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Kenny_C.002
10-07-2009, 01:56 AM
I've been running this on mtgo lately as a budget deck (costed about 4 tickets online, IRL it would cost about 10 bucks at most, with only 3 uncommons and 3 dollar rares). This is the rough outline for this standard legal deck post rotation (and unlikely to change...):

Creatures
4 Sanctum Gargoyle
2 ethersworn shieldmage
3 esperzoa (uncommon)
2 Parasitic strix
3 tidehollow strix
2 Faerie Mechanist
3 Glassdust Hulk

Spells
3 scourglass (rare)
4 executioner's capsule
3 conjurer's capsule
1 dispeller's capsule
2 Agony Warp
2 Essence scatter
2 cancel

Lands
3 esper panorama
3 terramorphic expanse
8 island
5 plains
5 swamp

Sideboard:
2 Agony warp
4 Duress
1 conjurer's capsule
4 doom blade
1 essence scatter
2 negate
1 tidehollow strix

This is a pretty decent starter deck into how control works, I think, so I'll just leave it at that. Have fun pwning newbies with this. :3

Modifications: Shieldmages are possible cards to add, but they tend to be redundant late game. Glassdust hulks can win you games alone, but I tend not to rely on him much because he's got a hefty mana cost for a deck that wants to play mostly EOT spells. it's not as good as poor man's faeries in terms of aggressiveness combined with control, though.

Jet
10-07-2009, 11:22 AM
I've been running this on mtgo lately as a budget deck (costed about 4 tickets online, IRL it would cost about 10 bucks at most, with only 3 uncommons and 3 dollar rares). This is the rough outline for this standard legal deck post rotation (and unlikely to change...):

Creatures
4 Sanctum Gargoyle
2 ethersworn shieldmage
3 esperzoa (uncommon)
2 Parasitic strix
3 tidehollow strix
2 Faerie Mechanist
3 Glassdust Hulk

Spells
3 scourglass (rare)
4 executioner's capsule
3 conjurer's capsule
1 dispeller's capsule
2 Agony Warp
2 Essence scatter
2 cancel

Lands
3 esper panorama
3 terramorphic expanse
8 island
5 plains
5 swamp

Sideboard:
2 Agony warp
4 Duress
1 conjurer's capsule
4 doom blade
1 essence scatter
2 negate
1 tidehollow strix

This is a pretty decent starter deck into how control works, I think, so I'll just leave it at that. Have fun pwning newbies with this. :3

Modifications: Shieldmages are possible cards to add, but they tend to be redundant late game. Glassdust hulks can win you games alone, but I tend not to rely on him much because he's got a hefty mana cost for a deck that wants to play mostly EOT spells. it's not as good as poor man's faeries in terms of aggressiveness combined with control, though.


are the cancels really necessary? lol

Kenny_C.002
10-07-2009, 11:42 AM
Yes. The deck has very few ways of dealing with problematic noncreature spells, and some creature spells.

For example, I controlled a ramp deck pretty well until I missed a land drop, causing me to fall behind enough so that Nico Bolas shows up. No counter = no solution = I'm dead.

Jet
10-08-2009, 02:01 AM
oh lawd Nicol Bolas... seriously, people actually play him? guess Alara tempo wasn't fast XD

Kenny_C.002
10-08-2009, 02:22 AM
Of course it's not going to beat something with fast tempo strategies, but I haven't encountered one that strong yet, mainly because this is built with casual in mind, not tournament-winning decks in mind.

The Bolas was played on turn 5, so I wouldn't say it was all that slow either.

Alara in general is a slow and fast block. It's slow if one doesn't get the right mana, but blowouts are insanely fast.

Jet
10-09-2009, 05:20 PM
Of course it's not going to beat something with fast tempo strategies, but I haven't encountered one that strong yet, mainly because this is built with casual in mind, not tournament-winning decks in mind.

The Bolas was played on turn 5, so I wouldn't say it was all that slow either.

Alara in general is a slow and fast block. It's slow if one doesn't get the right mana, but blowouts are insanely fast.
5th turn Bolas? how? o_O; that's T2?

I want to try T2 in workstation... hmm

Kenny_C.002
10-09-2009, 08:08 PM
Acceleration to 8 isn't that difficult when you have T1 birds, T2 llanowar + rampant growth, T3 w/e, T4 w/e, T5 tap out for Bolas.

Zendikar looks to be a fun set to play around with. :3