The Decktester Tournament How will your best deck fare?
Posted on: 10/2/2011 8:57 PM By TwoStars
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Hello everybody, TwoStars here with an idea that popped in my head a month ago.
A while ago, whilst scanning through my large collection of decks on my profile, I began to think about the overall power of all my decks and how they would cope against one another. So, armed with my enormous and stupendous amount of spare time, I ran a tournament including 64 of my created decks. That's the boring part, now here's another, more intriguing and interesting idea.
The sole reason on why I created this blog was to let you, the decktester beta community, submit your best decks to witness their overall ranking and supremacy against other user-created decks through testing. How I will do it? Here's how it goes:
I will test your deck against other user-created decks by, here's the weird part, playing them against myself. By using two different tabs containing two different decks in testing mode. Yes, I know, i'm playing against myself. That indeed will have it's problems, such as #1 I know what's in each player's hand, and #2 I know what i'm going to cast. Both of these obstacles can prove to be a gigantic hinderance in terms of gameplay, especially for the reactionary decks, as such, the results may not be completely accurate, that's all i'm going to tell you. If you would like to continue, scroll down.
Here is the first step for the progression of this tournament.
#1: The submitting,
Here's where you, the user, will take part in this tournament. In the comments section below, you can post any deck you wan't, simple as that. Of course, the simple things in life aren't without it's hidden catches. Here are the rules for posting.
1. Your deck must be legal in legacy:
This may be obvious, but submitting a deck including 20x Black Lotus, 20x Lightning Bolt, and 20x Timetwister isn't the most fairest (or entertaining) of decks, your deck must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance (although that is redundant, see below). If you wish to use a sideboard, it must contain exactly fifteen cards. With the exception of basic land cards, your combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card. I will not accept decks which include cards that are banned in legacy due to their sheer power and unfairness against other decks.
2. Only one deck may be submitted per person.
It doesn't matter if your deck is Caw-blade, Turbo Elves, Turbo eldrazi, Fish, or Trix, you may only submit one deck. If you're torn between two of your most insane decks, test them out against each other, and may the best deck proceed.
3. You must provide the strategy for your deck and sideboard usage.
I know, I know, some of your best decks are simple, such as your goblin deck, or your infect deck. But if you have any tips and/or strategies on how to run your deck, or if you're deck revolves around a certain combo. Please notify me on those terms, so I won't accidentally use your deck incorrectly.
4. When submitting, Use a card to represent your deck.
This may sound weird, but I sort the beginning matchups using a random order. What i'll do is take the card that you've submitted, shuffle them into a deck with the other submitted cards, then draw the entire library, the two cards that have been revealed beside each other will confront each other on the beginning of the tournament.
The rest of the steps will soon follow afterwards, when submitting is complete. Any questions or thoughts that you may have will be answered openly by me.
So Its not an original deck at all, this decktype has beeen around forever but hey its my version of Reanimator. Its pretty good as far as Reanimators go, fishbowling 10 times I dropped a badass on first turn six times, and on second turn four times. I mulliganed once. Of course that is the problem with this deck is that its great in fishbowl, but depending on your opponents deck you may get mucked because you have no answers other than "Bring it Back Again". So if you dont know how to play a reanimator deck, then idk why Im posting here, but its part of the rules so... put stuff from you hand/library into the graveyard, then bring them back to play for dumb cheap.
well this idea sertainly can backfire since you are just playing against yourself.... buuuut thats exactly how i desk test all my decks since i am not on magic online or anything of the sort.
this is my deck, built more for modern but still very solid deck. once it starts running correctly the entire deck works together to be one giant combo dependant on one variable... they draw cards! as soon as they are castable you drop consecrated sphinx and Geth's Grimoire. then you can casually sit back nd cast your jace's erasures at your will. zombie infestation is an important card to have out because with it you can discard one of the eldrazi at INSTANT SPEED and reset the library so you dont deck yourself. it takes some practice and getting used to but you can get the hang of it. fogs and blunt the assults make any attacking based strategy all but impossible to win. side bord heavy white against red decks. and please remember-- Undead warchief is a proxi card for Undead alchamest from innastrad. i will change this as soon as i can i promise. the card i choose for posting is Consecrated sphinx. [Report]
This is a blue (& black) fairie/flying deck. Every creature has flying. Gravitational Shift gives boosts to flyers while helping negate non-flying creatures. An important combo is high tide + snap/clould of fairies (which allow you to untap 2 lands when played so tap 1 for high tide tap 1 for snap/cloud (since high tide makes that 1 produce 2) then untap both for 4 more mana to play plus double whatever other mana you had untapped) to accumulate enough mana to play big cards like Oona Queen of the Fae or Gravitational Shift early on. It also allows for playing multiple fairly high cost cards in a single turn. Snap and counterspell are the biggest control cards in this deck. For my representative card, I would choose Gravitational Shift.
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This is my best/most successful legacy deck. It is a straight forward artifact deck that uses affinity to get hit as hard and as fast as possible. You can side board Ethersworn Canonist in for oblivian ring if it has trouble shutting down a quick deck but its pretty easy to figure out.
Hello everybody, just a reminder that you need to choose a card to represent your deck when submitting. On another note, @JakeAlexander Sol Ring is banned in legacy, unfortunately, your deck is therefore illegal, plus in the case of sideboards, if you want to use one, please make sure that it consists of exactly 15 cards. [Report]
http://mtgdeckbuilder.net/Decks/ViewDeck/189570 Basically elves, that are ramped by Jorga Warcaller and Immaculate Magistrate. Other than that straight forward, buff Jorga as much as you can and use Brablewood Paragon to give em trample. (Jorga is my deck's Rep.) [Report]
Sorry TwoStars for the inconvenience, I showed you the wrong artifact deck. The other deck is on my list (Best Artifact) and is legacy legal. Don't worry about the sideboard either. If you could please take a look at this one, I would appreciate it! Thanks! [Report]
What I would recommend is to put all 3 of your decks that you are debating over in a 'Round Robin' style of game. What you can do is create a round in which each of your decks will compete against each other twice. For example: Team A vs. Team B, Then Team B vs. Team C, Then Team A vs. Team C. After those games have been completed, the deck with the highest number of wins can compete. Just remember to record the life totals of each deck during all 3 matches if every deck is somehow tied up with 1 win and 1 loss. If you simply don't have enough time to test them out, post all 3 of them here, and i'll test them against eachother. [Report]
Just make sure to mill yourself when ever possible, and it should work out. If you don't have at least a forest + a fetch land in your starting hand, mulligan. Oh, my card representation will be Sewer Nemesis. :) [Report]