Remember last week when I talked about the nifty new deck using Sunbird’s Invocation and I said don’t play it in real life Magic? Well, I did. And I lost four straight rounds… but I had a lot of fun. And I only faced two Temur Energy decks! As fat as I’m concerned, that’s a win in itself. Turns out Sunbird’s Invocation is a blast to play. Naturally the experience got me brewing a new deck in my mind. And, also natch, I’m going to write about that deck now.
Incidentally, the other decks I faced were two Approach of the Second Sun decks which is slightly less annoying than Energy decks, but just barely. Sure, Approach does cost seven mana, but for those unfamiliar with this particular piece of cardboard, here’s what it does. It gains you seven life the first time you play it. If it resolves, (and why wouldn’t it?) it goes not to it’s owner’s graveyard like in normal Magic, but into his library seventh from the top.If the sick little monkey demon Hellspawn… erm, I mean the player… plays it again he wins the game. It’s just that silly. I’ve been thinking of running four Lost Legacy standard just to deal with it.. But, not yet. That’s a problem for another day. Remember… friends don’t let friends play Temur Energy. But on to the deck I’m building.
4 Primal Amulet
This may be my new favorite card. If you’ve got it in play, it makes your instants and sorceries cost 1 less to play. That’s already pretty good, but if you play one, this thing gets a counter. When it has four counters, it transforms into…
How fucking cool is that? The best thing about the transformed Primal Wellspring? It’s not what it is, but what it’s not, It’s not legendary. It is perfectly okay to play four of these bad boys! Use it to play Hour of Devastation and do it twice. Same for any other instant or sorcery spell. It’s total awesome sauce!
2 Dowsing Dagger
Another transforming artifact. But what does this one become?
Oh… it’s a Lotus Vale… basically. Also non-legendary, so it’s cool to use up to four of these… I’m settling for two.
4 Champion of Wits
How cool is this guy? Of course you do have to discard two cards when he draws you two… and 2/1 is not that impressive…
Draw four, discard two is a much better deal…of course it does cost 7 to eternalize him… guess that’s what the Lost Vale is for…
Hey, Mike… aren’t you using this guy a bit much these days? Why yes, yes I am… He’s big, he’s hasty… and he is amazing. I ran into two people last week also playing Glorybringers. I had to politely explain to them why they couldn’t kill my Glorybringer by exerting their’s. I think he’s the only dragon active in standard right now anyway……
3 Sunbird’s Invocation
This card is just too awesome not to use. I’m sure that sooner or later someone will figure out how to break it. Then everyone will want it and it will cost $50.00. Today it’s still a .50 cent rare.
2 Saheeli Rai
Saheeli iss cool. Even when she is just scrying one and popping your opponent in the dome, she’s awesome. Being a planeswalker, she’s an instant target… but that’s okay. That’s the best thing about using her. Usually she’ll take the early damage that would have been intended for me. Some people will just totally ignore her in this way too. One damage each turn is nothing to worry about, after all. Then she’s making copies of Glorybringers and fetching Primal Amulets and Dowsing Daggers from my library.
2 Jace, Cunning Castaway
Jace is another one who is an instant target usually and its okay. Of course he’s beter when I’ve got creatures, but I’ll still usually only +1 him, almost never make an illusion token. I will make the Jace copy tokens though. Once I do that I’ll make illusions.
2 Liliana, Death’s Majesty
Lilli is also not usually around long… just long enough to pull a Glorybringer from the graveyard, but that’s fine. That’s what she’s there to do.
2 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
Oh I love this guy so much! Once, he stole my opponent’s Gideon’s Intervention which I played, naming Gideon’s Intervention. Good times.
3 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
Bristling Hydra and the Scarab God are still very real threats. This makes them go bye bye. Oh, and Carnage Tyrant is a bit of a dickhead too.
2 Hour of Devastation
Another way to clear the board.
Cut kills most opposing creatures. And Ribbons is awesome late game, especially if Primal Wellspring can double it up for me.
3 Sword Point Diplomacy
Early on this is awesome because most people will pay the nine life to deny me almost anything. Later, they’ll want to, but can’t. So it becomes a draw three cards spell for three mana.
I’m still tinkering with this deck, but for all intents and purposes, this i what I’ll be riunning this Friday night. We’ll see how it goes.