Wizards Asks: 10/05/2010

Posted in Feature on October 5, 2010

By Wizards of the Coast

What card or mechanic from Scars of Mirrodin are you most excited about building around in Constructed?

Kelly Digges: A quick caveat about my Constructed habits: I don't play competitive Standard, and I never have. My Constructed decks these days are nearly all 100-card singleton EDH decks, and not even particularly competitive by the standards of that famously casual format. So I'm not going to pick whatever card or mechanic is going to tear up Standard or change the face of Extended. I'm going to pick something I think is hilarious. Namely, and appropriately for this week: proliferate.

Contagion Engine
Inexorable Tide

Has there ever been a more open-ended, Johnny-friendly mechanic than proliferate? In Scars Limited, of course, it hooks up with poison counters, charge counters, and -1/-1 counters to make crazy things happen. But when you throw the door wide to the rest of Magic, the possibilities are ridiculous.

Lux Cannon
Carnifex Demon

So many things get tracked with counters! +1/+1 counters. Time counters. Quest counters. Loyalty counters. It's been a few years since anybody listed out all the various counter types in the game's history, and the list keeps growing. Proliferate misses out on counters that aren't on permanents or players (such as the time counters on suspended cards, or the hilariously weird charge counters on Lightning Storm when it's on the stack), but it interacts with nearly everything else that uses counters.

So what I'm going to do is put all the proliferate cards in an EDH deck—I'm thinking green-black-blue with Vorosh, the Hunter as my General, although I might decide that the black isn't needed and go with Experiment Kraj instead. Throw in Doubling Season, Gilder Bairn, Clockspinning, planeswalkers, and any and every awesome thing I can lay hands on that puts counters on things.

Jace Beleren
Saproling Burst

And dice. I'm going to need a lot of dice.

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