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Top 10 cards I will miss post rotation: #9 Duskmantle Seer

Coming in at #9 is a card that I more regret not brewing with as much as I did. The card just screams value at four mana, evasion, card draw and possible life loss to your opponent.  Helloooooo Duskmantle Seer!

Duskmantle

After unsuccessfully brewing a Waste Not and Master of the Feast deck combined with Duskmantle Seer (the idea being make your opponent draw cards to Mind Rot away) I headed back to a more aggro build with the early Blue fliers for a tempo type deck. Here is what I came up with:

Duskmantle Aggro

Creatures:                     . (24)
Duskmantle Seer
Judge’s Familiar
Cloudfin Raptor
Ornithopter
Faerie Impostor
Illusory Angel
Quickling
Nightveil Specter
Gnarled Scarhide

Control: (13)
Far / Away
Dispel
Negate
Doom Blade
Ultimate Price
Rapid Hybridization
Hour of Need
Psychic Strike
Thoughtseize

Card Draw: (2)
Military Intelligence
Lands: (21)
Mutavault
Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Island
Mana Confluence
Temple of Deceit
Watery Grave

Sideboard:                      . (15)
Lifebane Zombie
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
Duress
Thoughtseize
Bile Blight
Woodlot Crawler
Negate
Mizzium Skin

Basically I wanted a good mix of early threats to get in incremental damage, followed up with moderate control and a heavy finisher in the form of Duskmantle Seer.  The thing I like about this deck is that is basically has answers to everything but Supreme Verdict as countering Anger of Gods, Mizzium Mortars, and Drown in Sorrow is pretty easy after establishing board presence. This deck is also quite capable of racing other aggro decks and has plenty of tricks through Rapid Hybridization and Hour of Need.

Oh and for those of you who are interested, here is my failed Waste Not deck:

Failed Waste Not

Creatures:             . (10)
Master of the Feasts
Duskmantle Seer
Notion Thief
Chasm Skulker

Discard: (12)
Thoughtseize
Mind Rot
Duress
Whispering Madness

Control: (7)
Psychic Strike
Doom Blade
Ultimate Price
Far / Away
Hero’s Downfall
Syncopate
Lands: (23)
Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Mutavault
Island
Temple of Deceit
Watery Grave

Sideboard:                  . (15)
Negate
Dispel
Psychic Strike
Duress
Doomblade
Ultimate Price
Far / Away
Drown in Sorrow
Bile Blight

The problem with this deck is that I continued to die to top decks. Getting rid of your opponents hand was easy. I even had some “God Draws” with Waste Not into triple Thoughtseize, emptying my opponents hand only to watch him draw a Nissa, Xenagos, Polukranos in three turns. I did manage to land the Whispering Madness + Notion Thief combo which did lead to an early concession by my opponent. For those of you interested in a working Waste Not deck, stay tuned for my modern Waste Not storm deck coming soon!

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