Magic 2014: Event Deck

m14 event deck

 

So the Magic 2014 Event decklist has been spoiled and here’s waht we get for 19.99$ MSRP

 

Rush of the Wild

12 Forest
4 Gruul Guildgate
6 Mountain
1 Rogue’s Passage
1 Stomping Ground

24 lands

2 Burning-Tree Emissary
1 Deadbridge Goliath
2 Dryad Militant
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Ghor-Clan Rampager
2 Kalonian Tusker
1 Ogre Battledriver
1 Pyrewild Shaman
2 Rakdos Cackler
1 Rubblebelt Raiders
2 Skarrg Guildmage
3 Slaughterhorn
1 Wild Beastmaster
1 Wrecking Ogre

27 creatures

1 Armed // Dangerous
1 Clan Defiance
2 Flames of the Firebrand
1 Gruul Charm
1 Mizzium Mortars
3 Shock

9 other spells

Sideboard

2 Act of Treason
3 Annihilating Fire
2 Enlarge
2 Gruul Charm
2 Naturalize
1 Savage Summoning
3 Skullcrack
15 sideboard cards

 

It’s a standard-looking Red/Green ‘Bloodrush’ deck with a few tricks here and there. I think it’s somewhat ok to FNM with, provided you don’t mind ‘just attacking’ most of the time.

 

As we did with the Dragon’s Maze Event Deck, let’s do a Rare card analysis:

 

Stomping Ground

stomping ground

 

As with the previous iteration of the one Event Deck/10 Rares version, we get a Ravnica Dual Land. This is just awesome as it doesn’t really lower the secondary market price much and allows the newer player to either decide to gather up more duals or just go ahead and trade this one for some other cards he might need. Either way, it stimulates the MTG economy.

Of course, Wizards of the Coast knows what they’re doing here. We know this is the ‘best’ card in the deck so it’s all downhill from here…

 

Deadbridge Goliath

 

deadbridge goliath

 

 

I remember that when return to Ravnica came out I thought this card would have soem kind of impact. Well I was half right. it had found its way into a Black/Green ‘fight’ deck in Standard. Since then it has been endlessly printed in various decks on top of being the Release promo. Reduced to pretty much bulk rare value, it’s still decent. New players won’t be disappointed to see this and veterans know that there is much much worse.

 

Wild Beastmaster

wild beastmaster

 

Speaking of worse … Yeah, they had to print this huh? Bad Wizards! bad!

I get the reasoning behind this: you swing with this and a bunch of dudes,then Wham! Bloodrush ! Still, this is very disenchanting if anything. A wasted rare slot that could almost have been anything else.

garruk's horde

 

*Sigh* Yes, even you !

Ogre Battledriver

ogre battledriver

 

 

 

Ah! a card most people actually want from M14. I’m down with that. I managed to trade a lot of them in the past week and with good reason. He’s a decent ‘build around me’ card and he’s your standard medium-sized attacker. It’s fairly decent in the deck as well. Good job on this one Wizards of the Coast!

 

Pyrewild Shaman

pyrewild

 

Another ‘Bloodrush’ creature. While not terribly unplayable, he’s somewhat not at home in this deck. You need your creatures to connect (ie: flying, trample,unblockable,intimidate). While this deck has some tramplers, I don’t think it’s the right one to include Pyrewild Shaman in.

Oh well! On the bright side, it could have been another one of these:

 

wild beastmaster

 

Thank goodness they usually only have one copy of each rare!

Rubblebelt Raiders

rubblebelt raiders

 

 

 

Despite their namesake, they are not related to the Hamburglar (Rubble-rubble!).

 

hamburglar

This so makes me want to go grab some cheeseburgers

The name is the most exciting part of this card. It’s another ‘big attacker’. Oh joy! I guess you need these kinds of cards to make non-utility creatures looks epic. An OK inclusion overall, but they could have tried harder here.

Wrecking Ogre

wreckign ogre

 

 

 

Big Daddy Bloodrush in the house! He’s pretty insane almost always, although you almost never want to cast him as an actual creature. Once again, the ‘value’ on it is low, but the fun/playability factor is rather good.

 

Clan Defiance

clan defiance

 

A very respectable spell that quite a few people predicted would go up in value. It just never really took off and now it’s just rounding out 10 rare card event decks. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

Allright, it was never that mighty and it’s actually a really good addition to this deck. Not every card can be a creature (although playing in the current Standard format sure seems that way). It’s great to show the newer players that 3 for 1’s are still possible.

 

Mizzium Mortars

mizzium mortars

 

 

 

Woah! a spell that’s not a creature and has seen competitive play? That’s still worth something? Can they really do that?

Apparently.

This is very nice on both fronts (deck playability and value). It may even make older players grab some if they don’t have this card and Stomping Ground. Well, the 10th rare in the deck might do that as well:

 

Savage Summoning

savage summoning

 

 

 

It was very talked about before M14 was released and it has yet to see play (just kidding, it’s only been 1 week). The card does nothing on its own, so the decision to have it in the sideboard is a good one. I know that most of the new players are just going to jam it into the maindeck anyhow because it is a rather impressive-looking card.

When you consider the overall value of this deck, you can’t ignore the uncommons. A lot of the uncommons in here are worth more than most rares in the deck, which is saying a lot. In the grand scheme of things, they add a lot more ‘value’ to the M14 event deck and actually make purchase-worthy.

 

For the last part, I’ll just quote what was previously said of the last event deck:

 

Final Verdict

While we are far from getting an insane value out of it, it exemlifies what Wizards sought out to do:

1) purchase deck

2) open it and sleeve it (optional)

3) play it at a local FNM

4) have fun!

 

Here’s hoping they jam a Scavenging Ooze or Mutavault in the next Event decks.

 

 

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