Almost Missed Bonehoard


Bonehoard :: Lhurgoyf :: Inevitability
TDC Heat :: Sword of Feast and Famine :: … and Bonehoard


I can’t believe I missed this one when initially, especially given my history.

Bonehoard is almost strictly better than a card that I considered a bomb in previous years, Lhurgoyf.

I played Lhurgoyf in my 1998 Northeast Regionals deck, TDC Heat (you may remember this deck from the pre-Psylum version of The Dojo, or perhaps from my writeup of Lord of Extinction two years ago). I think I testedmore for that Regionals than almost any other tournament I’ve ever played. The big decks at the time were Deadguy Red, Tradewind Rider decks, and Mono-Blue Control. TDC Heat, with its islandwalking River Boas, was extraordinarily effective against the Blue decks. Against the Red ones,  your creatures were simply better than theirs, you had Uktabi Orangutan to smash Cursed Scroll, and would trade one-for-one with everything else. Then, as the dust cleared, you would untap with a gigantic Lhurgoyf. Rawr.

TDC Heat

4 Giant Growth
4 Granger Guildmage
4 Jolrael’s Centaur
3 Lhurgoyf
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Muscle Sliver
4 Quirion Ranger
4 River Boa
3 Uktabi Orangutan

2 Fireball
4 Incinerate

9 Forest
2 Karplusan Forest
3 Mountain
4 Mountain Valley
2 Undiscovered Paradise

2 Simoon
4 Tranquil Domain
1 Uktabi Orangutan
2 Boil
3 Dwarven Miner
3 Pyroblast

Bonehoard, as I said, is almost strictly better than Lhurgoyf. For four mana, you tap for a [potentially] huge X/X… just one tiny toughness off of Lhurgoyf. The differences are:

  • Bonehoard’s Living Weapon is Black, not Green. Black creatures don’t die to Doom Blade, and therefore are more resilient than Green creatures, all other things held equal.
  • You don’t stop at just one.

I honestly don’t know how I missed this one. Not only is Bonehoard the stones by itself, but you can move it onto an evasion creature for a mere two mana. You can not just play — but continue to play — the attrition game. One problem with Lhurgoyf was that as big and powerful as it could be — including after a Wrath of God against a control player — it was still just one creature. Someone might kill it. You might be able to kill the Living Weapon, but the next guy, and the Next guy, and the NEXT guy after that would all be able to hit as hard.

Also, you might kill in one with Inkmoth Nexus 🙂

So… Bonehoard or Sword of Feast and Famine?

I am pretty sure — especially given Sword of Feast and Famine’s performance in Paris this week — that the latest Sword is the higher ranking piece of Mirrodin Besieged equipment, but there will probably be decks that want to play lots of Bonehoards. I can envision some future incarnation of Green or White creatures tapping and trading and playing Bonehoard after Bonehoard. “Just” creature elimination is not going to be able to deal with these beyond the Living Weapon. Even a puny Birds of Paradise will go lethal very quickly, given the right conditions.




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#1 misterxxspooky on 02.11.11 at 10:55 am

Funny you should mention a GW deck using bonehoard…

Creatures – 22 (26 w/bonehoards)
Birds of Paradise x4
Squadron Hawk x4
Fauna Shaman x4
Stoneforge Mystic x4
Vengevine x4
Leonin Relic-Warder x2

Non-Creature Spells – 14
Bonehoard x4
Sword of Feast and Famine x2
Sword of Body and Mind x2
Oust x4
Condemn x2

Land – 24
Tectonic Edge x4
Sunpetal Grove x4
Razorverge Thicket x4
Plains x7
Forest x5

Been durdling around with this on MWS (obv since modo doesn’t have the cards…and I don’t have a modo collection [baller]). It’s pretty fun.

#2 Alfrebaut on 02.11.11 at 12:01 pm

I dismissed Bonehoard initially, until I noticed it only cost 2 mana to equip. Yeah, it’s actually a real killer. That plus both Swords might make Turn to Slag viable in block. Probably not constructed, though. Not much else to say, really.

#3 MTGBattlefield on 02.11.11 at 8:48 pm

Almost Missed Bonehoard…

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#4 rockbard on 02.12.11 at 9:43 am

I like it as a one-of in a Fauna Shaman / Stoneforge Mystic deck.

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