This week I’m going to talk Legacy, but first I’m going to tell a story about my early days playing Magic. If you’re more interested in a deck, feel free to skip down a bit. Those of you still with me, let’s take a trip, shall we, to the early ’00s, a time of Madness and Psychatogs, Scourge had just come out, and I made weekly trips to my local game shop.
My favorite phrase to read on a card is “you lose the game.” Note that I did not say it was the most powerful phrase a card can have printed on it; that title likely goes to “draw a card” or “take an extra turn.” But with a little finesse, it can be even more potent. My deck today is only one example, and while today we will be taking a trip into Silver-Border Land, make no mistake that there are plenty of black-bordered cards with those beautiful four words printed on them
I spend quite a bit of time thinking about Standard and building Standard decks. I didn’t used to play a lot of Standard, but I’ve taken to hitting FNM regularly for the last year or two, and with some investment in cards I’ve been able to consistently put up 3-1 and 2-2 finishes with my own brews. Turns out I like a format with a bit of churn, and I was helped by a drive to open packs during Kahns block, trying to open fetchlands, as well as BFZ block, where I just wanted to get my hands on as many full-art basic lands as possible. As I exhaust my collection of old decks that I have lying around or in my head, I’ll probably be posting more Standard lists. I’m sure I’ll be tackling Hedron Alignment at some point, and Madness is a mechanic that is very exciting to see back in Standard.
But there comes a time when you just want to win. Sure, I could keep up with competitive Standard, but the churn of the format means that even if I always have the best deck, I might not always get in the practice with it to really excel. For example, I had a Rally the Ancestors deck for a while and did quite well at FNM with it. I never ever played a perfect game with that deck.
Which is why I like Modern.
Gather round, children, and I’ll tell you a story. It is the story of my Oath of the Gatewatch prerelease, yes, but it is also one of heartbreak, shattered hope, and a rekindled belief in a hero. More importantly, it is the story of Bearer of Silence.
http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=88803Well, it’s spoiler season, and we all know what that means. That’s right, blurry camera photos of Magic cards! Full disclosure, I don’t have a preview, but there’s a bunch of neato ones you can check out on the mothership.
I did take pictures of my own cards for this article, for reasons that will become apparent. Battle Scars is one of my more ambitious deck building challenges, and while I will certainly share my list, be advised that today it’s not about which specific cards you put in your deck, it’s about what you do with them.