Robert Chesley

Rob’s deck of the week.

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Hey kids! I’ve had to deal with some personal issues that many of you know about and if you don’t, I’m sure you could find out if you tried really hard. The long and the short of it is, I’m probably going to have a lot more time I can devote to playing Magic cards.

Lately, as in the past month or so, I’ve been attending Friday Night Magic at a shop an hour away. My playgroup decided it wanted to play more competitively so we decided to go every other Friday to a shop in Orem to play cards. Initially, we were treated a little differently. I think the next time we go we’ll be more “respected” as players.

A few tips if you plan on going to these tournaments.

  • Wear deodorant. This should be your number one priority.
  • Be prepared. This means bring dice, tokens, and counters.
  • Don’t take it so personal. We all make mistakes and we’re all not as good as the next guy. Don’t sweat the losses and the victories will be that much better.
  • Did I mention deodorant?

Anyways, I went 1-2 in our first event. It was a two-headed giant limited event. Meaning me and my partner received seven packs of Rise of the Eldrazi to build two 40-card decks. It is a cooperative way of playing Magic. While both me and my friend have been playing cards for well over a decade, we stumbled a bit in deck building and wound up going 1-2. I also made the mistake of pretending to be a “newish” player just to mess with some guys. Yeah, won’t do that again I promise.

The next event I went to at the same shop I ended up going 2-1 with a fairly strong white/blue Level Up deck out of the draft portion. My only match loss came from the hands of the number 1 ranked drafter in the state. I did have opportunities to win the game but thats the kind of excitement you get when you play in tournaments. The deck I drafted got me thinking about building a casual-competitive deck  around the level up theme.

Here’s the deck list I came up with:

4 x [card]Student of Warfare[/card]
4 x [card]Transcendent Master[/card]
4 x [card]Wall of Omens[/card]
4 x [card]Caravan Escort[/card]
4 x [card]Kor Firewalker[/card]
4 x [card]Path to Exile[/card]
3 x [card]Day of Judgment[/card]
2 x [card]Ajani Goldmane[/card]
1 x [card]Gideon Jura[/card]
4 x [card]Time of Heroes[/card]
2 x [card]Basilisk Collar[/card]
2 x [card]Brave the Elements[/card]
18 x [card]Plains[/card]
4 x [card]Evolving Wilds[/card]

The strategy is simple. Get a good leveler down and pump him up as soon and as quickly as possible. This deck is fairly inexpensive except for the sole exception of [card] Gideon Jura[/card], but the deck can easily be played without him. Just add an additional Collar or Brave the Elements.

Thanks for reading this article and I hope you have fun with the deck.

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