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"Scrubs Corner": WE need YOU!!!! T2
By Shawn J. Houtsinger
Hello everyone,

I am preparing for Type 2 at Gencon in Chicago this month, what do I play?

I need YOUR (the casual player's) help. I will take suggestions or advice on what to put into my deck and how to play against others. Let me get some feedback so you can help this causal player make it...

I think I know what I want to play....

Ok, I did well at States, and I followed it up with a good record at Regionals, and now I am aiming for higher grounds.

I have made a decision. I am going to put forth an effort to get to a Pro Tour or Nationals this year. Practice, study cards, play good players, and just take it all in. So with this decision, I am hoping Chicago is going to be nice to me.

Here is what I think are going to be the top threats at Chicago.

1. ZVI, Draw-Go (blue)
2. Ponza (we are near Wisconsin and Adrian Sullivan and his gang will be around)
3. Rebel
4. Trinity (though most have caught on to this deck)
5. Black Control. (Jon Finkel really burst this out in the scene at Nationals)
6. Opalesence
7. Stompy
8. Bargain

So what is my decision?

Stompy. The version or close to it, that I played at states.

I know this is a weird choice but I am sticking with it.

Here's how I look at it:

Rebel: My hardest matchup. If I get out a lyrist or some enchantment removal I will be ok.

Black: Shouldn't be a prob. Depends how they Sb and if I get mine.

Blue: Next. Too quick for it.

Bargain: I can take it 60/40

Opalesence: This is always a good matchup. Need early Lyrist and my SB is good.

Trinity: Hard one, haven't really playtested against it.

Ponza: Not worried.

Mirror Match: I have my secrets......Heehhe Masticore!!!

The deck I am working on:

3 Wild Dogs
4 Pouncing Jaguar
4 Elvish Lyrist
4 Tangle Wire
4 Albino Troll
4 River Boa
3 Masticore
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Rancor
4 Giant Growth

3 Rishidan Port
4 Gaea's Cradle
15 Forest


2 Thran Foundry
1 Tranquil Grove
2 Tranquility
3 Uktabi Orangutan
1 Splinter
2 Thran Lens
2 Spreading Algae
2 Root Cage

I haven't decided if the Tangle Wires are worth it. [Editor's Note: Yes, they are!!! Trust me!] I might replace them for Utabi (3) and an extra Wild Dog or Might of Oaks [Editor's Note: Wild Might maybe?] The Sb is specifically against certain decks. I still have to playtest to see if they are worth it.

This is where you all come into the picture. Let me know what you think. If you have played this deck before, then let me know.


Shawn J. Houtsinger
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