NecropotenceSo for today’s blog post, I wanted to go back in time and look at one of my favorite decks. Now that I’m blogging more, I’m finding more themes for my Magic the Gathering posts that make this more fun. Some days I want to talk about “back in the day” stuff and some days I want to create my own personal top 10 lists. So the more I’m writing, the more fun I’m having.

That being said, today we are looking at one of my favorite decks that I played in 1999 Southwest Regionals , and that deck was Necropotence.

At the time, the big decks were Necropotence, Sligh (Mono Red), Living Death, Counterslivers, with smatterings of Draw-Go, Enchantress, and Suicide Black making good showings. ┬áIn today’s environment, I could not see this environment being sustainable because the entire landscape was “play necro or beat necro” , there was very little in between.

You can see the list for yourself here.

1999 Necropotence by Tony Pagliocco

CREATURES (6)
Bottle Gnomes
Nightmare
Skittering Skirge

SPELLS (33)
Corrupt
Dark Ritual
Diabolic Edict
Drain Life
Duress
Necropotence
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Terror
Urza’s Bauble
Yawgmoth’s Will

LAND (22)
19 Swamp
Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)
Carrion Beetles
Engineered Plague
Gloom
Jester’s Cap
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Perish
Persecute

Now in comparing this list with others from the same time, I can see a lot of mistakes that I made in this list. At the time however, I remember having distinct logic for some of the card choices.

If I were to go back and re-do this list for that same tournament, I would have added a Corrupt, Disk, and Will – and taken out the Nightmare, Terror, and something else. The Bottle Gnomes were great in the mirror match plus versus Sligh, those probably should have been a 3 of as well.

Obviously this is one of the most broken decks and if you look at the results from “back in the day” , you’ll see what I mean, chec this link out. This will paint a pretty authentic picture of the environment back then.

Well, outside of that, I just wanted to share with you that I like broken decks and they like me as well – now I wish I could find something I love as much in our current standard format, or at least lets find out what the ultimate control deck is!

Peace