This past Saturday, 57 players from all over the Maritime provinces came together to do battle in the 2nd Maritime Magic Tour (aka. “MMT”). Lots of cash money was up for grabs, and tension was running high as everyone looked to do battle for the trophy. The format? Legacy, the format of kings and rich men, and my favorite all-time format.
It was time to crushinate some noobs.
This past weekend was PAX (the Penny Arcade Expo), where WotC chose the venue to once again reveal some MtG information on upcoming sets. The fall block was finally given a name for each set (Theros is the first set, Born of the Gods is the second set, and Journey into Nyx is the third set), but most importantly, we got some information on Dragon’s Maze, the upcoming conclusion to the second Ravnica block.
What did we learn? I’m glad you asked!
For today’s Random Friday EDH article, we have a thought exercise. I have long suspected that RTR block’s final set, Dragon’s Maze is going to include a cycle of 4-color legendary creatures (very likely, these will be Nephilim legends, as a tribute to the Nephilim from the original Ravnica block). One of Magic’s lead designers, Mark Rosewater, has expressed regret that the original cycle of Nephilim were not legendary (hence preventing EDH players from building around them, since that would give us a cycle of four-color generals). Thus, I figure they will rectify this with Dragon’s Maze, and finally give us a cycle of four-color generals.
Where am I going with this? you might ask. Simply put, today’s thought exercise is this: How in the world do we build a semi-budget 4-color manabase for these possible Nephilim legends? That is what we will brainstorm today.
When last we left our hero, he’d just lost one of his two Contract from Belows, and was on the warpath to get revenge. A town had been taken over right beside where he had last rested, so that was his first target.
How would he fare today, on the hunt for replacement Contracts and looking to kill some more monsters?
This past Saturday, Halifax played host to the Manadeprived Super Series, one of a series of large-scale Standard tournaments hosted across Canada with large cash prizes. As a long-time Standard veteran, clearly I had to attend, especially with cash prizes for top 8.
So, how did I do? Well, I’m glad you asked, since that’s the story I’ll be telling today…
A short while back, I’d written about one of my plans for the new year: to cull through my decks, and ruthlessly cut any that were not performing as I wanted. I would rebuild those decks as something better and more fun. The first such victim of this cull was my Necra deck, Ghave, Guru of Spores, which I looked at transforming into one of two decks: either Karador, Ghost Chieftain, or Doran, the Siege Tower. You can see my thought process here. My second such cut was to rebuild my Boros deck; it was changed from Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer to Brion Stoutarm, which you can see here. Finally, we had rebuilt our Dimir deck from Vela the Night-Clad to Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, which you can see here.
Now, I was looking to change up another of my decks: my Orzhov deck, Teysa, Orzhov Scion. What am I looking to change it to? I’m glad you asked…
This week, I was approached by a friend to help her build a new EDH deck. The challenge? First, the deck had to be on a budget. Second, the deck had to be a themed deck, built around a very cool old-school legend: Merieke Ri Berit. Was I up to this challenge?
You’d better believe it!