Bomberman by anzid on MtGO
Since the printing of Walking Ballista, infinite mana strategies in Legacy have seen a slight uptick, as the Aether Revolt artifact creature offers a more reliable way to turn infinite mana into infinite damage that also has good applications in the early to mid game, where these types of decks can struggle. The deck we’re featuring today is Bomberman, which is primarily a nearly forgotten Vintage deck that uses infinite mana to kill the opponent.
The way that the deck produces infinite mana is through Auriok Salvagers and Lion’s Eye Diamond. While it may discard your hand, the infinite mana produced allows you to rebuy any artifacts with 1 or lower converted mana cost that were forced to be discarded.
This includes Walking Ballista, which is the most common win condition for the deck. However, Monastery Mentor is a very strong alternative win condition. It forces you to have it in play before producing infinite mana, but producing infinite mana also casts infinite copies of Lion’s Eye Diamond, making infinite monks that can attack on the following turn.
Due to the mana hungry creatures in this deck, it has to be able to get mana in play quickly. It does this through lands with 4 copies each of Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors. It also has 4 copies each of Lotus Petal and Mox Opal, each of which are positive on mana and have tangential value with Monastery Mentor. One of the common cards in Legacy that’s seen alongside the two lands is Chalice of the Void, and this deck takes advantage of it as well. The format’s tendency to rely on 1 mana spells makes Chalice a valuable way to disrupt the opponent and buy enough time for the combo to do its thing.
Like every combo deck, this deck also needs to draw cards to find its critical pieces. This comes in the form of Dark Confidant, which gives you a steady stream of cards turn after turn, Gitaxian Probe, which replaces itself and gives you valuable information for free, and the 1-2 punch of Mishra’s Bauble and Urza’s Bauble, both of which draw a card (albeit delayed) for free, and also turn on Mox Opal. Both Baubles also can be brought back by Auriok Salvagers to draw as many cards as you please if you have access to infinite mana but no way to kill.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
-1 Cast Out
This is day 192 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 191 here, where we featured a Modern deck that looks to get an edge on its opponent through mana, board presence, and cards in hand, all through one spell.
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