Standard (no longer) Battle of Wits deck for laughs.

You could mulligan down to nothing in an attempt to get any of the cards that aren't land or just roll with an all-land hand and hope to draw into something.

You WILL lose with this deck, but the laughs for beating someone with it are endless! Oh and Oblivion Ring will be your new favorite card to hate and probably along with any counter magic cards!

Suggestions are warmly welcome!


-You have a little greater than a 9.17% chance to draw anything other than a land on each and every card draw. In other words, you should see a card that's not a land, one in every nine cards or so.

-You have 211 cards left in your library after your opening hand, so you must draw into something other than a land by your turn 10 or 11 (assuming you're alive still).


This decklist WAS standard around 2012. I should probably update this to be modern-efficient :)


CrimsonKing says... #1

Elixir of Immortality in case you need more cards in your library. I would love to see this win lol. +1

July 7, 2012 11:59 p.m.

Strangelove says... #2

you should use every counter spell and discard control there is in standard :Dand clones! Also every board wipe, etc...

July 8, 2012 1:38 a.m.

mafteechr says... #3

Battle of Wits decks need a secondary win condition, like just playing strong control cards.

It's a casual deck concept, but this is just really poor execution.

July 8, 2012 11:35 a.m.

scholar says... #4

@mafteechr, you missed the point. I want to win via Battle of Wits so it's an all-out win hard or lose hard deck.

July 8, 2012 4:59 p.m.

Enryore says... #5

Funny indeed, but I guess you wouldn't be able to survive all the turns before hitting out a Battle of Wits , and your opponent could also make sure to prepare something to get rid of it as well. But it is as you stated, the deck was for laughs and not for wins!

Anyways, I've yet to see a deck which really make good use of the card tho :3

September 20, 2012 3:20 p.m.

Enryore says... #6

Just some more cards to fit with searching: Idyllic Tutor , Enduring Ideal and Enlightened Tutor (best, but old card)

September 26, 2012 8:19 a.m.

biggestmtgnerd says... #7

I playtested and got BoW in my opening hand!

In all reality, even though your deck is bad, it's not THAT bad. If every 9 cards your draw is a non-land, and every non-land is a tutor except for BoW, then you will be most likely to draw something on turn 3, tutor when you can, then lay BoW for the win. The problem is that only Diabolic Tutor can search for Battle of Wits , then lay it the next turn, then win the turn after that. You need to be able to win on turn 6, and since you no-longer need to be standard legal, I would replace most of the tutors with much cheaper replacements. If you don't win on turn 5, you would be crushed, since it would be the opponent virtually playtesting against you, and play tests are always quicker than the real thing, so you will be finished quickly.

October 13, 2014 1:08 a.m.

scholar says... #8

@biggestmtgnerd, thanks for your comments, I will have to update this for modern when I get bored one day :)

October 13, 2014 5:03 a.m.

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