Faerie Fire

Posted in Feature on July 16, 2013

By Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

It's been quite some time since I've cast a Spellstutter Sprite, and to be honest, I miss it. When I saw this beauty of a deck in the Top 16 decklists from Grand Prix Kansas City, it immediately piqued my interest. Not only does it utilize the power of Spellstutter Sprite, it also has Delver of Secrets and Snapcaster Mage, more cards that are incredibly sweet.

Spellstutter Sprite

Besides Sprites, Delver of Secretss, Snapcasters, and Vendilion Clique, the deck is all spells, which should come as no surprise. The vast majority of those spells are burn spells, which combine well with the aggressive bent of the deck. I particularly like how good Pillar of Flame and Electrolyze are these days, fighting against Voice of Resurgences, Dark Confidants, and Birds of Paradise alike. Plus, counterburn-style decks like this are already very good against control and combo, due to the massive amount of cheap/instant threats and counterspells, so any help this can get against the midrange creature decks is incredibly valuable.

The game plan here is very simple: counter or burn anything your opponent plays, all while beating down with one of your cheap utility creatures. There are plenty of tricky things going on within that, from using Telling Time to set up Delver of Secrets, Mutavault to power up Spellstutter, and Snapcaster to do everything.

The mix of burn spells and large quantity of instants will always keep your opponents guessing, and the flexibility offered by Snapcaster Mage certainly helps in that regard. Playing around Mana Leak, Remand, Burst Lightning, and Spell Snare all in the same turn is not an easy feat, and once you throw the possibility of an end-of-turn Vendilion Clique in there, it gets even more difficult.

You can customize the sideboard in many ways, as long as you keep the number of spells roughly the same. For that reason, cards like Spell Pierce, Dismember, Negate, and Magma Spray are very valuable, as they insure that you will be able to flip your Delver of Secretss and have targets for your Snapcasters. The Threads of Disloyalty shore up the Tarmogoyf matchups, and Blood Moon plus Spreading Seas is the anti-Urza lands package (although I could see using Sowing Salt instead).

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