This is a Boros Devotion deck that I have been playing around with since Journey into Nyx came online on Magic Online. This deck draws some inspiration from the Tomoharu Saito version (again from his prolific Twitter account) but more on what Thea Steele played to the Top 8 of one of last year's StarCity Invitationals.
The main additions to the strategy are Prophetic Flamespeaker and Iroas, God of Victory. That three-into-four can help ensure Prophetic Flamespeaker gets in...and then we can only assume that anything and everything we imagine can and will occur. Huzzah.
The main cut is Frostburn Weird. I never really loved-loved that card in the decks where it seemed forced; and Boros Devotion smelled like one of those to me. It might very well be the case that Frostburn Weird ultimately belongs, but for our purposes...it isn't present.
This deck is often the beatdown, but not always. It is a heavy mana deck with some "Tinker"-like elements (there will be a fair number of matchups over the course of the day where your Stormbreath Dragon is the most expensive thing in either deck). But generally speaking, you use your creatures to soften him up...and then? BAM! Fanatic of Mogis!
Here's how it looks on turn six:
He has 18 life and three cards in hand.
The only card in his graveyard is a Gladecover Scout.
We have one card in the graveyard: Anger of the Gods.
Now we have (at least) another Stormbreath Dragon!
It's our sixth turn and we haven't played a land yet.
The challenge: Play your sixth turn. Why did you do that?
As usual with Make the Play Monday, the question is open to the TCGplayer community to answer. Go ahead and answer in the comments below.
On Flores Rewards Friday we will draw to winners from the comments below. One of them that agrees with Yours Truly, and one who agrees with the week's Celebrity Guest. Each of those two winners will receive $25 in TCGplayer.com store credit.
What's even better is just walking through the individual plays that make up games of competitive Magic: The Gathering. I don't always make the right play, meaning I don't always agree with the Celebrity Guest...but I feel like it's really fun and worthwhile for me personally to walk through some of these situational decision making opportunities.
Hopefully you like it, too.
(What are you waiting for?)
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