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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Magic: The Mathering - Headed Giant 2: Electric Boogaloo

"Each" "Opponent"

These are the two words that I seek the most when looking to construct a filthy 2HG deck. Turns out most people are going to have one of these filthy decks already built. Thanks to everyone's favourite Theros common.

Five damage you guys!

No I'm kidding of course. Boulderfall is passed to me in every draft I've ever done with Theros. It's terrible. Unlike the card I actually mean...

Oh, right, "each" "opponent" yeah, there it is.

Our humble Gray Merchant is main deck playable in devotion to black decks already. But resolve him in a Two headed giant and his ability triggers for each opponent. Devotion of just five turns Gary here in a 10 point life drain and a 2/4 body for 5 mana.

So unashamed Johnny, Combo Player that I am, what is my strategy for this take on Devotion? Quite simply why settle for double, when you can quadruple?

...Let me read that again. - My opponents.
 That's basically the deck right there. Non-creature black mana symbols and double your Gary's.

Oh, but why quadruple when you can, uhh, octuple?

Hey, that's a fair and clever way to use that card. - Absolutely no-one.

Gary hits the board, let's assume on turn seven, with a post verdict board state, because, you know, control players. But I have a couple of black enchantments out and the resonator. When he resolves devotion is five, his ability triggers and targets both opponents for five, I double it with the resonator. My opponents lose twenty life, our team gains twenty, if we are in magical Christmas land and sanguine bond is on the battlefield, my opponents lose an additional twenty life (plus another crazy amount because of the extra devotion if we're getting technical.)

From a Theros common and an M14 junk rare.

This two opponent format makes extort much friendlier to use as well. Extort now read w/b opponent loses two life, you gain two life.

This trigger can also be resonated, less efficient to copy the ability as opposed to activating two instances from your permanents, but you have the option of paying w/b for the costs, 2 to double your trigger and another w/b to activate it for a four point life drain.

If it's finishers ye seek, look no further than debt to the deathless.

Each opponent, those key words again, loses two times X, it already doubles itself. In 2HG it might as well say four times X. When X starts getting above 3 you are looking at closing a game out.

Two times four, for each opponent. They lose sixteen life, you gain sixteen. Likewise if Christmas is still going and Sanguine Bond is out, 32 life lost.

If you can bleed then out beforehand with extort and Gary, that should be game.

My deck will run around Tithe Drinker, Blind Obedience, Underworld Connections, Whip of Eberos, Disciple of Phenax, which goes nicely with the resonator as well, the previously mentioned Gary's and Strionic Resonator and couple of Debt to the Deathless and a couple of sanguine bond to speed the bleed.

As always I have a wild card too.

Angelic Accord.

This will be my creature engine, extort twice, or Gary, or by attacking with lifelink creatures power 4. Can be copied with strionic resonator.


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