Building a three color deck

Discussion in 'Casual Decks/Variants/Etc' started by Killer Joe, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Killer Joe Active Member

    Hi, I have come to the conclusion that I am the happiest playing casual magic when I'm playing a three color deck. Most of the decks I play are some form of control and three colors is a must for my happiness, so, with that said could you help me expand my knowledge of what are good cards for control that would wrok well in a three color deck.

    I don't have a specific favorite combination but my latest 'obsession' is Blue/Green/Black. here are some cards I have put on my 'tentative' list for a control deck:
    4x Gifts Ungiven
    4x Demonic Tutor
    4x Eternal Witness
    2x Kokusho, The Evening Star
    2x Damnation
    4x Propaganda
    4x Hissing Miasma
    4x Counterspell
    1x Null Rod
    1x Cursed Totem

    For lands:
    1x Miren, The Moaning Well (for Kokusho)
    1x Volrath's Stronghold (for Kokusho)

    I'm not big on creature heavy control decks in fact my list has four too many listed....:rolleyes:
  2. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    What's the format? Vintage?
  3. Killer Joe Active Member

    No ante cards, no silver bordered cards, no proxy's and no Vanguard character cards. otherwise, that's it, no B&R list.
  4. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    What sort of decks do you expect to be playing against?

    And have you considered Recurring Nightmare? Excellent synergy with Kokusho, although you'd want more than just Eternal Witnesses for it to work.
  5. Killer Joe Active Member

    This would be a multiplayer game anywhere from 5 to 9 players and I expect a lot of generic creature decks (all non-competetive/non-tournament players). But it's not the strength of their decks I'm worried about it's those deck as a collective threat that's a problem (i.e. ganging-up on me).
  6. Mooseman Isengar Tussle

    Not to worry KJ, I'll will take you out before turn 7.... (insert maniacal laughter here)
  7. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    Abyssal Gatekeeper can be useful for that (unless everyone is using flying creatures). You're already using Propaganda, which I think might be the best answer to that problem. What would your typical Gifts stack look like when playing this deck?
  8. Killer Joe Active Member

    Demonic Tutor, Kokusho, Eternal Witness, Volrath's Stronghold

    That seems like a nasty pick, to me.
  9. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    You might want an additional copy of Stronghold in there, in case it gets hit by Night Soil or something like that...
  10. Killer Joe Active Member

    I did think of that but with Eternal Witness and now I've added 3 copies of Gaea's Blessing I'm not too worried. Also, I'm trying to go creature lite or less for this deck.
  11. Shabbaman insert avatar here

    If you play with Gifts Ungiven you really need to play "gifts piles". These are sets of cards you get with Gifts and that guarantee that you get the card you want. In my VWR deck I play with the comparable Intuition, and then I get for instance Life from the Loam, Academy Ruins and Engineered Explosives. No matter what the opponent gives you, you'll get the EE eventually. Yes, I like recurring things and silver bullets :)

    Never mind, I skipped the last half of this thread, you know about Gift stacks. I would recommend the cards I just mentioned though.
  12. Killer Joe Active Member

    4x Gifts Ungiven
    4x Demonic Tutor
    4x Eternal Witness
    3x Gaea’s Blessing
    1x Regrowth
    2x Kokusho, The Evening Star
    4x Hissing Miasma
    4x Propaganda
    4x Naturalize
    2x Damnation
    4x Counterspell
    2x Forbid
    2x Capsize
    1x Null Rod
    1x Cursed Totem
    1x Kraken’s Eye
    1x Demon’s Horn
    1x Wurm’s Tooth

    4x Overgrown Tomb
    4x Tropical Island
    3x Watery Grave
    1x Drowned Catacomb
    1x Misty Rainforest
    1x Polluted Delta
    1x Reflecting Pool
    1x Miren, The Moaning Well
    1x Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
    3x Forest
    3x Swamp
    5x Island
    1x Volrath’s Stronghold
    1x Maze of Ith
  13. Killer Joe Active Member

    Welp, that was did that font get on there? *shrugs*
    Anyway, This is my list and I am DESPERATELY trying to avoid "SHAZAM, I WIN!" type decks.
    Mooseman is the only other player with 'skills' and he never plays solid deck archetypes (but that's a whole thread topic in of itself, LOL!) but the rest of them are like country folk in a big city,.....lost.
    This deck, though I've never played this combination of colors before, is similar to other decks I've played so it won't be too much of a shock.
    Heck, the only reason I even included Gifts Ungiven is because I my four copies right when they came out and I have never used them in a deck. So I thought, why not? And then i realized I had to have a gifts stack and whatnot and so I went with a style I sorta knew already and that's how I came up with the deck list.
    Thanks for the input fellas, I'll let you know how it went.
  14. Mooseman Isengar Tussle

    Unfortunately, I have to get my car inspected tomorrow and I will not be able to foil KJ's evil plans.
    Another month goes by and he is free to spread his evil upon the world......

    I am actually gonna open some boxes of newish product and see what i have for next month......
  15. Killer Joe Active Member

    Too bad, brother, but by next month I'll be resorting to bizzare EXPERIMENTAL decks, tee-hee.....
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  17. Defenestrator New Member

    Repay is actually pretty good in a Kokusho deck! make sure your cheesy combo isn't done in by an even cheesier infinite life combo!

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