Thursday, March 15, 2012

Undisputed Attitude

This is one of those decks that has constantly eluded me. It's strange because the Liege decks usually come together so well, with a Lego-like satisfaction but not here: something is just not quite on.
3 Festering Goblin
3 Rakdos Guildmage
3 Ashenmoor Gouger
2 Demigod of Revenge
2 Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
4 Ashenmoor Liege
3 Goblin Deathraiders
4 Anathemancer

2 Sign in Blood

4 Magma Jet
4 Terminate
4 Lightning Bolt

1 Urborg Volcano
1 Auntie's Hovel
9 Swamp
2 Shadowblood Ridge
9 Mountain
Named after the album by Slayer (because Slayer is awesome) I thought that this would be a savage aggro deck. And yet, it seems that it just doesn't want to come together and actually win, or at least bloody noses so people know they've played an aggro deck.

Yet despite the low mana curve, I never feel like I'm really overwhelming my opponents. It may seem suboptimal but I think I may try to take out the Festering Goblin and one Terminate for two more Sign in Blood and two Manaforge Cinder.


  1. Crap. It just deleted my comment.

    So: I'm not convinced by Sign in Blood. Nor does Lyzolda strike me as being that great. If you need draw, maybe Faithless Looting? Especially since Demigod can reemerge from the graveyard, who cares if you discard one?

    I like the idea of Manaforge Cinder. You could use more turn-1 plays, and that provides mana fixing.

    Other cards that come to mind:

    Avatar of Discord
    The appropriate -blades from Alara Reborn (Jundt, Grixis)
    Shivan Zombie and its copies

    1. I had Avatar in there-and it's crazy strong-but the drawback seems to be too much for this deck. I want to keep pushing and the only creature that can come back is the Demigod. Everything else stays dead.

      The blades (Grixis and Jund) could be excellent. I'd avoided them and Shivan Zombie because the bonus of the mana requirements--most Liege decks allow for any mana to be paid for-but improvements are improvements.

      Lyzolda, however, is the kind of thing that can give the deck some reach should I stall out, which this deck seems to do. Not only damage but draw to keep feeding the fire. I'm keeping it for now, but I'll keep an eye on it during tests.

    2. what about Pyre Zombie?

    3. That's a really, really good idea. I'll check to see if I have any. If not, they certainly can be purchased for reasonable by now.

    4. yea somewhere from 25 cents to a buck online I'm sure. Amber Pfaff actually pointed me at your blog and I was wondering what part of town you people play magic in... I just got back into the game recently

    5. I'll play anywhere I can but frequently, I am at Bailey's Taproom on Mondays, blogging at 7pm then if people are there, we play cards for awhile.

      That's the most regular time/spot: everything else is...a little like herding cats.

    6. Ah cool. I'm seeing amber the 2nd so maybe if I can manage I'll come by to at least say hey I take public transit so I probably can't stay too late at all.

    7. No worries. We don't stay terribly late either, since we all have jobs to go to in the morning but it'll be pretty clear who we are.

  2. How attached are you to Anathemancer? 4-of?