Still three weeks to go. Some preliminary lists. Still missing sideboards, but I’ll get to them… someday.
[card]Magma Jet[/card] and Red
A great addition to a low curve RDW. Granted, its costlier than a [card]Shock[/card], but the card selection is great for keeping the momentum going. Also probably works in a Big Red.
[cardlist title=”Big Red”][Creatures]
4 Stormbreath Dragon
3 Purphoros, God of the Forge
4 Young Pyromancer
2 Ember Swallower
4 Chandra’s Phoenix
3 Chandra, Pyromaster
4 Lightning Strike
4 Magma Jet
4 Mizzium Mortars
2 Flames of the Firebrand
Not sure about the [card]Ember Swallower[/card]s… or many of the other cards. Maybe [card]Ogre Battledriver[/card] instead.
Finding a good balance between permanents and spells is going to be hard, due to devotion.
Also, some big X spell with [card]Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx[/card] might work. Maybe.
This alone makes me think about a monoblack deck. Back in the day, I played black a lot and a lot of monoblack, even before the glory of [card]Necropotence[/card]. These days I did try out a monoblack standard deck with lots of removal and a few creatures, keeping the game going until I could get a [card]Griselbrand[/card] online. Didn’t really work. I went 2-2 in the local FNM and that was mostly due to playing skills rather than the deck.
Now, we have some tools. [card]Thoughtseize[/card] is good protection for my creatures and there are some good cheap black creatures in M14 and RTR-block. [card]Blood Scrivener[/card] could work, maybe even [card]Lifebane Zombie[/card] and [card]Liliana’s Reaver[/card]… then there’s of course the [card]Desecration Demon[/card]. Curve would be awkward, but I think this might be workable.
[card]Erebos, God of the Dead[/card] seems pretty good, although its in the same part of the curve as pretty much everything else I might want to use.
I’d like to make a list of black and I did try, but I just wasn’t able to make one I liked. There’s just something missing. Maybe I should just lower my bar with removal. Still, black seems like a weak color, even if you can play a sort of suicidish game with plenty of paying life for cards.
I’d prefer [card]Nature’s Lore[/card] or similar, but this little beauty seems great. Ramping into third round four-drop requires a reliable manaproducing two drop. [card]Sylvan Caryatid[/card] fills this spot nicely. Of course, lands are more reliable, especially with [card]Devour Flesh[/card] in the format, but since I don’t think that card will be that big part of the environment I play in, [card]Sylvan Caryatid[/card] will probably be a great blocker as well. I’m personally expecting plenty of fast decks.
[cardlist title=Green Midrange][Creatures]
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Experiment One
4 Sylvan Caryatid
2 Scavenging Ooze
1 Deadly Recluse
3 Polukranos, World Eater
1 Nylea, God of the Hunt
2 Kalonian Hydra
1 Worldspine Wurm
4 Garruk, Caller of Beasts
4 Pit Fight
2 Ranger’s Guile
I don’t really know about the [card]Worldspine Wurm[/card], but I just couldn’t fight the urge to put one into the deck. At first, it was actually four. I probably won’t ever be able to hardcast one, but that’s what [card]Garruk, Caller of Beasts[/card] is for… On top of being a great card otherwise as well.
No real new cards here, although [card]Master of Waves[/card] seems possible, but on the other hand [card]Curse of the Swine[/card] is probably great. Especially since it can deal with the gods.
[cardlist title=Big Blue]
4 Judge’s Familiar
4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Frostburn Weird
4 Thassa, God of the Sea
2 Bident of Thassa
4 Essence Scatter
2 Cyclonic Rift
1 Curse of the Swine
I’d like to get this to work. Not sure I can. Too little devotion to go around. Hopefully we’ll get something to help here.
Well, [card]Quicken[/card] might not be what I’m looking for, just because there aren’t any sorceries in the deck. I just wanted a cantrip in there, and that was the best one I could find. I’ll probably change that when I come up with a good substitute. Maybe even limited staples [card]Stealer of Secrets[/card] or [card]Scroll Thief[/card] would work with [card Thassa, God of the Sea]Thassa[/card] and [card Bident of Thassa]Bident[/card].