Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beier's Brews

                Welcome to the first ever Beier’s Brews.  This is going to be a semi-regular column dedicated to interesting and different deck brews for the multitude of formats in Magic: the Gathering.  Before I get into my first deck, I should say that these decks are not designed with the intention to be tier 1 competitive.  They are simply an opportunity for me to brew some different decks and give people some ideas of something new to play casually at the next FNM.  If you see a deck you like, and want to try it out, feel free to build it and play with it.  If you do, I would love to hear how it went. 

                Theros is just about two months old now, and as soon as the cards started being spoiled I was excited.  There are so many cards in this set that scream build around me.  The first deck I am going to build for this column is  a standard deck centered on the often overlooked red uncommon Flamespeaker Adept.  This card is a 2/3 for 1 red and 2 colourless, and states that whenever you scry, he gets +2/+0 and first strike until end of turn.  In a deck like this we want to cram as many scry effects in as possible, but we need quality scry cards.  I expect in future sets of this block we will see more cards with scry, but for now there isn't many, so let’s look at the ones I decided to include.

This is a given.  Auto 4 of.  

Magma jet – red
For 2 mana I can get 2 points of burn and scry 2 at instant speed?  This will be a 4 of in our deck.

A single red mana not only lets me scry 1, but can also give my adept +3/+1 until end of turn.  Just by casting this card on your unblocked adept, he goes from a 2/3 to a 7/4.  That’s a pretty big beating for only 1 red mana.  Let’s put 4 of these in as well.

A 3 mana enchantment that lets me scry every turn on my upkeep seems really good in this deck.

Gods willing – white
Just like titan’s strength, this 1 mana white spell can be a blow-out.  It can protect my adept, or potentially make him unblockable.

Omenspeaker – blue
Dropping this guy pre-combat pumps my adept, allows me to set up my future draws, and helps hold the ground.  I’ll try 4 of these.

Aqueous form – blue
This might seem a little strange in the deck, but I think the ability to make the adept unblockable, and allowing him to scry when he attacks is too good to pass on.

Dissolve – blue
Counterspells are good for protecting the adept, and may set me up for some good blocks, but chances are I won’t be casting this when I’m attacking.  Still, I might want a few in the deck.

Battlewise Valor – white
Much like Titan’s Strength, this pumps the Adept twice, but unlike the Titan’s Strength, it gives +2 instead of +3, and costs twice the mana.  Still, until better scry cards come out, this makes the cut.

Boros Charm – red/white
I have a dream of having a turn 3 Flamespeaker Adept, and on turn 4 playing an untapped land, aqueous form on my adept and attacking, then playing titan’s strength, and boros charm for the double strike ability.  That’s 18 points of damage.  Just shy of killing your opponent, but you are running 4 magma jets.

Here is the deck all put together with mana:
Land (24):
4 x Temple of Triumph
4 x Hallowed Fountain
4 x Steam Vents
4 x Sacred Foundry
3 x Mountain
5 x Island
Creatures (10):
4 x Flamespeaker Adept
4 x Omenspeaker
2 x Thassa, God of the Sea
Spells (26):
4 x Titan’s Strength
4 x God’s Willing
4 x Aqueous Form
4 x Magma Jet
4 x Boros Charm
3 x Battlewise Valor
3 x Dissolve

This is a fairly inexpensive deck that might have some potential.  If nothing else, it looks to be very fun.  With the promise of more scry cards coming out in Born of the Gods and Journey into Nyx, I feel like Flamespeaker Adept is a card that can only get better.


  1. Totally wanna try this deck. I will see if I have the cards to do so, and if I do then I will totally use it on Tuesday and will get back to you on how it went :)

    1. Thanks, I hope you like it. I want to try putting it together too...I love pet cards that you can build around like the adept. if you want to go even more budget friendly, you could probably substitute guildgates for the shocklands, and pull Thassa out for something else...maybe a few lightning strikes or something.