Sunday, September 21, 2008

Magic: Revamping for the New Standard

I've been toying around with the following deck list for quite some time, but I haven't even had the time to take it to a local Friday Night Magic tournament. Unfortunately, I have been putting off the tournament scene for so long now that standard will be rotating soon and now I need to rethink the whole idea. Fortunately, the new set (Shards of Alara) will be showing some love for multicolored decks like this one... so perhaps I won't have to make huge sweeping changes.

The basic idea is to take the already respectable treefolk archetype and switch in Pariah for Oblivion Ring. Pariah still functions as pseudo-removal, but combined with a smattering of indestructible creatures can cause havoc for the unprepared opponent.

The deck as of now looks like this:

Lands (24)
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Murmuring Bosk
4 Treetop Village
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
6 Swamp
4 Forest
1 Plains

Creatures (18)
4 Treefolk Harbinger
4 Wall of Roots
4 Kitchen Finks
3 Doran, the Siege Tower
3 Sapling of Colfenor

Other (18)
4 Manamorphose
4 Nameless Inversion
4 Pariah
3 Shield of the Oversoul
3 Damnation

Sideboard (15)
4 Murderous Redcap
4 Cloudthresher
4 Faerie Macabre
3 Krosan Grip

As long as aggressive creature-based strategies remain dominant in standard, the deck should perform reasonably well. I'll wait until the Shards of Alara spoiler is complete before I begin making changes, but a few are obvious. I'm going to need Wrath of God to replace Damnation and some source of mana acceleration to replace Wall of Roots. Only time and tourney results will tell whether I abandon the Pariah + indestructibles combo...
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