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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Big Deck Hunting: Eventide

Good day folks. Today we are going to take a crack at Eventide from the Big Deck perspective. Before we get started I wanted to touch on my recent Tooth and Nail article. I find that I like this concept so much, and get such a great effect from it that I decided to take it to the next level. Enter Defense of the Heart. Next week I promise to go into this in more detail.

Now onto the Eventide. I will leave the individual card choices to you since they will very according to your decks. Instead I will focus on the major concepts of the set. Off the top the rare dual lands are a good addition to any 5 color concept, but are weak color fixes in the broader terms of the vintage card pool. Speaking of weak, Chroma will only offer answers to very focused mono colored Highlander deck. Now Retrace has real potential for the Big Deck player, and warrants a careful look at each card.

I have to say that when I sat down to research this article, I was really surprised to find just how few retrace cards actually made it into print, twelve to be exact. A few of these have no place in a big deck but many show promise.

Mostrocity, Oona's Grace, at the common slots will make a late game land an playable option. Savage Consumption, and Syphon Life and both very playable in the uncommon slots. Rare is where things really get interesting. Spitting Image, Waves of Aggression, and Worm Harvest all have "abuse me" written in the fine print.

The addition of Crucible of Worlds makes this concept hum like a fine tuned machine. I am looking forward to putting all 7 of these cards into my deck, and I think they all warrant you consideration as well.

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