Deck Tech: Mass Polymorph

Posted in Event Coverage on July 22, 2011

By Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

Last night, Dylan Brown won a Last Chance Qualifier with a Mono Red Goblin deck featuring Pyretic Ritual. I was a tad surprised then, when I learned that he was playing a different deck today in the main event.

"We didn't want to show everyone what we'd been working on," he admitted, "I decided I wanted to grind in with something simple and Red."

Dylan's deck today is about as much of a departure from the deck he played last night as you could get. "Mackenzie Stratford and Benjamin Encel built this deck originally just after Mirrodin Besieged came out, but once everyone was playing CawBlade, it couldn't win, so we shelved it."

The deck works in a similar manner to the Polymorph decks that appeared in Standard just over a year ago. You find an alternative way of making creatures, and Polymorph your way into the only actual creature cards you have in the deck. Previously, these decks were Blue/Green, and would usually only manage to throw out one huge beater. With Mass Polymorph, you're free to just get in there and get as greedy as you like. With Conqueror's Pledge and Elspeth Tirel making more than one creature token at a time, Mass Polymorph can easily plop three or four massive monsters into play.

Traditionally, you might be able to race a Polymorph deck to the finish. Mass Polymorph does a good job of simply shutting down anything and everything you could conceivably think of, short reaching for your sideboard, of course.

"The banning of Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and Stoneforge Mystic really opened up the field for this deck," Brown explained. "And with Timely Reinforcements from New Phyrexia, we even finally had a good Mono Red matchup as well."

Going into the draft rounds, Brown was merely 2 – 1, but his inexperience at this competitive level could probably excuse that somewhat. "I lost a round to my friend Francis (Lam) and his Blue/Green Infect deck. I had no idea what I was supposed to do in that match." Lam also won a Grinder last night, and his list can be found in the Grinders lists we posted earlier today.

Dylan Brown is having a whale of a time at his first National Champs.


Dylan didn't fare so well in the draft rounds however, and he has since dropped to get stuck into the Public Events tomorrow.

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