging Anemones
1 Corpse Blockade
1 Elusive Krasis
2 Frilled Oculus
1 Gateway Shade
1 Greenside Watcher
1 Leyline Phantom
1 Rust Scarab



14 Other Spells
---------------
1 Coerced Confession
6 Contaminated Ground
1 Devour Flesh
1 Dimir Charm
2 Psychic Strike
1 Simic Charm
1 Simic Keyrune
1 Totally Lost

I was totally at a loss on where to begin, but I like to rush with creatures more than playing any sort of midrange, so here goes!

This Deck was built in 0:14:02


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
11 Mountain
6 Plains



16 Creatures
---------------
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Ember Beast
1 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Nav Squad Commandos
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers



7 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Guildscorn Ward
1 Madcap Skills
1 Mark for Death
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging

I saw the great Boros curve and grabbed it. I tried out a couple of other combinations but they where often lacking. The only thing I don't like about this deck really is the lack on colour fixing.

This Deck was built in 0:07:07


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
10 Mountain
7 Plains



16 Creatures
---------------
1 Assault Griffin
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Ember Beast
1 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers



7 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Knight Watch
1 Madcap Skills
1 Mark for Death
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging

This Deck was built in 0:05:26

Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
10 Mountain
7 Plains


17 Creatures
---------------
1 Assault Griffin
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Ember Beast
1 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Nav Squad Commandos
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers


6 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Knight Watch
1 Madcap Skills
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging

thought of a black splash for devour flesh and alms beast but i think straight Red White is better
Straight Boros is correct way to do it but that's too uncool.


5 Forest
4 Island
4 Swamp
4 Dimir Guildgate


6 Contaminated Ground
1 Devour Flesh
1 Dimir Charm
1 Simic Charm
1 Simic Keyrune
1 Way of the Thief


1 Adaptive Snapjaw
1 Clinging Anemones
2 Frilled Oculus
1 Gateway Shade
1 Greenside Watcher
1 Ivy Land Denizen
1 Leyline Phantom
1 Ogre Slumlord
1 Realmwright
2 Rust Scarab

I'd like to see them play only one of their colours.

just a really fun and MAYBE (maybe) good dimir with a green and white splash. with 6 contaminated grounds, i had to try something


This Deck was built in 0:06:44


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
3 Island
1 Plains
8 Swamp
4 Dimir Guildgate
1 Orzhov Guildgate



13 Creatures
---------------
1 Clinging Anemones
2 Corpse Blockade
2 Frilled Oculus
1 Frontline Medic
1 Gateway Shade
1 Horror of the Dim
1 Leyline Phantom
1 Ogre Slumlord
1 Realmwright
2 Simic Fluxmage



10 Other Spells
---------------
6 Contaminated Ground
1 Devour Flesh
1 Dimir Charm
1 Executioner's Swing
1 Simic Keyrune

 

Going Boros is the intelligent thing to do.  But they gave us SIX FRIGGIN CONTAMINATED GROUNDS.  I couldn't NOT play with them.

This Deck was built in 0:24:29

Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
6 Forest
4 Island
3 Swamp
4 Dimir Guildgate


13 Creatures
---------------
1 Adaptive Snapjaw big sucker that evolves all my other critters
1 Elusive Krasis unblockable to punch through those last few points of damage
2 Frilled Oculus HOUSE
1 Gateway Shade this is gonna get SOOOO big
1 Greenside Watcher Sure I'll take another Gateway Shade activation
1 Ivy Lane Denizen +1/+1 counters going everywhere!
1 Leyline Phantom evolve trigger
2 Rust Scarab evolve trigger and just plain awesome
2 Simic Fluxmage soooo many +1/+1 counters *drooools*
1 Spire Tracer Something to put all those +1/+1 counters on


10 Other Spells
---------------
6 Contaminated Ground eheheheheheheheeeeeeh
1 Simic Charm please recast your creature using your contaminated grounds. =p
1 Simic Keyrune green source and nice home for +1/+1 counters
1 Totally Lost see simic charm
1 Way of the Thief what blockers?




The Boros deck pretty much built itself:


This Deck was built in 0:25:54

Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
9 Mountain
8 Plains


16 Creatures
---------------
1 Assault Griffin
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Ember Beast
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Ripscale Predator
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers


7 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Knight Watch
1 Madcap Skills
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging
1 Riot Gear


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From Mark Rosewater's Tumblr: the0uroboros asked: How in the same set can we have a hexproof, unsacrificable(not a word) creature AND a land that makes it uncounterable. How does this lead to interactive play? I believe I’m able to play my creature and you have to deal with it is much more interactive than you counter my creature.

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Post #777

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MaRo: One of the classic R&D stories happened during a Scars of Mirrodin draft. Erik Lauer was sitting to my right (meaning that he passed to me in the first and third packs). At the end of the draft, Erik was upset because I was in his colors (black-green). He said, "Didn't you see the signals? I went into black-green in pack one." I replied, "Didn't you see my signals? I started drafting infect six drafts ago."

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MaRo: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.

This is definitely stretching the limit of a deck, but I felt this wacky Esper build was actually SUPER solid. Laugh at the 6 contaminated grounds all you want, but against ANY deck on 3 colors, its a free and easy win. Nice defenders and removal for aggro decks, with several win cons (Alms Beast with Way of the Thief.....I hear it's a thing).

This Deck was built in 0:06:53


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
4 Island
3 Plains
5 Swamp
4 Dimir Guildgate
1 Orzhov Guildgate



9 Creatures
---------------
1 Alms Beast
1 Cartel Aristocrat
1 Clinging Anemones
2 Corpse Blockade
1 Gateway Shade
1 Leyline Phantom
1 Ogre Slumlord
1 Vizkopa Confessor



14 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
6 Contaminated Ground
1 Devour Flesh
1 Dimir Charm
1 Executioner's Swing
1 Knight Watch
2 Psychic Strike
1 Way of the Thief


 

So here's my terrible Six-of Contaminated Ground deck.



You're my hero!

Dimir Contamination
Tempting to go 3 colors with all of the fixing, but I think there's enough here for straight dimir. Who knows.  Best case: we contaminate everything, flux some counters onto our hexproofable guy, enchant him with +2/+2 unblockable since we have 4 gates. We have 8 creatures that evolve our fluxmages, so we should get some value from them. One of the creatures that doesn't evolve fluxmage is gateway shade, whom we have plenty of gates for :D

This Deck was built in 0:21:24


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
5 Island
8 Swamp
4 Dimir Guildgate



12 Creatures
---------------
1 Clinging Anemones
2 Corpse Blockade
2 Frilled Oculus
1 Gateway Shade
1 Horror of the Dim
1 Leyline Phantom
1 Ogre Slumlord
2 Simic Fluxmage
1 Slate Street Ruffian



11 Other Spells
---------------
6 Contaminated Ground
1 Devour Flesh
2 Psychic Strike
1 Totally Lost
1 Way of the Thief

Freedom's just another word for nothing-left-to-lose. - Kris Kristoferson (sung by Janis Joplin)

 

Guess you could call this Gruros... Gruul/Boros

This Deck was built in 0:07:53


Total Deck Size: 40
18 Lands
---------------
5 Forest
9 Mountain
3 Plains
1 Gruul Guildgate



17 Creatures
---------------
1 Adaptive Snapjaw
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Ember Beast
1 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Greenside Watcher
1 Ivy Lane Denizen
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Rust Scarab
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Spire Tracer
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
2 Wojek Halberdiers



5 Other Spells
---------------
1 Madcap Skills
2 Mugging
1 Primal Visitation
1 Signal the Clans

If anyone has any comments, they would be appreciated. 

To me, building a straight up Boros deck seemed fine.


This Deck was built in 0:01:00


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
9 Mountain
8 Plains



16 Creatures
---------------
1 Assault Griffin
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Ember Beast
1 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Ripscale Predator
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers



7 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Knight Watch
1 Madcap Skills
1 Mark for Death
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging


 
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I guess one question I have for people and their lists is "How many green creatures do you need before you play Ivy Lane Denizen?"  As a 4-mana 2/3 in green, he's substantially below the bar for how big you expect him to be.  Green usually gets 4/3's or thereabouts for that mana.  I felt in this pool he was just unplayable, because of the general lack of green creatures.

I like the list from the person who went straight Esper for the Contaminated Ground deck. It's probably the most consistent version of the deck.  The one weakness I think in leaving out the green is that I think the Frilled Oculi are crucial to not falling behind on board presence while you turn all their lands into swamps.  Otherwise, I really like the added removal suite and the Vizkopa Confessor that white provides.  Of course I was being greedy and already running Alms Beast in my silly build.

Just your basic six contaminated ground deck
This Deck was built in 0:10:34


Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
1 Island
3 Plains
8 Swamp
4 Dimir Guildgate
1 Orzhov Guildgate



10 Creatures
---------------
1 Alms Beast
1 Assault Griffin
1 Cartel Aristocrat
1 Clinging Anemones
2 Corpse Blockade
1 Gateway Shade
1 Ogre Slumlord
1 Realmwright
1 Slate Street Ruffian



13 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
6 Contaminated Ground
1 Devour Flesh
1 Dimir Charm
1 Executioner's Swing
2 Psychic Strike
1 Way of the Thief

This Deck was built in 0:08:21

Total Deck Size: 40
17 Lands
---------------
10 Mountain
7 Plains


16 Creatures
---------------
1 Assault Griffin
1 Bomber Corps
1 Cinder Elemental
1 Daring Skyjek
1 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Frontline Medic
1 Legion Loyalist
1 Ripscale Predator
1 Skinbrand Goblin
2 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Towering Thunderfist
1 Truefire Paladin
1 Viashino Shanktail
2 Wojek Halberdiers


7 Other Spells
---------------
1 Angelic Edict
1 Knight Watch
1 Madcap Skills
1 Mark for Death
1 Massive Raid
2 Mugging


Had to go boros with all this sweet picking. Wanted to force black, but there was not enough reason with the strong creatures that came with these picks. UB would have also been a viable deck, but I like the sheer power of boros for sealed events.
There was boros, and not winning.


This Deck was built in 0:03:13


Total Deck Size: 40 16 Lands --------------- 9 Mountain 7 Plains


18 Creatures --------------- 1 Assault Griffin 1 Bomber Corps 1 Cinder Elemental 1 Daring Skyjek 1 Ember Beast 1 Foundry Street Denizen 1 Frontline Medic 1 Legion Loyalist 1 Nav Squad Commandos 1 Ripscale Predator 1 Skinbrand Goblin 2 Skyknight Legionnaire 1 Towering Thunderfist 1 Truefire Paladin 1 Viashino Shanktail 2 Wojek Halberdiers


6 Other Spells --------------- 1 Angelic Edict 1 Knight Watch 1 Madcap Skills 1 Massive Raid 2 Mugging

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