Saturday, 28 March 2009

Guest Article : These plains were made for walking

By Ben Heath

These planes were made for walking...

This is what I like to call the awkward second article, after the smash hit success of my first article (1 comment and rising, people!) I decided to talk about the upcoming Nationals Qualifying season.

In order to explain why I’m writing this article, my aim for 2009 is to make the Nationals, through qualifying or (by some major miracle) ranking. I must explain that when I made this vow 6 months ago my rating was not one you really wanted (1515 composite, stop sniggering at the back there).
Fast forward to now and it’s a very different story (1754 total rating),but the same can be said for a lot of people as well.

This season Team Leeds has had a player on the Pro Tour, two players making Day 2 at GPs and Top 8s at three different 2008 Champs, and I’m sure that these won’t become unique events. My point is that Team Leeds is getting stronger and stronger, and if things go our way and we play the way I know we can, I reckon we’ll have at least six, yes SIX players at a National Championships. Rewind back to last year when we only had two representatives (Andy Edwards and Robbie Aluzas), and it would be a massive improvement if many more of us get to Brighton, which I’m sure we will.

Anyways, the format for the majority of the qualifiers is Standard, and I’ve been spending this past week building decks and fitting revision around it, okay screw the revision, it’s mainly been spent deck building! But when you leave me on my own for a very long time, well I tend to go a bit crazy, and this is what happened when I let my imagination go completely out of control...

Deck List

4 Garruk Wildspeaker
3 Chandra Nalaar
3 Ajani Vengeant
2 Liliana Vess
2 Jace Beleren

4 Path to Exile
4 Cryptic Command
3 Broken Ambitions
2 Remove Soul
1 Negate
4 Volcanic Fallout

2 Wrath of God
2 Infest

4 Vivid Creek
3 Vivid Meadow
2 Vivid Marsh
1 Vivid Crag
4 Reflecting Pool
1 Exotic Orchard
4 Rupture Spire
1 Plains
1 Forest
1 Island
1 Mountain

I don’t know whether to run this or my new Ziggurat.dec (yes that’s what the archetype of the deck is called!). Let me know your thoughts as well as what you would put in this sideboard!

Later, peoples!



  1. Telemin Performance. I win.

  2. I dunno what most of the decks like this are running as I haven't looked intently. However, I recommend against Rupture Spires since they take up too much mana - run Filter lands instead. Looks good though, you and your friends (the walkers) should get the job done. The board should probably include Celestial Purges though - they're aaaamazing. Also, maybe Marital Poo? More wraths is always good.

  3. Ha, Rob said Martial Poo. I must be rubbing off on him...

  4. Haha, Plainswalking are we mister Zodiac Rooster? (Shame on anyone who got that joke, except for Joe... as it is his joke)

    I believe you mean "These [i]Planes[/i] are made for 'walking."

    Seriously, who edits this site?


  5. Jim does. People edit their own posts.