Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Bertoncheaty

I know of a few MTG websites out there, but I've never really followed MTG tournament news very closely. Even so, the news story about a former/current/future pro MTG player named Alex Bertoncini (pronounced "Bertoncheaty") being caught red-handed for habitual cheating (to multiple titles and cash prizes?) is so big that it has even reached my casual ears. And as of today, Bertoncini has been banned from tournament play by DCI for 18 months.

Beginning with an article on a blog called MixedKnuts, the author goes into detail about a series of cheats executed by the pro player. Many of these blatant acts of cheating have been made into videos and posted on Youtube:

Playing an Additional Land Cheat

(After playing his 2nd Explore, he puts a 3rd extra land into play instead of his 2nd.)

Kira to Hand Instead of Graveyard Cheat

(After his 2nd Kira dies, he brings the creature back to his hand instead of placing it into his graveyard.)

Brainstorm is the New Ancestral Recall Cheat

(He draws four cards instead of three after casting Brainstorm.)

And there is also a story on Star City Games where he reportedly main decked an additional Sower of Temptation from his side-board in anticipation for an upcoming match-up. (Unfortunately, there is no Youtube video for that one.)

Anyway, in honor of Alex Bertoncini, I present to you all, The Bertoncheaty!

The Bertoncheaty

Creatures (6)
4 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
2 Sower of Temptation

Card Drawing/Acceleration (30)
4 Ancestral Recall
8 Brainstorm
16 Explore
2 Sower of Temptation

Land (24)
4 Tropical Island
9 Island
9 Forest
2 Sower of Temptation

How does the deck work?

Use your massive (and unfair?) amounts of land drops and card drawing power to quickly drop a Kira and a pair of Sowers of Temptations into play and let the beats begin!

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

Apparently, this deck may be good enough to win a national championship. Just make sure you don't get caught or you may find yourself facing a 18 month ban from the DCI.

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

(Because this deck must be played in the "Freeform" format, I'm placing it in the MTGO Decklist section of this blog... enjoy!)

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