I’ve never been one to take someone else’s deck and play it. Sure in the past, I’ve done the whole “net” deck thing so I could learn how a deck worked. In magic, especially nowadays, there are arc types. Ask anyone who played with me at Friday Night Magic last year before the Christmas rush came.
There were two decks I had in paper magic. Izzie Drake which was a budget version. The other one was Esper Control. Again a budget version. I didn’t own four copies of cards, some cards I didn’t even have. I did for the most part pretty good.
Near the end, I played a Blue Aggro Deck. Out of all those decks, I still have the Blue Aggro Deck. God help me if I could even remember what my other two decks where.
Today in Magic, I play less Paper, when it comes to Standard and more Magic Arena. I’ve spent not including Core 21 Preorder which was about $110 for everything. I’ve spent $400 on Magic Arena since streaming in in March.
I can pretty much build 95% of all decks in Standard. Both Jank and those “net” Tier 1 decks. I’m gonna write something about the difference between Net Decking and Playing a Tier 1 Deck.
My buddy, The Breaded One, who now goes by PaperClipMaker. Check out his Facebook. He oftentimes while streaming will send me decks if finds or deck ideas he has for me to test out. Given I have a larger pool of cards (I have collected all of Ikoria already).
A few nights ago he tossed me a deck using a janky combo using Emergency Powers and Unpredictable Cyclone.
The original decklist came from a YouTuber named MONO BLACK MAGIC. So credit for the deck idea goes to him. In fact, I only owned one Emergency Powers before I started work on this deck.
It’s Good Jank
In my day of playing Magic, back when it was called Type 1 and Type 1.5 (now known as Vintage and Legacy) I often played three kinds of decks. Control heavy decks or “Esper”. The colors pull was often White/Blue and maybe Black.
The other types of decks were either a jank combo deck or Aggro (either Green/Red or Green Beatdown or Red Burn). Today decks are generally called one of the Shards of Alara mana grouping. Bant, Jund, Esper, Grixis, and Naya. The colors of the deck being White, Blue, and Black (Red is Splash in the sideboard for Unpredictable Cyclone).
Even with that, the deck is an Esper Shell deck that wins with a combo. Often most control decks are also combo decks as well. If not they often have a big creature that often becomes too much to deal with due to the long game and running out of steam.
Even with Unpredictable Cyclone, there is no red source of mana in the deck without Smothering Tithe, which creates treasure tokens that give any color mana.
What is Emergency Cyclone?
The deck is based around using control cards to keep yourself alive until you can use Fae of Wishes to grab yourself Unpredictable Cyclone and Frostveil Ambush from your sideboard.
Once you are able to play Cyclone, you cycle away Frostveil Ambush. Unpredictable Cyclone is an enchantment that allows you to play the first non-land card in your deck of the type of card you cycle. Instead of drawing off the cycle.
If I cycle an Enchantment it’ll grab me the first Enchantment spell. It doesn’t stack so having more than one in play doesn’t give you two per cycle.
This happens, I can cast Emergency Powers which will win me the game if I have the right setup. The deck uses Smothering Tithe which can give you free mana if your opponent doesn’t pay the cost when they draw. With Emergency Powers, they can give you 7 free mana if they are tapped out.
Having more than one Smothering in play stacks. I’ve played games which in one turn I’ve cast three Emergency Powers. The version Mono Black Magic had would cast big non-creature spells on the Emergency Powers combo to get out a big creature. While I liked the deck, I like playing Jank that wins.
Playing Jank in Arena
Everyone is either playing a net deck or a tier 1 deck (sometimes both) and mostly play BO1 format. So there is no sideboard. Honestly, most of the cards in the sideboard aren’t needed in BO1 because once you get it, you get it.
You win and off to the next match where they have no idea what crazy jank you are playing. Bo2 they know and sometimes can counter you.
The deck’s main win is Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge. After two or three Emergency Powers, with just two Smothering Tithe in play will win you the game the turn you drop Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge.
There are other ways to win, which is why I think this deck is amazing BO1 and kind of good in BO2.
If they counter or remove Tezzeret from play, you can fall back on Liliana, Dreadhorde General + The Elderspell. You can overrun them with Finale of Glory.
You can Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted + Emergency Powers. You can reset with Planar Cleansing.
The gameplay of Emergency Cyclone
Sadly the stream that I did when I build the deck, test it and ran it, end up not recording with game sound. So I can’t use the footage. So far the deck has been ranking well against other jank and tier 1 deck. I feel like if I focus and play the deck over the next few weeks going into M21 release I’ll get pretty far in the ranking.
Be sure to watch Friday Night when I play Emergency Cyclone again. You can follow the deck’s stats here as well as copy it and try it out in Arena. I’d love to hear how you do or what changes you made to the deck to make it even better.