Big Red

Posted in NEWS on July 7, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

With each core set, an exciting set of reprints are unleashed onto the Standard environment. Magic 2015 continues this tradition, with many cards that have tournament pedigree. This week, Daily Decks will look at these cards and the successful tournament decks that allowed these cards to shine in the spotlight.

Today's deck involves two cards from Magic 2015, Darksteel Citadel and Shrapnel Blast. At Pro Tour Kobe in 2004, Masashiro Kuroda became the first Japanese player to win a Pro Tour. Pro Tour Kobe was a unique tournament. Only two sets—Mirrodin and Darksteel—were legal, but that was enough to enable one of the most powerful decks in the history of Magic—Affinity. Skullclamp, Æther Vial, and Arcbound Ravager were all legal, and the bull's-eye for this event was clearly on the artifact menace. Your choices were Affinity or Anti-Affinity.

Masashiro decided to build an Anti-Affinity deck, focusing on Mirrodin Block's many direct-damage spells. Damping Matrix, Electrostatic Bolt, and Detonate are all main-deck responses to the artifact menace. The rest of the focus of Masashiro's deck was on burn spells. Fireball, Pulse of the Forge, and Arc-Slogger could make short work of his opponent's life total, even without the attack step, but one of the most important cards in the deck was Shrapnel Blast. Dealing an incredible 5 damage for only two mana, Shrapnel Blast was one of the largest contributors to the offensive capabilities of this deck. Shrapnel Blast is so strong that this deck contained Darksteel Citadel simply to get more artifacts to sacrifice to Shrapnel Blast. With Magic 2015, you can harness the power of Shrapnel Blast, and you might find a few more uses for Darksteel Citadel as well!

Top 8 decklists for this event can be found here.

Masashiro Kuroda's Big Red

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