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The loneliness of a combo deck player

Hi all and welcome back here. Today will be a more out-there column than what you’re used to from me by now, but I hope you’ll like it regardless. The topic today is my combo deck called Druidstorm. It is based on pumping Devoted Druids, thereby generating mana. You draw cards with Recycle, for pump spells and other cheap spells, and end the game with Banefire. There’s also a Living Wish-toolbox for finding engine pieces, fuel for the engine, or additional finishers. This deck isn’t top of the class, but fun to play with regardless. That’s what I’m gonna show you, but not in a boring play-by-play wall of text. No sirrie – I made a comic. Continue reading

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A deckbuilder’s diary

Saturday, April 16th

Today, my latest article went up. I haven’t tested the Glissa-deck yet, so I hope it can hold its own. As always, I’m curious for reader feedback and comments. Luckily, after some goldfishing I got the idea that the deck is much better than the first version. While goldfishing doesn’t give you an idea how interaction with an opponent goes, it does help playing the deck. You get to know some little interactions and just get the general feel of the deck. Plus, you can draw conclusions just by looking at how the deck plays. I came to the conclusion that 4 Golgari Rot Farms was too much, and I removed two of those for a Swamp and a Forest. Continue reading


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Galvanotherapy and Galvanorehab

Hi all and welcome back here. Last week I hinted at new developments. Well, today, before I start my article, I want to share an announcement with you. About a week ago, my attention was pointed to a fellow Twitter-user who was looking for Magic-authors. I was very interested, contacted this person, and long story short, you are looking at one of the writing staff at http://www.redsitewins.wordpress.com, a new Magic blog initiative. I’m very excited to be doing this, trying to reach out to as many people as possible. This doesn’t mean a lot for you, my readers. There will be a new article each weekend, as I’m posting first on RSW and a day later here. Give RSW a look and subscribe there as well, we have a varied arsenal of writers there. And just keep coming back here! Continue reading


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On Mirrodin Besieged

(If you don’t want to read about new cards from Mirrodin Besieged, you will want to skip this post. But come back after the prerelease, okay?)

One week from now I’ll be at the Mirrodin Besieged-prerelease defending the home turf from those Phyrexian nasties. While I fear that Phyrexia will submerge as the victor in the third part of the Scars of Mirrodin-trilogy, I’ll try to beat those vile poison counters using my favorite type of counters: charge counters. What I’m gonna do here is take a peek at the official visual spoiler and comment on the cards I could see myself sleeving up some time. No metagame talk or new secret tournament tech, just cards I enjoy. Gotta love having your own blog! Continue reading


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Tightening the thumbscrews

First ArticleSecond Article

After I made the final decklist in my second article about this deck I quickly found out some things I couldn’t have by just making the decklist. If I would be able to, I’d not do it ofcourse. In this article I’d like to go over those, try to locate the problem and suggest a change. Second, at the end of the second article I already located some possible problems that might arise. No question will be left unquestioned after you’ve read this. Let me walk you through each issue or question there currently is. With each issue there is a possible solution. After reviewing all the issues I will try to make a new list of the deck based on the solutions to the problems below. Continue reading


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More on the Green Lock

(Read the first post about this deck here.)

In my first contentual post on this blog I described the road my Mono Green Control deck has traveled down. What started as a deck based on the two green Ancestral RecallsSylvan Library plus Abundance, and Yavimaya Elder – eventually became more and more aggressive, something I have a hard time connecting with. Aggressive decks just aren’t in my nature. The green deck needed a massive overhaul, which I did the first draft of yesterday. Today I’ll show you the list and the thoughts behind it. Continue reading