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By: jake_antonetz, Jacob Antonetz
Mar 04 2011 3:50pm
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About the Author: My goal with this video article (and hopefully many articles to follow this one in a series), is to provide entertainment and information regarding competitive formats on MTGO. I make no claims to be a professional and/or an infallible magic player (at least not yet ) and will welcome any and all constructive criticism on my play-style and plays.

Deck Tech: Blue Red White Sparkblade


Cawblade with Lightning bolts and Cunning Sparkmages
4 Squadron Hawk
3 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Stoneforge Mystic
8 cards

Other Spells
3 Spell Pierce
4 Preordain
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
1 Sword of Body and Mind
3 Lightning Bolt
3 Gideon Jura
4 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Day of Judgment
2 Mana Leak
24 cards
3 Scalding Tarn
4 Island
3 Seachrome Coast
3 Plains
3 Mountain
2 Glacial Fortress
3 Celestial Colonnade
4 Arid Mesa
2 Evolving Wilds
27 cards

Stoneforge Mystic


This is one of the most fun decks I have played in a while. Cawblade as a deck, is an aggro-control deck looking to reduce the opponents life total to zero. With a medium speed clock fueled by equipment carrying creatures; while maintaining the ability to interact with the opponent through abilities like counterspells, and fatesealing. This new version won the last SCG Open Standard Series, it was piloted by Gerry Thompson and is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4


Well, we had some misfortune, but I am sure you are no stranger to that yourself. Overall the deck performed admirably in a lot of situations, and I am going to keep playing it; and keep my eye on this deck in the near future.

Next week I plan to go a little more aggro. I may even exclude blue from my deck *shocker*. I am interested to hear what you want to see in my next few articles. I just took part an 8-4 MSS tonight that I think would have made a fantastic article as well.

As always, I welcome constructive criticism on the above video article; as well as input on what you want from my future video articles. Thank you for your time today!

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I swear this embed html code will be the death of me. The first video is redundant it is supposed to have the deck tech in its place. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=xzCIyilOkxc

Really enjoyed these videos. by olaw at Sat, 03/05/2011 - 04:00
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Really enjoyed these videos. I can't really find the money to play Standard like this but I wish I could.
It's always interesting to see you play with these Tier 1 decks and what decisions you make.

Sad to see how unlucky you were with the deck, you just couldn't get the right draws it seems. Better luck next timne and thanks for an interesting article.

Thanks for the comment by jake_antonetz at Sat, 03/05/2011 - 11:40
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Thanks for the comment! Yeah I might be trying out some brews later that are cheaper (thought thats relative ever since mythics came around).

Thanks again.

Great videos as usual! The by PiDave at Sat, 03/05/2011 - 14:11
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Great videos as usual! The thing I love the most is that I can actually become a better player thanks to you comments and your "live" decision making. Even if you had that much bad luck this time you played it out very well.

Keep it up! :)

Appreciate it! by jake_antonetz at Sat, 03/05/2011 - 23:14
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Thank you for the review, I will keep it up. :D