Monday, May 25, 2009

[Decklist] Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Yes, it's a Reanimator Deck but I'm not talking about Worldgorger Dragon. And like I say about every tribal deck: casual players were making tribal decks long before Legions made them uncool. There are a couple reasons why I play this deck instead, but first, let's get to the deck.

[Decklist] Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

The Dragons & Their Minions
1 Nicol Bolas
1 Bladewing the Risen
1 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
3 Fledgling Dragon
4 Bladewing's Thrall
1 Anger

Card Drawing & Tutoring
4 Careful Study
1 Brainstorm
1 Ponder
1 Frantic Search
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Buried Alive
1 Entomb
4 Stitch Together

1 Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
2 Damnation
4 Lightning Bolt

4 Dark Ritual
1 Sol Ring
1 Lotus Petal
2 Gilded Lotus
4 Crumbling Necropolis
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Underground Sea
4 Volcanic Island
4 Badlands

Two main reasons to play this over Worldgorger Dragon decks:
  1. Normal Worldgorger Dragon decks are boring. They're very "autopilot" and exactly the type of decks I tend to stay away from. Yes, they'll win you more games and there's a reason why people say "Dragon is better than Reanimator." But I'm a casual player and I like casual decks.
  2. This deck is meant to be a multipurpose deck for single player or multi-player games. This is the same reason why there is so much control in the deck -- something you'd never see in normal Worldgorger Dragon decks. That's not what those decks are about.

The dragons I chose to include in the deck are a little self-explanatory except for one noticeable omission. Kokusho, the Evening Star is an all around a good card. I said this deck was meant for multi-player and in multi-player, Kokusho's even better. But I have a couple problems with him:
  1. Once you include one, you're tempted to include more and more copies. 4 copies of Kokusho means 3 less, other dragons. When I make decks I tend to try and include as many 1-of's as possible. I like the randomness of games and of draws. It keeps the decks interesting.
  2. Kokusho is basically direct damage. Getting him to the graveyard by any means necessary isn't nearly as satisfying as attacking with a huge dragon.
  3. When you add Kokusho, you automatically are shifting your deck towards Duresses and Cabal Therapies and I just didn't want to go there. Now, I've used those cards in decks in the past, but in this case I wanted to stay away from them.

And then we come to the all the control in the deck. At first I resisted adding Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, but now I think he's great. I have the excuse of the other high casting cost cards because of the reanimation and the planeswalker kind of sticks out. But after including Gilded Lotuses to give the deck an easier time hardcasting all the cards, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker made more and more sense.

The discard-opponent's-hand & reanimate-dragons-as-fast-as-possible strategy works a lot better in single player, but it just has no staying power. You kind of blow your load and you're done. In this version, all the card drawing, control, and extra mana keep you in the game.

1 comment:

  1. I always enjoy viewing casual decks built by veteran players. You end up seeing a lot more imagination, refined by experience. My favorite dragon at the moment is Bogarban Hellkite, I have a Warp World deck built around him at the moment. I'm putting together a project, doing some statistical analysis on MTG. I'm not really interested in tournament play or competitive deck building strategies with this analysis. I am focusing more on specific card mechanics, and fundamental concepts, such as mana-curve and card advantage. I think that a player like you might be interested in this kind of analysis. I started a blog, where I am networking a following for the study, and providing updates on its progress. Check it out if you like.