Tuesday, June 9, 2015

One By One

I'm going to New York for six days to attend a wedding and that won't leave a lot of time for playing Magic. However, this is the deck that I'll be thinking about while I'm there:
2 Glorious Anthem
4 Ashling's Prerogative

3 Retribution of the Meek
3 Proclamation of Rebirth

4 Sonic Burst

3 Martyr of Ashes
2 Orcish Conscripts
4 Mosquito Guard
4 Laccolith Whelp
2 Pianna, Nomad Captain
3 Weathered Wayfarer
4 Boros Recruit
2 Hell's Thunder
3 Goblin Guide

5 Mountain
5 Plains
1 Battlefield Forge
4 Rugged Prairie
2 Boros Garrison
 "What would happen," I said, "if I made a deck around Ashling's Prerogative?" For some reason, I especially love that there is reminder text that tells players that "zero is even".

The original concept had me picking creatures that only had a converted mana cost of one. It was the song lyric that inspired it and it was a pretty cool deckbuilding restriction. But it's a little too limiting so I expanded the list to include CMCs of three so I would have flexibility. Also; a chance to win.

There's some pretty cool creatures there though: I've always thought that the Laccolith beasts were underused in Red, Pianna is awesome, there's a neat combo between Sonic Burst and Proclamation of Rebirth to help mitigate the discard drawback.

This deck may benefit from the Battalion mechanic in Return to Ravnica, so that will be something I'll be pondering while I'm away. Martyr of Ashes especially feels like a card that's a solution in search of a problem and that's not what this deck wants to do; those slots are definitely up for grabs.

There will be some time to have think about it in the next few days and maybe even test it a bit. I hope to get posting again on the 18th although it might be time for Magic: Origins discussion first. And Origins as the last core set looks to be very exciting! I'm looking forward to it.

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