Mono Blue Misc

Several weeks ago I posted a deck built out of the left over cards from a couple of preconstructed decks I bought and raided. I gave the deck to a friend who plays magic casually and but is not interested in spending tons of money on the hobby and really, who can blame him. To recap here is the original deck.

4x Phantasmal Bear
4x Neurok Commando
4x AEther Adept
4x Master Thief
4x Phantasmal Dragon
2x Spined Thopter
2x Frost Breath
4x Negate
4x Mind Control
4x Mana Leak
4x Preordain
20x Island

The strength of this deck is its ability to grab creatures and artifacts from its opponents and deny them the ability to develop a significant offense. He has played this deck successfully several times now, he likes the deck, however it does have several weaknesses. While its mana curve is not horrible, it is a bit flat, with 12 cards outside of casting during the first three turns and nearly half the deck can not be cast if you miss a mana drop during the first three turns.

First up, the Phantasmal Dragon has got to go, for as big a creature it is, it is too easily killed, I’d rather use the Delver of Secrets, 1 drop and flip from a 3/2 flying creature. Yeah it is still inside shock range, but having an attacking 3/2 flier on the field on turn two is too good to pass up. Next, I would replace the Preordain with Ponder. Preordain is out of the Standard block now and only allows you to dig 2 deep into your deck. Ponder allows you to dig 3 deep and costs the same. Finally, I would drop Spined Thopter and Frost Breath for 4 Vapor Snag or Unsummon, Unsummon is easier to get, but Vapor Snag has the added bonus of doing a point of damage to your opponent. This also adds 4 more instants which increases the chances of flipping the Delver on turn 2.

4x Phantasmal Bear
4x Neurok Commando
4x AEther Adept
4x Master Thief
4x Delver of Secrets
4x Vapor Snag
4x Negate
4x Mind Control
4x Mana Leak
4x Ponder
20x Island

There, now the mana curve is much better, the deck will play faster and more consistent while becoming better focused. The really nice thing here is the modifications will cost around $5. While I would not take this deck to a tournament, I would not be embarrassed to bring it to Friday Night Magic at the local game store.

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