Article -- Wishes and deckbuilding issues in control and combo

Beyond Dominia: The Type One Magic Mill: Article -- Wishes and deckbuilding issues in control and combo

By Rakso, Patriarch & Rules Ayatollah (Rakso) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 10:21 am:

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"Don't even get me starter on what this sucker can do in the most broken of formats, Type One! In short, Living Wish is the absolute nuts!"
-Star City contributor Geordie Tait

Living Wish
Judgment rare
Choose a creature or land card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Living Wish from the game.
Flavor text: He wished for growth, but not for a way to control it.

Okay, Geordie, hold it right there.

You didn't tell us just why Living Wish is broken.

The only concrete theory advanced so far came from's Ben Bleiweiss. He thought he could play Library of Alexandria and Tolarian Academy in his sideboard, and have four virtual copies maindeck.

Let's take Library first.

When you play "The Deck," you normally have four tutors (Mystical, Demonic, Vampiric and Merchant Scroll). What do you normally go for?

By CrazyCarlWinter (Carlw) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 08:36 pm:

"My problem is simply that it might end up too clunky a tutor. Also, what would you remove? You could remove a situational one-of like Dismantling Blow, but it would be very awkward if you had to Merchant Scroll for Cunning Wish for Dismantling Blow when you need it."

So is scrolling for Mystical to get Blow better?

By DigDug (Digdug) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 11:33 pm:

Cunning Wish is a mid-game tutor. You can realistically cast tutored spells as early as turn four. I'm testing it in the slot for Swords to Plowshares. I have a Swords, a Disenchant, an Enlightened Tutor, and a Misdirection in the sideboard. It's also decent if you already have a Teferi's Response, but I wouldn't add it because of the Wish.

By Triple S, Paragon of Funker (Sssmwc) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 12:04 am:

I Wish I could Tutor for a Blow whenever I wanted one.

By Rakso, Patriarch & Rules Ayatollah (Rakso) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 01:06 am:

The Swords slot makes sense, though what to cut if you want to test it might depend on your metagame.

By DigDug (Digdug) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 08:02 am:

I picked the Swords spot because I'd rather tutor for the Swords against a creature deck than tutor for an Edict against a control deck. Against control, I'd either pitch it to Force of Will or fetch Misdirection.

By Ufactor, Paragon Learner (Ufactor) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:34 am:

I Wish for a Blow all the time...

By Dozer (Dozer) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 04:35 pm:

I plan on Living Wish in Vampiric Tutor's slot.

I'll then call my sideboard "jukebox" and keep wishing for "Macho Man".

By Matt D'Avanzo, Paragon of Vintage (Matt) on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 05:22 pm:

I was responsible for starting the initial wish craze on BD, I guess. For that I am truly sorry.

I don't think I'll be using any of them in Keeper. And the idea of using them in Academy is preposterous.

I think they are still interesting and might make it in a different style of deck.

By Mako Satou, Rose among the thorns (Mako) on Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 01:00 pm:

I will not be using any Wishes in Type 1 either but a Green Blue White, aggro control type 2 deck with Living Wish to get such creatures as Genesis, Mystic Enforcer Spellbane Centaur, Phantom Centaur, Aboshan, Cephalid Emperor and Llawan Cephalid Empress might be interesting.

By Will, the Walking Dude (Walking) on Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 03:29 pm:

The solitary confinment deck should probably run 3 genesis main deck and one in the side and also have 4 living wish which gives it 7 main deck ways to shut down drawback #1 and become invincible. It could also run a copy of the white JMD tome creature, which it could fetch with wish if it drew a wish after finding genesis.

By Steve O'Connell, King of Metaphors (Zherbus) on Friday, May 17, 2002 - 08:08 am:

I want to love the wishes, but like prophetic bolt, it just doesn't have its place in anything established for the most part. If the white one cost like 3W, or something less retarded I think it would make the cut.

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