Alexi's Tricks

Today we have a Blue deck in distress. Since Blue has been getting the shaft for awhile, this ought to be interesting.

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Hey! I'm so glad that pojo finally got a Magic site. Well I plan to take advantage of the minimum # of deck fixes so here is my counter deck Alexi's Tricks. I want to play it in a tourney next week so I need to
have legal in type 2. Thanx.

Alexi's Tricks-

Lands-15

Islands-15

Creatures-14

Alexi, Zephyr Mage-1
Quicksilver Wall-1
Spiketail Drake-1
Shrouded Serpent-2
Sandbar Merfolk-2
Saprazzan Legate-2
Spiketail Hatchling-4
Stinging Barrier-1

Artifacts-1

Eye of Ramos-1

Instants/Sorceries-13

Accumulated Knowledge-2
Mana Vapors-2
Capsize-2
Gush-1
Prohibit-1
Foil-2
Rethink-3

Heightened Awareness-1
Rhystic Study-1
Treasure Trove-1
Sunken Field-2

Interrupts-12

Counterspell-4
Mana Leak-3
Forbid-2
Power Sink--1
Spell Blast-1
Rebound-1


Well there it is, hope you can do SOMETHING with it
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There is a lot we can do with it.  Since the deck seems to revolve around bounce, cards, and counters it has a lot of potential.  First step: Cut the fat.

First, your deck runs a lot of "one ofs" and that's a bad thing without the Mirage block tutors.  There are also some more efficient cards you could be running, and I will try and keep the number of rares down. Next: your decklist isn't T2, so I'll have to cut two of my favorite cards, Forbid and Capsize. The last problem is that you have too little land.  This is gonna cause you the most losses, since you'll never be able to cast your good stuff. The least amount of land you should put in a deck is 20, except for 10 Land Stompy, but that's a different story.  Most decks need 24.

Alexi's Tricks v2.0

22 Islands

3 Alexi, Zephyr Mage
3 Air Elemental

3 Eye of Ramos (or Sky Diamond)

4 Opt
4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Foil
3 Thwart
4 Counterspell
4 Wash Out
4 Fact or Fiction

This deck is a lot more controlish than the previous Tricks deck.  The counters are there to stop the things Alexi can't, like Blastoderm, Saproling Burst, Parrallax Wave and Armageddon.  Alexi is a 3/3 beatstick, but with cards like Urza's Rage running around, I thought having Air Elemental backup would be prudent.

A Draw Go rip off you say? Fine, I'll make another deck.

Naughty Tricks

3 Alexi, Zephyr Mage
4 Warped Devotion
3 Withdraw
4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Vampiric Tutor
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Dark Ritual
4 Recoil
4 Wash Out

4 Underground River
4 Salt Marsh
12 Island
6 Swamp

All that useful bounce packed in with Warped Devotion is sure to cause a few headaches.  Pull the Recoil for Counterspell and the Withdraw for Undermine if Armageddon is popular in your area.

Until Ertai joins the Backstreet Boys, Make Mine Magic.

Kevin Williams
Kevin@pojo.com
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Of my mediocre day to day.
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When I say those stupid words that they expect me to say.


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