Monday, October 18, 2010

Decklist Ex Machina #6 Bread Makes you Fat?

Coming up with fun decklists so you don't have to.

This deck I'm about to unveil has a lot of things going for it. It's cheap, easy to get a hold of, fun to play with, noob friendly, it eats garlic bread, and it works whether you want to run it in one-on-one or in group play. I'm not talking about a hooker but the similarities are staggering. This deck belongs to none other than Wafflesaurus/Raii. Raii prefers the tactic of beating face until it cracks open and this deck does that rather nicely. The two of us tweaked this to where it is now and it still needs more playtesting but it's come a long way in just a week. This started as the Worldwake Brute Force precon and evolved into what you see below.

Lands 24
Kazandu Refuge 4
Mountain 9
Forest 11

Creatures 27
Kird Ape 4
Sylvan Ranger 4
Farhaven Elf 3
Joraga Treespeaker 4
Joraga Warcaller 3
Wolfbriar Elemental 3
Terastodon 3
Apocalypse Hydra 3

Other Spells 9
Lightning Bolt 4
Harmonize 3
Comet Storm 2

Sideboard 15
Back to Nature 4
Ancient Grudge 4
Autumn's Veil 3
Plummet 4

Total Cost: $15-20

Strengths: You'll be turning your enemies into dust. They can tell it to the cleaning lady on Monday... because she has the weekends off... and she cleans dust.
This deck manages to constantly lay down threats whether it's turn one or turn forty (hypothetically speaking if a game were to actually last that long though it really shouldn't). The longer the match, the more powerful the creatures become. This is actually the reason this deck can roll with the punches so well in multiplayer.

The addition of burn and creatures capable of pinging (Mr. Hydra) allow this deck to either frag creatures to clear the way for swinging into face or simply go overhead and take out the opponent twice as fast.

It's able to drop a Terastodon on turn five rather consistently. Not only does it take out Planeswalkers and other threats on the field but it can also replace some of your lands with 3/3 tokens if you just happen to need an army.

This deck doesn't rely on an elf tribal theme but instead uses elves as a sub-theme. If your elves get destroyed then it's no big deal but if they survive then they bring another route to victory. A fully leveled Joraga Treespeaker turns Sylvan and Farhaven into mana boosters and a multi-kicked Joraga Warcaller turns all would-be chump blockers into deadly threats.

Weaknesses: Vegans, because vegans are just better than other people.
In testing, this deck can actually hold its own against most decktypes. The faster aggro and combo decks seem to be the problem children since the deck takes a few turns to establish itself and merely throws out chump blockers before it can setup for something heavy.

Possible includes: Pirates... they're "in" this year.
Creatures that laugh at creature destruction such as: Chameleon Colossus, Gaea's Revenge, etc.

Dual Lands to smooth out mana such as: Rootbound Crag, Fire-Lit Thicket, Raging Ravine, or Stomping Ground.

Replacing Kird Ape with other powerful cards that benefit the deck such as: Plated Geopede, Scute Mob, Wren's Run Vanquisher, Radha, Heir to Keld, Figure of Destiny, etc.

Momentous Fall might be able to replace Harmonize but leaving mana open for it could prove difficult.

EDIT - May 22, 2011 - UPDATED LIST:

24 Creatures
Viridian Emissary 4
Joraga Treespeaker 4
Oracle of Mul Daya 4
Apocalypse Hydra 3
Terastodon 3
Wolfbriar Elemental 3
Rampaging Baloths 3
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth 1

11 Non-creature Spells
Cultivate 3
Lightning Bolt 4
Garruk Wildspeaker 2
Comet Storm 2

24 Lands
Skarrg, the Rage Pits 2
Rootbound Crag 4
Forest 10
Mountain 8

This is Kylak signing out and suggesting you watch Scott Pilgrim to understand all the references in this article.


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