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Casual Carnage - Avacyn Restored On a Budget

By The Artificer on 5/25/2012 Category: Forum>Magic: the Gathering>Articles>Casual Constructed
Casual Carnage

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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!

Chemical Quandaries

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

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This deck also features a couple of cards that would normally be very good were not for being restricted to sorcery speed. As I mentioned before there is Amass the Components. It’s an undesirable card for some people based solely on the fact that it does take an entire turn’s worth of mana to cast. However, when we combine it with Alchemist’s Refuge it becomes a fantastic way to dig through one’s deck at the end of the other guy’s turn right before your turn begins. The second card is Into the Void, which, because it costs four mana and is a sorcery I would play the same way. Alternately, it can be used as a combat trick. This card will combine well with the rest of the bounce suite which consists of Vanishment at the high end and Dream Twist at the low end. The most important thing to remember when playing this deck is that you must take great care with when you spend your mana and what you spend it on. The most mysterious and therefore most effective way to play this deck would be to board an Alchemist’s Refuge and then play the deck in draw-go style. Take your card for the turn, play a land, and pass. To keep some pressure on opponent’s I’ve gone for the ever-reliable Delver of Secrets. Just watch out for Gut Shot!

Alone with the Dark

The next theme I’ll be discussing in Avacyn Restored is possibly my favorite of all. The loners theme in the set is pushed mostly by black but also a little bit of blue. Loner cards are creatures that benefit strongly from being the only creature you control. The driving force behind Avacyn Restored’s loner theme is a card called Homicidal Seclusion. Homicidal Seclusion solves a critical problem that comes as a result of playing a deck that does not board more than one creature at a time. Unless you have total control of the board (not likely in multiplayer) you must choose between swinging for damage or hanging back to block to protect your life total. With Homicidal Seclusion your choice creature will have lifelink. Now how this will work is each hit creates a buffer in your life total to survive the damage coming in during the remaining turns of the round. So who’s your loner of choice? Mine is Demonic Taskmaster.

Lonely Living

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This deck has a very straightforward strategy but there are also myriad vulnerabilities to the strategy that I’ve tried to address. First of all, you’re constantly going to be hopelessly outnumbered. This will put a lot of stress on you and probably make every game you play seems hopeless. The trick here is being able to repeatedly cast Divine Reckoning. This should effectively do a lot to shut down your opponents and has absolutely no effect on you whatsoever. You’ll only have one creature in play at a time. The next issue is how easy you are to simply disassemble. One removal spell is good to take this deck apart so it’s packed with a full card advantage generation suite and copies of Unburial Rites to keep your creature on the board.

Riot in the Streets

Apparently when the Angels returned to Innistrad the Humans, who up until now were repressed, lost their inhibition and went ape from town to city. The last build theme I’ll be talking about today is the rioters and the malcontents. Humans have taken a very interesting flavor spin from the first two sets. In Innistrad and Dark Ascension they were an organized force of paramilitary clerics and rangers. In Avacyn Restored we see their real personality and apparently it’s all the riots, looting, and witch-burning I was expecting in the previous two sets. The deck style we’re looking at here is going to be mostly a monored aggro. But don’t worry, this is Casual Carnage and if I didn’t have some dirty tricks in mind you wouldn’t still be reading. In the world of Innistrad, Humans are watched over by Angels. Keeping with the flavor of the set we should have room in the budget for a couple copies of Gisela, Blade of Goldnight.

Riot in the Streets

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As for those dirty tricks I was talking about I’m mostly looking to the interactions between the Humans’ abilities to produce a large amount of creatures and tokens very quickly and what they can do when combined with Burn at the Stake and Vigilante Justice. With Increasing Devotion, Gather the Townsfolk, and Commander’s Authority, you should have no problem generating plenty of tokens to fuel both cards. There is also the single-use Thatcher Revolt, which is tons of tokens (three) all at once but are exiled at the end of your turn. That being said it can dish out some significant damage when combined with Riot Ringleader. With Gisela in play each human who enters the battlefield alongside Vigilante Justice has a Shock attached to it. Lastly there is Gallows at Willow Hill, which I have been very excited to employ. It’s a repeatable source of removal that will help you hang anything you can’t burn. Barbaric and effective, just like our fellow man.

That’s all for this week folks. I’ll be back soon with some closer analysis and taller budget for decks featuring both Tamiyo, the Moon Sage and Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded. These may be separate or in a joint article. It’s hard to tell at this point but I can tell you the framework for each of their decks has been done and it’s looking very evil indeed. See you in seven, happy playing!

5/26/2012

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I like the hell out of the lonely living deck, you've taken two rares from this set that I'd normally toss over my shoulder after opening a pack and made them DO SOMETHING.
The stand alone creature theme also greatly bemuses me as it has an "AAAAAAH SPARTA!!!!" feeling to it.
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5/26/2012

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The loner deck. Doesn't have any 1 drops. Might aswell run Evolving Wilds when you're 3 color. And while on the subject, you have double blue and double white in your costs, but no double black; You only need 1 black mana to get going, by turn 3. I'd have as many Islands as Swamps.

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Commander's Authority is really really bad. Like, a expensive, worse Thraben Doomsayer that makes you lose 2 cards to a removal spell. Else, I really like this sort of deck.

And what on earth is Dream Twist doing in the first deck? Milling yourself so you can flashback more Dream Twist? Bluffing the milling plan on the opponent? I'm scared of that. D: Also, 4 Alchemist's Refuge seems overkill. Once you have one out, you really don't need another for anything.

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How does thraben doomsayer make you mill, he seems to be better than commander's authority. Never mind I just got past the bad grammar and it made sense. Your saying thraben is better

5/27/2012

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Terribly sorry, everybody. Those copies of Dream Twist should have been Silent Departure. I'm not sure of how those were confused and ended up switched. My apologies for the confusion.
Always be mindful of the great beyond and remember that somewhere out there a star died so that you could live.

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Makes sense. It was just that you also had written Dream Twist in the text for the article.

@Kutkh: What bad grammar? D:
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5/27/2012

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To address Thraben Doomsayer, I was already way over budget and Commander's Authority lets me show off Avacyn Restored material rather than entirely recycling my humans deck from Dark Ascension's article and looking like a hack :P
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Still, it is a bad card. I'd rarely ever play it even in limited. I think it has the highest worst card/best art ratio in the set though. Moar on the human deck: Cathars' Crusade is a card I'd like to have shown off. Just does silly things with Thatcher's Revolt, Gather the Townsfolk and Increasing Devotion D:

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I agree with Elle, I'd like to play the human deck if you swapped out the Commander's Authority for Cathar's Crusade or Thraben Doomsayer. But then my playgroup would probably ban me from playing it likethey did my mill deck. Oh and Grammatik macht frei.
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I kinda wanna shoot myself for sounding like me grammar teacher but Elle it would an expensive no a expensive and yea I shouldn't nit pick but when you read this stuff at two am the little things just shut my brain down, major spelling errors like grammar cat are easy but for some reason those tiny mistakes. Anyway feel free to rip into me now I feel like I deserve it after this post. I feel like I am begining to morph into some sort of grammar troll or something. Also in response to the decks I love that human deck idea, it is awesome.Not much fer the others though, me and blue usually ain't friends but I love me some red carnage. Is gisela really a budget card though, shes worth like ten bucks