Sunday, 3:00 p.m. – Decks Out of the Ordinary

Posted in Event Coverage on January 19, 2014

By Olle Rade

Several interesting decks have stood out among the usual suspects here in Prague. One of them was in the hands of Spaniard Pere Llimos, currently living in Copenhagen, where he and Dane Michael Fromberg fine tuned a deck built around not only Goryo's Vengeance and Griselbrand, but also Necrotic Ooze, who can mimic the Griselbrand if there is one in the Graveyard, allowing for some crazy turns.

“When you cast Necrotic Ooze with a Griselbrand in the graveyard you instantly win, by drawing cards, and setting up a kill with multiple Soul Spikes,” Llimos explains.

The deck has a Jund-ish shell that allows it to play a control role against decks like Affinity, that aren't that well suited for the late game. Against those kind of decks the combo isn't even always necessary, according to Peres Llimos.


Spaniard Pere Llimos 

“The deck runs eight removal spells in Lightning Axe and Soul Spike, which allows you both to take care of opposing Deathrite Shamans and being able to control the board against aggro decks,” he says.

Another giant Legendary Creature also stands out in his decklist – Borborygmos Enraged.

“What the story with Borborygmos is? Well, he was in the deck we found and tuned, and he often acts as both a Wrath of God-effect on your opponent's board, as well as drawing you a few lands when you put him into play with Goryo's Vengeance. Also it allows you to win by discarding lands you draw from Griselbrand's effect,” explains Llimos.

Although not at the top of the standings, both Llimos and Fromberg made day two with the deck, and looking back he doesn't regret his choice of deck. “It is very good, especially since very few people tend to play with Rest in Peace now, which is a card I've lost to today. The only change I would make to the deck is to add a Zombie Infestation, to be able to do more with the cards you get to draw from Griselbrand”.

Pierre Llimos, Necrotic Ooze / Griselbrand

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Other (60)
4   Blackcleave Cliffs 1   Blood Crypt 4   Copperline Gorge 3   Marsh Flats 2   Overgrown Tomb 1   Stomping Ground 3   Swamp 4   Verdant Catacombs 3   Borborygmos Enraged 4   Deathrite Shaman 4   Griselbrand 3   Lotleth Troll 4   Necrotic Ooze 4   Faithless Looting 4   Goryo's Vengeance 4   Grisly Salvage 4   Lightning Axe 4   Soul Spike
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
4   Abrupt Decay 2   Ancient Grudge 2   Cavern of Souls 2   Pyroclasm 3   Thoughtseize 2   Through the Breach

Red Blue Delver

Another sweet deck was Martijn van der Vaart's Red Blue Delver, which had him battling at the top tables almost until the end of the day.

Red Blue Delver

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1   Breeding Pool 1   Faerie Conclave 5   Island 3   Misty Rainforest 1   Mountain 4   Scalding Tarn 3   Steam Vents 1   Sulfur Falls 4   Delver of Secrets 2   Grim Lavamancer 4   Snapcaster Mage 1   Vendilion Clique 4   Young Pyromancer 4   Gitaxian Probe 4   Lightning Bolt 3   Mana Leak 2   Pillar of Flame 2   Remand 4   Serum Visions 2   Spell Pierce 3   Spell Snare 2   Vapor Snag
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1   Grim Lavamancer 1   Pillar of Flame 1   Spell Pierce 2   Ancient Grudge 2   Blood Moon 2   Combust 2   Hurkyl's Recall 2   Negate 2   Threads of Disloyalty

Finally one that surely raised a few eyebrows on unsuspecting opponents was German Richard Berze's Green/Blue deck built around Howling Mine and Time Walk-effects. Although he lost his last round on Day One, barely missing Day Two, we thought we'd honor his creation by showing his innovative decklist.

Time Walks, by Richard Berze

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4   Breeding Pool 3   Flooded Grove 2   Forest 4   Hinterland Harbor 9   Island 1   Mikokoro, Center of the Sea 1   Minamo, School at Water's Edge 1   Simic Growth Chamber 1   Emrakul, the Aeons Torn 3   Cryptic Command 4   Gigadrowse 4   Howling Mine 2   Mana Leak 4   Remand 4   Rites of Flourishing 3   Temporal Mastery 4   Time Warp 4   Walk the Aeons 2   Jace Beleren
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
2   Boseiju, Who Shelters All 4   Chalice of the Void 1   Eternal Witness 4   Fog 2   Moonmist 2   Nourish

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