The Faeries Mirror with Brett Blackman

Brett Blackman just won the 2008 Pennsylvania State Championship with Faeries, battling through three Faeries mirrors in the Top 8. In this video, Brett outlines his strategy for winning the Faeries mirror as well as changes he would make to his State Championship-winning deck list.

Here is Brett’s Pennsylvania State Championship-winning deck list:

1 Loxodon Warhammer

4 Bitterblossom
3 Thoughtseize

3 Broken Ambitions
4 Cryptic Command
4 Mistbind Clique
2 Ponder
4 Scion of Oona
4 Spellstutter Sprite
1 Sower of Temptation
3 Vendilion Clique

3 Agony Warp

3 Faerie Conclave
3 Island
4 Mutavault
4 Secluded Glen
3 Sunken Ruins
3 Swamp
4 Underground River

1 Thoughtseize
1 Loxodon Warhammer
2 Razormane Masticore
2 Jace Beleren
3 Infest
2 Shriekmaw
1 Sower of Temptation
1 Glen Elendra Archmage
2 Puppeteer Clique

No changes to the main deck.

-1 Loxodon Warhammer
-2 Razormane Masticore
-2 Puppeteer Clique

+1 Infest
+1 Shriekmaw
+2 Negate
+1 Agony Warp

Brett’s keys to winning the mirror:

The key cards are Bitterblossom and Thoughtseize. Bitterblossom is the true threat, and Thoughtseize is there to steal the opponent’s Bitterblossom. Brett advocates aggressive mulligans to obtain these strategic cards or proxies for therm.

On the play only, you can keep a hand with Broken Ambitions so as to counter the opponent’s turn two Bitterblossom.

Ponder allows you to keep otherwise weak hands, and even hide a Bitterblossom one deep, so that the opponent’ can’t Thoughtseize yours.

Should you find yourself up against a Bitterblossom with none of your own, the 2008 Pennsylvania State Champion suggests using Agony Warp to set up a two-for-one in the hopes of putting the opponent behind on the board.



I know this video is a little different, but I hope you liked it. Thanks and congratulations to the newly-minted 2008 Pennsylvania State Champion!


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#1 kenseiden on 11.17.08 at 8:49 am

I’ve had the pleasure to talk a bit to brett at Buenos Aires. So cool guy, so calm, and so kind. Congratz on winning states!

…and, yes. bitterblossom is THAT broken. You see all whole effort to fight/deploy a turn 2 bitterawesome? My vote to ban it still keeps.

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