Monday, December 12, 2011

You Can't Lose

It's been a while and I think it's time to update one of my favorite decks. The following is the same "You Can't Lose" deck that you all know and love, only with a few changes.

You Can't Lose

Creatures (13)
4 Goblin Welder
3 Platinum Angel
1 Pentavus
1 Phage the Untouchable
4 Shield Sphere

Win/Lose (7)
4 Pact of Negation
2 Final Fortune
1 Lich's Mirror

Other (18)
4 Animate Dead
2 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
4 Careful Study
4 Entomb
2 Deep Analysis
2 Copy Artifact

Mana (22)
4 Mox Opal
2 Darksteel Relic
4 Glimmervoid
4 Great Furnace
4 Seat of the Synod
4 Vault of Whispers

How does the deck work?

The deck is a welder/reanimator hybrid that exploits the Platinum Angel to its fullest. With cards like Pact of Negation, Final Fortune, and Phage the Untouchable, all of a sudden, their drawback (of losing the game) is completely negated. Pact of Negation turn free counterspells, Final Fortune turns into Time Walk, and Phage is in the deck just for giggles.

In this deck, it's not uncommon to get a 2nd turn Platinum Angel, Pentavus, or Phage, under the cover of Pact of Negation.If the game doesn't end immediately, the deck can easily transition into a swarm of Pentavites, a flock of Platinum Angels (with the help of Copy Artifact), or just win through Tezzeret alone. There are many other little tricks you can do with the Goblin Welder, but you might just have to figure them all out for yourself.

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a deck like this from someone else in the past. (Although, I'm sure they exist somewhere.) But compared to my old decklist, the main difference is the inclusion of a full set of Copy Artifacts and swapping out a Darksteel Forge for a Lich's Mirror. No one likes to play against Darksteel Forge. This is "" after all and I always felt guilty about including in the deck. It was just too good not to include, plus, I didn't think I had a good alternative... until I took another look at Lich's Mirror.

(Note: I did play around with Sundial of the Infinite for a little bit, but I soon realized that I just wasn't necessary. Platinum Angel, Copy Artifact, and Lich's Mirror are more than enough to accomplish what this deck wants to do.)

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

In the past, I thought Lich's Mirror was just a fail safe in the absence of a Platinum Angel, but after a little play testing I found out it works quite well. Because I can essentially cast every single spell in the deck for 2 mana, it turns out that scooping all your permanents, hand, and graveyard isn't too bad under the right circumstances. There are times when you can float mana as you draw a new card. From there, it doesn't take too much to cast a new Platinum Angel.

What makes this deck casual?

I love making decks based around obscure themes and "you can't lose the game" just falls completely in my wheel house. The mana base can be a little shakey, but when it works, it really works.

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