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Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 6: 5 Color February 16, 2009

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This week is Block Constructed week. Each day I will present a new idea for a Shards of Alara block constructed deck.

Now that Conflux has come out, the time has come to figure out what the best with the help of Conflux, it is pretty safe to say that 5 color might be one of the best decks. In particular, I think 5 color control will be a good idea: Play lots of removal (Bant charm, Path to Exile, and Volcanic Fallout) and some finishers: Banefire, Martial Coup, Broodmate Dragon, and Cruel Ultimatum. Here is the deck list that I came up with:

4x Bant Charm
4x Path to Exile
4x Esper Charm
3x Martial Coup
2x Cruel Ultimatum
2x Broodmate Dragon
4x Banefire
4x Rhox War Monk
3x Volcanic Fallout
3x Ajani Vengeant
4x Forgotten Orchard
4x Seaside Citadel
4x Crumbling Necropolis
4x Jungle Shrine
4x Arcane Sanctum
4x Savage Lands
1x Swamp
1x Island

This deck is a lot like 5 color control for standard, but the main weakness is that there are no mulldrifters or wrath of gods. Instead of Wrath of god, Volcanic Fallout and Martial Coup fall a little short, but they are still great cards.

Plumeveil (or Kitchen Finks) is pretty easily replaced with Rhox War Monk, and condemn is easily replaced with Path to Exile.

If you play against an aggro deck, you might want to sideboard in one more Martial Coup and Volcanic Fallout, but I’m not sure what you would take out. Against another control deck, you might sideboard out the Bant Charms, Path to Exiles, and/or Volcanic Fallouts for more Broodmate Dragons, Cruel Ultimatums, and/or Ajani Vengeants.

Update (2-18-2009): Worldheart Phoenix and Wretched Banquet are two other great cards that might work well in a 5 color control deck.

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