Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Erratic Draco

Eh, I had to make a few changes.

Erratic Draco

Creatures (18)
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Delver of Secrets
4 Coiling Oracle
4 Bloodbraid Elf
1 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
3 Draco

Draw (9)
4 Brainstorm
4 Sylvan Library
1 Future Sight

Other (8)
2 Artifact Mutation
4 Erratic Explosion
2 Violent Outburst

Mana (25)
3 Darksteel Ingot
4 Tropical Island
4 Volcanic Island
4 Taiga
1 Scrubland
1 Forest
2 Island
6 Fetch Lands

How does the deck work?

Multiple copies of Sylvan Library and Brainstorm set up the top of your library for Bloodbraid Elf, Violent Outburst, Coiling Oracle, and Erratic Explosion to take advantage. Access to all five colors fuels the Maelstrom Nexus and allows you to hard cast Draco. Erratic Explosion abuses Draco's converted casting cost from your library and Artifact Mutation abuses Draco's converted mana cost while it's in play. With an army of saprolings, Violent Outburst can power them all to victory.

And remember, every time you use a fetch land you get to shuffle your library. So let's say you have three Sylvan Libraries in play; every time you use a fetch land you get to stack the top 7 cards of your library to set up another series of cascades and other effects.

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

Upon further play testing, Maelstrom Nexus is fun, but it's not as effective as I'd like it to be. So Maelstrom Nexus is out and Future Sight is in. And the deck needed a little more punch, so in comes a set of Delver of Secrets. The fact is that even if you hit a Draco with an Erratic Explosion, that still leaves them with 4 life. You need a finisher and the Delver fills that role.

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

As strange as this may sound, my favorite thing about this deck is the fact that there is no graveyard interaction in the deck [i]at all[/i]. If you look through this blog and skim through my deck lists, one of the themes you'll probably find throughout is reanimation, flashback, dredge, discard, or anything else you can think up that abuses the graveyard. Sometimes it's refreshing to have a deck that does something different for card advantage.

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