WItC Deckling

I like to brew standard decks that are on a budget. By brewing budget, I can't just use good stuff, and need to look for synergies in the cheap cards, and that is what's fun. Also, for no specific reason, I like Orzhov, and always start with that base, but will add other colors.

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Changes in April 2018: finally took out Rise from the Tides as the alternative finisher. These decks are all meant to feel and play like a properly built deck, and having cards that work against each other makes the deck feel awkward and less fun (bad interaction with delve). The same problem would occur with Cryptic Serpent. One option is to ditch the Treasure Cruise, but delve is an important part of our hedron exile strategy, and losing it will cripple the deck.

If Rise is removed, that makes Quicken much less useful (Treasure Cruise can often be cast for one mana in the main phase).

So at this point we need a new finisher, and a new card that lets us do something on turn one.

I like the Curator of Mysteries for both. He introduces cycle, is a sphinx, and the deck could use a flier. He is very in theme for blue. He can be cycled on turn one if needed. He already has synergy with Jalum Tome.

Only having two Curator of Mysteries makes it nearly impossible to cycle him, there is too much lost by discarding half of your alternative win condition. Instead, I prefer 4 copies.

I considered only 2 copies and a replacement for Quicken. The Quicken replacement should either cycle or discard for synergy with the sphinx. A consideration was Striped Riverwinder; he adds another late game option with artwork people either love or hate (I like it). Opt, Peek and Twisted Image were all considerations, but they don't have synergy with the Curator. I like Hapless Researcher or Careful Study. They have synergy, help the early game, provide another discard option, and have good art on theme.

Ultimately, I did the following:

Playtesting is still in progress, but this worked OK so far against the other decks. (playtesting blue takes the longest, because of the character of the deck).

April 9, 2018 10:15 p.m.

Thanks Kurppa for the kind words. Let me know how it goes if you get to try these. I'm always open to suggestions.

April 6, 2018 3:29 p.m.

Took out 4 Diregraf Ghoul and added 4 Blood Pet. The pet offers more synergy and complex decision making possibilities with Revenant, and introduces black's sac-for-mana subtheme.

April 6, 2018 2:31 p.m.

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