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12.26.01  Hello, everyone. Before I get into my article, I’d like to encourage those few of you who haven’t seen  “The Fellowship of the Ring” to go and do so. Even if you haven’t read the books (shame on you) it’s a great movie. It’s definitely worth the cost of the ticket to see it (all 3 hours of it).

Anyway, since the Extended season has come, my choices of things to write about have been reduced. At the same time, I was selected to be a deck mechanic for this site. So, by combining the two, this article is a review and fix-up of an Extended deck. It just so happens that this particular deck is from someone we all know and love- Pojo! His deck is a Black Fat deck from Extended years gone by (somewhere around 1998).

Here is the original list:

3 Dark Ritual
3 Nevinyrral’s Disk
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Drain Life
4 Diabolic Edict

4 Sengir Vampire
2 Ishan’s Shade
4 Nekrataal
4 Bone Dancer
4 Carrionette

18 Swamp
4 Quicksand
4 Mishra’s Factory

The sideboard had a few different cards to suit different metagames that are now irrelevant. Pojo also told me that at that time he was getting help from Jamie “King of the Fatties” Wakefield. Jamie’s deck always had a ratio of 62 total cards to 26 lands, which is visible in this deck. The idea was to eliminate mana problems. 

Those of you who play a lot of Extended will quickly see that this deck will make a huge change due to bannings and restrictions. The Factories, Rituals, Vampires, and Hymns will have to go. These spots give us a lot to work with.

The best way that I can think of going with this deck is to turn it into a Hatred type of deck with smaller, faster, and cheaper creatures. But, we will also be able to keep some fat creatures in the deck. “How?” you say? With the simple addition of a great creature: Delraich. Being a 6/6 trample definitely classifies him as a fatty. But, what else should go into the deck? 

How about Dauthi Horror and Slayer? These guys are quite efficient-2-power, 2-casting cost, shadow creatures. These will help us get through the opponent’s defenses when the time comes to cast that Hatred. Priest of Gix is another good creature that will help you get other creatures out with its nifty ability. Carnophage, Sarcomancy, and Duress all provide us with great first turn drop and the Duress will also help to get rid of any counter-magic that might be there to stop your Hatred. 

The addition of Unmask will also help protect against counterspells. And, the lucky card that gets to replace Dark Ritual is Culling the Weak. Although this spell gets rid of one of your creatures, it gives you the mana you need to either cast a quick Hatred or get more creatures out. The addition of City of Traitors will also give you a faster Hatred.

Here’s the new deck:

4 Carnophage
4 Sarcomancy
4 Unmask
4 Dauthi Horror
4 Dauthi Slayer
4 Priest of Gix
4 Delraich

4 Culling the Weak
4 Hatred
4 Duress

2 City of Traitors
18 Swamp

With any luck, this deck should be able to do pretty well in a field of things like Secret Force, combo, or Stompy. The problems will come when control is popular or Sligh is being played. These decks can pretty much shut you down with their mass amounts of removal and/or permission. These match-ups are where the Duresses and Unmasks will shine. Just use them wisely and you’ll have at least a decent chance of pulling through.

Next article, I think I’ll take a peek at the new deck called Miracle Grow. Happy holidays!

Until next time, keep ‘em legal

Robby Hinton




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