Random stuff I think about when I don’t have anything important to ponder.
Last year I wrote about creating characters by using the otherwise worthless cards I’m left with because of active drafting. This is a continuation of that, somewhat based on Tommi Brander’s comment on the earlier article and somewhat based on something Ville said on our forums.
There’s no Standard Event in Tampere this week, so I can’t do my usual test run with the deck in an FNM. I’ll do that next week and write a report. However, since this thing seems to interest people, I’ll write about it right now.
I just came home from my second prerelease event; this time it was Battle for Zendikar and at the first time I was at Magic: Origins prerelease. I had fun though I am suffering from a never-ending flu. As I only have experience on these two sanctioned events I cannot help but to compare the two. I might add that I have nowhere near as much experience on Magic: the Gathering as Aki has and I take the whole game anyway pretty differently.
I played against someone at GP Prague who was playing a slightly different version of Atarka Red. It had Self-Inflicted Wound in the sideboard to fight all the Abzan Aggros (or Hangarback Abzans in WotC coverage nomenclature). Seemed like (and he admitted it too) he was streching his manabase just a little too much by having the one Swamp in the sideboard with a set of Bloodstained Mires and Mana Confluences in the main.
However, in the world of Battle Lands (or Tango Lands or whatever), this isn’t such a bad idea. Couple of Smoldering Marshes that doesn’t even have to be in the sideboard can do the same since you want to play all the fetches that can get you mountains anyhow.
This is strictly a thought experiment. I was looking at Todd Anderson’s and Brian Braun-Duin’s video on SCG yesterday. Anderson was playing a version of Esper Dragons (and winning), while BBD was playing a monogreen deck. That latter deck had plenty of “spell lands”, such as Foundry of the Consuls, Sanctum of Ugin and Spawning Bed. It had total of ten such lands.
I thought to myself, “well, the mana is very good in the format, but the format also has plenty of good colorless lands, maybe we could do a colorless deck?”. Can we? Probably not, because colorless creatures are always much higher on the curve than similar creatures with colors (with the expection of Wurmcoil Engine). It will be a slow deck, but I wouldn’t completely discount it. Just mostly.
This feels like a list of random cards I find interesting, but I’m telling you there’s a point. Somewhere. Its a bit of control deck and I have no idea whether it would work or not, because bringing in a new resource (this time exiled cards owned by opponents) complicates things. Still, why not?
Despite flavor problems, I’m choosing to call this Rakdos anyhow.
The core is kind of a no-brainer with all the Landfall-creatures, but there’s more to this deck than that. Finding ways to use all the mana you have on table after triggering the Landfall numerous times has to be used in some way.
Anyhow, the basis for this deck are these two: