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John Shultis on Magic
Precon Recon
Easter Spectrum

     Welcome to another installment of Precon Recon here at Pojo.com. In honor of the Easter themed week I will be taking a look at an all five color (WUBRG) deck. The deck I will be looking at is Spectrum from Invasion, to keep in line with current events (Phyrexia). For the original deck list, check here: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/productarticle.aspx?x=mtg_tcg_invasion_themedeck#deck4
      The first difference you will notice about this deck is the importance of rares. While normally I would stray from putting rares in these sort of deck rebuilds, it is significantly important for this deck to run properly. While some of the rares are easy to get, others are not. Remember, these decks are my designs, and reflect how they run smoothly, and often are for fun. And with this particular deck, the gold merely adds to the fun of Easter week.

     Now with that being said, let’s move onto the deck! As always, let’s begin with some removals. This deck is mainly going to be all about the different kinds of lands (domain), and less about certain other things. This ideal helps keep the deck focused, and moving in an effective direction. I will also say that this deck is more over being completely rebuilt instead of just edited. Again, it’s for fun this week. So instead of telling you what is being pulled and why, I will just list what needs to be removed, and anything listed does not fit the “Domain” theme.

 Here we go, pull:
-Halam Djinn
-Zanam Djinn
-Thornscape Apprentice
-Serpentine Kavu
-Kavu Climber
-Sabertooth Nishoba
-Yavimaya Barbarian
     That is a total of 21 cards out! So let’s get to the additions. The perhaps most important card for this rebuild is Prismatic Prismatic OmenOmen out of Shadowmoor. Prismatic Omen turns all of your lands into each basic land type, key to setting off Domain. Therefore there is no doubt that four copies need to go into the deck. Then we want as much that relies on Domain as possible. Two more Tribal Flames is necessary for either a final blow or just for creature control. Another key card to the rebuild is Last Stand. The abilities when run with Prismatic Omen are crazy. Four copies are suggested. Add in Draco and Stratadon means that you get some nasty creatures for relatively cheap. I would put in at least two copies of each. Wandering Stream can gain you a lot of life when running this deck, and two should be added. Collective Restraint could stop your opponent from sending creatures your way, another add two. For the remaining three cards, I would use those spaces for Tutors. One Demonic Tutor (since it’s restricted) and two Diabolic Tutors should be just fine. The tutors make sure that you can pull what you need when you need it. And since the deck is green heavy, the mana can get out elves and Harrow to let you get black mana for the Tutors, which can either pull a Prismatic Omen, or if you have the Prismatic Omen, then a Last Stand to end the game. The Voracious Cobra ensure your opponent may think twice about attacking with it’s First Strike and Deathtouch.

    This deck really is a lot of fun to play, and can be nightmarish for your opponents. The most important thing is to have fun while playing it.

    Next time I take a look at something closer to the now, but a blast from the past. So until then, keep safe, and keep gaming!


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