Pierre is a freelance translator and avid gamer living in Ottawa, Canada. He has been playing Magic since Legends and is far more interested in the social and creative aspects of the game than with competition. He harbors a deep resentment of Blue and isn't that crazy about Green, either. He can often be found casting Dark Ritual, Phyrexian Negator - then laughing maniacally. "If they reprinted Sinkhole, I'd be a very happy man."
Greetings to everyone in the land of Magic Online. While StarCityGames.com has done an excellent job of posting informative pieces on Kamigawa, be it for Limited or individual card analysis, few have touched on its impact on Magic Online casual formats. Since Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) is now available online, it merits examining.
An emperor can have the best deck, with all the appropriate cards, but he will be hard-pressed to win if his flankers have divergent strategies to the ones required to improve team play. In short, a flanker’s role is to give the Emperor more resources (called”love” in game parlance) so he can, in turn, grant his flankers more lands and so on.
Many of you may be unfamiliar with Iron Man (I plan on explaining our group’s specific rules later on), so I will expose the basics here. Essentially, if a card leaves the play area for any reason, it gets ripped (or destroyed in a creative fashion). While many find this objectionable, everyone I know has a ton of commons from expansions they don’t need, so they can usually begrudgingly admit that getting rid of them in this fashion is, at least, plausible.
As with any format, however, there will be those that try and make an impression while playing, by getting rid of foils, foreign black-bordered cards, APAC lands, and even Power 9. I must admit I am one of these people.
So Pierre’s making a deck for multiplayer; not so unusual. But when you’re building a deck where every card that leaves play or is put into the graveyard is shredded beyond repair, you need a different strategy. You need… STYLE.
The second and most recent build of the Beast deck abuses Anurid Brushhopper, Glory, and other such cards to create a virtually unstoppable beatings machine… And already it’s made some showings at a few States tourneys. What is the origin of this deck, and what does its sideboard look like?