Posted in Feature on May 22, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

Former player of the year Brad Nelson has had a good couple of weeks. After rattling off a 20th-place finish at Pro Tour Avacyn Restored in Barcelona, he flew back to the United States and made the finals of Grand Prix Minneapolis! Even better, he had a great time while doing it, citing the Grand Architect deck he played as an absolute blast!

Created by Nick Spagnolo, the deck is built around Grand Architect. If an early Architect isn't immediately swept off the table, opponents are going to find themselves in deep trouble. Featuring a whopping eight clone effects in Phantasmal Image and Phyrexian Metamorph, this deck can chain an array of clones and create a Grand Architect army! Each Architect pumps the others, quickly giving you an army of gigantic blue creatures.

In addition to pumping other creatures, Architect also allows you to turbo out some monstrous artifacts. Wurmcoil Engine is this deck's primary artifact of choice, and it can come down on turn four with only a single Architect! The deck even features four copies of Buried Ruin to ensure it keeps raining Wurmcoil Engines even if your opponent manages to deal with the first one.

Nelson isn't the only one who saw success with Spagnolo's deck—at the Open Series in Orlando, Lewis Laskin made the Top 4 with this deck as well. It's certainly a Standard deck to watch—give it a try and see what you think!

Brad Nelson's Spagnolo Architect

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