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Super Villains: Magic: the Gathering Standard Deck

Chandra Ablaze

Super Friends (or UWR Planeswalkers) has been making an impact on Standard recently.  My problem with Super Friends is that it’s A) really expensive (running all of the highest priced Planeswalkers) and B) all about the good guys.

So, here’s my response:  Super Villains.  I’ve seen other decks called Super Villains, but none seemed to really embrace not using Jace, the Mind Sculptor or Ajani Vengeant, (or Elspeth, or Gideon) for the most part, and some were even running Baneslayer Angel (who, thematically, is not a villain, unless you consider her price to be villainous).

The Planeswalkers here are on the lower end of the price spectrum for Magic’s new figurehead characters.   You can get the entire Planeswalker suite for this deck on Star City Games for just a bit more than the going price of ONE(!) Jace, the Mind Sculptor.  Sarkhan the Mad is the priciest, and I’m not sure the deck “needs” to run him, but he’s so cool, in such a wickedly twisted insane evil way.

Super Villains

Planeswalkers (8)

  • 3x Chandra AblazeSarkhan the Mad
  • 3x Liliana Vess
  • 2x Sarkhan the Mad

Creatures (6)

  • 4x Runed Servitor
  • 2x Slavering Nulls

Spells (22)

  • 4x Blightning
  • 2x Terminate
  • 2x Bituminous Blast
  • 4x Lightning Bolt
  • 2x Burning Inquiry
  • 2x Burst Lightning
  • 2x Runeflare Trap
  • 4x Megrim

Artifacts (3)

  • 3x Howling Mine

Lands (21)

  • 4x Dragonskull Summit
  • 4x Lavaclaw Reaches
  • 4x Akoum Refuge
  • 2x Bojuka Bog
  • 5x Mountain
  • 2x Swamp

Sideboard (15)

  • 2x Consume the Meek
  • 2x Goblin Ruinblaster
  • 4x Duress
  • 4x Corrupted Zendikon
  • 2x Terminate
  • 1x Sarkhan the Mad

About the Deck:

The Super Villains (Planeswalkers)

Liliana VessOne of the main things I’m going for here is to use Chandra Ablaze’s second ability with Megrim (Liliana’s Caress post-M11) in play.  Plus, there are plenty of red sorceries and instants, if somehow you get to use her ultimate. Liliana Vess, well, she makes people discard, plain and simple.  Plus, with all the stuff that should be in your opponent’s graveyard, playing her ultimate would be devilishly awesome.  Sarkhan the Mad acts as personal tutoring, but it’s really his second ability that I love, hence  the Runed Servitors and Slavering Nulls as sacrifice fodder, as well as chump blockers.  As I said, I’m not sure he needs to be in this deck.  It might be “safer” to run a more strict B/R discard build here without him.  In that case, I would probably do 4x Slavering Nulls and also possibly 4x Hypnotic Specter (probably moving to Liliana’s Specter post-M11).  4x Duress would also be a good option.

The Other Cards

Until Alara Block rotates out if you’re playing B/R you pretty much have to run Blightning, and also Bituminious Blast.  Blightning is great on its own, and then if you have a Megrim out, you’re looking at 7 damage plus 2 cards from one card.  Plus, they’re red so you can might get to throw them at your opponent again with Chandra’s ultimate.  Post Alara rotation, I’d probably run some Duress here (as long as they reappear in M11).  Runeflare Trap is one of those cards that I’ve wanted a reason to play with.  There are multiple opportunities to force your opponent to draw several cards in a turn in this deck, so I wanted to run at least 2.  I almost put in a full playset.  I still might and drop the 2x Burning Inquiry, but that also works quite well with Megrim.  More likely, I will drop the 2x Slavering Nulls to have 4x Runeflare Trap.

Mana Base

I’ll admit it:  I’m not good at calculating mana bases.  So, 21 lands may be too few, or it may be too many.  Any help here would be useful.

Other thoughts

I toyed with the idea of running 4x Bloodghast and 4x Grim Discovery, without the Slavering Nulls and possibly without the Runed Servitors.  I like the idea of repeatedly bringing back the Bloodghasts after sacrificing them to Sarkhan the Mad.  I also like the idea of using Corrupted Zendikon in this way, perhaps instead of Grim Discovery, because the sacrificed land-creature would bounce the land back to hand so as to activate the Bloodghast landfall trigger (much like I wanted to do with Wind Zendikon in my Polymorph Deck).  Another possible creature for this deck was Hellfire Mongrel, but I wasn’t entirely convinced it would be useful with the significant card drawing that would be happening, both because of Howling Mine and Chandra’s second ability.

Allied Variant

I’ve tossed around some ideas for variants on this deck, including one that runs Allies.  I don’t think it’s all that competitive, but it could be fun.

Super Villains v.2:  Allied Super Villain Team-Up

Planeswalkers (8)

  • 3x Chandra Ablaze
  • 3x Liliana Vess
  • 2x Sarkhan the Mad

Creatures (11)Bala Ged Thief

  • 3x Bala Ged Thief
  • 3x Agadeem Occultist
  • 1x Hagra Diabolist
  • 3x Akoum Battlesinger
  • 1x Kazuul Warlord

Spells (21)

  • 4x Blightning
  • 2x Terminate
  • 2x Bituminous Blast
  • 4x Lightning Bolt
  • 4x Burst Lightning
  • 4x Megrim

Lands (21)

  • 4x Dragonskull Summit
  • 4x Lavaclaw Reaches
  • 4x Akoum Refuge
  • 2x Bojuka Bog
  • 5x Mountain
  • 2x Swamp

Sideboard (15)

  • 2x Consume the Meek
  • 2x Goblin Ruinblaster
  • 4x Duress
  • 4x Staggershock
  • 2x Terminate
  • 1x Sarkhan the Mad

New posts on the way!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I am going to (once again) try to do so on a more regular basis.  I’m going to shoot for weekly.  If I put it into my Google Calendar with a reminder, I should be able to accomplish this.  Google Calendar has become my friend.

Communist Scrabble

During a Scrabble game being held just now on the Teen Space floor, according to Maryna, one of my regular teens at the library (and of Russian Ukranian descent) their are Communist rules for Scrabble:

“Stalin says “freedom” is not a word.”