Monday, April 7, 2014

A Proper Origin Story

I have recently been spending time cleaning up my closet where I store most of my Magic things (the rest are all over my room. I'm trying to get everything put away in the closet, but this is harder than it sounds when I have around 20,000 cards in need of organization. Around the time of my second or third FNM, I built a pretty interesting deck. I also put it in a deck box and wrote the deck list on a folded notecard which I used to separate the deck and the sideboard. I forgot all about this list and then a little while ago, I found the deck box with the list still inside.

Now, all of this started one time after the release of Dark Ascension. I got into playing competitively. My first deck was not great, but I didn't do too bad. I had mixed an intro pack with cards from boosters. Which intro pack? Well, this one of course!

Dark Ascension Intro Pack - Grave Power (G/U)

So here I was with little experience playing and several cards at my disposal (except I did not have playsets of dual lands or of good rares, etc.) so I built what I could and when I started, I could only bring in commons, uncommons, and the couple rares I pulled from a few packs. I did pull a couple planeswalkers and was given another, but here we go...

BUG to Bant Switch


x1 Delver of Secret
x1 Birds of Paradise
x1 Ambush Viper
x1 Blood Seeker
x1 Dawntreader Elk
x1 Wall of Tanglecord
x1 Predator Ooze
x1 Aether Adept
x1 Gravebramble
x1 Neurok Invisimancer
x1 Acidic Slime
x1 Beguiler of Wills
x1 Sengir Vampire
x1 Frost Titan
x1 Ghoultree


x1 Glacial Fortress
x1 Drowned Catacomb
x1 Darkslick Shores
x1 Sunpetal Grove
x1 Hinterland Harbor
x1 Nephalia Drownyard
x1 Buried Ruin
x1 Evolving Wilds
x5 Island
x4 Swamp
x6 Forest


x1 Darksteel Axe
x1 Manalith
x1 Trepanation Blade
x1 Elbrus, the Binding Blade


x1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
x1 Garruk, Primal Hunter
x1 Sorin Markov

Other Spells

x1 Reclaim
x1 Tragic Slip
x1 Sorin's Thirst
x1 Jace's Erasure
x1 Mana Leak
x1 Naturalize
x1 Spectral Flight
x1 Titanic Growth
x1 Turn the Tide
x1 Clinging Mists
x1 Rites of Flourishing
x1 Trollhide
x1 Levitation
x1 Monomania
x1 Bountiful Harvest


x1 Mutagenic Growth
x1 Negate
x1 Plummet
x1 Remember the Fallen
x1 Timely Reinforcements
x1 Day of Judgment
x1 Master Thief
x1 Thraben Sentry
x1 Elspeth Tirel
x1 Gavony Township
x4 Plains

Honestly, I have no idea what 20 year old me was even thinking at the time... This makes absolutely no sense, and the order I wrote it on a notecard (I used the notecard as a deck/sideboard separator) makes no sense either. This has got to be the worst thrown together deck I've ever made.

I believe the goal was pretty much stay alive as long as possible and then put down Elbrus the Binding Blade and flip it to get Withengar Unbound. Or maybe I wanted to get Frost Titan or Ghoul Tree on the field.

Withengar Unbound  Frost Titan  Ghoultree

It may have just been the goal to put Garruk on the field too. I will say that I honestly have no clue, but I do remember ultimating Sorin Markov once.

Garruk, Primal Hunter  Sorin Markov

My best guess as to why I made this was because I thought it would be cool to be able to convert an entire deck from BUG to Bant and confuse my opponent who would not expect it. I do remember that Bant worked better, but that's about all I can remember about this deck.

By the way... I do not advise actually using this deck in Modern. You probably won't win. I didn't do very well this when it was Standard legal, so I doubt you could do well with this in Modern.

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