Monday, July 11, 2011

Decklist Ex Machina #10 Breaking News!

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Breaking news! This storm is causing pandemonium!

31 Creature Spells
Spectral Force 3
Nova Chaser 3
Ball Lightning 2
Incandescent Soulstoke 4
Primal Forcemage 4
Grinning Ignus 4
Sakura-Tribe Elder 4
Smokebraider 4
Flamekin Harbinger 3

7 Other Spells
Pandemonium 4
Fling 3

22 lands
Rootbound Crag 4
Copperline Gorge 4
Mountains 10
Forests 4

How to handle this storm
The deck itself doesn’t require Pandemonium to win by any means as it’s a very capable Elemental deck on its own but Pandemonium turns this deck into a typhoon. Primal Forcemage and Grinning Ignus both combo with Pandemonium and provide some interesting interactions that simply can’t be ignored. The Forcemage turns all of your creatures into tactical nukes and the Ignus turns itself into a gatling gun. Imagine this scenario: A Pandemonium in play and Forcemage is on the field. You cast Ball Lightning and Pandemonium deals 9 damage before you even swing into your opponent. If your opponent chump blocks then you've most likely destroyed their entire field. Otherwise, you’ve managed to get another 9 damage in for only 3 mana. Then you Fling the Ball Lightning into their face! That’s 27 damage and the game’s already over.

Flamekin Harbinger can search for Nova Chaser to then be championed by the Chaser itself. If the Nova Chaser dies at any point (like a handy Fling...) then Harbinger enters play again and you get to search for yet another elemental (or more specifically: another Nova Chaser if you're into that sort of thing).

Spectral Force may seem like a strange choice but it only needs one swing to be devastating which is a bargain for how cheap its converted mana cost is. I kept comparing Ball Lightning siblings such as Groundbreaker and Force of Savagery but they just weren't as efficient in this particular deck. As for the rest: I'm pretty sure Incandescent Soulstoke, Smokebraider, and Sakura-Tribe Elder are self explanatory.

This is Kylak signing out because this news really will break you.


  1. I like it, bit different from the one i made back in the day, but in a good way. Id actually like to make this and see which one i liek better.

  2. I'm glad you like it. You should totally test it out and maybe even blend the two together.

  3. This is certainly nice. Those elementals really interested me when I first saw them glimpsing through the Lorwyn cards I missed. They're called... Flamekin I believe? And in Shadowmoor, they have purple flame instead of normal right?

    Anyway, I really like the combos in this deck strategy. It helps that Red is my favorite color with green coming in second, at a very close point with blue. I could definitely see myself running something like this at the time when Time Spiral and Lorwyn were legal in standard. It's right up my alley. Probably have to substitute Ball Lightning since it wasn't standard legal at that time, and thus, I likely wouldn't have had it.

    All in all, it looks awesome. I love the whole fling mechanic. I remember I had a green beast deck when I was starting to get back into magic a little over a year ago. I looked through my red cards and found a lot of decent beasts in them to mix in, plus my contested cliffs. I had Ancient Ooze in there as a finisher since a lot of beasts cost 6+ mana and his p/t got to be really high. Then I was looking for ways of dealing with pacifisms and such because someone would always destroy him before I had a chance to use it. Something like Fling would have been perfect at that time.

    I've come a long way since making that deck, both in play and in deck building. I'm actually thinking about rebuilding it just slightly different soon. We'll see what happens.

  4. Yep. The red elementals of Lorwyn are known as Flamekin. In Shadowmoor only one had purple flames: Ashling, the Extinguisher. This was due to her being transformed in the storyline.

    Yeah, it's actually a shame there aren't any recent cards that could improve this version of the deck.

    Ancient Ooze! It's such a memorable card. I think the closest thing we've seen to the big Ooze is Primalcrux?

    You should totally go for it.



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