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 Post subject: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon multiplayer (with vids!)
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-11 2:41 am 
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This deck was initially way out of my comfort zone, but I made it something I enjoyed playing in multiplayer games.

Commander
1 Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon

Creatures (19)
1 Ascendant Evincar
1 Bloodgift Demon
1 Bone Shredder
1 Crypt Ghast
1 Dark Impostor
1 Dread
1 Graveborn Muse
1 Leaden Myr
1 Magus of the Coffers
1 Nezumi Graverobber
1 Nirkana Revenant
1 Palladium Myr
1 Phyrexian Crusader
1 Plague Myr
1 Rune-Scarred Demon
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Withered Wretch
1 Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed

Artifacts (21)
1 Armillary Sphere
1 Bonehoard
1 Caged Sun
1 Champion's Helm
1 Charcoal Diamond
1 Contagion Clasp
1 Crawlspace
1 Elixir of Immortality
1 Jet Medallion
1 Journeyer's Kite
1 Lashwrithe
1 Loxodon Warhammer
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mind Stone
1 Nightmare Lash
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 O-Naginata
1 Oblivion Stone
1 Sol Ring
1 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Swiftfoot Boots

Enchantments (4)
1 Dauthi Embrace
1 Endless Scream
1 Phyrexian Arena
1 Underworld Connections

Instants (7)
1 Go for the Throat
1 Imp's Mischief
1 Skeletal Scrying
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Sudden Spoiling
1 Tainted Strike
1 Vampiric Tutor

Planeswalkers (2)
1 Karn Liberated
1 Liliana of the Dark Realms

Sorceries (9)
1 Damnation
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Diabolic Revelation
1 Praetor's Grasp
1 Profane Command
1 Promise of Power
1 Sever the Bloodline
1 Sign in Blood
1 Spread the Sickness

Lands (37)
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Cabal Coffers
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Deserted Temple
1 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Lake of the Dead
1 Maze of Ith
1 Petrified Field
1 Phyrexia's Core
1 Rogue's Passage
1 Shizo, Death's Storehouse
1 Strip Mine
21 Swamp
1 Tectonic Edge
1 Thawing Glaciers
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Volrath's Stronghold

Skittles can receive a lot of hate at the multiplayer table. As such, I wanted the deck to be able to function even without him. I think the deck doesn't necessarily need Skittles but he certainly makes it better. With the equipment package and the ramp, ideally he only needs 2 hits (or less) to kill someone.

There is also some stuff in the deck to make sure that Skittles can get through, along with some defensive stuff when you receive the the inevitable backlash. There initially was more of a proliferate theme but I found it clunky and cut most of it. Even the proliferate stuff that's still in the deck can be taken out. (I would replace Spread the Sickness with Hero's Downfall if you have it. I just haven't been able to get one yet.) The infect stuff in the deck did well though.

I admit I got a little greedy with the mana base. There's a lot of stuff that depends on Swamps and only 21 Swamps. I make up for this with Liliana, Journeyer's Kite, Armillary Sphere, etc. I also didn't really look at how Skittles decks are typically made so this may not be the usual way to build one. But it worked out for me.

So how does it play? Check it out here: http://puremtgo.com/articles/conqueror- ... ght-dragon I also go into more detail about the deck and card choices.

Questions, comments, concerns, let me know!

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 Post subject: Re: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon multiplayer (with vids!)
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-12 7:02 am 

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I'd probably play a Solemn Simulacrum over the mana myr. Also Expedition Map is pretty good too.


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 Post subject: Re: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon multiplayer (with vids!)
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-13 5:51 am 
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Wayne Viktorius wrote:
I'd probably play a Solemn Simulacrum over the mana myr. Also Expedition Map is pretty good too.


I could see that. For some reason I didn't consider Simulacrum. Probably due to mana curve issues.

Expedition Map is good, but I didn't really find it necessary. Maybe I just got lucky, but when I needed specific lands I usually drew a regular tutor, of just drew into them.

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 Post subject: Re: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon multiplayer (with vids!)
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-13 6:30 am 

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I never include charcoal diamond these days. It just feels too slow, coming into play tapped. Fellwar stone is quicker, and black is a rather popular colour. True, it doesn't help after an armageddon-type effect.

In that case, darksteel ingot, phyrexian totem (creature when needed), coalition relic (two mana with planning), or spectral searchlight (politics) also do a nice job, without entering the field tapped.


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 Post subject: Re: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon multiplayer (with vids!)
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-14 7:09 am 
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green slime wrote:
I never include charcoal diamond these days. It just feels too slow, coming into play tapped. Fellwar stone is quicker, and black is a rather popular colour. True, it doesn't help after an armageddon-type effect.


I think the inclusion of Charcoal Diamond is mainly for the curve. I just liked having another 2 drop mana producer. I agree, Fellwar Stone is actually pretty good. I've used it a decent amount in Esper and other builds. I could see it being useful here, but I do like the gauranteed Black mana, even if it does come into play tapped. I think that if I cut back on the colorless lands I would go with Fellwar for sure.

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