(A 100 Card Singleton Experience)
After a partially disappointing maiden voyage, I’m back for another go. My mission this month: to be the guy applying beatings instead of receiving them. Hopefully that means I won’t have to start this month’s summary with “Thank you ma’am, may I have another!”
This Month’s Outlook Looks… New!
This month I have a set schedule for content (according to the editor, this is important to placate the Ox), which is as follows:
- Sunday, December 6, 2009- Month Intro Article (Which is today’s article!)
- Friday, December 11, 2009- Video One
- Friday, December 18, 2009- Video Two
- Friday, December 25, 2009- Video Three
- Sunday, December 27, 2009- Month Summary Article (Phew- all done.)
Well, that was quick and painless (I promise). On to the meat!
Month Two — UWB Combo/Control, Elves!, & Rec-Zur
DECK ONE: 100c Blue-White-Black Combo Control
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This month’s numero uno deck list is a personal favorite of mine. I’ve been twiddling with it for a while (as seen by this early abomination: WotC Deck of the Day), but Control aficionados Samwise_GeeGee, SICKSICKSICKSICKSICKSICKSICK and prolepsis9 also have fine (and more contemporary) lists that have posted results. Check them out: 1st, 7th and 8th Place, October 24, 2009.
I have mused about Blue-White in the past (see an ancient DeckTech for the Deck of the Day list here), but now the deck is much more focused. Since I have spent many minutes rambling about the deck’s minutia, I’m gonna forego talking about many of the individual card choices and hit only the biggest topics.
- Exodus additions- at a cursory glance, I only found Forbid desirable. This deck plays a lot of narrow cards for the early game (see the next section for some examples), and Forbid finds a way to put the chaff to good use when it’s not needed.
- The ability to douse a fire- this is a common theme of late; I hate losing to Red. Perhaps I am a bit polarized and/or my undergarments are uncomfortably bunched, but I had the main deck set up to address creatures and burn. Most of these cards should be obvious (with their life gaining or creature killing capabilities), but even Divert can be a rude surprise for a Red opponent aiming something malicious at you.
- Calling all combo pieces- I am running both Painters Servant/Grindstone and Mana Severance/ Goblin Charbelcher as primary wincons. In addition, nine (!!!) tutors aid the delinquency. Note that I almost always prefer BelcherSev if I have the option, since it is harder to disrupt (Severance and then Belcher) and doesn’t lose to Gaea’s Blessing.
- Control versus Combo- The deck is primarily a Control deck, but in a pinch you can go balls to the wall Combo. If a quick Combo is your only out (or the risk is greater from trying to play a Control game), drop the axe and c-c-c-combo! (And don’t forget that a quick Angel can seal the deal just as well, if the situation presents itself.) Though, mostly you just say, “NO!” or chuckle and kill things until you can safely Belch all over your oppo’s (avatar’s) face.
Just thinking about how obnoxious Blue-White can be makes me start to smile; this is a deck for the truly sadistic. (Wait, did I just call myself sadistic?) I suggest any Island lovers to try this strategy. (And if you don’t love Islands, perhaps the next deck will tickle your fancy!)