There are many styles of decks out there when it comes to Magic The Gathering.
Different strategies become popular, certain cards; new and old, become trendy. However there is this one deck that I have come up against recently, and hands down; it was one of the most brilliant and most douche bag decks I have ever played against.
I am talking of course, about the "Infinite Persist Combo" deck for the Modern format of MTG.
The way the deck works is genius. To play against it once it's engine kicks in sucks pond water!
I sit down for my weekly FNM (Friday Night Magic) at my local store. The Format for the evening is Modern, and I am raring to go.
I come up against this deck. Then out comes the Murderous Red Cap. Then the Kitchen Finks. Then comes the dreaded Melvira, Sylock Outcast. Everything plays off each other and now I am up against an undying, infinite health gaining and damge dealing line of cards coming against me.
Needless to say I was frustrated. Me, playing Red/Blue Delver; I couldn't get my bolts out fast enough. The guy wins, displaying a cocky attitude along with snide remarks; and we get to talking. I ask him where he came up with the concept for the deck, and he replies that he copied it from the internet.
Another damn "Net Decker"!!!
As you may have guessed from previous articles, I loathe most "Net Deckers" and seriously feel that a vast majority of them lack imagination other than the sparkling notion they get to spend a ton of money on a deck they didn't create just so they can win and have something to feel good about in their lives. (Personal Opinion, most of the "Net Deckers" I have met are tools.)
So, heres my thing. How much does a deck like this cost to build?
I did my research. Thanks to the gang over at Channel Fireball, I have a complete list of the cards. And thanks to TCG, I have their listed cost.
So, let's begin!
According to Channel Fireball the main engine in this deck is the "Sacrifice". They say "To make this combo work the sacrifice needs to gain a +1/+1 counter or lose a -1/-1 counter when it comes back from the graveyard. Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit both do this for cheap, with Melira being the cheapest green engine. Juniper Order Ranger is the least expensive multicolored card that does this..." (Read More)
So the "Sacrifice's" they are talking about are Kitchen Finks and Murderous Red Caps. Hate these things. Although they're cool. The deck continously gives its player health while also dealing damge. Infinitly. It's annoying as hell to play against. They keep gaining life and doing damage to you. I could go on and on about how the deck works, but that's not the point of the article. The point is the "COST". So, here are the cards and their prices according to TCG.
I'm not even going to add in the sideboard that Channel Fireball suggests. If you want to see what it is you can go check out Channel Fireballs article HERE.
And the total, for an " Infinite Persist Combo" deck, not including the suggested sideboard, store mark up and sales tax is.........DRUM ROLL PLEASE?
Yes Ladies and Gentlemen! That's how much it costs to NOT have an imagingation and copy cat someone elses shit just so you can feel better about yourself by winning a card game.
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