Hello there! I’m a new face on MTGO Academy, and chances are that you haven’t heard of me before. Just to run down the basics of me:
- I top 8′d U.S. Nationals this year with Pyromancers Ascension.
- I am a diehard combo player but can tolerate other styles of decks.
- I’m an avid Magic Online player under the handle “Gard”.
- My favorite formats are Draft, Block Constructed, and Modern.
So that’s Lee McLeod in a nutshell. I don’t want to dwell too much on introductions since I’m here to talk about one of my favorite formats on Magic Online: Block Constructed. Block Constructed is a great way to start getting competitive online, since it is a much lower buy in than Standard, and about the same competition number (strangely enough; unlike IRL, Block on Magic Online is HUGE).
Though single-set Block Constructed isn’t the most diverse of formats, Innistrad thankfully mixes things up a little and is in fact one of those rare big sets that has a ton of options in it for Block Constructed. Just cruising the lists that have been winning tournaments on magiconline.com or MTGO Academy’s own DeckTech section, you see strategies like Splinterfright Dredge, BW Tokens with Intangible Virtue, GW Tokens with Parallel Lives, aggressive red decks with Bloodcrazed Neonate and Furor of the Bitten, and various control decks featuring Garruk Relentless, Liliana of the Veil, and Burning Vengeance. The format is very diverse!
My goal with these articles is to show you some of the decks I’ve been playing in Block Constructed by taking them through a Daily and putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak. This week I decided to do Boros, mainly for how affordable the deck is for its power level. It’s one of those good decks that you don’t need 4 Liliana and 4 Garruk to start crushing the daily events.
So, without further ado…
Innistrad Block Constructed Boros Decklist
NOTE ON ROUND 1: There is a bit of an error in this video around the 2 minute mark or so, but it resolves itself in less than a minute, so don’t worry if the video “freezes” for a time.
Innistrad Block Constructed Round 1
Innistrad Block Constructed Round 2
Innistrad Block Constructed DE Round 3
Innistrad Block Constructed DE Round 4
So that was a bit disappointing of a finish, not at all how I wanted to kick off an article series. Many of my failures come from over-thinking the applications of Devils Play when I should just point it at the face and say “Take X.” The sideboarding “Whoops-you-don’t-really-have-three-minutes” thing was frustrating as well, but not something directly under my control (since previous times when my computer has been slow in loading sideboards, it always shows the correct time).
But still. It was good times and hopefully I provided some good strategic advice and a good introduction to Block Constructed. If you notice any errors or want to talk about Block Constructed, please post in the comments and I’ll address all of the concerns. If you want to contact me otherwise, you can reach me at these places:
Gard on MTGO
@Gardevi on Twitter
Thank you for reading!