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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Grim Tidings #21 - Second Reminder Redux

Well, a summer has passed, and the Indianapolis Colts are gearing up for another run to NFL glory. Sadly, Grim Tidings has been absent from this webpage since the Superbowl (Too much crying in my beer, I suppose.) Regardless, as Aegis continues to document the latest updates to his DoMT, I thought it might be nice to reshare my “other” H5C deck on the blog.

I previously discussed way back in Grim Tiding #16, that I reassembled my Second Reminder H5C deck when Zenikar debuted. As it turned out, I only ended up playing it for just a few months. My focus drifted away, and I ended up needing too many cards for other decks. I learned to abuse Kiki Jiki in far too many ways, much to the chagrin of my poor EDH opponents. Second Reminder was ultimately dissembled in this wake and transformed into 4-5 other unique 300-card decks, including my completely Standard legal 5C deck I played over this past summer.

Enter August 2010: M11 has debuted, with a big influx of great cards into the Magic universe. I was inspired to reconstruct the second greatest list of cards ever assembled, and wreak havoc once again with Second Reminder. Its changed substantially enough now to just repost the whole thing, since its too hard to say why this or that specifically changed. Here is my updated list for cards #301 through 600.

Second Reminder, 2010

27 WHITE
1 Avenger en-Dal
1 Battlegrace Angel
1 Eight-and-a-Half-Tails
1 Emeria Angel
1 Lieutenant Kirtar
1 Mageta the Lion
1 Mangara of Corondor
1 Ranger of Eos
1 Reya Dawnbringer
1 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Student of Warfare
1 Sun Titan
1 Wall of Omens
1 War Priest of Thune
1 Ajani Goldmane
1 Condemn
1 Decree of Justice
1 Dismantling Blow
1 Elspeth, Knight Errant
1 Enlightented Tutor
1 Gideon Jura
1 Kirtar's Wrath
1 Luminarch Ascension
1 Martial Coup
1 Resounding Silence
1 Tithe
1 Winds of Rath

35 BLUE
1 Bringer of the Blue Dawn
1 Frost Titan
1 Jushi Apprentice
1 Keiga the Tide Star
1 Kira, Great Glass Spinner
1 Lighthouse Chronologist
1 Merfolk Looter
1 Sakashima the Imposter
1 Sower of Temptation
1 Sphinx Ambassador
1 Sphinx of the Magosi
1 Thought Courier
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Time Elemental
1 Vesuvan Doppleganger
1 Vesuvan Shapeshifter
1 Vodalian Illusionist
1 Willbender

1 Ancestral Visions
1 Bribery
1 Capsize
1 Compulsion
1 Concentrate
1 Cryptic Command
1 Deep Analysis
1 Diminishing Returns
1 Jace Berelan
1 Ponder
1 Recurring Insight
1 Redirect
1 Reins of Power
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Time Spiral
1 Treachery
1 Windfall

30 BLACK
1 Bane of the Living
1 Cemetery Reaper
1 Coffin Queen
1 Fleshbag Maurader
1 Fleshwrither
1 Guiltfeeder
1 Guul Draz Assassin
1 Reassembling Skeleton
1 Royal Assassin
1 Visara the Dreadful
1 Withered Wretch

1 Necrotic Sliver
1 Shadowmage Infiltrator

4 Grim Reminder
1 Barter in Blood
1 Bloodchief Ascension
1 Consume the Meek
1 Consuming Vapors
1 Cruel Tutor
1 Dimir Machinations
1 Seal of Doom
1 Slaughter
1 Sorin Markhov

1 Cruel Ultimatum
1 Esper Charm
1 Mask of Riddles
1 Perplex

29 RED
1 Dwarven Miner
1 Ember Hauler
1 Goblin Ruinmaster
1 Gorilla Shaman
1 Lord of Shatterskull Pass
1 Manic Vandal
1 Seige Gang Commander

1 Bloodbraid Elf
1 Broodmate Dragon
1 Numot the Davastaor
1 Madrush Cyclops

1 Browbeat
1 Chain Reaction
1 Chandra Nalaar
1 Comet Storm
1 Gamble
1 Incinerate
1 Punishing Fire
1 Starstorm
1 Wheel of Fate

1 Bituminous Blast
1 Decimate
1 Fires of Yavimaya
1 Maelstrom Nexus
1 Naya Charm
1 Pure/Simple
1 Sarkan Vol
1 Slave of Bolas
1 Trace of Abundance

31 GREEN
1 Fauna Shaman
1 Forgotten Ancient
1 Joraga Treespeaker
1 Lhurgoyf
1 Lotus Cobra
1 Mitotic Slime
1 Obstinate Baloth
1 Oracle of Mul Daya
1 Quirion Dryad
1 Rampaging Baloths
1 Sylvan Ranger
1 Sylvok Explorer
1 Troll Ascetic
1 Utopia Tree
1 Vengevine
1 Werebear
1 Woodfall Primus

1 All Sun's Dawn
1 Defense of the Heart
1 Garruk Wildspeaker
1 Hibernation's End
1 Hurricane
1 Krosan Grip
1 Lurking Predators
1 Momentous Fall
1 Pattern of Rebirth
1 Primal Command
1 Recollect
1 Snake Umbra
1 Tooth and Nail
1 Wild Pair

12 Other MULTICOLOR
1 Angus Mackenzie
1 Captain Sisay
1 Cold Eyed Selkie
1 Jenara, Asura of War
1 Overbeing of Myth
1 Rafiq of the Many
1 Rhox War Monk
1 Rubinia Soulsinger
1 Trygon Predator

1 Supply/Demand
1 Treva's Charm
1 Wargate

26 ARTIFACT/COLORLESS
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Masticore

1 Armillary Sphere
1 Eveflowing Chalice
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Mana Vault
1 Paradise Mantle
1 Spectral Searchlight

1 All is Dust
1 Brittle Effigy
1 Citanul Flute
1 Crystal Ball
1 Expedition Map
1 Forcefield
1 Legacy Weapon
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
1 Relic of Progentitus
1 Rings of Brighthearth

1 Basilisk Collar
1 Gorgon Flail
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Quietus Spike
1 Scythe of the Wretched
1 Sword of Kaldra
1 Sword of Vengenace
1 Whispersilk Cloak

110 LAND
10 Ravnica Shock Lands
5 Worldwake Man-lands
5 M-11 Dual Lands
5 Odyssey Dual Lands
5 Planeshift Lairs
5 Mirage Fetchlands

1 Ancient Ziggaraut
1 Crystal Quarry
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Faerie Conclave
1 Forbidden Orchard
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Murmuring Bosk
1 Shimmering Grotto
1 Tendo Ice Bridge
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Tolaria West
1 Treetop Village

1 Dustbowl
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Strip Mine
1 Tectonic Edge
1 Wasteland

1 Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
1 Mystifying Maze
1 Petrified Field
1 Prahv, Spires of Order
1 Quicksand
1 Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion

13 Forest
13 Island
10 Plains
8 Swamp
8 Mountain

Admittedly, I’m still cheating slightly. I’m reusing 25 lands from the First Reminder list, including the Ravnica Shocklands, the M11 duals, and Worldwake Man-lands. I’m also reusing the 5 Strip Mine lands, because there is no good substitute for any of them (I feel they are absolutely critical!) Hopefully when Scars of Mirrodin debuts, there will be a new cycle of dual-lands to substitute this repetition, but until then…

Quick stats of 2nd Reminder:
300 Cards
84 Creatures
106 Spells
110 Lands

It's fairly heavy on Blue/Green, but no color is truly minimized. It somewhat reflects my Intet EDH deck, with many ways to cheat into play big creatures without paying their casting costs. I am featuring the “Doppleganger” creatures as well. Gone from the previous version of Second Reminder is the concentrated “stealing” subtheme, which seems a little unimaginative for a venerable Mr. Suitcase, like myself.

The last two weeks have proven very successful so far. Im pleased with the stats of my tuning, and I’ve won a few games so far with it. Stay tuned, since this post is getting a little long, and I will share more secrets as the deck evolves.

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