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E-League Deck Clinic

By Hero- July 20 2001

Peter Gordon writes,

With IBC tournies coming up I would love for you lovely chaps to have a tinker with my deck...it's a lot of fun and I would love for it to have the competitive edge needed.

Insanities FlameDance Deck

4 Urborg Volcano
4 Llanowar Wastes
2 Darigaaz's Caldera
8 Swamp
8 Mountain

4 Star Compass
4 Nightscape Familiar
4 Cauldron Dance
4 Flametongue Kavu
4 Ravenous Rats
4 Thunderscape Battlemage
4 Skizzik
4 Darigaaz The Igniter

This deck is a very fun deck I can see. 4 Darigaaz's seems a little too much for my taste. Also, there is very little removal in this deck. The deck merely depends on the creature rush. We'll remake the deck with more removal, keeping with the Cauldron Dance theme.

Insanities FlameDance Deck (revised by Hero-)

4 Urborg Volcano
4 Llanowar Wastes
2 Darigaaz's Caldera
2 Shivan Oasis
6 Swamp
8 Mountain

4 Nightscape Familiar
4 Flametongue Kavu
4 Skizzik
3 Shivan Wurm
3 Thunderscape Battlemage
2 Darigaaz, the Igniter

4 Cauldron Dance
4 Darigaaz's Charm
3 Urza's Rage
3 Ghitu Fire

The Ravenous Rats were dropped because this deck is more aggressive than control. Darigaaz's were dropped down to 2, since the mana curve of the deck is really bad to begin with. Here's a more in-depth description of the cards:

Card-by-Card Analysis
Land - The only thing different in the land is the inclusion of 2 Shivan Oasis's and more Mountains. The deck has a little more green and red in it, so these were necessary.
Nightscape Familiar - Helps out the curve of the many large, costly creatures. Most of the deck is red anyways.
Flametongue Kavu - Good removal/creature. It goes well with the Shivan Wurm as well, bouncing it back and killing another creature.
Skizzik - Nice fast creature. With this deck, you don't have to pay the kicker, because it could come back with the Dance.
Shivan Wurm - As I said, it could gate back the Kavu. It could also go well with the Dance, bouncing a creature back for the kill with the Dance.
Thunderscape Battlemage - Good utility creature. Gets rid of those nasty enchantments that may hinder your chance of defeating your opponent.
Darigaaz, the Igniter - Good flying fatty.
Cauldron Dance - The theme of the deck with recursion and rush. They'll never know what hit them.
Darigaaz's Charm - A normal deck wouldn't play this card, but this isn't a normal deck. The Raise Dead feature of the card is the best for this deck, just like the Wurm feature. The other abilites are good as well.
Urza's Rage - Ah burn. I love burn. You love burn. We love burn. Can't counter this.
Ghitu Fire - YES! More burn! You could counter this though.

I had some other weird ideas for getting creatures in the graveyard, like Death Bomb and Mind Extraction. I also left the sideboard out, so you're free to do with it what you want. Some suggestions are Kavu Chameleon, Addle, Tranquility, and Dodecapod. Maybe my revisions have made this deck a little more suitable for tournament play.

Keep topdecking!

Jimmy Mekaroun
Hero- on IRC