The Biggest Ass in Texas is a resident of Austin, where he works for a Customer Service Corporation.
He has qualified for the Pro Tour four times but has not made day two yet. He has played competitively since Stronghold and has many top 8's under his belt.
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From The Ass
with Fletcher Peatross
Ramp up to States... the Beginning
I've always loved destroying things. That's my way in
Magic. I have performed well with combo, but in Limited
I'm the '17 removal, 6 creatures' drafter. As far as I'm
concerned, removal always gets picked first. And always,
the most suited style to that is B/R. Splash in White in
Invasion, and we were given some of the greatest removal
cards ever created, Void, Terminate, Vindicate. We also
have hand destruction in Void, Gerrard's Verdict, and
Blazing Specter. Splash a little graveyard recursion
with Pyre Zombie and Yawgmoth's Agenda, and you
basically have a very good deck.
Add in 7th and Odyssey, and we're pushed over the top.
Duress is by far the most efficient discard spell
available, and Persecute is a game winner. Admittedly,
Dark Ritual is a loss but that just makes you play more
of a curve. The final piece of the puzzle is Haunting
Echoes. So much buzz about this card, so little decks
can make it work. It screams for Traumatize doesn't it?
Combolicious I know. I think it might even be an ok deck
in an environment that has access to faster mana and
tutoring power. I'm sure that people will try though.
So why is Haunting Echoes the key to making this deck
work? Because its Lobotomy on crack. One of the things
that B/R has a problem with is moving from early game
into mid game. It peters out because it lacks a decent
card drawing mechanism. Phyrexian Arena might be the
answer, but against aggressive decks, it's mostly a
wasted draw. What Haunting Echoes does is replace the
need to out draw your opponent. Let me give you an
Turn 2 kill something, turn 3 kill something, turn 4
kill something, turn 5 kill some more things. Turn 6
removal all of those things you killed from the game,
and then rape their deck.
And watch their faces as they draw land, after land,
Angry Gerrard ver 1.0
4x Gerrard's Verdict
3x Urza's Rage
2x Pyre Zombie
4x Blazing Specter
3x Haunting Echoes
1x Yawgmoth's Agenda
4x Urborg Volcano
4x Sulfurous Springs
2x Shadowblood Ridge
2x Dromar's Cavern
4x Caves of Koilos
4x Battlefield Forge
2x Orim's Thunder
3x Price of Glory
3x Flametongue Kavu
The land mix might be a bit off, and it could be short
on mana as well. It does want to get to five mana, but
can survive on three. In the little bit of playtesting
I've done, I've learned that Haunting Echoes is nuts.
It's not a card that you want to draw in your opening
hand but is amazing later in the game.
On the surface, I am not sure of what deck would beat
this over fifty percent. That's one thing I like to look
at in deciding deck types. What would spank this every
time? Maybe land destruction? Maybe WW if it gets out
the Pro-Red/Black guy. Maybe lots of decks stand a
Add this to your playtesting gauntlet and see how it
does. Email me with your results, changes, what you
think should have made the cut, what I'm missing. Also,
send in your decklists! Normally we don't just post
decklists, but up until states, I'm going to post almost
every decklist we receive that is T2 legal. You'll see a
new link up soon, entitled "The Road to
States". We're also going to be asking all of our
featured writers to focus on States. They will of course
have different perspectives so you can gain as much
knowledge as possible!
Until next time,
The Biggest Ass in Texas
Pojo Magic Editor