Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blasphemous Immortality

I had a set of Plateaus laying around so I figured it was time to make a White/Red deck. And with Blasphemous Act now out with Innistrad, it was a perfect time to take a look at one of my old deck ideas. In the end, I think Blasphemous Act (along with Elixir of Immortality) made this deck now possible:


Blasphemous Immortality
(Legacy)

Creatures (20)
4 Mother of Runes
1 Wall of Hope
4 Warrior en-Kor
4 Wall of Omens
2 Flametongue Kavu
4 Swans of Bryn Argoll
1 Stuffy Doll

Spells (16)
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
2 Blasphemous Act
2 Seal of Cleansing
2 Swords to Plowshares
2 Firestorm

Other (2)
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Elixir of Immortality

Land (22)
4 Plateau
4 Clifftop Retreat
8 Plains
6 Mountain


How does the deck work?

This deck really has two phases to its game plan: First, it basically functions as a White/Red Aggro Boros deck... sort of. The deck wants to drop early cheap threats and clear the way with cheap efficient removal. Next, the deck kicks into another gear once a single Swan of Bryn Argoll hits the battlefield. Because there is so much direct damage in this deck, the Swans represent an insane amount of card drawing potential. Throw in Blasphemous Act from Innistrad and a single swan will enable you to draw a minimum of 13 cards. If there are 2 swans, you draw 26, if there is 1 swan and 1 Warrior en-Kor, you also draw 26... and the numbers just go up from there.

Once the massive card drawing begins it just becomes a game of recycling Lightning Bolts and Lightning Helixes over and over until they're dead. It's at this stage where the bits of life gain start accumulating and helping get to the end. It's also at this stage where the Elixir of Immortality and Spellbook come into play. The Spellbook lets you keep your hand and the Elixir makes sure you never deck out as you're drawing dozens of cards at a time.


How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

Like I said above, there are 2 stages to this Boros deck. But because of that, the 1st stage is less deadly than your standard 1 stage Boros deck. This deck has creatures are less than optimal for maximum damage output, but they do have their reasons and it all comes down to their relationship with Blasphemous Act. The Mother of Runes provides general protection for your critters while giving an outlet for evasion, but it also can save one of them from a Blasphemous Act by granting protection from red. The Wall of Hope is a good blocker, but it also soaks up redirected damage from an early Warrior en-Kor and soaks up a lot of damage from Blasphemous Act. The Warrior en-Kor can no only power you up through Wall of Hope and Swans of Bryn Argoll, but it also survives Blasphemous Act in the process. Wall of Omens and Flamtongue Kavu both are unable to survive 13 points of damage, but the card advantage is still there because there's just so much value to be hand in each of them. They also reduce the casting cost of Blasphemous Act in the process. Swans of Bryn Argoll is the center piece of the entire deck. The Stuffy Doll is self-explanatory and just makes everything even more ridiculous.


What is your favorite thing about the deck?

I love playing decks where you use your deck as your hand and when it comes to that quality, this deck has that feature in spades. Because of the potential card drawing possibilities, the Elixir of Immortality may end up being used multiple times in a single game.

2 comments:

  1. Amazing Deck Idea! I am definitely going to try this one out! :)

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  2. Amazing Deck Idea, yeah! But i think be better if you try with it:
    Fatal Atraction
    Magmatic Core
    Well of Lost Dreams
    Gamble
    Enlightened Tutor

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