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E-League Deck Clinic

by Hero- July18 2001

Jackson Williams writes,

My name is Jackson Williams. This is a blue, white, and black Invasion Block deck that I think needs some help. It has problems with fast creature decks and artifacts. If you could make it better, that would be great.

Thank you

Creatures: (15)

4 Gerrard Capashen
4 Spectral Lynx
3 Ertai, The Corrupted
2 Desolation Angel
2 Crimson Acolyte

Spells: (24)

4 Counterspell
4 Planeswalker's Mirth
4 Recoil
4 Phyrexian Arena
3 Fact or Fiction
2 Barrin's Spite
1 Undermine
1 Absorb
1 Vindicate

Lands: (21)
5 Island
5 Swamp
5 Plains
3 Salt Marsh
3 Coastal Tower

Sideboard: (15)
4 Washout
4 Aura Blast
4 Teferi's Moat
3 Tsabo's Decree

Well, I already see some major problems with this deck. First of all, Counterspell is NOT in IBC. Second, you only have 21 land. That's a little low for any deck. You don't want to use 4 Gerrards, since they are high casting cost and he's a Legend. Ertai is bad too since it takes away from your creature base. Planeswalker's Mirth is weak too because they could have 0 cards in hand or they could just be holding land to trick you.

Spectral-Arena (revised by Hero-)
Creatures: (15)

4 Spectral Lynx
4 Voice of All
3 Desolation Angel
2 Gerrard Capashen
2 Dromar, the Banisher

Spells: (21)

4 Dromar's Charm
4 Recoil
4 Vindicate
3 Phyrexian Arena
3 Undermine
3 Fact or Fiction

Lands: (24)
5 Swamp
5 Plains
4 Salt Marsh
4 Coastal Tower
4 Caves of Koilos
2 Dromar's Cavern

Sideboard: (15)
3 Wash Out
3 Aura Blast
3 Gainsay
3 Crimson Acolyte
3 Dodecapod

Now the deck is more focused on black/white with a splash of blue. The sideboard is now also tuned towards the popular decks in the IBC format today.

Card-by-Card Analysis
Spectral Lynx - Good turn 2 drop. Great vs green decks and a perfect creature in this deck.
Voice of All - Very good creature. Blocks the bigger creatures that may come.
Desolation Angel - Oh my, it's the game winner. After you get all their creatures out of the way, drop this mofo and go for the win.
Gerrard Capashen - He's okay with the Arena, but 4 was too much, so he went down to 2.
Dromar, the Banisher - With the colors you have, you might as well play him. Everyone loves Dragon Legends.
Dromar's Charm - This takes care of your little mistake with Counterspell, plus it has other uses with the life gain and the removal.
Recoil - Good removal for anything.
Vindicate - Better removal for anything.
Phyrexian Arena - Nice drawing engine, also goes well with Gerrard.
Undermine - Counter your spell, and lose 3 life. Anything else?
Fact or Fiction - More drawing aside from the Arena.
Land - With this mana base, it's more geared with B/W splash U.
And the sideboard...
Wash Out - Good vs creature rush.
Aura Blast - Good vs Domain or any decks with pesky enchantments.
Gainsay - Good vs blue decks.
Crimson Acolyte - Good vs decks with red.
Dodecapod - Good vs discarding effects like Gerrard's Verdict or Ravenous Rats.

With the extra Vindicates and Recoils and modified sideboard, your deck should have little to no problem with artifacts and creature rush.

Keep topdecking!

Jimmy Mekaroun
Hero- on IRC