Fieldmist Borderpost, Mistvein Borderpost, & Tezzeret the Seeker

That’s right FiveWithFlores fans… a possible payoff! Here comes a legitimately exciting Standard Tezzerator sketch featuring Tezzeret the Seeker plus new Alara Reborn weapons Fieldmist Borderpost and Mistvein Borderpost.


To begin with, here’s the deck:

Borderpost Tezzerator

4 Fieldmist Borderpost
4 Mind Stone
4 Mistvein Borderpost
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Rings of Brighthearth

4 Cryptic Command
4 Jace Beleren
4 Mulldrifter
3 Tezzeret the Seeker

4 Esper Charm

1 Ajani Goldmane
2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
3 Path to Exile
4 Wrath of God

4 Arcane Sanctum
9 Island
2 Mystic Gate
2 Plains
1 Swamp

2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Scepter of Dominance
2 Negate
1 Plumeveil
2 Austere Command
1 Ajani Goldmane
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
2 Oblivion Ring
1 Path to Exile
2 Wall of Reverence

The main deck still needs to be tuned (obviously… it’s 61 cards). I am a little skeptical of the Black component because there isn’t enough Black to support Scepter of Fugue, which is the best kind of card in this strategy for fighting decks like Jund Ramp or Reflecting Pool Control.

Right now the only Black is Esper Charm, which is admittedly a superb spell (though it could be replaced with some combination of Courier’s Capsules and Armillary Spheres. I am guessing that the Black will remain, though, because Mistvein Borderpost is an essential part of this deck and it would be a shame to waste that Black splash (though the mana would be improved going down to two colors and replacing some Arcane Sanctums with the last two Mystic Gates).

The idea of this deck came to me due to the Borderpost cycle. The Borderposts just give us more cheap, high utility, artifacts that can help add loyalty to Tezzeret the Seeker; previously the format really only had only Mind Stone. The Borderposts give us not acceleration but “power” mana once Tezzeret is already in play, plus “bodies” for Tezzeret’s ultimate ability. Hi-ya!

No one has produced a proven deck using the Borderposts yet so there is no great model on how to build a mana base. Remember the Borderposts aren’t lands. They function like Coastal Towers and Salt Marshes… but only when you have already got a basic land. So I loaded this deck with basic lands! The lucky side is that this deck seems relatively resilient against Anathemancer, which looks to be next to unique in the current format.

So how does this deck work?

The primary threats in Borderpost Tezzerator are the three of the four Planeswalkers. I have never ended a game with Jace’s ultimate ability, but there is no reason why you wouldn’t be able to (especially as this is a Rings of Brighthearth deck). Of course you can hassle with Elspeth’s microscopic army. The sexiest kill — especially when you’ve capitalized on Rings of Brighthearth — is an Avatar or double-Avatar strike set up by Ajani Goldmane.

But the most common kill is of course having four artifacts in play and killing the opponent with Tezzeret the Seeker. It’s pretty easy to have four artifacts out, and it’s not very difficult to get your guys through. Here are some kills you may not have seen at first glance:

  • Any big kill – Cryptic Command the opponent’s creatures at the end of the opponent’s turn, untap and swing for the kill (easiest with Tezzeret kill, but fine with Ajani kill).
  • Avatar kill – Pre-combat use Elspeth’s ultimate ability to make the Avatar(s) immortal. Wrath of God pre-combat… Your guy lives, the opponent dies.
  • Avatar kill – Elspeth sends the Avatar “to the air” to circumvent blockers! Obvious?
  • Tezzeret kill – Wrath of God pre-combat. This is kind of hideous… All of their guys die, your guys aren’t even guys yet when the Wrath goes off.. They probably die.

Card rundown…

Fieldmist Borderpost
Obviously a defining card of this deck; its existence is fundamental to the viability of the Tezzeret deck in Standard… In this deck it’s a decent land, but because it’s an artifact, it plays nicely with the most powerful Planeswalker.

Mind Stone
Basically the only sort of mana acceleration available in a deck like this in Standard. I ran it in some Grixis and Reflecting Pool Control decks pre-Conflux, but they were never good enough… This deck has a fair number of important four mana spells — Ajani Goldmane, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Wrath of God — and Mind Stone can help put those cards out more quickly. Subtly, the card is also useful for playing cards like Jace Beleren because there are so many “lands” in Borderpost Tezzerator that come into play tapped (you know, like the Borderposts themselves). Mind Stone works pretty well with Tezzeret the Seeker and Rings of Brighthearth in long Stage Two games. You can use Tezzeret and Rings to search up two Mind Stones for “free” (you pay two mana but the Mind Stones in play); the Mind Stones provide not only a long term mana advantage, but with sufficient mana the above play is basically an Opportunity (with Rings of Brighthearth, each of the Mind Stones represents two cards).

Mistvein Borderpost
See Fieldmist Borderpost, above, except Mistvein Borderpost is less important to this deck in particular because Borderpost Tezzerator is a White deck and not really a Black deck.

Relic of Progenitus
Card number sixty-one. I always under-prepare for Reveillark decks. There also used to be a Pithing Needle.

Rings of Brighthearth
The deck doesn’t need the Rings in play to win; in a sense this is “win more” … but really it’s win way more. It seems pretty difficult to beat this deck if you let it play a few turns with Rings and any one of the Planeswalkers. Remember Mind Stone works well with Rings as well… I was thinking of adding Esper Panorama and maybe Mistveil Plains (which both have nice synergy with the Rings), but like I said before we have no real data on the Borderposts and I don’t just want to manascrew myself.

Cryptic Command

Jace Beleren
This is the only four-of Planeswalker in the deck. Strictly a curve issue. You want to hit three, play Jace, draw some cards, get out and get going.

This deck actually started out as a B/U Mannequin hybrid deck! Shriekmaw, Soul Manipulation… Sexy, right? Mulldrifter is the only card that made the cuts; I felt like Planeswalkers was a more powerful theme than Mannequin. I don’t see ever cutting this card… It’s not a lot worse than Compulsive Research on three, and the five mana version can attack and block.

Tezzeret the Seeker
The crown jewel – The Borderposts make Tezzeret frankly playable in Standard; going even a little bit long, Tezzeret doesn’t offer the lockdown of the Extended version, but it is still a heck of a lot stronger than Garruk Wildspeaker!

Esper Charm
The only Black card in the deck at this point… See the above discussions.

Ajani Goldmane
I added this in about the third version in place of the third Elspeth. The games with this deck can sometimes go quite long even if you’re not getting killed… I was just drawing a lot of Elspeths when I was already working the board with Elspeth; I wanted something different that could also gain life as this deck has no main deck Wall of Reverence or Kitchen Finks.

Elspeth, Knight-Errant
One of the best cards in Standard. It’s basically Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker for half the mana 🙂

Path to Exile
Do I really have to explain this one?

Wrath of God
See “Path to Exile” above.

Sideboard cards…

I sketched out the initial version of the sideboard very loosely because of Meddling Mage.

2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Scepter of Dominance
2 Negate
1 Plumeveil
2 Austere Command
1 Ajani Goldmane
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
2 Oblivion Ring
1 Path to Exile
2 Wall of Reverence

I really like Scepter of Dominance. If I cut Esper Charm I think I would play two Scepters. Remember Scepter of Dominance forces a creature deck to over-commit so that you can get extra value with Wrath of God. Against control decks it can also help you resolve your spells. Plus, you can screw up the opponent’s mana so it is harder for him to play a Broodmate Dragon, Cruel Ultimatum, you know.

Well, that’s the first look. I like this one.


facebook comments:


#1 ReeceP on 05.04.09 at 6:54 am

You tricked me! That’s two hours i’ll never get back! *crying*

#2 Jaelan on 05.04.09 at 7:21 am

I love the looks of this deck. Without having actually played the deck (obv), my initial reaction to the 61 cards dilemma is to cut the Rings of Brighthearth, since—as you said yourself—it’s more like a “win more” card and probably isn’t actually necessary for the win. But considering Tezz’s search ability, I don’t think 61 cards is necessarily as much of a faux pas as it would be in most other cases. The ability to tutor for cards that you’d otherwise be relying on drawing gives you a little bit of wiggle room.

#3 Jaelan on 05.04.09 at 7:28 am

PS: No Knight of the White Orchid? Every time I consider a white deck with Borderposts I want to include him.

#4 waterboarding on 05.04.09 at 11:33 am

Mike, have you thought about green instead of black?

Gives you access to Behemoth Sledge, which is pretty good with Elspeth. Tezzeret fetches it

Bant Charm imo is a bit better than Esper Charm as well.

#5 B3457_88 on 05.04.09 at 2:44 pm

This deck really looks like it’ll fold to an unanswered Gaddock Teeg. It’s pretty likely to come down without issue too since you don’t have any maindeck answers to a turn 2 or 3 Teeg except for Path. This might be a big issue since the majority of the spells you play are affected by him.

As well, it seems a lot of people now are testing a variation on the GW Little Kid deck with Teegs and Dauntless Escort. This deck is very powerful and really screws with your gameplan with these two cards.

#6 Burn1nMyLight on 05.04.09 at 11:35 pm

Master of Etherium is straight-up nuts with the Borderposts. I can’t believe after all their whining about how the problem with affinity was really the artifact lands, they’d go and print MORE of them.

#7 pandabaer on 05.05.09 at 3:37 pm

wouldnt it be possibel to just add some sunken ruins and 1 more mystic gates instead of the sanctum and play the black scepter ? the swamp isn’t needed then that much and could be a plains or a island so you could play like 7 or 8 filter lands which should be enough (i think)
what is about pithing needle isnt it one of the best cards to search for (manlands etc…)
i know drawing cards is nice but aren’t 12 cards to many because card draw can’t help that much if your opponent is putting constant pressure on you
white scepter seems great md potential
is relic of progenitus that good to ocupie a md slot ?
the black capsule also could be a nice idea

just a bunch of questions that came up while looking at the list …. and because im hoping to find a playabel tezzeret deck for weeks 😉

#8 peetee on 05.12.09 at 6:54 am

Maelstrom Pulse on the (heavily relied upon) borderposts seems like very, very bad times indeed.

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