***Note the update at the bottom!
I have strong opinions about the event deck this time around…
If you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you know that when “Born of the Gods” came out, one of the cards I was most looking forward to was “Bile Blight.” I attended the pre-release and day of release events. I pre-ordered a box as well. Out of all forty to fifty booster packs of BNG that I opened, I only saw ONE BILE BLIGHT!
I instantly began a conspiracy theory. It was an uncommon…shouldn’t I have been able to pull at least two? My theory was that they were all locked up somewhere else. I guess I was right. They shipped with this EVENT DECK.
OK. So I seriously thought about NOT buying this event deck when I saw the decklist. (I have already been playing mono-black and have a lot of the cards in this deck.) But it came with two bile blight. And no one I know was wanting to trade theirs…So a partial reason for me getting this was to get the two uncommon cards.
On the upside, I also got an additional Desecration Demon and another Heroes Downfall.
Here are some pictures and my review. I should have a pretty expert opinion about this deck, because I am playing a much more powerful version.
Thoughts on playing the deck
Let’s just get this out of the way now. There are some really stupid things about this event deck. I mean, who doesn’t have “Rakdos Cackler” and “Rakdos Shred-freak” in abundance? Maybe a beginner. But thats about it. Also, no SHOCK LAND. or at least SCRY LAND? What else is dumb? This deck wants to push “Mogis Marauders” as a key card. (When he enters the battlefield, X number of creatures gain “intimidate” until the end of the turn, where X is your devotion to black.) The problem is the words “until the end of turn.” Another big dumb thing really is a big dumb thing. “Fated Return.” Why in the world is this card in a “competitive” deck. You will be bloodrushed, burned, over-run, Maze-Ended, or even Sphynx Revved to death before you get a chance to play this card. Maybe it was meant for Commander (EDH)? And one more gripe. Why is there only one Pack Rat? That card only works in multiples!
What I like about the deck is what I removed. Bile Blight and Hero’s Downfall. I will play with adding the other Desecration Demon to my deck, but things are working pretty well without him. My other two copies are doing the job, in other words. I also like “Herald of Torment,” which is one of my favorite BNG cards, though it doesn’t really work well. Maybe it’s me…I don’t know. But it seems a three-drop flying demon should be pretty good, even if he burns you for one every turn. (This makes him about the cheapest demon in Magic, I believe.)
I never had Tormented Hero before, and also could use another Crypt Ghast. Another decent card here is Xathrid Necromancer.
See what’s going on here. Pack Rat…Tormented Hero…Crypt Ghast….Xathrid Necromancer…kill spells…old common unleash guys
Yep. This deck lacks direction.
My rating of the Born of the Gods Event Deck “Herald of Torment”
is 2/5. *** I took off one point because of the inclusion of a bunch of old cards. I took another because some of the cards are meant to work with other cards that unfortunately are not included here, causing a lack of focus. And the final point came off because that spin-down counter isn’t anything close to red and black. In fact, it is an ugly shade of turquoise.
***Update 3/30/14. I played five rounds with the deck, vanilla with no modifications tonight. And totally dominated all five rounds. I am revising my rating. 3/5. Where I saw a bunch of cards with no direction, I didn’t count on the strength of Tormented Hero and something bestowed onto him. He’s a 2/3 for one mana. That’s beast right there! My opponents were playing black, so I had to side-out doom blade and Magis Maurauders. But the sideboard had dark betrayal and cremate, both of which worked very well!