Five With Five With Flores Friday – Summoning Trap!

I figured I’d do something a little different today and maybe run it regular-like.

It has one Summoning Trap.

1. What is this, some kind of a Q & A?

Yes. That’s exactly what it is.

2. Okay smart guy… How come you don’t make YouTube videos any more? I really liked those.

Thanks! I appreciate it. I will probably go back to actively making the fivewithflores videos on YouTube but not in the immediate future. I used to have a really nice MacBook Pro that I did the videos on and I don’t have that computer any more. Any fivewithflores fans make videos on the PC?

But let me make it up to you. Just pretend that Scarlett Jo is michaelj (or you might not want to):

3. Sounds weak… Why don’t you make PodCasts any more then?

That is a little different. I still think of myself as making PodCasts (and regularly)… Albeit a little less frequently. We are all just really busy (at least relative to when I was kicking out PodCasts every week with BDM). Longer hours and more responsibility at the day job, plus more kids! I guess I can’t blame everything on Clark, but it is still a different life than during the Charleston PTQ season, for instance. Don’t worry–we are all still active PodCast making machines!

4. What was the answer to that You Make the Play?

Look very closely at the game state:

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Tim Gillam asked what I had sideboarded in. Fair question, but I don’t know how much it matters based on this game state.

We are gearing up to smash with a Blightning here. He has two cards in hand. We have no clear next play because we can’t cast anything in our hand with the mana we have access to; if we were going to play Esper Charm, we’d have to pull an Island probably.

Given that we have to topdeck, I think we should topdeck ourselves into the best possible situation.

Originally I was playing Savage Lands (you can even see Savage Lands “highlighted” as the top-left); but I thought better of it.

The right answer here is Exotic Orchard.

Exotic Orchard taps for white. Playing it puts us in a position to pull Plains, Arid Mesa, or another Exotic Orchard to go straight to the big girl next turn. Even if we don’t hit our untapped White, we can Savage Lands into Forest the following turn to hit the Enlisted Ultimatum.

5. Did you figure out how to play Rupture Spire?

The short answer is yes, but I’m not getting into it right now. Instead, check out this deck:

Summoning TrapAs-Yet-Unnamed Three-color Bombs

1 Behemoth Sledge

4 Grim Discovery
2 Mind Shatter
4 Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
2 Sorin Markov

4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Maelstrom Pulse

4 Lotus Cobra
1 Thornling

4 Baneslayer Angel
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
4 Path to Exile

1 Graypelt Refuge
4 Forest
4 Marsh Flats
4 Plains
4 Swamp
4 Sunpetal Grove
4 Verdant Catacombs

1 Behemoth Sledge
4 Doom Blade
2 Mind Shatter
2 Sorin Markov
1 Summoning Trap
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
4 Rhox Meditant

It has been testing pretty well so far. Lotus Cobra has been absolutely explosive. The ability to actually make plays on turns two and three was like a memory before this deck. And your turn four is often a Sorin plus a Pulse (take that Pyromancer’s Ascension deck!).

Nice and fair.


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#1 admin on 10.24.09 at 7:26 am

Update –
The above deck is declared “Junk Mana Ramp.”
-The Management

#2 GRat on 10.24.09 at 8:16 am

This is the vision of a GBW list I had when Zen first came out, except mine was playing baddies though :p

#3 admin on 10.24.09 at 8:47 am

What do you mean by baddies?

#4 ReAnimator on 10.24.09 at 9:01 am

This is the deck everyone built like the day Zen dropped, though most people put in harrows, though they aren’t really necessary. Mindshatters are pretty useless in the main, they are just soooo miserable vs agro decks. It’s different with sludge in vamps, cause that deck has a ton of early game and defense, but this not so much. You will curse every time it is in your grip and you are playing against a boros or mono red deck.

I would still advocate some number of terramorphic expanses in here, at the very least over the refuge. Are the one of’s better then Rampaging Baloths?

Those grim discoveries make me want shriekmaw back!

#5 admin on 10.24.09 at 9:06 am

Well I’m not really abreast of what “everyone” made, I guess.

But I haven’t really had any problems either with the Steppe Lynx aggro deck or the mono-burn deck yet.

#6 MTGBattlefield on 10.24.09 at 7:58 pm

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#7 ReAnimator on 10.25.09 at 8:13 am

Yeah i’m not saying you were copying anyone or anything, it’s just one of those obvious decks, that a lot of people come to independently, for most that was 3-4 weeks ago. I know a lot of people who have had this in their gauntlet since the release, the reason you don’t see it played too much is you need 16+ $15+ mythics and a bunch of fetches to play this deck plus pulses, so it is ridiculously expensive to build. Also it’s jund matchup is far from amazing and jund is a heck of a lot cheaper and has more results behind it so far.

Any comments about any of my suggestions?

#8 GRat on 10.25.09 at 6:06 pm

@MichaelJ Well not exactly bad cards, just those that didn’t fit :p

#9 wobblesthegoose on 10.26.09 at 5:48 am

I would keep track of how often the deck wins without lotus cobra on turn 2.

Also, how often Ob is really better than Lord of Extinction. I mean, Ob is sometimes a 6/6, but you need to have another land drop. Lord is often way bigger. If you’ve been blightninged, it’s even more important. Plus, Lord isn’t even a LEGEND, how ridiculous is that? It’s one of the few creatures in the format that can’t easily be blocked by Baneslayer.

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