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Spellslingers Deck Recap: Two-Headed Giant With Felicia Day vs. Ryon Day

This week’s Spellslingers Deck Recap brings us to the Two-Headed Giant episode, where Felicia Day and Alan Tudyk took on Ryon Day and Sean Plott. That’s a lot of Magic to cover, so we’re going to stick with one half of this duel: the sibling rivalry! Hey, if it’s good enough for Co-Optitude, it’s good enough for me.

Let’s start out with Ryon, who was playing a Red-Black-White Warriors deck. It’s a fast-paced and brutal deck, with a lot of small creatures. Almost all of them are the Warrior subtype, and there’s some great cards in the deck that synergize with that subtype. Chief of the Edge and Chief of the Scale make all Warrior creatures more powerful. When Warrior creatures enter, as long as Mardu Woe-Reaper is on the battlefield, you can exile your opponent’s cards from the graveyard to gain life. In combination with Mardu Shadowspear (which has Dash), you can get a bunch of creatures rushing onto the field, doing their damage, and restoring your life, without necessarily even losing your cards.

When we’re talking deck centerpieces, Brutal Hordechief is an excellent card to finish your opponent or turn the tides, with the powerful ability to choose how your opponent’s creatures will block! Another excellent card is Mardu Charm, an instant where you have to make a choice among three fantastic options. You can deal 4 damage to a creature, put down two 1/1 tokens that have first strike for one turn, or look at your opponent’s hand and discard a noncreature nonland spell from it. Any of these choices have the serious possibility of disrupting your opponent’s strategy.

This deck also has a lot of cards that counteract the downsides of attacking aggressively and constantly, like the aforementioned Brutal Hordechief, as well as Butcher of the Horde and Palace Siege. Palace Siege is an enchantment and another choice card which enables you to take a creature from graveyard to hand every upkeep, or deal 2 damage to an opponent and gain 2 life. The latter option ties into the deck’s theme of vampirism–dealing damage to an opponent or their creatures and then gaining it back yourself! This type of attrition enables you to make plays that put your life total in a rough spot but pound your opponent with damage without playing it too risky.

Felicia, on the other hand, played with a Green-Black Elf deck (because we all know she can’t resist putting on the pointy ears). The deck’s primary synergy revolves around, not surprisingly, Elves. There are a lot of Elf creatures in the deck that aren’t individually powerful, but work together to quickly build a powerful board presence. Dwynen’s Elite will bring Elf tokens into play, Sylvan Messengers will draw Elf cards from your deck, and Gnarlroot Trappers will give all your attacking Elves Deathtouch. And once you’ve filled your board with Elves, you’ll want to play Felicia’s favorite, Shaman of the Pack (vroom vroom). Getting 5 or more Elves out at a time isn’t too hard with this deck, and if you can do so, Shaman of the Pack will deal some serious face damage when it enters play.

There are also some Elves in this deck that are quite exciting on their own. Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen will buff all your other Elves, has Reach, and if you do have those Elves out, can grant some serious life gain. Gilt-Leaf Winnower can destroy a serious opponent threat when it enters play and has Menace to boot! Then, of course, there’s Nissa, who starts as a humble Elf, but can become a powerful Planeswalker. Nissa will fill your board with land, and then transform all those Forests and Swamps into mighty 6/6 Elementals as a nigh-unstoppable finisher.

The deck also has some powerful, value-cost spells that will help lead your Elves to victory. Murderous Cut, Ultimate Price, and Epic Confrontation eliminate major opponent threats by surprise. Incremental Growth and Tread Upon pump up your forces and can push through that last little bit of damage to crush your enemy.

Ryon’s Deck Felicia’s Deck
3 Kheru Bloodsucker 4 Leaf Gilder
4 Mardu Shadowspear 3 Llanowar Empath
1 Brutal Hordechief 2 Dwynen, Gilt Leaf Daen
1 Butcher of the Horde 4 Dwynen’s Elite
3 Chief of the Edge 4 Elvish Visionary
3 Chief of the Scale 1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
3 Mardu Woe-Reaper 3 Sylvan Messenger
3 Battle Brawler 2 Shaman of the Pack
2 Crackling Doom 3 Gnarlroot Trapper
2 Palace Siege 1 Gilt-Leaf Winnower
2 Murderous Cut 2 Murderous Cut
2 Arc Lightning 2 Incremental Growth
4 Mardu Charm 1 Ultimate Price
2 Harsh Sustenance 2 Epic Confrontation
2 Bloodstained Mire 1 Tread Upon
3 Evolving Wilds 2 Llanowar Wastes
4 Nomad Outpost 4 Jungle Hollows
2 Scoured Barrens 3 Evolving Wilds
2 Caves of Koilos 10 Forest
2 Battlefield Forge 6 Swamp
2 Bloodfell Caves
1 Mountain
3 Plains
4 Swamp

I will continue with Day[9] and Alan Tudyk’s decks next week! In the meantime, are you going to try either of these out? Have suggestions for other great strategies and synergies you can use with these decks? Get some all-new deck ideas? Let us know in the comments!

Image credits: Wizards of the Coast

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