Avacyn Restored on a Budget
Welcome back! Today is my final installment in the saga of analysis articles I do for every set launch. For those of you just tuning in the first two articles are a card-to-card analysis called First Glance and the third article is a fun little project I do known as Combo Corner. This week is the results of all my close inspection of Avacyn Restored brought to fruition for the casual multiplayer format. Today it’s decks built around Avacyn Restored’s themes using exclusively cards from Innistrad Block. So that casual multiplayer aficionados such as myself get the most out of this, I’ll be doing all of these decks on a budget of thirty dollars, give or take. Let’s get started!
Starting on a lighter, more experimental note, Avacyn Restored has a small alchemy theme running through it. Alchemist’s Apprentice, Alchemists Refuge, Amass the Components, and Galvanic Alchemist are among the more flavorful cards in the category. Avacyn Restored’s alchemy tactic revolves around hit-and-run tactics, card advantage, bounce, and, most importantly, the element of surprise. Let’s start with those first four cards mentioned. Alchemist’s Refuge, of all the choices, most strongly encourages an ambush play style. It also strongly hints at what we should use as our second colour and by extension where the deck’s muscle is going to come from. We’ll use green.
There are two great green creatures that already fit our theme, Wolfir Avenger and Briarpack Alpha. They’re formidable creatures throughout the mid-game and they have flash. There is an additional creature we can look into using for the late game and that is Soul of the Harvest. I know it looks out of place, but keep in mind with all the creatures coming into play at instant speed that also means card advantage at instant speed. In regards to the alchemy tactic I’m mostly looking at taking advantage of the abundant bouncing effects to create a tempo hole from which it will be difficult, if not impossible, to recover from. We need to keep our opponents guessing about what we’re actually capable of.
Vial Of Surprise
- Casual Carnage
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