So Grand Prix Atlanta is a few days away and everyone here is getting pretty excited for the event. The Roxie Card writers are all competing in the event as we each have different decks for this weekend. Here is a breakdown of what we are currently playing (give or take a minor last minute changes):

 

Andrew – U/R Delver

Ryan – Aggro Loam

John – Maverick

Adam – Affinity

 

I decided on Affinity a while ago after reading a Star City Games article on budget Legacy decks. I wasn’t too big on Legacy but I wanted to have a deck on hand just in case people wanted to play. The deck is definitely affordable by Legacy standards and I had it built in no time. After making a few adjustments over time, I finally have a fun deck that’s competitive. Here is my current list:

 

4 Cranial Plating
4 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
4 Frogmite
4 Memnite
4 Ornithopter
4 Thoughtcast
4 Mox Opal
4 Master of Etherium
4 Signal Pest
4 Etched Champion
4 Springleaf Drum
1 Transmute Artifact

4 Vault of Whispers
4 Seat of the Synod
4 Darksteel Citadel
2 Ancient Tomb
1 Underground Sea

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3 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Dismember
4 Mindbreak Trap
1 Spellskite
2 Perish

 

For those unfamiliar with Affinity, the goal of this deck is to dump most of your hand in the first couple of turns and attack. The key cards are Cranial Plating, Etched Champion, Master of Etherium, and Tezzeret. Cranial Plating allows you to attack for a lot of damage and is especially useful on Ornithopter. Master provides the same effect being a big creature while pumping the rest of your team. Etched Champion is card, that once it hits the field, is mostly unstoppable. Protection from all colors makes it an ideal candidate for Cranial Plating. Tezzeret is good for the mid game and for final victory. If they let Tezzeret live for a turn to go ultimate then the game is over. The rest of the cards are for getting mana and playing creatures.

The deck runs fairly well and can be pretty competitive. When it gets explosive, you can usually win in 3 turns. I only changed it slightly from it’s original build adding Transmute Artifact in the final slot. Transmute Artifact is an interesting card and it definitely helps in a bind. If you are stalling out, this can quickly give you an Etched Champion or Cranial plating when needed. Since it is a one of, I’ve only used it once so far, but trading a Frogmite for an Etched Champion on turn 2 definitely puts the pressure on.

Sideboard needs some tinkering I think and it is set up to hate on graveyard decks and storm combo decks. The Perish are in for Elves and even possibly Maverick if needed. Dismember can kill off Stoneforge and any other small creature. Spellskite is the odd man out and I’m looking to cut it for something. I may even cut down on the Dismembers and put in Cursed totem to slow down Maverick and Stoneblade decks.

Let’s look at the cost of this deck. Below are the prices based on Star City pricing:

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As you will see the deck is priced at $356, which is pretty high. The card that is making this too expensive is Underground Sea. I play one because I have a copy of it on hand but it can easily be replaced with a Glimmervoid, saving you well over $100 on the value. Since this is Star City price, you can get everything for almost half at sites like eBay. Factoring that in, this deck comes to well under $200, which is more ideal.

There is a lot of Affinity hate cards out there but since Affinity isn’t that popular at the moment, most sideboards won’t have them. Even some Maverick Sideboards don’t run Null Rod or Stoney Silence. Although if you are facing a card like those, you are pretty screwed. Those cards shut down your artifact lands so you better hope to have a good board advantage when they come out.

So this will be for the most part what I’m going to play in Grand Prix: Atlanta. See you this weekend!