Hello again to the outside world! Apocalypse seems to have everybody scrambling to create their own concoctions using the opposing colors, so I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon. I've always been a fan of Green and Blue decks. From TradeAwakening to Oath to TradeSurvival, creatures and counterspells always make a good combination - just like Mystic Snake, a 2/2 creature that can be cast as an instant that counters a spell when it comes into play. Yes, it's something we've all dreamed of, and something Morphling probably should have done anyway. (Or not, this is just artistic liberty here, folks.)
Anyway, on to the deck -
Mystic Snake x 4
I was also thinking of a variant that added white for
Now, this is already shaping up to be a decent deck.
It wouldn't surprise me if Burns is having early success
with this build, but it needs a few things shaped. For
instance, if the Fat Moti is the kill, you shouldn't
need more than 3, and even then, I like the idea of
adding white so having the Fleetfoot Panthers will keep
thing beatdown going.
Anyway, Panther + Equilibrium = Capsize with Buyback for 4 that only targets creatures, so don't be afraid to let a few creatures through early. In fact, with two Panthers to protect each other, not even the mighty Blastoderm will be able to damage you. Panther was hyped before, now it may have found it's place to be abused.
Break the Snake!
4 Mystic Snake
The land is pretty tight, and the deck is consistant in finding the creatures it needs. You may find that your hand fills up with creatures from the gating. If it becomes too much of a problem, take out either the Knowledges or the Fact or Fiction, but the common tech is that these two cards make up the backbone of modern control. One substitute that may work is Jungle Barrier. Early on it protects you from blockers, late in the game it becomes Whispers of the Muse for GU3 with Equilibrium. The Tsabo's Web are very important - you will find situations where Rishadan Port is cutting off your one source of White mana, and you can't cast that critical Panther, or Dust Bowl is slowly eating away at your Blue mana while you drown in Counterspells - the Web stops that, and happens to be a cantrip.
Right now, I am putting Dismantling Blow in any Blue and White deck because it is absolutely amazing. I doubted it before, but after playing with it for awhile, I was in amazement. For instance, I was playing against a mono-Blue deck that used Treasure Trove to draw cards (similar to using Jamymede Tome) and I took it out, and drew two cards. That's 3 for 1 card advantage against a card that would have killed me outright. Disenchant would have been good, this was much much better.
Whenever a set is released, it takes awhile for the
cards to be separated into the categories "good
idea, bad card" and "good idea, thank you for
the card". Mystic Snake looks to be the kind of
card that turns the metagame on its head by introducing
a new idea that will hold it's own in the world of
Magic. Hey, if nothing else, it's better than Daring
If you've successfully scrolled down to this part of the article looking for a short quip about Magic, good work. I've enclosed a BONUS TRACK written by a friend of mine, Patrick Stanley. I've helped Patrick with his decks for maybe two years or so, and now he's looking to do some writing of his own. I sent him a decklist based around Slivers since he has been working with them lately. Take a look.
Until Karn and the new sentient Weatherlight elope to Tolaria, Make Mine Magic.
Hey Pojo staff,
This is another version of the classic Sliver deck;
however, there are some things that need to be changed.
In the Sliver deck, the two most important
The Hibernation sliver eats at your life and is very limited in its usefulness. Take away the ability to be targeted by using the Crystalline, and this sliver is almost rendered useless.
The Horned sliver is also semi-useful. The object of a sliver deck is to inflict much damage spread over many creatures, not to do trampling damage with little 2/2 slivers. In order to be able to have the trampling ability be any good, you must have fat, which slivers are not. Even if you get a muscle sliver and a coat of arms, the likely hood of getting the one horned sliver is slim.
The Clot and Muscle slivers are wonderful, the ability to pump up a little and regenerate have always been coveted abilities in the world of magic. Mnemonic slivers are good when bigger creatures block them and you can sac them for more cards. Haste can turn the tides of a game, which makes the Heart sliver an asset to your sliver team; attacking one turn earlier can make a world of a difference. Take out any creatures that are not slivers; Quirion Elves, Elvish Piper, and Utopia Tree, for a Heart Sliver, a Victual Sliver, an Acidic Sliver, and a Heartstone.
Victual give you life gaining by four, and Acidic can be used to burn creatures or your opponent, which can be profitable in response, or if your sliver is going to die. Heartstone does wonders in slivers, all the abilities that were two mana are reduced to one, making regeneration, card draw, burn, life gaining, and creature making twice as easy. Take out all of your land, and spells. This leaves you with 24 empty spaces. Fill that with 4 Thran Quarry, it gives you mana of any color as long as you have creatures, and with slivers, that is no problem. Put in one of each: invasion dual, tempest corresponding dual, and lair from Planeshift. This gives you much variety of what you can tap you land for. Lastly, put in 4 Archaeological Dig and another Heartstone. The Ashnod's Altar combo is definitely a good one. The Lotus Petals also enhance what you can do on first turn, depending on the land you play.
The new deck -
2 Clot Sliver
1 Shivan Reef
….which is all well and good, but if I didn't give my two cents, what kind of mechanic would I be?
4 Muscle Sliver
This just makes things more consistent. Later!