Welcome back to Faithless Looting, my weekly look at budget lists and budget formats.
So the Khans prerelease happened (in paper Magic) and I went on Saturday to play in a 6-round Sealed event. It was a really great set for Limited, and I really liked the choices I had to make while putting my list together. I had chosen Abzan, but opened a ton of really great Temur cards, including Trap Essence, Bear’s Companion, and Surrak Dragonclaw himself. I also opened a lot of fixing, as I think we will in this set.
In the end, though, I also had a good Abzan pool, and I went for the consistency of three-color (it’s funny to say that) instead of trying to put together five-color bombs. It’s hard to say what might have worked better, but I’m happy with the choice I made because it meant that I had the opportunity, more often than not, to play my deck the way it was meant to be played. In six rounds, I only got mana-screwed once and color-screwed once. Both times sucked, and were in the matches I lost (I went 4-2 on the day), but considering the nature of variance, I really can’t be too upset. I feel like if I had gone five-color, I would have lost to my own deck more than twice.
Did you attend any paper Khans events? How did it go? Let me know in the comments; I’d love to hear!
For now, let’s get on to some looting.
Faithless Contest #7: Winner!
The contest last week was to build around an artist, and comments came in that it was a challenging one. While some constraints are good when it comes to encouraging creativity, too much constraint can have the opposite effect. This was probably one of the latter.
In the end, I had three entries. A Stoneblade deck from Aught3 featuring the art of Chippy, a mono-blue Delver deck from Archivold featuring the art of Dan Scott, and a Legacy Restore Balance deck from Yugular featuring the art of Mark Poole.
Thanks to everyone for their submissions!
In the end, I only played one deck. Archivold’s list had plenty of Dan Scott cards, but it looked almost exactly like the Delver Blue we all know and … love. Yugular’s list just barely hit the three-card-by-an-artist brief, and since two of the three were land, I felt like it didn’t deserve to win this particular contest, though it looks like a fun and interesting deck.
Aught3’s Stoneblade list, on the other hand, includes 7 cards by Chippy. And yes, three of those are land, but we also get Ostracize?printing=2436 and Doom Blade and Windwright Mage and Faith’s Fetters, so we are appeased. And did I mention that I love the play on words in the name? I really, really do. And so I am happy to declare Aught3 the winner of Faithless Contest #7!
It’s Aught3’s second win, making him the front-runner in Faithless Contests and, now, the one to beat. So get to it.
Here is the winning decklist:
Chipped Stoneblade, by Aught3 (Pauper)
4 Doom Blade
2 Windwright Mage
1 Faith’s Fetters
4 Court Homunculus
4 Esper Stormblade
4 Glaze Fiend
4 Vault Skirge
4 Porcelain Legionnaire
2 Ethersworn Shieldmage
4 Fieldmist Borderpost
4 Mistvein Borderpost
3 Chainer’s Edict
2 Circle of Protection: Red
3 Standard Bearer
1 Faith’s Fetters
And because it was an artist challenge, here is the Chippy gallery of cards used in this list:
And of course I played the list as well:
Thanks again to everyone who submitted decks! Here are the rules for next week, contest #8.
Faithless Contest #8: Rules
1. In honor of Khans, our contest this week is to build a fun, innovative, or powerful budget list in wedge colors.
2. Post it in the comments below. Don’t forget to mention the wedge and the format.
3. Submissions due before Monday, September 29.
- Decks should be “budget”, but otherwise may be for any format.
- Decks should be three colors. No more, no less. You may use any of the wedges, not just the ones from KTK.
- I will highlight the most interesting decks in next week’s article, and may play some on video for the YouTube channel. One lucky winner will get two items, randomly selected, from my current LootCrate stash. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post to see what’s available.
- Your chances of winning greatly increase if you submit a deck.
I have a horrible time remembering the names of color combinations in Magic, so I like this tool to help me remember.
Faithless Decks #8: Leaving a Legacy
I want to highlight some of the great work other authors on the site have been doing. In particular I want to pick on Peyton, who has been consistently writing about Legacy since the site launched and whose articles, to my overwhelming joy, need little to no editing. That last part doesn’t matter much to you guys, but it certainly makes my life easier.
Legacy is a format I know almost nothing about, but it is one that I am starting to learn about, thanks to Peyton’s articles, and many of his lists are available on the cheap; amazingly cheap when you consider the format. Check out some lists and don’t forget to read his articles as they come out every Monday.
Here is the most recent, budget combo list, Cephalid Breakfast.
Mono-Blue Cephalid Breakfast (Legacy)
4 Cephalid Illusionist
4 Vedalken AEthermage
2 Trinket Mage
1 Azami, Lady of Scrolls
1 Angel of Glory’s Rise
1 Laboratory Maniac
1 Spell Pierce
4 Careful Study
1 Dread Return
And a budget rogue list (no, literally, rogue tribal).
3 Frogtosser Banneret
3 Inkfathom Infiltrator
4 Nightshade Stinger
4 Oona’s Blackguard
4 Oona’s Prowler
4 Prickly Boggart
4 Stinkdrinker Bandit
1 Go for the Throat
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Spell Pierce
2 Snuff Out
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Underground River
4 Mana Leak
3 Cold-Eyed Selkie
2 Earwig Squad
1 Go for the Throat
2 Faerie Macabre
And his favorite High Tide variant, Spring Tide.
Spring Tide (Legacy)
4 Cloud of Faeries
3 Cunning Wish
4 High Tide
4 Ideas Unbound
4 Merchant Scroll
4 Spell Pierce
1 Blue Sun’s Zenith
2 Brain Freeze
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Pact of Negation
1 Wipe Away
And finally cheap fun, ANT Style!
Dirt-Cheap ANT (Legacy)
3 Tendrils of Agony
4 Ad Nauseam
4 Dark Ritual
Storm Builders (23)
4 Claws of Gix
4 Everflowing Chalice
4 Shield Sphere
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading and here are the Loot Crate videos where you can find out what sort of awesome loot is up for grabs.
Until next time, keep the faith!