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Budget Building: Episode 3 - Elementals

by Kevin Weber


This is a perfect fit in my deck.  I'm already playing one of the three cards (Flamekin Harbinger,) the other two give me a primary color (Red,) and the other two cards are Elementals to boot!

So, I've got 28 slots filled.  What about the other 8?

If this wasn't a budget deck, I could answer immediately: 3 Body Double, 2 Reveillark, 2 Mirror Entity, 1 Mogg Fanatic - inserting yet another elemental-based combo into the deck.  It's a bit complicated to explain quickly - if you want to know how this works, look up information about Reveillark combo.  It's very potent - which is exactly why the prices for the cards put it out of my budget.

As it is, we're just going to put in the same thing as the opponent did back in article two: 4 Smokebraider and 4 Brighthearth Banneret.  Putting it all together...

The Initial Deck List

BB3 - Elementals v1
4 Flamekin Harbinger
4 Smokebraider
4 Brighthearth Banneret
4 Incandescent Soulstoke
4 Nova Chaser
4 Crib Swap
4 Nameless Inversion
4 Shriekmaw
4 Mulldrifter
4 Primal Beyond
4 Vivid Marsh
4 Vivid Meadow
12 Mountain (1)

Sideboard:
2 Ingot Chewer
2 Shinewend
2 Ashling the Pilgrim
2 Sunflare Shaman
2 Hoofprints of the Stag
2 Offalsnout
2 Lightning Serpent
1 Festercreep

The sideboard is a bit odd.  Basically, I wanted to take advantage of my Harbingers and include a potential toolbox of cards.  For instance, if I was worried about artifacts, I could put in two Ingot Chewers and, if needed, fetch them during the game.  Some are a bit dubious (Sunflare Shaman or Festercreep) but I figure this will give me flexibility.  If I need to change this later, I'll certainly do so.

I should point out one thing: I purposely left Spitebellows out.  It might seem like a great inclusion for the deck, but it has one problem: it's trigger is when it leaves play.  Unless I'm evoking it, this can lead to some serious problems.  Imagine, for instance, that I pop it out with Soulstoke (which might seem to be the best use for it.)  I attack with it, only to watch my opponent sac one creature and block with the other... and when Spitebellows leaves play, it kills off the only valid target left: my Incandescent Soulstoke!  It's a dead card against decks without many creatures.  And, well, I already have a plethora of removal.  I just felt the need to explain the choice of why I left this card out, since it appears at first blush to be a perfect fit for my deck.

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