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CardShark Content - Blake Edlund (8/11/2006)

If you haven't figured it out by now, I don't do tourney reviews, or set critiques. That's not my thing. I'm a people person. I want to get dirty, find out different opinions in the Magic community. Today's topic is.....

Money!

Well, the application of said money to Magic decks. Take, for example, my favorite deck.

Hondens. I love this deck. It's got 12 Dual lands(Ouch) and 3 WoGs. That makes the deck pretty expensive right there. To the untrained player, you'd think this is a very tourney worthy deck, just because of all the dual lands. But honestly, it's not. It's far too unreliable to be a tourney winner with Ravnica in Standard. Back when it was Kamigawa/Mirrodin, this deck did pretty well in some tourneys. Now, it's in between casual and tourney. Maybe too good for casual (it loses in casual about 40% of the time, so it is far from amazing. My GW Beats is far better), but not good enough for the big time.

You might not believe me, but I pulled all but 2 of the duals I use in that deck. I have extremely good luck with boosters it seems. As for the WoGs, I got 2 from a friend and had to buy one. I figure, if you have 'em, use 'em. Lands alone don't win the game anyway.

Here's the point in all this:

A few nights ago, I was playing a standard game in the casual room. To make a drawn out game short, I had 6 duals in play (due to Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
s and draws) on turn 9. He says ´´You pay enough for your deck?´´ and concedes.

*Side note - I get to play all the real winners, don't I?* [Editor’s note: HA!]

Again, I'm not bothered too much, but he proceeds to make a huge deal about it in the main room. I figure he is a new player or something, so I try to explain to him (as do several others), that rares don't win the game. In fact, a lot of very powerful cards are at uncommon, even common.(Ledgewalker, TW91cm5pbmcgThrull
Thrull
ThrullSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Thrull
Rarity:
C
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Token
, Scab-Clan Mauler, Helix, the Guildmages, Swiftblade… you get the point). But this is all pointless. He proceeds to whine and cry, ´´Take it to a tournament!´´ Which, I have actually. When I got it put up online ( I have it in real life too) I immediately went to a Standard tourney. And was massacred.

Another great part of this is the fact that I am HUGE on budget decks. Like my Hair-Strung Koto deck. It tends to be deceptive. The general reaction to the deck is this:

´´Oh God, not another token deck.´´
´´Koto? To Arms!
To Arms!
To Arms!Set: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Text:
Untap all creatures you control. Draw a card.
?´´

They never realize they are getting milled by GW until it is too late. It cost me about 5 tickets to make the stupid deck. And it is hilariously fun. $$$! = Fun and (in some cases) power.

Thankfully, most people I talked to agree with me. It's a general consensus that you can still make a 500+ dollar deck that sucks. You have to know how to actually use the powerful cards to win, not just throw them in a deck and expect everything to work out in your favor just because you invested big money in the deck.

Here's the big irony of all this. I was looking at two Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
s on the board with no answers. He would have won that game. But instead, he chose to be discouraged by the fact that I had a lot of duals, and ASSUMED that I was playing some ridiculous tourney deck. He quit just because of dual lands. So, here's my new decklist.

Deck of Doom:
4 of every Rav Dual
2 of every 9th Dual


I'll win every game.


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