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Yo! MTG Taps! Presents Dreck Tech!

June 5, 2014 1 comment

Yo! MTG Taps! Presents Dreck Tech!

New article up at! My first article for the site! We’ll be doing an article series every other Thursday (the Thursdays with no new Taps! podcast) so make sure you check em out! 


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A Thank You, And A Few Clarifications

A Thank You, And A Few Clarifications

Much of the fate of YMTGT is explained here. If you read no other post from my new blog, read this one. Thanks.

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“I Feel Like Such A Poser”

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Balthor the Defiled Commander By Bigheadjoe EDH BRAH

September 22, 2011 2 comments

Sup jerks?

(An aside about the beginning of this post: I have no idea how to write HTML code, so I went to my last post on here and copied the image code. I accidentally highlighted the words “Sup jerks?” from said post as well, but decided that, as you are all COMPLETE AND UTTER JERKS, to go with it.)

(As an aside to my aside, I hope that you are all familiar with my sense of humor by now. 😀 )

Lately I have been getting a lot of requests to share my Balthor the Defiled Commander deck. Well, it just so happens that I pulled the trigger on a Japanese Foil Balthor (Thank you Smedlock for the photo link) just last night. When Joey informed me tonight that yet another person was requesting the deck, I jumped at the chance to finally get around to it. I’m really excited about this deck and am about to begin the arduous task of finding the rest of the foils for it.

Before I post the current list, I want you all to take a look at the original list I posted back on November 9, 2009, on my long-deceased blog Otherworldly Journey. We had just posted episode TWO of Yo! MTG Taps! at the time of this blog entry. I had obviously just started building the deck and was far from finished getting the deck where I wanted it to be.

What a difference 22 months make!

BOLD indicates foil.
(J) indicates Japanese
Sets will follow each card name and will be represented by whatever 2-3 letter code I come up with for them.

    Balthor the Defiled

Balthor the Defiled JDG (J)
Creatures (35):
Apprentice Necromancer UD
Boneknitter ONS
Cemetery Reaper M12
Corpse Connoisseur SOA
Death Baron SOA
Filth JDG
Fleshbag Marauder SOA
Gempalm Polluter LGN
Geth, Lord of the Vault SOM
Grave Defiler APC
Grave Scrabbler FUT
Gravedigger ODY
Gravespawn Sovereign ONS
Grixis Slavedriver CFX
Grotesque Hybrid TOR
Khabal Ghoul ARN
Korlash, Heir to Blackblade (Prerelease Promo) FUT
Lord of the Undead Xth(J)
Mass of Ghouls FUT
Nested Ghoul MBS
Nightmare M10
Shepherd of Rot ONS
Skinrender Gateway
Skirk Ridge Exhumer FUT
Soulless One ONS
Stromgald Crusader COLDSNAP
Stronghold Assassin STR
Undead Gladiator ONS
Undead Warchief SCR
Vengeful Dead SCR
Vengeful Pharaoh M12
Visara the Dreadful FTV:L
Viscera Dragger SOA
Withered Wretch TSTS

Enchantments (7):
Call to the Grave M12
Enslave PLC
Gate to Phyrexia ANT
Phyrexian Arena APC
Tombstone Stairwell MIRAGE
Tortured Existence STR
Zombie Infestation ODY

Instants (2):
Songs of the Damned IA
Vampiric Tutor VIS

Sorceries (14):
Barter in Blood MRD
Beseech the Queen SHM
Black Sun’s Zenith MBS
Buried Alive WTL
Damnation MPR
Demonic Collusion TSP
Demonic Tutor REV
Diabolic Intent PLS
Dregs of Sorrow TEM
Ill-Gotten Gains US
Morality Shift JDG
Mutilate TOR
Sinkhole ALPHA! (Thanks, Tim McLaren)
Syphon Flesh COM

Artifacts (5):
Memory Jar (Signed) UL
Nevinyrral’s Disk (Signed) 4th
Sensei’s Divining Top CoK (yup that’s right I used the “CoK” abbreviation.)
Skullclamp FTV:E
Sol Ring (Signed) REV

Lands (36):
22x Swamp (all old card frame)
Bojuka Bog WWK
Bottomless Vault FE
Cabal Coffers Planechase
Crypt of Agadeem ZEN
Deserted Temple ODY
Lake of the Dead AL
Miren, the Moaning Well SoK
Phyrexian Tower US
Strip Mine (No Sky, No Tower) ANT
Subterranean Hangar MM
Thawing Glaciers Judge Foil
Unholy Grotto ONS
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth PLC
Volrath’s Stronghold STR

So there’s the deck. I was going to get into more detail about why some of the cards are in the deck, and was even going to post another super awesome Commander list, but it’s now 6am and I can’t possibly stay up any later.

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Bigheadjoe’s Awesome Rogue Deck of the Month – February

February 23, 2011 10 comments

Sup jerks?

Over the last few months I have been playing a wide variety of aggro decks: Elves, Vampires, Mono-W Metalcraft, but deep down all I really wanted to do in Standard was cast Gideon and Wrath my opponents’ creatures away. So I decided to play UW control, and what do you know? The rest of the non-Boros population in Standard decided to do the same! This lead, inevitably, to me having to face the dreaded control mirror at my FNM. This is a matchup I don’t really have the patience for on a Friday night, so I decided that I needed to change the deck in such a way where I could break serve in a control matchup, while still allowing myself the tools to stave off the Boros rush. So I came up with this list. Sort of a “Broliferate Two Point Bro.” I’m not going to babble too much about the list as I feel it’s pretty self-explanatory. Getting to 4 mana on turn 3 is vital as you want to Jace or Day by then.

4 Celestial Colonnade
4 Glacial Fortress
4 Seachrome Coast
3 Island
3 Plains
2 Tectonic Edge
4 Eldrazi Temple
1 Eye of Ugin
4 Jace the Mind Sculptor
1 Ulamog
1 Kozilek
1 Emrakul
4 Everflowing Chalice
4 Sphere of the Suns
1 White Sun’s Zenith
1 Blue Sun’s Zenith
3 Contagion Clasp
2 All is Dust
3 Day of Judgment
3 Gideon Jura
4 Preordain
3 Tumble Magnet

1 Day of Judgment
4 Luminarch Ascension
3 Leyline of Sanctity
4 Stoic Rebuttal
3 Ratchet Bomb

The sideboard is just a placeholder. Obviously build your sideboard to best fight the decks you expect to see where you play this deck. I think someone should play it in the SCGOpen in DC this weekend! I would if I wasn’t going to be busy entertaining all you NICE PEOPLE.

Also, make sure you read Noyan’s article below this… didn’t mean to post right after he posted an artice!


Bigheadjoe Has Mono(green)

June 28, 2010 4 comments

I’ve got a FEVER!

OK, I don’t really have a witty pun to relate this post to the cowbell sketch, but I was just thinking about it.

Seriously though, I am loving this monogreen deck lately:

Green Mind:

4 Joraga Treespeaker
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Lotus Cobra
4 Nest Invader
3 Wolfbriar Elemental
4 Avenger of Zendikar

3 Bestial Menace

3 Beastmaster Ascension

4 Eldrazi Monument

2 Garruk Wildspeaker

2 Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Misty Rainforest
16 Forest

4 Acidic Slime
2 Terastodon
3 Relic of Progenitus
3 Naturalize
3 Khalni Hydra

Joey Pasco has said of this deck, “It’s the least fun I have ever had playing against a monogreen deck.”

First, compare the deck with the deck that Zvi Mowshowitz championed at Pro Tour San Juan:

4 Arbor Elf
4 Joraga Treespeaker
4 Kozilek’s Predator
4 Lotus Cobra
4 Nest Invader
1 River Boa
4 Vengevine
4 Wolfbriar Elemental

3 Beastmaster Ascension

4 Eldrazi Monument

1 Dread Statuary
13 Forest
4 Khalni Garden
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Verdant Catacombs

1 Beastmaster Ascension
1 Forest
2 Gigantiform
4 Leatherback Baloth
2 Naturalize
2 River Boa
3 Tajuru Preserver

My version of this deck feels even stronger than the version that Zvi ran, while not going too deep into the cardpool from Shards block. This looks like a fun, Timmy-flavored (god that seems gross given that one of my best friends is named Tim) Standard deck best suited for FNM, but make no mistake: this is a borderline combo deck. To be honest, I haven’t played it outside of FNM or the kitchen table, but it seems to hold it’s own against many of the heavy-hitters in the format. I am dying to try it out in a more competitive environment, and for once feel as though I can confidently encourage you to do the same.

Many of the popular decks in Standard right now do not interact with the opponent very much: Mythic, Turbolands, Time Sieve, Next Level Bant to name a few. This deck is actually capable of OUT-COMBO-ING them! A typical start:
T1: Treespeaker
T2: Level Treespeaker, play Cobra
T3: Wolfbriar kicked thrice
T4: Avenger
T5: Beastmaster or Monument, win.

These turns aren’t based on goldfishing, either. This feels like most of the games I play against real decks, with blockers and everything. Garruk pretty much ties the deck together, since it does everything this deck wants to do: accelerates mana, plays tokens, pumps tokens for alpha strike.

As far as the sideboard is concerned, I have a confession to make: I HATE PLAYING AGAINST TIME SIEVE!!!! The sideboard is pure hate against that deck, although the cards included do have applications elsewhere. I know that there are no red decks at my FNM, so I don’t have much hate against that deck. I strongly recommend that if you play this deck, you tweak the sideboard to better account for your own metagame. The Khalni Hydras are in there because… well… I traded for them on Friday before the tournament and it seemed like a good idea at the time. If you expect to play against RDW, I would probably use those slots for either a decent 3-drop (like Leatherback Baloth) to account for your early mana dorks being bolted, or some sort of lifegain tool (Dragon’s Claw could work, but you probably want a body attached to it… can’t wait for Obstinate Baloth!)

I think that’s about all I have to say at the moment. I am having too much fun with this deck right now. It has the nostalgia of the old monogreen decks I used to play 14 years ago, with the added bonus of actually being GOOD!

Also, Bestial Menace, my all-time favorite art ever created. (I guess trolling isn’t limited to the MTG Salvation forums!)

Have fun!

What Surprises Me Most About Tom LaPille’s Article on the Mothership Today

June 4, 2010 5 comments



Wizards of the Coast has announced that Baneslayer Angel will be in M11!


Wizards makes $4/Baneslayer. One time.

Each pack containing a Baneslayer costs $4. That’s not even counting what the store gets the booster cases for, so Wizards makes LESS than $4/booster. However, the customer who is trying to open Baneslayers in packs will actually spend $100-$120 for a box of boosters. Wizards knows this. Wizards wants to sell Baneslayers too. so OF COURSE Baneslayer gets into M11.

Here is the part of the article that ACTUALLY surprised me:

One of the special things about Magic’s core sets is that they are not beholden to any particular setting or flavor. Instead, they are intended to represent a baseline from which Magic can vary in other sets. Under our new model, however, during their time in Standard they are inextricably connected with the block that comes immediately before it. For Magic 2010, that was the Shards of Alara block.

One of the five shards in Shards of Alara is Esper, which had an artifact theme. Although Open the Vaults is not creatively connected to Esper, we made the card with the intention that it would interact powerfully with Esper’s artifacts. In that we succeeded, as Open the Vaults was powerful in Standard with Time Sieve, and Niels Viaene made the Top 8 of Pro Tour–San Diego with a Time Sieve-less version of Open the Vaults. However, those potential interactions will be gone when Shards of Alara rotates out of Standard. That would have made Open the Vaults a much less interesting card to have around, so it won’t be coming back.

Open the VaultsWe have all been speculating for one hundred years about Scars of Mirrodin. I know he’s talking about a specific combo deck that is losing significant pieces of it’s combo when Shards Block rotates, but if Scars of Mirrodin is supposed to be an “artifact block” why wouldn’t Open the Vaults still be relevant and interesting post-rotation? Does this suggest that Scars might NOT be the Artifact set we are speculating about?

This just seems a little strange to me. I think we should be a little more open-minded about what Wizards might do in their sets. Just because we see Mirrodin in the name doesn’t mean we can immediately start talking about whether or not affinity is coming back. It’s not, by the way. Also, I know that there is some artifact from Scars in the From the Vault: Relics set, and that it’s not Oil of Psarl. However, I really think that the “Scars” of Mirrodin might be some powerful artifacts, but not the dense metallic landscape of the original Mirrodin block.

Just a different angle to consider on the whole thing.

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