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How to Build a Magic Deck

Kevin

We’ve all been there. You’re at work, school, the zoo, and you’re thinking about your next greatest creation ever. If you’re like me, you’ve accumulated your fair share of random papers with different card’s names scribbled next to each other with various numbers next to them. Once you’ve wasted a full 20 minutes brainstorming your masterpiece you take it home, and sleeve it up, and find that it is the worst deck you’ve ever built and you want to throw it against the wall. So you do what any Magic player does in this situation, you forget about it and build your next greatest creation ever. Today’s article may seem like a very basic thing but it’s an incredibly important skill to develop if you want to take your game to the next level. I’m going to give a few tips on how to make a deck list, build a sideboard, and salvage a deck list. Continue reading

Orzhov Midrange

Since all of the cards from the new set have been spoiled it’s time to brew up some decks! The deck I have for you today is a Orzhov midrange deck. This deck can fight on all sorts of levels. It can start out aggressive and force your opponent to interact with you, or it can kill all of your opponent’s creatures and sit back while one of your bigger threats takes over the game. The decklist is:

Orzhov Midrange

Creatures (22)
Tithe Drinker
Cartel Aristocrat
Vampire Nighthawk
Restoration Angel
Blood Baron of Vizkopa
Obzedat, Ghost Council
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Spells (14)
Tragic Slip
Orzhov Charm
Ultimate Price
Devour Flesh
Lingering Souls

Lands (24)
Orzhov Guildgate
Isolated Chapel
Godless Shrine
Swamp
Plains
Sideboard (15)
Duress
Appetite for Brains
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Intangible Virtue
Gloom Surgeon
Mutilate
Liliana of the Veil
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Mono black is back!

Mono black is back! If you’re like me than you love playing as many basic lands in a deck as you can. You don’t have to worry about expensive lands, figuring out how many of each land you need so your can consistently cast your spells, and above all else you get to cast Mutilate! Here is the way I would build mono black in standard:

Mono Black

Creatures (15)
Blood Artist
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nocturnus
Bloodline Keeper

Spells (20)
Sign in Blood
Mutilate
Devour Flesh
Tragic Slip
Staff of Nin
Victim of the Night

Lands (25)
25 Swamp
Sideboard (15)
Cremate
Duress
Appetite for Brains
Human Frailty
Pithing Needle
Underworld Connections
Tragic Slip
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Drafting Tips

A lot of people have trouble with draft. They aren’t sure what colors they should play so they decide to just take their rare in the first pack and try to play those colors. While this isn’t the worst strategy, it isn’t exactly a sound one. When you open your first pack the things you should look for are bombs(cards that will win the game by themselves with no help from other cards), removal(cards that destroy creatures), and efficient creatures(creatures that are powerful for their mana cost). So what happens when we open a pack like this: Continue reading