Friday, May 21, 2010

Warp World: Reentering Standard on a Budget.

I've been out of Standard now for a long time, too long honestly. People can give a lot of reasons for not liking Standard: It's boring, It's too expensive, It rotates to fast, but the fact remains that the majority of sanctioned Magic is Standard. If you want to play in a sanctioned event with any regularity, you have to play Standard. On the other side of the coin, I've been in love with Legacy for the last 9 months or so. While nothing has changed in my love for the eternal format, I've found that I allowed myself to fall into a trap. While I have done very well focusing my limited budget into assembling an ever growing Legacy arsenal, I've nearly exhausted my resources, and don't have the funds to enter Legacy events. Doh!

So it seems to me at least, that the best thing I can do to try and leverage my remaining resources, is to hit some Standard events. Now comes the real problem. You see in my mind Standard really is boring, expensive, and rotates too fast. in fact Standard for the past 2 years has been defined by 3 or less tier1 decks. Currently, these decks can range not only hundreds of dollars, but the deck to beat is about $700. Clearly a tier1 deck is out of the question, since it defeats the budget driven purpose of getting back into Standard. So whats a guy to do? How do you fight decks powering out planeswalkers and not break the bank? Warp World!

That's right Super Friends, I just resolved Warp World. Scoop up all those planeswalkers, shuffle them in, and ...oh yeah, they can't come into play as Warp World resolves. Any of them you flip will just go to the bottom of the library. Basicly you want to build the deck full of permanents, ideally that "do stuff" when tehy come into play, or create card advantage by creating tokens. Not only are most of the cards I need cheap, but I should already have enough stuff to fill out the deck. So lets see what I can come up with.

Creatures (28)
Bogardan Hellkite x4 (187's direct damage)
Grazing Gladehart x2 (landfall's life gain)
Nest Invader x4 (makes a token which ramps)
Broodmate Dragon (brings a friend, and evasive)
Avenger of Zendikar x2 (brings a friend, landfall pumps plants, and synergy w/ Khalni Garden)
Rampaging Baloths x4 (landfalls to make creatures)

Bloodbraid Elf x4 (it's good)

Ob Nixilis, the Fallen (landfall win condition)
Siege-Gang Commander x2 (187's brings friends)
Elvish Visionary x4 (187's card draw)

Spells (8)
Warp World x4 (yeah!)

Trace of Adundance x4 (mana ramp, fixing)

Land (24)
Scalding Tarn x2
Khlni Garden x4
Rootbound Crag x3
Mountain x3
Raging Ravine x2
Forest x4
Misty Rainforest x2
Arid Mesa
Marsh Flats
Verdant Catacombs

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Life in the Zoo: Legacy Pt.13 Getting Goyfs

Lucky number 13 in the series! It was brought to my attention that I have not been writing much recently. This is mostly due to personal distractions, and there really hasn't been much going on in the front of the house. So I'll take a minute to catch you all up on whats been going on behind the scenes. I've been working a massive trade through CFB, netting a pair of Goyfs, a FoW, a Wasteland, a LED, and a few odds and ends. I was also able to pick up a 3rd Goyf trading in a dual land. I hated to trade away the land, but it was a 20% and a card I needed. I have also been able to pick up several pieces of foil for the deck, including a Pridemage, a full set of foil textless Lightning Bolts, and a 2nd Nacatl. If things go as planned, I'll be able to foil one of my Arid Mesas next week.

I've also made a minor tweak to my list. I have found that Invigorate only reaches max utility when I have a Kavu on the board, other times it's only a mediocre combat trick. I decided to switch one copy for a Swords to Plowshares. It not only increases my utility, while lowering my curve, but I think my Lifer package has become such a well known local threat that many people will continue to play around the Invigorate, bespite the lower odds.

Kavu Predator x4
Kird Ape x4
Tarmogoyf x3
Qasali Pridemage x4
Wild Nacatl x4
Grim Lavamancer x4

Invigorate x2
Lightning Bolt x4
Sylvan Library x2
Swords to Plowshares x4
Punishing Fire x3
Umezawa's Jitte x2

Arid Mesa x4
Grove of the Burnwillows x4
Plateau x3
Taiga x2
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills x2
Forest, Mountain, Plains 1 each.

I know the fourth Goyf would be better, but I am going to hold of on getting it for now. It is really expensive, and I am way ahead of my expectations at this point. Besides, I'm fully expecting it to be printed in some sort of premium version next year, and I will really want one of those. A fourth Grim Lavamancer will just have to do for now. This puts my Zoo list into it's final stages of completion. I will still be on the look out for a crazy good deal on a Goyf, and any new technology, but for now it's pretty much done. Wow, that feels really good to say. I really didn't expect to get here at all, much less this fast. The next step will be to begin my next Legacy deck.