Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Night Magic!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Beginners Deck

I think if you are just starting out a good deck to play that sometimes wins is a Tempered Steel deck.


4 Glint Hawk Idol

Artifact Creatures
4 Memnite
Phyrexian Revoker
4 Signal Pest
4 Steel Overseer
4 Vector Asp

Glint Hawk
4 Tempered Steel

Legendary Artifacts
2 Mox Opal

Basic Lands
18 Plains

Inkmoth Nexus

This deck is relatively cheap to build and can race even the best deck in the format Caw-Blade! The deck isn't the pricey the most expensive cards being Mox Opal and Inkmoth Nexus. It's an easy to concept to grasp just attack with dudes! The deck is a little more complicated than that but I'm sure if you can handle managing the attack step and using your artifacts to turn on Idol you'll come out with a lot of wins.

I'll be watching the comments so if you have any questions about the deck let me know.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Standard Magic deck, by Ralph Craighton


1 Adventuring Gear
1 Bonehoard
1 Sword of Body and Mind

4 Goblin Guide
1 Hero of Oxid Ridge
4 Plated Geopede
2 Spikeshot Elder
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Stoneforge Mystic

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Koth of the Hammer

Basic Lands
5 Mountain
5 Plains

4 Arid Mesa
4 Marsh Flats
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Teetering Peaks
2 Terramorphic Expanse
*Decklist courtesy of Star City Games

I wanted to start with this deck because I think it'll be the easiest to change. After NPH hits I'd make these changes.
-1 Adventuring Gear
-1 Sword of Body and Mind
+1 Batterskull
+1 Sword of War and Peace

This is just a small change to get the ball rolling. Other changes I could think of making involve (P) mana creatures that have flying.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Estimated Price Changes

Here is the text from two cards I mentioned to pick up yesterday.

Artifact - Equipment (M)
Living weapon
Equipped creature gets +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink.
: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand.

This card has already gone from $9.99 on Star City Games to $19.99 in a day! Not to mention the pros talking about(albeit not as much as Mental Misstep).

Sword of War and Peace 
Artifact - Equipment (M)
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from white.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, Sword of War and Peace deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards in his or her hand and you gain 1 life for each card in your hand.

I think with both of these equipments out this will push the idea of maindeck artifact hate in standard. Even with artifact hate being abundant I'm sure Stoneforge Mystic will still be seeing a lot of play and will continue to rise. Also yesterday I didn't mention this as I was mainly talking about the new cards but I think Jace, the Mind Sculptor will drop in price. If you are expecting to get ~$75 out of this card I'd move it now.

If you have not yet seen the full spoiler you can see the text form of it at MTGSalvation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Phyrexia

I just seen the New Phyrexia spoiler and here are some predictions for some cards that I think will find homes right away.


1. I think all the (P) cost cards need to be watched. Mental Misstep is already the most talked about card I've seen so far its impact on Legacy is going to be huge. I would grab foils from people who don't know what it's worth at launch.

2. Batterskull: I think this card is gonna push Stoneforge Mystic to even higher prices.

3. Hex Parasite: A card that can punish planeswalkers right now is really good.

4. Lashwrithe: If MBC ever is to make a comeback this card will be there to help they needed a 4 drop.

5. Sword of War and Peace: This can make a fast clock for Caw-Blade deck.

6. Torpor Orb: This card is effective against Valakut and possibly Caw-Blade to a lesser extent.

7. Birthing Pod: Cheating creatures into play is always something to be watched.

8. Melira, Sylvok Outcast: Picking this up at $3 would be wise if Infect really catches on it could be a nice way to confuse their plan.


1. Karn Liberated: Not too many planeswalkers hold the $50 price tag. I'd move Karn while he still has it.

2. Phyrexian Obliterator: Black needs 4-drops but if MBC isn't competative we'll see this around the $10 range quickly.

3. Surgical Extraction: I can see this holding it's price if Vengevine was the current problem of todays format but I see this dropping to $8 maybe even $5.