Type I Gauntlet

Beyond Dominia: The Type One Magic Mill: Type I Gauntlet

By The Bahoo (Ben) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 11:06 am:

What is the definitive Type I Gauntlet for deck testing?

I was thinking:

Some sort of Combo (possibly Academy)

Additionally, what are the standard (non-metagamed, i.e. chocked full of keeper hate) versions of these decks? I know Keeper decklists are readily available, but what about the others?

By DigDug (Digdug) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 11:48 am:

Here are the good ones I test against:
Nether Void

Enchantress maindecks anti-blue enchantments. Monoblue has four Back to Basics between maindeck and sideboard. Sligh maindecks Price of Progress and sideboards 8 blasts. While Zoo doesn't really have hate, B/U/R does have enough creatures, disenchants, and counters to give a good fight.

By Stephen Michael Menendian (Smmenen) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 11:52 am:

My Guantlet:

Top Left: Keeper
Top Right: Mono Blue, Forbiddian Style
2nd From Top left: Miracle Grow
2nd from Top right: OSE
3rd from top left: Sligh
3rd from top right: Oath
4th from top left: Sui Black
4th from top right: Soso's UB (becuase I wanted to test against that deck)
5th from top left: Academy
5th from top right: Stompy
Bottom left: Stacker 2
Bottom Right: Illusionary Mask, mono Black version

Stephen Menendian

By The Usual BD Stompist (Fbi) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 01:02 pm:

FBI Gauntlet:

5 color Keeper (w/land grants natch :))
Counter-Phid (unless someone can prove that standstill is in anyway better...)
U/G/b/r Oath (sometimes just U/G)
G/W Enchantress (i.e. less Keeper hate)

Zoo (think Funker-like w/o some of the pet cards)
Nether Void

Turbo-Land (running counters and oath for creature control)
Other Combos: Pandeburst, Reap Lace, Mask (mono-b), G/W SquirrelCraft
Most of these are unrefined so my builds are likely far from optimal however.

No Pox, Trix or WW simply because I don't think they're competitive. However, if you think they will see play regarless, you should test against them. U/B Finkel/Spectre might be worth testing against but I guess I'll take a wait-and-see attitude on that one.

NB I will never test my stompy against WW EVER. Mainly bc I'm not masochistic :(

By The Bahoo (Ben) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 01:28 pm:

I'm not interested in testing against every played type I deck. I'm looking for at most 6 decks that typify the whole environment. Maybe 2 solid control types (Keeper & likely Forbiddian), (1-2 aggro type decks), a disruption based deck and a combo deck. And preferrably the best available in those various categories.

By Kirdape3, the Court Jester of Beatdown (Kirdape3) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 01:45 pm:

The thing is, you can't just qualify Type One like that. Each control deck does it in a different way; same with each aggro deck and even each combo deck. When you see a gauntlet of 30 decks, that's because you basically have to be prepared for most of them.

By DigDug (Digdug) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 01:45 pm:

Keeper (control you can mana-screw)
Monoblue (control that can mana-screw you)
Zoo (how I've learned to hate Meddling Mage)
Sligh (has the "Oops, I won" factor)
Academy (best combo deck around)
Pox (12 discard, 13 landkill)

By CooberP, the Aura Fracturer of B2Bs (Cooberp) on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 04:53 pm:

I would never take a deck into a serious field without testing against the three prominent beatdown decks (Sligh, Stompy, Suicide), the three prominent control decks (Keeper, OSE, Mono-U), and Academy.

By Carl (Carl) on Saturday, April 20, 2002 - 06:19 am:

have a look at my gauntlet at

Control decks

* The Keeper
* Deck parfait
* Land destruction
* Survival of the Fittest

Aggro-control decks

* Old School Expulsion

Beatdown decks

* Red beatdown
* Worshop deck
* Suicide black

Combo decks

* Academy
* Pandeburst

I'd be interested in your feedback (deck missing, improve the decklists, etc).

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