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Price of Progress #1

It's that time of year again - the brewery has opened up and people are preparing to battle once more in the Gamers Paradise Playset Tournament. If you have yet to begin preparations, I can tell you two things:

  1. Yes, you are behind the ball. Start brewing, start playing. Didn't do well last set? Who cares? This is the the tournament to attack from an angle that no one is prepared for. Have fun and try and bring home that playset worth over $800, but you'll have to beat me and my brew for it.
  2. Don't fret, the members of Gamers Paradise very own Team GP will be posting some of our own ideas on the web site leading up to the tournament. You'll often see us at the shop with proxies scattered about, bouncing ideas off one another, including the good, the bad and the ugly (Matt McGraw) of the upcoming set. Get your brew together and come play test against us.


There is a good chance that on May 3rd, I'll be sleeving up something close to the 60 listed below in a brew based off Reid Duke's Junk Midrange. If you know me, you know I like midrange decks that grind out value. If I'm going to do well, it will usually be in a format where there is a powerful midrange deck for me to exploit.


I think 3 cards from Journey Into Nyx will push this strategy over the top:

  1. Ajani, Mentor of Heroes - Don't like this card yet? Proxy him up and play with him, then come give me your opinion.
  2. Temple of Malady - Scrys on scrys on scrys. I like B/G lands. I like looking at the top card of my deck. I like this card.
  3. Oblivion Ring (Banishing Light) - Its not actually called Oblivion Ring, but its Oblivion Ring. I like my Oblivion Rings. Plus, this one has sweet art.


Without further ado, here is the deck list:

Card Choices:

Blood Baron vs. Archangel of Thune

Giving your team +1/+1 counters is a sub theme of the deck, utilizing the synergy of cards like Archangel of Thune, Courser of Kruphix and Scavenging Ooze. I'm not really sure which is better here, as Blood Baron is much harder to kill and easier to cast.


Polukranos vs. Desecration Demon vs. Repear of the Wilds

Reid Duke had Polukranos. Having it act as an extra removal spell as well as being angle to fight Blood Baron effectively is the main reason I'm testing this four drop. With that said, I think the other two have their own merits and are awesome in their own right.


Agree with my choices? Disagree with my choices? Have your own tweak to this strategy? Proxy up a deck and come play test with us at Gamers Paradise. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with and what new brews fill up the top 8 on May 3rd.


Thanks for Reading,
Ronndre Price

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