With Grand Prix Minneapolis just days away, I am again without a deck I want to play. The addition of Avacyn Restored in Standard mixed things up for sure, causing me to not know the best choice for this Saturday. Who knows what could be good? With the results of two StarCityGames Opens in the books, nothing has really changed. Most decks finishing well are only playing a few cards from Avacyn Restored. The format is still seemingly dominated by Red/Green, and lists featuring Delver of Secrets. Knowing that, I will most likely be playing more R/G and Delver-based decks this weekend. I set my mind to brew mode and this is what I came up with.
2x Gideon Jura
1x Beast Within
This past weekend gave us Pro Tour Barcelona, featuring Innistrad Block Constructed. After watching the Pro Tour Top 8 and witnessing the power of Entreat the Angels, I was hooked and decided I had to play that card. Primeval Titan has been my favorite creature to play in Standard for some time now, so why not put these two power houses together and see what they can do? This deck has many different win conditions which are all very powerful. With as many angles as this deck has I feel that it will do really well in the new format. As far as a sideboard goes I am still up in the air. There are so many possibilities right now for White and Green! Knowing that the metagame is going to consist mostly of decks like Zombies, R/G aggro, Ramp, Humans, and Delver variants this is what I have put together so far.
1 Karn, Liberated
1 Gideon Jura
1 Beast Within
1 Ray of Revelation
2 Ghost Quarter
2 Celestial Purge
2 Timely Reinforcements
1 Day of Judgment
2 Revoke Existence
2 Surgical Extraction
This is a good place to start and it covers the metagame pretty well. As of right now this is where I think it will remain for the Grand Prix with the Exception of changing Surgical Extractions to Nihil Spell Bombs.
With nothing but winning in my eyes for the past few weeks I am reminded by Mr. Frank Davis that Magic isn’t just about winning, but about having fun as well. As we eat dinner at Red Robin, and the rest of joke about his sister, Frankie suddenly becomes determined to brew a new version of the great Turbo Fog. After five burgers and hundreds of fries later, we devise this monstrosity!
2x Gideon Jura
4x Think Twice
This is just a rough list, but the testing would begin shortly after the gang geeked out about it for over an hour. We ran into one problem: Frankie left his cards in someone else's car. The idea was shot down almost as quickly as it came to light, but we were on a mission. A few phone calls, some driving logistics that seemed so inefficient in hindsight, and we had the cards to make it happen.
First up on the gauntlet: Delver.
Things started poorly for the little Fog machine, and it dropped the first two games pretty hard. It wasn’t easy to understand which opening draws were keepers, so we just rolled with it. Following the 0-2 start, Frankie kept an opener with Rite of Flourishing, and the game went smoothly. It was a slow grind to the finish line, but the deck reaches an endgame with Tamiyo and endless Fog effects for the win. After a few more blowouts we put this puppy to rest. As I am known to love the crazy bad decks just like Mr. Davis, I won’t be playing this at the Grand Prix, but expect to see it at FNM in the near future! Until next week when I will bring you the results from the Grand Prix and any stories of the weekend.
Thanks for Reading and get out there and Fog somebody!
Until next time