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Spellslingers Decklists: Allison Scagliotti Dimir & Day[9]’s Selesnya (From Season 5, Episode 5)

Spellslingers Decklists: Allison Scagliotti Dimir & Day[9]’s Selesnya (From Season 5, Episode 5)

Interested in Magic: The Gathering? Be sure to tune in every Wednesday here on Geek & Sundry for new episodes of Spellslingers, where host Day[9] plays epic battles of Magic: The Gathering against fantastic guests!

Episode 5 has us pitting Allison Scagliotti versus Day[9] in a showdown between guilds that wish to keep every secret to themselves while another just wishes for nature and creatures to flourish. Every guild has something they hold dear and a difference in values that pits them against one another. In this game of Magic, this throwdown is no different!

Allison Scagliotti – Dimir (Black/Blue)

The Dimir love their secrets and this deck is no different. The mechanic for Dimir in this set is Surveil which allows you to look at X number of cards from the top of your deck and either leave them there in any order or discard any number of them to your graveyard. This is similar to the Scry mechanic which allows you to do the same thing, but instead of putting it in your graveyard you decide if the cards go on top or on the bottom of your deck.


This particular deck makes great use of the surveil mechanic by having creatures with a number of triggers that work off the effect. The scariest of these happens to be the small Dimir Spybugs. These little jerks have menace and flying which means not only does your opponent need flying creatures to block them, but they need at least 2. This is especially important as you trigger Surveil and they get bigger and bigger by adding +1/+1 counters.


This deck has so many ways to win. You can whittle away at their life with Whispering Snitches, smashing your opponent with flying damage, or using surveil to thin your deck so that you can destroy your opponent with Etrata, the Silencer. The mechanic she has to help you win is not foolproof, but it is very interesting and Magic: The Gathering doesn’t implement many “you win the game” mechanics too often.

Sean “Day[9]” Plott – Selesnya (Green/White)

This deck is all about making tons of little creates and gaining life. The major mechanic for Selesnya in this set is once again Convoke. Convoke was a mechanic introduced in earlier Ravnica sets, but it allows for a player to gain colorless mana to cast a spell with convoke by tapping creatures instead of lands. Some of those convoke spells even give you a benefit for using the mechanic such as adding +1/+1 counters to those creatures to help make them bigger.


Emmara, Soul of the Accord is particularly adept at this. If you use her to convoke then she’ll keep helping to make 1/1 creatures that you can then use to convoke more spells. Alternatively, once you get a good card that allows you to make your creatures bigger such as Might of the Masses or Flower / Flourish. If you’ve been creating a lot of small creatures then you’ll be able to “Go wide” which means having more creatures than your opponent so you can continue to get damage in when you decide to attack. Get a bunch of small duderinos, turn them sideways, then make them big and get that damage in!


What’s your favorite color of deck to play? Tell us in the comments! And keep your eyes peeled for new episodes of Spellslingers every Wednesday, here on Geek & Sundry!

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