Hi, I’m Wumpus.
James has asked me to make some content for MTGYou, and I’m happy to write about my favorite subject. For those who don’t know me (probably somewhere between most and all of you,) I’ve been a kitchen table warrior since before the turn of the century, and my favorite way to play magic is by winning in convoluted ways. In this space, I intend to share some of my best casual brews, and advice on maximizing your fun outside of tournament play. Just don’t expect me to talk about Commander, because I’m old and crotchety and singleton formats make me uncomfortable and scared.
So, for my inaugural article, I will give a write up on a modern brew that, while it probably isn’t about to win any GPs or big money open tourneys, the idea for the deck burned a hole in my soul until I had to put it together. Also, I’ll never back away from an opportunity to use my favorite card for actual value.
4 Echoing Truth
4 Torpor Orb
1 End Hostilities
4 Wayfarer’s Bauble
4 Thornwood Falls
4 Blossoming Sands
This deck could probably use some improvement to its mana base, but it has a pretty straightforward plan, especially for one of my brews. All you have to do is drop a Torpor Orb or Hushwing Gryff (casting the Gryff on End Step, of course), then profit off your discount fatties. The premier creature in the deck is Leveler, since the deal of 5 mana for a 10/10 just can’t be beat, but if the ground is clogged, you also have Sky Swallower, Eater of Days, and Hunted Phantasm which can generally get through or around any blockers your opponent might have.
Now, it does happen that sometimes you won’t find an Orb or a Hushwing. If you’re holding a Leveler or Eater of Days when this happens, I’m sorry. If you’re holding a Hunted creature though, Echoing Truth can clean up the mess they make, assuming you can’t stop the ETB effect (remember, tokens of the same type have the same name.)
With so little removal, this deck will have difficulty keeping up with the Splinter Twins and Affinities of the world, but who cares when we’re getting 10/10s for 5 with no drawback?
If you’re one of those people who loves turning big, undercosted creatures sideways, take a look. Maybe you’ll see something you like.