- Jamie Wakefield
- Student of Warfare
- The Spanish Inquisition
Before we get in to Magic: The Gathering blogging, I just wanted to throw something out there:
Jamie Wakefied has just come out with a new book. As far as I can tell, this book is not about Magic: The Gathering. I am going to order it… any longtime fans of Jamie (and I’m sure that many of you hold yourselves in that group) should probably do the same.
For the love.
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If you order, I will probably make one trillion dollars. Or maybe like one dollar.
Okay, now for the Magic: The Gathering part.
Student of Warfare:
Multiple people, including Jeroen Remie via Twitter and Slov01 in the comments of the last post pointed out that Student of Warfare is much the 3/3 for three mana as Transcendent Master.
I was actually planning to write about Student of Warfare anyway… But I hadn’t thought of it in that way.
The reason is that, even if it can be thought of as a 3/3 for three mana, it isn’t. It is much, much, better.
The first reason why Student of Warfare is better than a “regular” Gnarled Mass is that it costs one, not three, as a base. This lets you put a down payment on the card on turn one, then spend the next two on turn two for three damage on the second turn (you know, a turn before you could even playTranscendent Master.
Its one-ness is very powerful with one of my three favorite [Standard] creatures, Ranger of Eos.
Student of Warfare is like the white side of Figure of Destiny in the same way that Kargan Dragonlord represents a Red analogue. In my opinion, Student of Warfare seems like the stronger card because its one mana-ness lets it lace up with Antoine Ruel like Figure of Destiny did in Boat Brew.
The second reason why Student of Warfare is much better than a Gnarled Mass — not that being better than a Watchwolf on the second turn without going into a second color isn’t good enough — is that it isn’t just a 3/3; it’s a 3/3 first strike… Kind of like a White Knight grafted onto a Hand of Honor (you know, whiteout the racism).
Getting to Level Seven is quite realistic. It will be awesome when it is awesome. We probably don’t have to spend a whole lot of time on the “ultimate” to this leveler.
Snap Judgment Rating – Staple
More Spanish Inquisition
I know “current” Standard is medium-irrelevant just now, but I have been having a lot of fun playing. This is what I have been playing most; I am very happy with it actually:
4 Armillary Sphere
4 Everflowing Chalice
1 Obelisk of Alara
4 Ajani Vengeant
4 Burst Lightning
4 Chandra Nalaar
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Day of Judgment
2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
3 Path to Exile
4 Naya Panorama
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
The distinguishing thing about this version is still the Goblin Assault set after sideboarding. I really like those: They have been great against control, in particular the relatively popular Jace, the Mind Sculptor decks.
Main deck the main difference between this and the pre-Worldwake version is the addition of Motherlovin Cup aka Everlasting Chalice. The Chalice lets this deck play third turn Ajani Vengeant, Day of Judgment, or sometimes Elspeth, Knight-Errant.
If there is one card (or kind of card) I would like to play (or rather add), it is something like Earthquake or Martial Coup. Martial Coup would be great in particular with Motherlovin Cup… Not sure what to cut right now. I have sided every card in the ‘board in the last 24 hours, with Oblivion Ring a necessary evil due to the many, many Planeswalkers that are now played even in Standard aggressive decks.
Anyway, that’s it for today. Pretty exciting news for fans of me, Billy Moreno, and Paul Jordan that we will unveil relatively soon 🙂