With Eldritch Moon officially selling in stores now, it is time to start coming up with new deck ideas for Magic: The Gathering (MTG). I had used a Super Friends strategy before Eldritch Moon made its debut in Standard. When I tried to play some games earlier at my local card shop, the addition of new Eldritch Moon cards for my opponents’ decks made a difference. My Super Friends build once held its own, but I felt overwhelmed how new cards from this set made some of my previously effective combos less potent.
Just like that, new meta(s) come into play with every card set. My prediction: Eldritch Moon will speed up the format. Aggressive-based decks are going to see more play. As such, I either adapt or will watch my current tactics struggle with Eldritch Moon making its way into original deck concepts. I am going to choose the former.
Eldritch Moon released two rare and valuable Planeswalkers to find in this set: Liliana, the Last Hope and Tamiyo, Field Researcher.
Individually, both of these cards respectively rock. They each possess powerful abilities and provide various advantages. In fact, regular decks could make use of either card to great effect. However, to wedge in copies of both cards into an enhanced Super Friends build would be quite devastating. Normally, these cards suffer from strict color requirements to cast. Still, cards like Oath of Nissa from Oath of the Gatewatch would negate the demanding color requirements.
Then again, getting multiple copies of either Planeswalker will be quite expensive as the cards are relatively new and in demand. Unless I am willing to pay at least $150 at the time of me writing this post on the spot, these deck additions may be too expensive for my taste.
My favorite kind of card in MTG is the enchantment. One of my favorite archetypes in the game happens to be angels. So a deck idea combining both things into one entity makes a lot of sense to me as a player. Eldritch Moon has released some interesting cards that fit both molds. For instance, Sigarda’s Aid comes to mind.
I would love to build a deck around this card. It would be tricky to do so, but I think some cards could make it work. Not to mention, Eldritch Moon naturally brought in some mighty angels to consider for decks.
Green/White Good Stuff
When in doubt, I could always just use the best cards from this set for my colors and put everything together under one roof. Just in green and white, many rare cards exist. Plenty of cards will find homes in different deck concepts. It would be a logical move to track down some of these premium cards for a strong, stable idea.
The trick, of course, would be to find real synergy with these rare cards. Throwing every good card together does not necessarily translate to success. It takes understanding the dynamics of proper deck building to grasp this notion. I would even argue that deck building itself is half of what makes a good MTG player. The other half is executing your gameplan correctly.
Putting on the Thinking Cap
Ultimately, deck building remains one of my favorite parts about MTG. I love getting the gears in my head working to develop something unique and exciting. Eldritch Moon just opened the floodgates for new decks to hit the scene. I am just very excited to come up with something special. The possibilities are almost endless.
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