Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Preparing for PTQ Austin

By Jim Marlow

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone likes the new layout of the blog, with just one article to read and the rest in the archive. Me and Wagz spoke about how to make the blog a little easier to read so im going to be uploading no more than an article a day, meaning each article will be on the main page for at least a day, and i will try to make the articles a bit more concise and broken up.

please let me know via comments or email if you prefer this, or prefer how it was before and ill change it back.


Anyway, im preparing for the PTQ in Leicester this sunday, which is standard. I am pretty happy with the deck i played in Lincoln last weekend so i have madea few changes and i will probably play that, although i am getting increasingly tempted by a doran deck.

I decided that the figure of destiny's were a bit poo, because there simply isnt a long game deck in the format any more. So basically i get a 4/4 against a slow deck, and a 2 mana 2/2, which dies to my sweepers against other decks, not good!. Without figures i was happy to take out magma sprays for bituminous blasts, meaning im getting far better value from the cascade.

Here's the list i will (probably) be playing in Leicester

4 x anathemancer
4 x putrid leech
4 x bloodbraid elf
4 x boggart ram gang
3 x sygg river cutthroat
2 x kitchen finks

4 x flame javelin
4 x maelstrom pulse
3 x bituminous blast
2 x jund charm
2 x volcanic fallout

4 x savage lands
2 x ghitu encampment
2 x graven cairns
2 x firelit thicket
2 x twilight mire
2 x reflecting pool
2 x sulphurous springs
1 x llanowar wastes
1 x karplusen forest
2 x mountain
2 x forest
2 x swamp

2 x cloudthresher
2 x volcanic fallout
3 x deathmark
2 x pithing needle
3 x thought hemorrhage
2 x kitchen finks
1 x primal command

I much prefer this build to my last, flame javelin was sick all day, so im happy to go up to 4. Bituminous blast also works much better here and i much prefer having more answers to creatures like rhox war monk and wilt leaf liege, that my previous build struggled a little do deal with.

Im a bit unsure on the mana-base, which at the moment just looks a bit of a mess. Im happy to cut more basics to smooth it out, because i know it makes me weaker to anathemancer, but im the aggro deck anyway, right? Iv only really tweaked it to make it more putrid leech friendly, and because i dont need so much red for figure of destiny activations.

Anyway, all comments will help.


For reference, im very tempted by this deck, so if anyone hasnt decided a deck yet, give this a go.

4 x noble heirach
4 x treefolk harbinger
4 x putrid leech
3 x gaddock teeg
3 x kitchen finks
2 x dauntless escort
4 x doran the seige tower
4 x wilt leaf liege

4 x path to exile
4 x maelstrom pulse
2 x behemoth sledge

3 x treetop village
4 x murmuring bosk
4 x wooded bastion
2 x twilight mire
2 x brushland
3 x llanowar wastes
3 x forest
1 x plains


4 x thoughtseize
2 x pithing needle
2 x dauntless escort
4 x zealous persecution
1 x kitchen finks
2 x identity crisis

Hopefully ill see some guys from Leeds at the PTQ, let me know if any of you are travelling down.

Until then,


As always, feel free to comment on anything about this article, or anything unrelated to magic whatsoever. If you would like to contribute to the TLM blog, please email any ideas, articles, pictures or anything else to ss07jm@leeds.ac.uk

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