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Paul Hagan's Magic The Gathering Deck Garage
Hey all, and welcome back
to the Deck Garage. I’ve been bombarded with all sorts of
mill decks since Ravnica came out, and in fact, I think I
worked on one not too far back. However, for the casual
player crowd, I’ve decided to run with the e-mail below…
all right first of all you write a
great article. This is a very fun deck to play with and has
a complex but simple idea behind it. this is for casual.
Money really isnt an issue but no 50 dollar cards please.
4 wall of tears
3 fog bank
4 isochron scepter
4 sun droplet
4 mana leak
3 welding jar
2 pear through the depths
This deck is built for any situation. So even if it werent
casual it wouldnt need a side board. The idea behind this
deck is to let my creatures and sun droplets slow down the
creature decks and let my conters take care of the other
stuff until I can wear down your deck with my isochroned
OK, we’ve started off great with running four Isochron
Scepter and four Brain Freeze -- makes the concept behind
the deck nice and simple.
I like the idea of Counterspell and Mana Leak hanging out in
the deck, but I’m not sure Rewind is quite right. First, I’m
not a huge fan of Rewind -- it really is a bit too expensive
to be a serious threat. Second, since I can get away with
it, I like Thwart a lot better. It allows the player to get
away with a free counterspell (at the cost of a few
islands), or it can serve as a hard counter for four mana.
Here’s something that always gets to me: why Boomerang? I
know that there is the rare land that will pop up and become
a threat, but I’ve always seen Echoing Truth’s ability to
bounce multiple copies of a given card a much better buy for
the two mana. That, and I rarely see the soft lock with
Isochron and Boomerang *really* go off. The best I tend to
see is a long, drawn out game where the player piloting the
Isochron Scepter loses focus of what the original intent of
the deck was. OK, end rant.
+4 Echoing Truth
I’m not a huge fan of Sun Droplet, but it seems our
contributor is. Therefore, I won’t cut it entirely. However,
I do want to lower the count on Sun Droplet to two copies,
because I really do want a little bit of extra land just to
ensure consistent mana draws.
-2 Sun Droplet
Welding Jar is an OK call, but I’m not so convinced three
copies are necessary, so we’ll cut one of them to save some
-1 Welding Jar
I’d also like to get rid of Fog Bank. I’m not so impressed
with the card as a whole. Yes, it works well for minor stall
tactics, but if I’m sitting across the table from it, I’ll
just keep sending my entire team, letting one of them be
blocked and the rest slipping through.
-3 Fog Bank
Finally, I’d like to get rid of Peer Through the Depths.
Why? Yes, it is cool that you can dig through your deck to
find that one card you are looking for, but I’ve got a
better card for that use: Accumulate Knowledge. Not only
does it fit on an Isochron Scepter, it gets better and
better as the game progresses. You can’t tell me that one AK
on a Scepter with two or three in the ‘yard isn’t sick.
-2 Peer Through the Depths
+4 Accumulate Knowledge
One of the last cards I want to add is Meloku, the Clouded
Mirror. I have no idea why I’m so biased towards this card,
but I really do think that she is a perfect fit for any blue
control deck. Yes, I know that the point of this deck is to
overturn as many of an opponent’s cards as quickly as
possible, but it never hurts to have a back-up plan.
+2 Meloku, the Clouded Mirror
As the final change to the deck, I think I’d like to include
four copies of Cephalid Coliseum and four copies of Lonely
Sandbar. Both will contribute to cycling (no pun intended)
the deck faster, helping get to the appropriate cards.
+4 Cephalid Coliseum
+4 Lonely Sandbar
I think that about wraps up work on this deck. Here’s how it
CREATURE SPELLS (6):
2 Meloku, the Clouded Mirror
4 wall of tears
NON-CREATURE SPELLS (32):
4 Accumulate Knowledge
4 Brain Freeze
4 Echoing Truth
4 Isochron Scepter
4 Mana Leak
2 Sun Droplet
2 Welding Jar
4 Cepahlid Coliseum
4 Lonely Sandbar
Hope that helps, and I’ll see all of y’all next week.