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Taking it to the Top

June 13, 2011

It has been a crazy weekend Magic Event wise, The Pro Tour in Nagoya Japan, The StarCity Open Series in Denver, and the Canadian Magic Tour in Ottawa.

First and foremost I would like to congratulate all the players who played this weekend and had amazing games, that we could all see streamed on the web.

Thomas Ma clutched the Legacy Portion with his Hive Mind deck against Joe Lossett who was playing Cephalid Breakfast, if you happened to miss the game, you missed an amazing game 2 in the match up. Both players had thier turn 2 kill combo’s in their opening hand, and what it boiled down to was Joe was on the play which won him the match. for details on thier match up head on over to herefor the match coverage

So far the Hive Mind deck is a deck people are ill prepared for, and for good reason. The Combo style of the deck takes advantages of your opponents weakness. Hive Mind makes a copy of a spell which is on the stack for your opponent to use. since you yourself will be able to pay for your pacts next turn. this put’s your opponent on the fast clock with chances of them losing right at their upkeep.

Let’s take a look at the deck shall we?

Thomas Ma: Show & Tell/Hive Mind

Maindeck:

Artifacts
3 Grim Monolith

Enchantments
4 Hive Mind

Instants
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Intuition
4 Pact of Negation
3 Pact of the Titan
2 Slaughter Pact
2 Summoner’s Pact

Legendary Creatures
3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Sorceries
4 Ponder
4 Show and Tell

Basic Lands
3 Island

Lands
3 Ancient Tomb
3 City of Traitors
2 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
2 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island

Sideboard:
4 Engineered Plague
4 Leyline of Sanctity
4 Mindbreak Trap
3 Spell Pierce

As you can tell the deck runs show and tell as well, for it’s alternate kill condition. However, if you look closely it would be ill prepared for a mirror match. with Thomas Ma, running cards that really only benefit him against TES/Storm, an additional counter package, and engineered plagues for fish/gobs and zoo – the sideboard it would seem at least from my prespective doesn’t take into consideration the rogue element of graveyard combo too lightly. With no Graveyard hate at all. This is a huge advantage for Reanimators, Dredge, and Breakfast and other combo style decks that could take advantage of these decks.

What the deck really relies it seem is the pact package! but here is an ideal card to get rid of them as well. is Nix. if you are unfamiler with Nix, Nix is a lovely counter spell that can take care of spells that had no mana paid for it. (imagine of Nix was in standard when Jund Ruled the ways?)

This little bad ass card is a great way to protect yourself against the evils of Pacts they sell for about 50 cents to a dollar at most locations. However, if Hive Mind does become the next survival of the fittest deck with it’s powerhouse plays and really a very distinct advantage. I would suggest heading to your local shops and stores and picking up both Hive Minds and Nix’s – I doubt this will be the first we are going to hear from this deck, and really it’s sick tech.

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