So whenever you start to build out a new deck you need a place to start. Instead of just copying one deck to start from I collated data from 20 different decks from several different sites (all built since the start of the year) to try and get me what the 'average' deck was. This was to avoid using some deck as a starting point that was an oddball and it gave me an excuse to build an excel spreadsheet (hey what can I say I like spreadsheets). Anyway I thought I would share my findings for anyone else interested.
First thing you notice when you go through 20 decks is about 80% of the main deck is all the same. You also notice everyone wants to throw in a card that no one else does as a one of. Not sure if this is because they think smarter than anyone else or just want to say it's their deck and not a 'netdeck' or what. (It would be an interesting study to find out why people put a specific card in from a psychological aspect). This is just a few of the cards that showed up in the main in only 1 (of 20) decks. Sideboards are even worse; there were 28 different cards in twenty 15 card sideboards
- Elder Deep-Fiend
- Nissa, Vital Force
- Horizon Canopy
- Ratchet Bomb
- Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
- Warping Wail
Anyway on to the deck break down
Land counts ran from 22-24
Six Decks have 22 land
Nine Decks have 23 land
Five Decks have 24 land
If you count Birds of Paradise and Talismans as mana sources (Talisman of Progress or Unity) things group up a bit more.
1 deck at 22 "mana sources"
1 deck at 23 "mana sources"
12 decks at 24 "mana sources"
6 decks at 25 "mana sources"
Note: I didn't count Noble Hierarch since she was a 4 of in every deck. I was more interested in the variables
One of the 25 mana decks ran 2 birds and one ran 3 Talisman (the only decks to run those counts) so I think the 24 is the right/most accepted count.
So do you run Birds or Talismans?? They both effectively come online turn two, Birds can chump but you can pull a Talisman with a Stirrings in a pinch. Birds are easier for an opponent to deal with though. I think I am going to run birds to begin with since I have them already but certainly would like to hear people’s thoughts on Birds v Talismans.
Onto the lands specifically,
The standard base I found was..
4x Eldrazi Temple
4x Windswept Heath
3x or 4x Cavern of Souls
2x or 3x Yavimaya Coast
1x Temple Garden
Every deck ran those lands/counts.
That leaves aprox 2-4 'flex' spots depending on your Souls/Y Coast counts to fill with utility lands/birds/tailismans.
Some of the lands in those flex spots that were used and the number of decks that used them.
Ghost Quarter 11
Hallowed Fountain 10
Sea Gate Wreckage 7
Forest (2nd one) 7
Horizon Canopy 1
(Side thought, has anyone thought of running Gavony Township out of the Sideboard to bring out in mirror matches? I want my own super uber secret tech lol)
Every deck ran 4 ofs of the follow 4 creatures so I would count them as a given.
Decks ran between 24-27 creatures, pretty evenly splits, 5, 5, 4, 6] so that gives you another 8-11 flex spots.
Drowner of Hope was a 75 of 80 spots with only three decks not running 4 so you could probably count that as pretty close to an auto 4 of unless you had a really good reason not to.
Eldrazi Skyspawner was next with 51 out of 80, it was at least a 2 of in 18 of the decks. Nobody only ran only 1, Twelve decks ran 2 or 3 and six ran 4.
Matter Reshaper was next with 35 out of 80. It kind of was all over the place with three decks running 4 and eight running 0.
Eternal Witness was 13 out of 80 although it seemed if you were going to run it, run 2 as six of the seven decks w/ E Wit ran them ran as a 2 of.
Then there were a few Spellskite, Elder Deep-Fiend, and World Breaker one ofs to round out creatures.
I've lumped everything else into Other,
Every deck ran the following
Dismember was next as a 1 of in about 1/2 the decks
After that it quickly drops into a lot of pet cards like
all pretty much only in one deck.
Sideboards were pretty much all over the place. Here is a list of all the sideboards cards and the number of decks they showed up in. Finks seems kind of good but Sunlance and Krosan Grip seemed pretty random IMO. The one guy who ran Chalice ran it as a 4 of out his SB.
Stony Silence 16x
Stubborn Denial 16x
Blessed Alliance 16x
Natural State 16x
Grafdigger's Cage 13x
Disdainful Stroke 12x
Rest in Peace 10x
Engineered Explosives 9x
Elspeth, Sun's Champion 8x
Relic of Progenitus 5x
Unified Will 5x
World Breaker 3x
Tragic Arrogance 2x
Chalice of the Void 1x
Kitchen Finks 1x
Nature's Claim 1x
Drowner of Hope 1x
Eternal Witness 1x
Krosan Grip 1x
Nissa, Vital Force 1x
Pithing Needle 1x
So, after all of that number crunching this is what I plan to build out.
Any feedback is appreciated. Specifically your thoughts on
Birds v Tailismans
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner or 2/2 split with Eternal Witness
How does Matter Reshaper help advance the win, is it just a big cantrip?
Have a great day and may you be touched by his noodly appendage!