This is a funny deck haha - Battle of Wits is always available to be cast. 220 cards in the board, making sure I get five mana and stalling any attacks from the opponent with creatures and counterspells. If the opponent has no way of countering Battle of Wits, they are dead!

One question - Do you think 240 cards is enough where I won't ever dip below 200, even against a mill deck?


Thanks to all who helped out with my deck in terms of coming up with extra counterspells, etc. Cleared the chat as well.

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You definitely need more cards, maybe try to get your deck around 300. Also, making it part black would really help, with Diabolic Tutor and cards like that to get the battle out.

November 30, 2014 8:16 p.m.

Also more Battle of Wits so you have more of a chance of getting one and so if your opponent counters it, you don't just lose...

November 30, 2014 8:17 p.m.

ChrisH says... #3

FAMOUSWATERMELON - The beauty of the format is that you get to have any one rare/mythic rare act as a 'commander' in that you have it available to cast at any time. Basically is that I protect it with counterspells and cast it on turn six or seven and win on my upkeep.

November 30, 2014 8:18 p.m.

You still have very little chance of finding it with 200+ cards and no search spells, and a mill deck will bring this under 200 cards in no time...

November 30, 2014 8:21 p.m.

ChrisH says... #5

Check out and

(I'm having trouble Deck-Larging it for some reason)

November 30, 2014 8:21 p.m.

ChrisH says... #6

You have it available to cast as though it is a commander.

November 30, 2014 8:21 p.m.

ooooh that makes more sense. +1

November 30, 2014 8:23 p.m.

shinobigarth says... #8

Seriously they need to ban Wits in noble. Even in a pure Island deck its a guaranteed turn 6 win.

December 8, 2014 7:44 p.m.

Not quite guaranteed, though. All it takes is Natural End or something to that end to ruin it after it's cast, but before the caster's next upkeep. This deck is not unlike my own All or Nothing deck which is practically a for sure thing on the first match, but once the opponent(s) know what to expect...

December 8, 2014 8:48 p.m.

ChrisH says... #10

@shinobigarth - While it is extremely competitive I must say that I disagree with you. I am currently working on some other builds but there are many that can beat it.

Mono Red/Splash (Fastland rare) Burn/Aggro

Kiki-Jiki Combo (w/Deceiver Exarch and Pestermite)

Mono-Blue Counterspells

Land Destruction (Check out this deck, I can't remember the name but it is a Urborg deck)

So overall while this deck is very strong and dominant in the format, it is similar to Jund or another top tier deck in modern.

December 8, 2014 8:51 p.m.

ChrisH says... #11

Oh yeah, the deck is Buckminster's

December 8, 2014 8:52 p.m.

shinobigarth says... #12

sure it can be beaten like any deck, but the point is, you won't have just this and Islands, you'll have something like this deck here, counters and stuff to slow your opponent down. stuff to slow down aggro or what have you and then lay it down turn 5, and then barring the fairly unlikely chance of them having enchantment destruction between your turn 5 and 6 (if they are even packing any of that since this is not modern), you just auto win. in any other format its not a big deal since you have to draw it, but when you can just play the exact card needed to auto win as soon as you have the mana, and your opponent can't stop it unless they happen to be running something that can get rid of it, yeah its just not fun to play against.

Countryside Crusher isn't that bad since he can be killed or dealt with much easier and in every color. Battle of Wits is like, not playing blue? not running green or white enchantment hate (i.e. black or red)?? too bad, you lose!!! yeah, its just pretty dumb. if noble really ends up taking off, i just hope i don't see more than a couple of these decks, which granted i probably won't but...

December 9, 2014 12:27 a.m.

ibstudent2200 says... #13

Is Pristine Talisman worth playing as a potential ramp spell?

Disruptive Pitmage and Disruptive Student can both help counter anything that would hit Battle of Wits.

Power Sink seems useful if you can cast it the turn before you play Battle of Wits. It gives your opponent fewer opportunities to answer your win condition.

February 15, 2015 1:38 p.m.

you may want to run things that shuffle your grave back into your deck just in case

February 19, 2015 5:05 p.m.

ibstudent2200 says... #15

DERPLINGSUPREME, it looks like you need to reread Feldon's Cane.

February 19, 2015 11:26 p.m.


February 20, 2015 12:35 a.m.

ChrisH says... #17

I think I'll fit all of your deck suggestions into it. I apologize for the late response. Thanks, ibstudent2200.

February 20, 2015 6:02 p.m.

Saljen says... #18

4x Repeal definitely belongs in here. It replaces itself and is easy to cast since you have 127 lands, haha. I'd also suggest more cantrips like Sleight of Hand, Thoughtscour, and Serum Visions. Daze and Snap are also very good.

April 19, 2015 3:33 p.m.

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This deck is Noble legal.

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