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I would drop the Lightning Helix as you already have a lot of removal with the Lightning Bolts! and Tidehollow Sculler , and i dont think you need the lifegain as your goal is to end the game fast. Blade of the Bloodchief adds a ton of power to your vampires, and adds some more aggro. In my experience it works super well in decks like this
U have a lot of high mana creatures, try to make it more balance
Gray Merchant of Asphodel wont work very well because u dont have a lot of black manas on ur permanents
Lightning Bolt is definetly a must have for every red deck, so put it on mainboard
My feeling about this deck is that there is a bunch of good cards together, but I cant see the connection between them, What is your tatic? What could be a good T1, T2 and T3 to finish the game?
Oh, and to be accurate, the winning deck was just Rock, not Jund. No Lightning Bolt , but the full set of Liliana of the Veil and other removal spells still make it hard. They play one or two more discard spells as well.
I agree that there are matchups where it's not very useful, but I still think there are enough good matchups for it to warrant a sideboard slot. Its great against Twin or any Combo deck. I use it frequently against UWR control to get rid of Celestial Colonnade , Lightning Bolt , or Lightning Helix . I've run into a couple faeries decks, and they didn't stand a chance after I stole Bitterblossom (granted faeries isn't t1, but you get my drift). Dark Confidant is another great target. I think that just about every deck, with the exception of possibly Rock, has 1 or 2 cards that make the deck run more efficiently. If you can remove those cards for good, you force the deck pilot to start scrambling. Combine that with the almost constant discard and I've seen a lot of even veteran players forced into misplays. I don't think either Extirpate or Surgical Extraction will win you games, but I think it can muddy the waters and slow your opponent down enough to allow you to lock down the board and get to that 8Rack sweetzone where both players are top decking, and you have The Rack and Ensnaring Bridge out.
I consider under $100 a budget deck. I come from a background of playing $500-$3,000 competitive & tournament worthy Tier 1 decks. The average mana cost of the deck, which I don't know if you noticed it under the statistics or not, is 2.89. It's got a ton of lower mana costs and you'd be surprised at how well this deck can reliably lock down games in several different ways. There is good reason why there isn't just one copy of any spell in the deck. Repetitiveness wins in combo decks, but not redundancy.
Aggressive decks get beat by Lightning Bolt , Lightning Helix , Lightmine Field and Kher Keep chump blockers. If they manage to battle through that arsenal game one, they lose to the sideboard which is always geared towards the decks that give you the most trouble.
I'm going to actually be taking out a couple cards sometime today to make room for two copies of Chain Reaction . It's a one sided board wipe in the deck. With Mark of Asylum , my creatures walk away unscathed. Also, If there's a Stuffy Doll on a over crowded battlefield when I cast Chain Reaction , my opponent is not going to be a happy camper. I'm probably going to replace Lightmine Field with it.
I'm sorry, but a lot of the suggestions you made are great, don't get me wrong. But, they don't have any synergy with what the deck has going on it already. I've been deck building for ten years now and trust me when I say that this deck is very tough to get a win against. Unless of course you toss down a Tier 1 deck like Sneak and Show, Stoneblade, Shardless BUG, etc.
Thanks for the comments rougeweasel
My reason for Lightning Helix was also cause if Archangel of Thune is out...it's actually a double +1/+1 on Ajani's Pridemate , but yes...I guess it's better to play a mob and removal for board presence...also alot of people run Thalia, Guardian of Thraben which makes Lightning Bolt the obvious choice.
|Avg. draft pick||3.18|
|Avg. cube pick||3.96|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|2011 Core Set||Common|
|2010 Core Set||Common|
|Limited Edition Beta||Common|
|Limited Edition Alpha||Common|
|Masters Edition||magic online on|
|Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning||Common|