Tales of the Squire- What Magic is To Me (and More)

Mental Misstep is now officially gone and ‘there was much rejoicing’.  I personally liked Mental Misstep in Legacy, but I know it did change the format greatly and the card single handedly killed my favorite deck, Lands.  Now with Mental Misstep gone I have been talking about playing Lands again because my oh-so-important Explorations and Manabonds have a much better chance of resolving.  But with my talk about it a lot of players have been saying stuff to me about how Lands is a horrible deck and it has always sucked.  Well it honestly does not matter to me. While talking with Ken Adams he bestowed more of his wisdom upon me saying, “Lands is a fun deck, but it is only Tier 2 or Tier 1.5.”  And you know what, Legacy community? The important part to me is that first part: Lands is a fun deck.  It is fun and unfair in-game and that is what I like about it.  If I am putting 2 or more lands into play each turn, that is unfair to your putting in one land at a time.   Now I’m not telling all of you to go and spend all of your money to buy Lands because it is a very expensive deck and it is very hard to play.  I have been playing the deck since the banning of Survival and I still make play mistakes, but that’s okay because Magic to me is about fun.  A member on The Source said that Lands is like a puzzle and he has fun solving the puzzle in each game.  The North American Legacy Championship Qualifiers at Jupiter Games are a time for me to hang out with my friends and just play some Magic because I don’t get to play much at school.  One person actually asked me “So you are giving up your NELC dreams?”  But here is the thing: I am already qualified for the next 2012 Invitational because I won the 2011 Invitational and received 12 Jupiter points.  But even if I were not qualified, I would still play Lands because I enjoy the deck so much.  Just like in the Invitational, I had a fondness for Squadron Hawk and played the card in my deck and it did well killing multiple opponents.  So you shouldn’t let people get you down when it comes to Magic.  Make fun decks and find ways to have fun.  After all, Magic is a game.

Sorry for the rant but I felt I had to say it.  So with Mental Misstep gone I do want to play Lands and plan to.  While browsing The Source, I stumbled upon a different list that the normal Lands list and it looks very interesting, and assuming I can acquire the cards, I plan to play it soon.  Here is the list:

1 Misty Rainsforest

1 Verdant Catacombs

1 Wooded Foothills

1 Windswept Heath

3 Tropical Island

2 Taiga

1 Forest

1 Bayou

4 Wasteland

3 Rishadan Port

4 Maze of Ith

1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

1 Ghost Quarter

1 Glacial Chasm

1 Academy Ruins

1 Raging Ravine

1 Barbarian Ring

1 Creeping Tar Pit

1 Riftstone Portal

1 Karakas

2 Tranquil Thicket

3 Tolaria West

4 Mox Diamond

1 Engineered Explosives

1 Zuran Orb

1 Sensei’s Divining Top

4 Burning Wish

3 Life from the Loam

4 Brainstorm

4 Exploration

2 Manabond


Relevant Wish Targets:

Life From the Loam

Devastating Dreams

Hull Breach

Worm Harvest

This Lands list is a bit different because it is running both Brainstorm and Burning Wish.  Now Burning Wish is not some “new tech” for the deck, it has been played before.  The Brainstorms just help you find the cards you need such as, Loam or one of your enchantments.  The Brainstorms would be replacing the Enlightened Tutors/Gambles/Intuitions/Entomb.  I changed the list a little bit by adding black in the forms of Creeping Tar Pit and the Bayou and that is for the sideboard mainly.  A lot of players side out their creature removal against Lands, so I bring in 4 Dark Confidants.  Also having black opens up the sideboard to run spells like Perish if needed.  So there is a Lands list and I’m willing to take any constructive criticism on the deck.


Now last time I talked about some Innistrad cards in Legacy and completely failed to talk about the planeswalkers in the set.  I am unsure on how Garruk Relentless would be in a deck.  He is splash-able, which is huge and protects himself in the form of 2/2 Wolves.  But I wanted to make a deck using Liliana of the Veil and that is exactly what I did in my Brainchem Class.  Here is the list:

4 Polluted Delta

2 Verdant Catacombs

2 Misty Rainforest

2 Bayou

3 Underground Sea

1 Tropical Island

2 Swamp

1 Island

1 Forest

4 Wasteland

1 Creeping Tar Pit

4 Tarmogoyf

4 Dark Confidant

2 Vendilion Clique

1 Terravore

2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

2 Liliana of the Veil

4 Brainstorm

4 Daze

3 Force of Will

2 Life from the Loam

3 Stifle

3 Go for the Throat

3 Thoughtseize

1 Darkblast

This list utilizes the discard ability of Liliana by discarding Life from the Loam or a land that was returned with Life from the Loam or even an extra planeswalker to make your Tarmogoyf grow.  This list works similarly to a Team America type deck by trying to deny your opponents mana and just beat them down.  I did not want to play Tombstalker in the deck because of my love for Dark Confidant and the card advantage, but Tombstalker could take the place of Confidant if you wanted.

Hope you enjoyed this article and if you have anything you would like me to write about just let me know and I will do my best to give the readers what they want.


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