I’m reversing the schedule this week because this article is done and the other one isn’t. Deal widdit.
Is your deck having a hard time drawing cards? For the most part, card drawing is limited to blue and black, with a little bit sprinkled here and there in other colors. White in particular has a very difficult time drawing cards, and Red tends to have to discard as many cards as they draw (though that’s not necessarily a bad thing). Well, there is help out there, but it can be hard to come by. There aren’t a lot of card advantage cards with brown (or grey) borders, but here is a list of all of them I can find with my pearls of wisdom scattered throughout. Enjoy!
This Friday’s CotW is a bonus feature covering ALL the sweeper removal in Magic! Well, most of it, anyway. It’s a pretty broad category, and some cards can only be considered a sweeper if you stretch the definition somewhat. The definition I intend to use for this article is that a sweeper is a card that removes (destroys, exiles, bounces, etc.) all permanents of a certain type, even if there is a condition attached, and that does so by not targetting them or dealing damage. The condition is often based on converted mana cost (e.g. Pernicious Deed). As such, Mutilate is a sweeper, but Violent Ultimatum is not. The definition is pretty fuzzy, as Overwhelming Forces can either be a sweeper or not by these criteria, but you get the idea. It’s mostly a “feel” thing.
I’m going to go in categories based on what card type the sweeper removes. The goal is to give everybody an idea of all the options they have in certain colors to get rid of all kinds of permanents at the same time, which is obviously a great thing to do. Using one card to get rid of a whole bunch is just Good Magic. I’m also going to leave out Planeswalker ultimates, because, well, they never happen.
Monday’s column will be a strategy article on just how many of these type of cards to include, to tie in with this one. With that said, here we go!
This week’s Deck Salad Surgery expands on a little idea I had while reviewing the Magic 2013 set: make a deck designed to exploit Worldfire. The idea consisted of lots of low-cost, hasted dudes so your deck would play better than everyone else’s after a Worldfire. All you need is a Raging Goblin and you’ll probably win. And hey, if you don’t, you still blew up the entire world and there was a crazy finish, right?
Welcome to the second edition of Deck Salad Surgery! I had the idea for this particular column while driving over to a friend’s place to sling some cardboard. The basic premise is this: what kind of deck would you make if there weren’t any banned cards (except the ante cards, of course)?
There’s obviously a few ways to go with it, but I chose to go top-down. What cards would I most like to play if they weren’t banned? Then, how do I abuse those cards? (Of course, many of the cards on this list don’t require much work to abuse.) Two sprang to mind immediately, but I won’t give away which ones just yet. Instead, let’s look at the banned list and break it down by colour.
Alright friends, Romans, countrymen! (And if you don’t belong to one of those categories, GTFO.) It’s time for the first instalment of my Deck Salad Surgery* column! And I even have a user-submitted deck for the feature. Things are just coming together like jello in the fridge here, people.
(* This is an ELP reference. I’d hate for you to miss it.)
Today’s column features a Jenara, Asura of War deck chock-full of Bant-colored good stuff.