This little guy is one of the reprints that Modern deckbuilders have been waiting for. Rancor was going to break the format open. Bant Aggro was looking for that little push to put them in the top tier. Zoo was looking for a comeback. Infect was looking to finally be a deck. Today I’m going [...]
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Last week we looked at werewolves, one of the obvious design tropes included in Innistrad Block. My intention was to talk about the other tribal deck that seems to have enough synergy to play by itself, the Humans, but I was detoured by a rather friendly ghost. The Geist of Saint Traft. There has been [...]
While I played quite a bit of Scars of Mirrodin single set block, I will admit that like a lot of other players, I lost a lot of interest in Block Constructed as the metagame became more defined. Here we stand on the precipice of a new set Innistrad and all its Gothic Horror. The [...]
A look at three Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas decks and his impact on Scars of Mirrodin Block Constructed.
Having already written about the Matchup vs Black Infect, it’s time to look at the other matchups for U/B Proliferate Control. This is a deck that I think has a lot of potential, but may be too narrow in it’s focus to be a great deck. I expect these test results to show that and diversify the deck from it’s narrow base.
It’s time to analyze the matchups between Black/Green Infect and the six other Gauntlet decks. Whether or not Infect proves to be viable it seems to be the token that will keep the other decks honest. If a deck is too slow or fails to provide enough removal, Infect can run it over.
This play testing phase is the discovery phase. How do the decks work? Do the cards go well together? Is this as efficient as the decks can be? What gives the deck trouble? I prefer to not use mulligans during this phase. If a deck would have to mulligan, I record the need for a mulligan in my notes, shuffle and draw a full 7. Notice that the gauntlet decks do not have sideboards. At this point I want to evaluate the deck’s strengths and weaknesses against all of the other decks. Cards that are not optimal can be culled in the main deck leaving valuable sideboard slots for true challenges that need to be fixed by sideboarding.
Three final Scars of Mirrodin Block Constructed decks before we being testing.
The second set of decks for the Scars of Mirrodin Block Gauntlet plus a breakdown on Metalcraft
Lets look at two decks that will certainly be considered a part of Scars of Mirrodin Block Constructed.