Robert Chesley

Wizards Announces Deck lists for the Magic 2012 Event Decks

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Wizards finally announced the deck lists for the anticipated Core Set Event decks.

The first of the two decks is a practically mono-blue weenie illusion beatdown deck. It is a typical aggro-control build that focuses on using cards like Lord of the Unseen and Grand Architect to pump up your small weenie hoard. The overall usefulness of this deck is ok as a prebuilt deck but it doesn’t have much in the way of sought after cards. Looking over the list and outside of the full set of Preordain, the rest of the deck is really easy to put together. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of blue aggro builds and was thinking of building something very similar to this.

“Illusionary Might” Decklist

Main Deck
60 cards

1 Glacial Fortress
4 Glimmerpost
19 Island
24 lands

4 Æther Adept
2 Grand Architect
1 Lord of the Unreal
4 Phantasmal Bear
3 Phantasmal Dragon
1 Phantasmal Image
4 Porcelain Legionnaire
1 Precursor Golem
4 Spined Thopter
1 Steel Hellkite
25 creatures

4 Mana Leak
3 Mind Control
4 Preordain
11 other spells

Sideboard
2 Flashfreeze
2 Frost Breath
3 Master Thief
1 Mind Control
2 Negate
4 Neurok Commando
1 Stoic Rebuttal
15 sideboard cards

The other deck however is chock full of useful cards. The mono black vampire tribal deck packs a pretty brutal punch. These decks have been fringe competitors ever since they were introduced as one of the main tribes in Zendikar block. The deck looks pretty solid right out of the box. If you are buying these to break for other cards, this is one of the best offerings. Practically the MSRP is tied up in the four Dismembers that are included. This is one of the hottest cards on the market right now and being able to pick up a playset in one of these is fantastic. Outside of that you get a Verdant Catacombs, a “fetch” land that is useful in many formats, a playset of Vampire Nighthawks, black’s best three drop right now, as well as Bloodghast and Kalista Highborn, both highly useful and have maintained good value over time. I was reading a forum thread about this deck and one person put the value on the cards in this deck on the secondary market alone at around 60 bucks. This is definitely the one to pick up if you can only pick up one of these.

“Vampire Onslaught” Decklist

Main Deck
60 cards

23 Swamp
1 Verdant Catacombs
24 lands

2 Bloodghast
4 Bloodthrone Vampire
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
1 Kalastria Highborn
4 Pawn of Ulamog
1 Vampire Hexmage
4 Vampire Lacerator
2 Vampire Nighthawk
3 Vampire Outcasts
4 Viscera Seer
29 creatures

2 Blade of the Bloodchief
4 Dismember
1 Mimic Vat
7 other spells

Sideboard
4 Distress
2 Go for the Throat
4 Skinrender
3 Vampire Hexmage
2 Vampire Nighthawk
15 sideboard cards

The Magic 2012 Event Decks will be available for sale in English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese on August 12, 2011 for $24.99. Unlike Intro Packs, which are for fairly new players, these are designed to let you enter the world of tournament play knowing you’ve got a powerful deck that will let you be immediately competitive.

You can find more information about these decks here and you can find a store nearest you here.

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