Deckbuilder's Challenge XX: Out with the Old Dec 22, 2020 23:41:26 GMT
Post by Daij_Djan on Dec 22, 2020 23:41:26 GMT
Welcome to the Deckbuilders' Challenge originally created by sdfkjgh! To participate in this Contest you'll have to design a deck along the contest guidelines and throw it into the arena with other competitors' entries! At the end of every two weeks, a winner will be determined by forum poll, and the winner decides the challenge for the next fortnight's Contest!
Here we go, competitors: our twentieth challenge!
The winner of the “Premodern Times poll“ was ZephyrPhantom with...
It's decks like these that make me glad the kitchen-table Magic environment is still a thing; when I first rolled Plant Elemental, I was honestly thinking "How the heck is this going to work?" A good portion of my time spent trying to build this deck involved some kind of Threshold engine which inevitably made me throw my hands up in frustration because Plant Elemental was both slow and not helpful for getting more expensive Threshold cards onto the board.
Turns out having a chance to try out an idea I viewed as really dumb during a very chill game was exactly what I needed to hit on something that felt fun to play. Basically, we flip the idea of Ramp on its head by playing a bunch of enchantments that let you play extra lands. We're intentionally running extra Forests because we want to start with a decent number in our hand +1 of the above enchantments to start racing them out ahead of time - if we do it fast enough, we can slam down a Growth Elemental on turn 1, making it almost a super janky Tarmogoyf of sorts!
The rest of the cards follow through on a similar logic - whether we're bouncing out own lands with Bull Elephant or flinging trees with Heartwood Giant, the deck simply wants to get ahead of the curve and beat face like any true MonoG Stompy. It does so in a rather bizarre way that might not seem obvious until you play the deck, but once you do I think it's a great twist on the type of deck I'd want to break out against newer players.
There is one particular disadvantage this deck suffers from, and that's pretty much the age old "Dies to removal" problem. You'll probably have an easier time against Blue and Red decks: Counterspells won't leave you high and dry of lands, and the players rocking the best spells will often have to spend 2 Lightning Bolts to kill your creatures. It's probably best suited for more casual games where people don't want their stuff removed and want to play more "battlecruiser magic" online - in which case, you can break out this deck and see if your Thelonite Druid's army of Forests will get around their Obsianus Golems and Krosan Cloudscrapers before they can lumber their way onto the battlefield. That said, if you don't mind lowering the odds of having a good burst opening hand (which this deck is admittedly reliant on - Green wasn't getting a ton of card draw back in these days!), you could swap 4 Forests for 4 Avoid Fate to try and keep your fatties better protected from Terrors and Pacifisms.
Good luck with your uprootings!
And the challenge issued by our winner was...
ZephyrPhantom said:This will be the last Deckbuilder's Challenge of 2020. I'd like to thank everyone that submitted a deck in the past 6 months or so and gave this competition exciting decks to work with as it moved into "official" status. A special shoutout to everyone that voted, too.
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With that all said, here's the challenge:
- Vraska: Hey, why are we doing this column?
Jace: Something about Ral being too famous around here lately. He's been copyrighted.
Vraska: So we're bootleg Ral.
Jace: I prefer "new and improved casters."
Vraska: Funny because our material's the opposite of that. Your challenge is to make a deck featuring any number of cards on the the Reserved List.
Jace: We considered banning the Power Nine, but that ended up being less fun to argue about. Telling us why Boris Devilboon would be okay in Historic is as equally valid as designing a starter deck featuring Black Lotus!
Good luck to all partcipants!
Please provide a decklist using deckstats, tappedout or similar. Feel free to add some comments as they will be included in the final poll. Please provide a deck name as well as choose a card to represent your deck in the poll.
And now, time to begin the challenge!
Best of luck, competitors!