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September 2, 2013

Talrand

A little while ago we got the group together and played some Magic. We mostly played our new Modern decks, but we ended the party with a four player commander game. I played my no-coherent-theme Ruhan deck (unless you count card draw, mana, and big spells as a theme). But Kris played Talrand. I don't have his list but it reminded me of my own Talrand, Sky Summoner deck I built online right after he was released.

The plan here is simple: play spells and make birds. I run 40+ instants and sorceries including 14 one mana cantrips and plenty of other draw magic. I also run 4 artifacts (and many instants) to protect Talrand. He's very important to your plan. I run three cards which function as "lords" for the drakes: Favorable Winds, Grand Architect, and Gravitational Shift.

In addition I also have a Polymorph/Mass Polymorph backup plan. The only creature cards in the deck would be a major upgrade over a 2/2 drake. I haven't pulled it off yet, but a Mass Polymorph on five drakes or so would result in a bombtastic army of huge blue monsters.


Arcanis the Omnipotent
Boomerang
Brainstorm
Buried Ruin
Call to Mind
Careful Study
Cerulean Wisps
Compulsive Research
Concentrate
Confound
Consecrated Sphinx
Counterspell
Deprive
Distant Melody
Divination
Dreamstone Hedron
Fabricate
Favorable Winds
Foresee
Gilded Lotus
Gitaxian Probe
Grand Architect
Gravitational Shift
High Tide
Inkwell Leviathan
Intervene
33 Island
Jace's Ingenuity
Lightning Greaves
Mass Polymorph
Mind Spring
Muddle the Mixture
Negate
Neurok Stealthsuit
Opt
Peek
Polymorph
Ponder
Pongify
Portent
Preordain
Quicken
Quicksand
Reliquary Tower
Remand
Reset
Rite of Replication
Sakashima the Impostor
Serum Visions
Shadow Rift
Shared Discovery
Sleight of Hand
Sol Ring
Sphinx Ambassador
Sphinx of Magosi
Sphinx of Uthuun
Steel Hellkite
Stormtide Leviathan
Swiftfoot Boots
Talrand's Invocation
Temporal Manipulation
Think Twice
Time Warp
Turn Aside
Twisted Image
Unsummon
Veilstone Amulet

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