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Grand Illusion

Unknown* Aggro Combo

Deco_y


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The Modern version of this deck can be found here: Modern Illusion of Grandeur

This is the highest rated deck on Tapped Out by 93 votes as of 10/09/12. This was used for standard until Scars of Mirrodin rotated. I sincerely thank everyone who has voted for it and also thank everyone who has provided input and drawn inspiration from this deck. I won't claim to be the "first" illusion deck out there, but this sure as hell is one of the best. Big thanks to everyone, I probably don't deserve it. Huzzah!

Grand Architect Illusion deck.

This deck is actually surprisingly fast and fun. Grand Architect and Lord of the Unreal giving everyone a boost just makes them that much harder to deal with and nothing like Phantasmal Image copying a Wurmcoil Engine, which I snuck out turn 3 thanks to my Architect. Copying a Lord also makes my illusions immune to everything but a board wipe. Even if that happens, Wurmcoil Engine will just split into more wurms.

Ponder for drawing that special card and Phyrexian Metamorph to basically give me 5-7 of any creature for 3 mana.

T1: Island, Phantasmal Bear
T2: Island, Lord of the Unreal
T3: Island, Grand Architect, tap him and blue creatures, Wurmcoil Engine
T4: Island, Phantasmal Image my Wurmcoil Engine, lols ensue.

Comment and +1 if you like!

This deck has been retired. Keep an eye open for my Modern take on this deck in the coming time period. I'll get around to doing it eventually, I promise!

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JustMySkills says... #1

Man, +1, I play tested and Loved it! Too bad I just found out about this deck... you know because everything is phasing and all ... otherwise I would have put it together and played it for fun with the guys at FNM... Nice deck, keep up the good work

September 10, 2012 11:21 p.m.

maxmcnugget says... #2

I'snt Ponder banned in modern?

Other than that this deck is quite awesome. Love it.

November 8, 2012 10:27 a.m.

DeathByDragons says... #3

With only one Wurmcoil Engine and Ponder banned in Modern, does Treasure Mage really provide enough consistency for getting out Wurmcoil Engine quickly? If you don't have it in your opening hand t3 Wurmcoil will be very difficult. Just sayin', not that t4 Wurmcoil isn't already impressive. Also, how do you do against control decks? For instance Syncopate .

November 9, 2012 2:30 p.m.

DeathByDragons says... #4

Also if I were you I would -4 Ponder +4 Preordain . But overall amazing deck!

November 9, 2012 2:37 p.m.

DeathByDragons says... #5

Excuse me I didn't realize that Preordain was also banned in Modern... O.o awkward.

November 9, 2012 2:39 p.m.

theonyc says... #6

this used to be standard

November 9, 2012 4:27 p.m.

Deco_y says... #7

This deck isn't the modern version of my Illusion deck. I just moved the tag to Modern because it's not standard anymore.

I'll get my modern version of this deck posted once I'm happy with it.

November 9, 2012 9:42 p.m.

x106 says... #8

The reason I mentioned nims death mantle was because it works good when your phantasmal image is already copying a wurmcoil. You already get more tokens and at the same time you can use the Nim's ability to equip itself on the image with an equip ability that doesn't target. Therefore you bring back the illusion and copy the wurmcoil or whatever you want again.

It's also nice that you can tap your blue creatures to use nims as well.

November 12, 2012 1:41 p.m.

x106 says... #9

Oh and I'm also assuming your using the nim as the ability to save your creature from the graveyard not to actually just equip it.

November 12, 2012 1:42 p.m.

Goblinaire says... #10

Christ this is well discussed, all I really have to say from running illusions personally is I've always gotten more out of card:Jace's Phantasm than phantasmal bear, that said, I run both... so yeah great deck, love the grand architect concept now I have to go out and scrounge up a playset :[

December 14, 2012 10:47 p.m.

Goblinaire says... #11

Christ this is well discussed, all I really have to say from running illusions personally is I've always gotten more out of card:Jace's Phantasm than phantasmal bear, that said, I run both... so yeah great deck, love the grand architect concept now I have to go out and scrounge up a playset :[

December 14, 2012 10:47 p.m.

Alonzo says... #12

I'm very late to the party here, and a new MTG player to boot... so I probably don't understand all the legality.. but how about a Lux Cannon ?It's cheap enough to pull with Treasure Mage and has synergy with Contagion Engine 's proliferate, as well as giving you a solid removal option (IMO)

January 6, 2013 10:56 a.m.

Deco_y says... #13

Lux Cannon is a little slow and I'm not gonna tutor for a Contagion Engine every time like I would Wurmcoil Engine .

January 8, 2013 3:02 a.m.

Alonzo says... #14

Make's sense! The deck gave me some interesting ideas anyway! I'll probably play like this and adjust for some of the rarer, more expensive cards :)

January 8, 2013 7:37 a.m.

Alonzo says... #15

It may again be a bit expensive to kick, but I may add in AEther Figment to my version, as if I do get Contagion Engine out, and if the Figment had been kicked, I could add counters to it..

January 8, 2013 8:23 a.m.

lukearmy7 says... #16

I have absolutely no idea why this deck is rated as high as it is. I lose with this deck over 90% of the time. It has no way to kill creatures, it can't deal with mass creatures. or it can't counter things like wrath of god type stuff or damage to all creature type things which absolutely cripples this deck. I like how the description says:

T1: Island, Phantasmal BearT2: Island, Lord of the UnrealT3: Island, Grand Architect , tap him and blue creatures, Wurmcoil Engine

Trouble is for this to ACTUALLY work, you have to have Wurmcoil in your starting hand, or top deck him on your 3rd turn. There is 1 Wurmcoil in the entire 60 card deck. Those odds more than suck. Now even if you ARE lucky enough to have all the aforementioned cards in your starting hand and are able to play them with mana, your Lord of the unreal, and/or the grand Architect are always killed easily by a bolt or god knows what else. I have NEVER been able to pull a Wurmcoil on turn 3. Thumbs down for me.

March 24, 2013 6:06 p.m.

The one time I managed to get a Wurmcoil on turn 3 it got mana leaked, damnit.

March 24, 2013 6:17 p.m.

lukearmy7 says... #18

Ouch, that is quite unfortunate. That almost calls for a ballistic rage!

March 26, 2013 1:03 p.m.

Haha

March 26, 2013 2:41 p.m.

Deco_y says... #20

That comment sounds kind of butthurt haha.

This deck honestly won 70%+ of the time I played it. Mind you I don't play competitive, this deck would never be stable enough, but this deck is ridiculously powerful in casual.

I have friends who won't even play against this deck because it destroys them. This deck eats other combo decks(an example would be Birthing Pod back in the day) and did fairly well against control. Gave aggro a good fight sometimes

It's too bad cockatrice doesn't work anymore because I can pilot the balls off this deck and you'd be able to see how great this is.

March 27, 2013 12:31 a.m.

Leafs_suck when you hit connect instead of cockatrice.de for the server type in www.woogerworks.com, my username is Bocaj, if you ever see me online hit me up. Also, probably the reason I wasn't doing well playing this deck is 1. I was playing competetive. 2. I probably don't know how to play the deck nearly as well as you do.

March 27, 2013 7:59 p.m.

Goblinaire says... #22

As long as this deck is non standard you should consider Into the Roil or Echoing Truth over Disperse, they are strictly better. :)

May 1, 2013 4:53 p.m.

KrzychuV25 says... #23

Ponder is banned in modern look here "http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/resources.aspx?x=judge/resources/sfrmodern

July 4, 2013 10:08 a.m.

cedricbobro says... #24

what about Thopter Assembly ?

July 18, 2013 3 a.m.

says... #25

Wow, man!I played playtest with my [golgary-trap-green-black-control-deck] against your illusion deck. It was amazingly epic battle. I had the board control until [Contagion Engine] came and wiped my board in 1 turn! (my deck is midrange) Than the [Contagion Engine] + [Tamiyo, the Moon Sage] combo was magic. The engine proliferated the planeswalkers loyalty-counters, at least I think it works this way...That was an AWESOME party! I sure give the deck an upvote.

July 31, 2013 2:19 p.m.

Wandenbosh says... #26

Sorry, it was me yust was'nt looged in, so:Wow, man!I played playtest with my golgary trap (green-black control deck) against your illusion deck. It was amazingly epic battle. I had the board control until Contagion Engine came and wiped my board in 1 turn! (my deck is midrange) Than the Contagion Engine + Tamiyo, the Moon Sage combo was magic. The engine proliferated the planeswalkers loyalty-counters, at least I think it works this way...That was an AWESOME party! I sure give the deck an upvote.

July 31, 2013 2:24 p.m.

SimonSWD says... #27

Leafs_suck, your deck is amazing. You are truly an intelligent player. I have lots of respect towards you. I really hope you continue to improve your Illusion decks. I have seen your Modern one too. Continue improving it! I really appreciate it!

August 1, 2013 3 a.m.

yungxak says... #28

As a lover of casual decks, I adore this. +1 from me.

I had the glorious pleasure of upvoting it to 500. Bravo.

August 5, 2013 2:59 a.m.

Bloodthirsty says... #29

August 10, 2013 7:27 a.m.

matblues2 says... #30

I may be just plain stupid but I can't understand how you can cast the Wurmcoil Engine at turn 3, there is just one in the deck, aren't the odds of having it one in hand a little low? I can't get my head around this! Great deck by the way!

August 31, 2013 7:55 a.m.

yungxak says... #31

Read Grand Architect 's last effect, matblues2.

August 31, 2013 1:49 p.m.

remi2804 says... #32

+1

September 29, 2013 1:25 p.m.

chocotaco3000 says... #33

good deck heres mine http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/infinite-extortion-2/

November 8, 2013 10:34 p.m.

ElfKing says... #34

Great deck! +1 From Me

It would be awesome if you would check out my elf deck Mono Green Elf Deck and see if you could give me any suggestions. I would love input from smart mtg players.

January 19, 2014 5:31 p.m.

pviollier says... #35

Sorry for my noob comment but, is this deck standard or modern?

May 19, 2014 4:36 p.m.

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