1st Place Shape Anew Deck With Blightsteel Colossus From Mirrodin Besieged

February 1, 2011 | Posted by Dee

One of the things that’s exciting about a new set is the new decks that get created because of the new cards. Last weekend Magic-League had their first big Standard tournament with Mirrodin Besieged cards. The tournament was won by a Blue/Black Shape Anew deck piloted by one of the best players on the site.

The deck is similar to the Polymorph deck from a previous Standard season. Instead of Iona or Emrakul, the finisher of choice is Blightsteel Colossus from Mirrodin Besieged.

Here is the list as well as some analysis on the cards.

Shape Anew
Creatures (7)
Spells (27)
Lands (26)
Sideboard (15)

Decklist Analysis

The deck operates as a combo/control deck. The combo is casting Shape Anew on one of the artifacts to get out an early Blightsteel Colossus. There are only four artifacts to target with Shape Anew (1 Everflowing Chalice and 3 Inkmoth Nexus) but there are 4 Trinket Mages that can fetch Everflowing Chalice.

Blightsteel Colossus is difficult to deal with because it is indestructible. It can kill in one attack if your opponent has no blockers. Also, your opponent can’t afford to chump block many times since it has trample.
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The deck has 2 Inquisition of Kozilek and 3 Duress to protect the combo. The 4 Mana Leak and 2 Go for the Throat are good early spells to slow down your opponent so you have time to set up the combo.

There is a lot of card draw and manipulation to find the cards you need. Preordain may be better as a combo enabler than a control card since it can dig in your library to find that last combo piece. See Beyond is insurance in case you draw Blightsteel Colossus.

Jace Beleren is great because it stops other Jaces especially Jace, the Mind Sculptor, which is one of the few good answers to Blightsteel Colossus. Jace, the Mind Sculptor is a staple, of course. Along with being a card draw machine and a win condition, like See Beyond it can put Blightsteel Colossus back in your library if you happen to draw it.
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One thing I like about this deck is it can function as a control deck. If the combo gets disrupted or you don’t draw Shape Anew, you can still win with Jace TMS and Grave Titan. This deck is not a combo deck that has to win quickly. It can slow down and control the game until you draw all your combo pieces or take over the game with Grave Titan or Jace TMS.

I could even see instances where you just win with the manlands, Creeping Tar Pit and Inkmoth Nexus. Inkmoth Nexus is an interesting card. It doesn’t kill as fast as Creeping Tar Pit but it doesn’t need as much mana to activate, which helps if you need mana up to counter a spell or cast something like Jace. Plus, it dodges Go for the Throat, which is sure to be a popular removal spell.
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Shape Anew looks a strong archetype. It attacks from multiple angles so it can be hard to play against. Time will tell if the deck will be a major player in the metagame, but for now, it looks like a contender.

19 Responses to “1st Place Shape Anew Deck With Blightsteel Colossus From Mirrodin Besieged”

  1. Linqed on February 2nd, 2011 7:36 am

    I have pondered over this for quite a while, but what’s the use of the Misty Rainforest? You can use it only to look up an Island. Is it just for shuffling away useless cards when you brainstorm with Jace, TMS or does it have other uses?
    I see alot of fetch lands used in even single colour decks, or a Marsh Flats in black/red decks, but I don’t see the use, besides shuffling away useless cards.
    Couldn’t find any good hits on Google either, hence me asking if you don’t mind.

  2. Dee on February 2nd, 2011 8:15 am

    Yep, the fetchland gives you a small amount of value because you can shuffle away cards you don’t need through Jace TMS.

  3. Linqed on February 2nd, 2011 8:44 am

    But what’s the use in non-Jace, TMS decks for fetchlands? Eric Froehlich’s Vampire deck for instance has 4 Marsh Flats and no brainstorm (alike) cards.

  4. Fell on February 2nd, 2011 2:03 pm

    The purpose of fetchlands is filter the deck… you don’t want to draw a land card instead of key card that’ll bring you to victory.
    Fetchlands are good to prevent manaflood

  5. Dee on February 2nd, 2011 2:52 pm

    Linqed, for Eric Froehlich’s Vampire deck, he has the Marsh Flats to gain additional landfall triggers for Bloodghast.

    A common play when you have a lot of mana is to not crack the fetchland and just let it sit on the battlefield until your Bloodghast dies. Then, you use it to bring it back.

  6. Thinning on February 5th, 2011 3:24 am

    As Fell stated correctly, the point in having fetchlands in every color deck is to thin out your deck.

    If you have a mono-blue deck, you COULD just have 22 island let’s say.
    However, instead you put in 4 misty rainforest, and 18 island. Now, when you draw a misty rainforest, you crack it, fetch out an island, you’ve removed 2 cards from the deck instead of 1. Therefore, your odds of hitting another land are that much slimmer on the following turn…which is a good thing :)

    Magic is all math. Everyone runs exactly 60 cards for a reason. And the 1 life is usually meaningless and well worth it.

  7. anon on February 9th, 2011 1:08 am

    Meh, Blightsteel is far easier to deal with than Iona or Emrakul. Doesn’t seem worth straying from normal U/B control just for this.

  8. emilio on February 15th, 2011 5:18 pm

    besides fetchlands also bring out lands untapped and can fetch dual lands.

  9. Closed End Fund on February 20th, 2011 10:00 pm

    Interesting deck. Wonder why to bother with everflowing chalice and the trinket mages instead of rolling with 4 inkmoth nexus. That way you are gurananteed to get a colussus with shape anew.

  10. Dee on February 21st, 2011 2:31 am

    The deck already has 3 Nexus. You want more than four targets imo for Shape Anew and Trinket Mage seems to be the best option for having more targets without adding a bunch of non-colossus artifacts to the deck.

    Another option is going UW and playing Master’s Call instead of Trinket Mage + Chalice. That way you don’t have to worry about casting Shape Anew on Nexus and getting Chalice lol.

  11. Alexander on February 23rd, 2011 6:35 am

    Hey Dee,

    first time poster, long time watcher, I’ve been working on this deck, and I’m down to needing only the last 3 Jace TMS. 2 questions:

    Until I can rouund up my last 3 mind sculptors, is there anything i could substitute them with, I’m playing in a rather casual environment, so it isnt a big deal.

    Second: when would be a good time to sidebord in wurmcoil?


  12. Dee on February 23rd, 2011 7:19 pm

    Hi Alexander,

    Thanks for being a long time watcher.

    For Jace substitutes, you could play 2 Jace Beleren and 1 Jace’s Ingenuity. Then, just remove the Jace Beleren in the sideboard so you don’t have 5 Jace Beleren and add something like Duress, Negate, or Spell Pierce.

    I would sideboard Wurmcoil against any aggro deck.

  13. Alexander on February 23rd, 2011 9:13 pm

    Thats cool, in the mean time ive been using a couple more see beyond’s as insurance to get blightsteel back into the deck if I draw it, will add more baby jaces.


  14. Dee on February 24th, 2011 5:35 am

    See Beyond seems good too. I would test different configurations and see which one does the best.

  15. Gabe on March 1st, 2011 1:39 pm

    I’m running a similar deck, with a couple of my own variations. Just wanted to say a couple of things.

    First, one benefit to the chalice is that it sets up a potential turn 3 blightsteel, something that isn’t possible without it. Turn 2, drop the chalice kicked once. Turn 3 land drop, tap 4, shape anew. Also, if the deck is built and played properly there is no need to shape anew the inkmoth early. I added a skithyrix, and between him and the grave titans (and a card I will mention shortly) there are enough win cons that there is no need to sac a land without guaranteeing the blighsteel.

    The other card, is liliana vess. Liliana gives another discard outlet if you draw blightsteel, and you actually pump her up in the process. Her minus ability sets up your next draw if you only need one more card for your combo, or if you want to duress your opponent first to make sure it is safe. And she has all sorts of synergy with baby jace.

  16. The G on March 2nd, 2011 6:55 pm

    Hi I play this deck and i had a few of my own changes like i used all is dust instead of black suns because if you want to kill titans it’s only 7 mana were black sun cost 8 mana to kill a titan and all is dust kills planeswalkers. Im thinking of also putting in distortion strike so my blightsteel is unblockable what do you think?

  17. Gabe on March 3rd, 2011 12:18 am

    the point of black sun isn’t to sideboard against a titan. Black sun allows you to clear your opponent’s board on turn 3 or 4 if you are facing Kuldotha Red, or elves, or any other token/weenie deck. And if a Kuldotha Red player has their board wiped on turn 3 they may as well concede. All is dust also clears their board, but not until turn 7 at the earliest, by which point a game with Kuldotha Red is over.

  18. The G on March 3rd, 2011 12:44 pm

    i see your point but what if your blightsteel colossus is out and the opponent isnt playing a “weenie” deck and also has planeswalkers out. would it not be better to play a all is dust because then ur blightsteel dosnt get affected like if you played a black sun. but still i play both black sun and all is dust just dust in main board and blacks in sideboard. And im still wondering do you think putting in distortion strikes for sideboard so i can slip past blockers for a k/o strike? Thany you for your help

  19. Dee on March 3rd, 2011 12:54 pm

    If you wanna stop titans, play Go for the Throat. It’s cheaper than All is Dust :P But kidding aside, AIDs might be ok against slow decks with a lot of walkers and Titans. But it also destroys your walkers, so i might not be good enough.

    I don’t think you need Distortion Strikes. It seems too situational. Colossus is huge and has trample. In most situations, it probably doesn’t need to be made unblockable.