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BeJoSe's Deck Garage
B/G Recursion
December 31, 2008


I messed up in my previous article, i completely forgot that Bottled Cloister removes your hand
and therefor makes Ensnaring Bridge work very well in fact

Brain Anderson - BG Recursion

Hello. This is a deck that I've been playing with for a while now and would like your feedback on it.


Creatures: 22

1 Phyrexian Plaguelord

4 Ravenous Baloth

3 Shriekmaw

4 Sakura-Tribe Elder

4 Birds of Paradise

2 Eternal Witness

1 Undead Gladiator

1 Faerie Macabre

1 Spore Frog

1 Genesis


Other Spells: 16

3x Oversold Cemetery

4x Cabal Therapy

4x Living Wish

3x Putrefy

2x Buried Alive

1x Demonic Tutor

1x Vampiric Tutor


Lands: 22

6x Swamp

7x Forest

4x Savage Lands

4x Overgrown Tomb

1x Volrath's Stronghold


Wish/Side board:

1x Spiritmonger

1x Faerie Macabre

1x Shriekmaw

1x Duplicant

1x Cloudthresher

1x Indrik Stomphowler

1x Eternal Witness

1x Quagnoth

1x Flametongue Kavu

1x Boseiju, Who Shelters All

1x Contested Cliffs

4x ???


The deck focuses on recurring my creatures with Cemetery, Genesis, and/or Stronghold to provide constant advantage with creatures such as Shriekmaw, Witness, etc. Living Wish allows me to run a toolbox of sorts to fetch whatever creature or land I need at the given moment. Buried Alive gets Oversold Cemetery or Genesis online faster and sets my deck up for whatever I may face. The singleton creatures grants a toolbox of creatures for specific matchups, likesay Spore Frog to annoy aggro every turn. Putrefy and Cabal Therapy are just good splashable cards.


I need help filling out the rest of my wish/side board. The biggest problems that I face are faeries and highly aggressive decks(sligh/suicide black). Aside from those two mentioned nuisances, my meta consists of monogreen aggro, control(monoblue and monoblack mainly), land destruction, reanimator variants and a Tinker deck. I only play casual so I'm not restricted by any ban lists. Not any tight budget but that doesn't mean I can afford any of the Power Nine or the old dual lands. So thanks for any and all help.


-Brian Anderson

This is a very good deck already I have to say so i'm just going to make a few small changes.
I'll explain why I find this deck very good.

  1. It has a theme and sticks to it. The goal of the deck is to get utility creatures (spore frog etc) into the grave and then recur them turn after turn (Oversold Cemetery). There are few cards that don't stick to the theme.
  2. The theme is strong. It is very hard to disrupt the deck with graveyard removal really being the only way. Discard simple puts creature in the grave where he wants them while the recursion effects negate creature kill to some extent.
  3. Theres a wide variety of answers for nearly everything; aggro, combo, graveyard tactics, artifacts/enchantments, creatures i.e. whatever comes its way, this deck is ready
  4. The mana base is fairly good
  • Buried Alive should be a 4-of. In a deck like this it is a wonderful tutor and theres really no reason you shouldn't run 4
  • I'd also say make Oversold Cemetery a 4-of as well, its plays a key part in the deck and also does it for free (mana-wise)
  • The 22 land count seems a bit low to me, quite a few of your cards are 4+ to cast and I think at least 23 - 24 lands would work well, although the birds do help, if your struggling on mana someone could easily kill them to cripple you for a few turns
  • Add a single mountain to your lands as well. This lets it be fetched Sakura Tribe Elder rather than waiting on a savage lands to show up.
  • A maindeck answer to artifacts/enchantments, such as another Indrik Stomphowler main, would allow you to search it up with buried alive along with other targets rather than wasting a wish on it.
  • For Fae/Aggro decks I'd recommend Firespout as a nice board clearer
  • Just because they can't attack doesn't you'll be able to break through their creature wall. Maybe an unblockable creature such as Ghastlord of Fugue to kill opponents will you stall them with Spore Frog.
  • Other than that it looks like you've got answers to nearly everything in your meta so good luck!


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