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Paul Hagan's Magic The Gathering Deck Garage
Blue-Black deck that is utilizing Warped Devotion- 4.11.05
Hey all, and welcome back
to the deck garage! Checking out the last couple of weeks,
we’ve worked on two extended decks, so I think that means
its time for another fun casual deck. Fortunately for you
(and me, I guess), I was sent one just yesterday…
I was planning on working on a deck with unblockable
creatures, and imprinting an echoing of truth onto a
spellbinder to keep anything my opponent has off the board.
While I was trading with a friend for some needed cards, I
saw a warped devotion and a combo popped into my head. Thus
my unblockable discard deck was made.
This deck is casual, but I haven't looked into what other
types it may be playable in. Budget isn't of to much
concern, as I am just trying to get more opinions on how to
make it better and I'm sure I can get most cards suggested.
Phantom Warrior x4
Star Compass x4
The Rack x4
Dark Ritual x4
Dibolic Tutor x4
Warped Devotion x4
Echoing Truth x4
OK, getting rolling here, I think the first thing I would
like to do is add another set of creatures. Since we’re
clearing a path with a lot of bounce spells, I think a
creature with fear might be able to get through on a fairly
regular basis. Mono-black or heavy artifact decks might
present a problem, but eh, that’s acceptable for a 1/3
creature for 1UB that comes with fear and draws you a card
whenever he deals combat damage to a player.
+4 Shadowmage Infiltrator
To make room for this card, I think we can get rid of Star
Compass. In this deck, the Compass really isn’t mana
acceleration, since Max can cast any card in his deck with
three mana anyways, so as long as he draws three land, he
should be set. It doesn’t hurt that there is a full set of
Dark Ritual in the deck.
-4 Star Compass
Next, I think it is OK to throw in a full set of Isochron
Scepter over Spellbinder, since Spellbinder does cost a bit
more, and there are only eight creatures to attach it to in
this deck. Scepter, on the other hand, can be dropped fairly
early, and it can help deal with immediate threats on early
turns. It also doesn’t hurt that it might allow Max to win
without seeing a creature.
+4 Isochron Scepter
Next on the list is Diabolic Tutor. I don’t quite know Max’s
budget, but I’d like to stick in Demonic Tutor. Of course,
everyone knows about this card’s power, so if that is deemed
a bit too much in Max’s gaming circle, Vampiric Tutor is
almost as good. The reasoning behind this change? They cost
less mana. It also doesn’t hurt that if push comes to shove,
Max can stick Vampiric Tutor on his Isochron Scepters.
-4 Diabolic Tutor
+4 Demonic Tutor / Vampiric Tutor
Next, I’m going to cut the Megrim down to two copies. I
think it is good, but I also don’t like having to rely on
Warped Devotion being on the board for it to be good. Also,
since Max is playing four copies of some variety of Tutor as
well as Shadowmage Infiltrator for card draw, Megrim
shouldn’t be a problem to find when he needs it.
I’d really like to put in more of the following card, but I
just can’t find room for two more Recoil. If it cost two
mana instead of three, Boomerang would be gone in favor of
this card. *SIGH* At any rate, Recoil fits the theme of both
bounce and discard, all rolled up into one nice spell for
1UB. It doesn’t hurt to have Warped Devotion on the board
when this card hits, either – I’ll bounce a permanent, you
Last thing I would like to do is put in Salt Marsh and
Underground River. Both will help the mana base of this deck
a lot, allowing Max to get the mana he needs when he needs
+4 Salt Marsh
+4 Underground River
Here’s where the deck stands now…
4 Phantom Warrior
4 Shadowmage Infiltrator
NON-CREATURE SPELLS (32):
4 Dark Ritual
4 Demonic Tutor / Vampiric Tutor
4 Echoing Truth
4 Isochron Scepter
4 The Rack
4 Warped Devotion
4 Salt Marsh
4 Underground River
Wow, looking over this week’s article, it looks like I came
up a little bit short. I mean, I’m happy with the results of
Max’s deck, but just over two pages in Microsoft Word?
That’s not a lot!
I have been asked before how to figure out the land count in
a deck, and since I have a little extra space this week, why
don’t I show my method here?
First, we figure out how many land are in the deck. In Max’s
case, it is a nice, round 20 lands.
Next, I deduct the number of non-basics that I wanted to
throw in that produce both colors. In this case, four copies
of Salt Marsh and four copies of Underground River are
deducted, so we have 12 land – [20 – 4 – 4 = 12] – with
which to play.
Next, I count up all the colored mana symbols on my cards in
the deck. For example, four copies of Shadowmage Infiltrator
(1UB) give me four blue and four black mana symbols. The
total for this deck is 24 blue mana symbols and 18 black
mana symbols. Keeping those in mind, we total them to get
Next, we divide the blue mana symbols by the total number of
symbols to get a percentage. [24 / 42 = 57%], so we can
assume that the land needs to be 57% blue. I always double
check myself by doing the same formula for the other mana
symbols, in this case black. [18 / 42 = 43%], so that
matches up with our earlier assessment, since the two totals
give us 100%.
Now, we go back to the land count we have to play with – in
this case, 12 – and make it 57% blue and 43% black. [12 *
.57 = 6.84] and [12 * .43 = 5.16], so it is probably safe to
go with 7 islands and 5 swamps, as shown above in Max’s
This isn’t the end-all, be-all for land counts, as sometimes
you’ll need a bit more in one area or bit less in another,
but it serves as a good starting place.
Now that I’ve hit the beginning of page 4, I think that
y’all have probably heard enough from me this week.
Max, I hope that helped, and good luck!
I’ll see y’all next week.