This is the first installment of a new MTG (Magic The Gathering) post series. In these posts I break down Magic the Gathering theme decks with my cards, strategy, and reason for putting each card in the deck. If you don’t know what Magic the Gathering is, check out this site. I’ve been playing for years (about half my life). You can buy cards at almost any Target, Wal-Mart, comic store, etc.
Today’s deck is called Harry Potter and the Curse of Wizardry. As you may have inferred, it is a Harry Potter theme deck. It is always a work in progress. Here is how it stands today.
The two main strategies of this deck are life leeching and milling (where you force a player to run out of cards to draw and thus, lose the game). I built the deck as a red, blue, green, but later cut the green. It is based on intellect (blue) and death (black). The two cards that I built the deck around are my Harry (the planeswalker Jace Beleren) and Voldemort (planeswalker Sorin Markov).
On Voldemort’s Side:
Sorin Markov- Voldemort. He can deal damage, reduce an opponent’s life to 10 (20 is starting), and at his most powerful, seize control of another player’s turn.
Evernight Shade- this is my Dementor. It is a creature that is weak, but can come back from the dead.
Dark Ritual (2)- this card helps me get black mana to pay for spells.
Bog Initiate- a dark, female wizard. She can deal damage and generate mana. She’s my Bellatrix.
Curse of Wizardry (2)- this card allows you to choose a color and when an opponent plays spells of that color, they lose a life.
Soul Feast- The Dementor’s kiss. This sorcery sucks 4 life out of a player and gives it to you.
Tendrils of Agony- My Cruciatus Curse. Like soul feast, it takes life (2) and gives it to you.
Diabolic Tutor (2)- This is my Snape. He even looks like Snape on the card. He allows me to search my library and put any card in my hand, bringing out Harry or Voldemort faster.
Greater Werewolf- The Fenrir Greyback of the deck. He puts counters on creatures that he blocks or that block him, reducing their toughness.
Douse in Gloom- The fog of the Dementor. This card is just like Tendrils of Agony, but cheaper.
Sadistic Augermage- another dark wizard. He has a fun little effect, but mostly he’s a 3/1 wizard for 3.
Ravenous Rats- Peter Pettigrew– A little 1/1 rat that makes players discard cards from their hand.
Unspeakable Symbol- It’s even flowing green in the art! Unspeakable sumbol is my dark mark. It allows me to pay 3 life to put a +1/+1 counter on a creature.
Dread Warlock- Another black wizard who can only be blocked by black creatures.
Vedalkin Ghoul- The inferi from the cave. When you block it, you lose 4 life.
Death Wind- The Killing Curse. I can pay X+1 black mana to give a creature -X/-X until the end of turn, effectively killing it.
On Harry’s Side:
Jace Beleren- Harry Potter. He can make people draw cards and at his most powerful, make a player discard 20 cards of their deck (the average deck is 60 cards).
Divination- It allows me to draw two cards
Cathartic Adept- An old wizard that allows me to make a player discard a card from their deck.
Invisibility- It enchants a creature so that they can only be blocked by walls.
Architects of Will- This is a black/blue card, and I jump between calling it my Wizengamot and my Order of the Phoenix. Either way, it allows me to look at the top three cards of anyone’s deck and put them back in the order I choose. It is also a creature.
Fugitive Wizard- A cheap, CHEAP wizard
Thought Courier- A blue wizard that allows me to draw a card and discard a card (to get Jace and Sorin earlier!)
Levitation- Creatures you control now have flying
Lumengrid Warden- A nice, cheap wizard
Rebound- Remember when the slug jinx bounced back at Ron? I can redirect a spell with a single target using this card.
Aether Adept- A human wizard. I can use it to make a player return a creature to their hand.
Augury Owl- Had to have an owl, right? It allows me to rearrange the top 3 cards on my deck.
Kraken Hatchling- The giant squid. A cheap, tough defender.
Tome Scour- Hermione’s strategy. I can make someone discard the top 5 cards of their deck.
Azure Mage- A decent wizard lady who can let me draw a card.
Memory Sluice- A black/blue spell. The memory erasing charm. This card furthers the milling strategy by allowing me to make someone discard four cards from their library.
Artifacts and Settings-
Glasses of Urza- Dumbledore’s Glasses. They let me peak at people’s hands.
Soaring Seacliffs- The cliff where Harry and Dumbledore went to get the locket. This card is a blue land, but it also lets a creature fly for one turn.
Sphinx Bone Wand- The Elder Wand. You can cast spells to put charge counters on the wand. When you do this, it deals damage equal to the charge counters to a target creature or player.
Diviner’s Wand- Harry’s wand. It allows you to give a creature +1/+1 and flying until the end of turn for each card you draw that turn. It also lets you pay to draw a card. This is especially awesome because this deck has a lot of cards that allow me to draw cards without paying as much.
Ebon Stronghold- The tower- A black mana source. I can sacrifice it to get double mana in one turn.
Mirrodin’s Core- The Forbidden Forest. A colorless mana source. I can charge it up and save mana for later.
Sword of Vengeance- The Sword of Gryffindor. It gives the equipped creature +2 power, first strike, vigilance, trample, and haste!
Conjurer’s Bauble- The resurrection stone. I can tap it to put one card from my graveyard at the bottom of my library and draw a card.
Whispersilk Cloak- The Invisibility Cloak. It makes the creature wearing it unblockable and unable to be targeted by spells.
So that’s my Harry Potter deck. If you know of any MTG cards that you think would fit a Harry Potter deck, post here! Back when it contained green, it had a few Giant Spiders and a Great Sable Stag. Comment with your ideas here.
The next MTG post will feature my Greek Mythology deck!