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Bait and Bludgeon

Bait and Bludgeon

Mirrodin Theme Deck

The "Bait & Bludgeon" deck shows your opponents the value of affinity, one of the new Mirrodin mechanics. Cards with affinity for artifacts cost {1} less to play for each artifact you control. Affinity doesn't affect the colored mana required, but with enough artifacts in play, you'll pay close to nothing for your affinity spells.

The cornerstone of the "Bait & Bludgeon" deck is its mana acceleration, which lets you play spells quicker than the usual one land per turn would. Talisman of Dominance, Leaden Myr, and Silver Myr fill this role nicely. With a deck full of affinity spells, the mana acceleration doesn't stop there. Every artifact you get on the table often acts like an extra land regardless of what else it does. The most efficient artifacts to play are the artifact lands. Not only can you tap them for mana, but they also reduce the cost of your affinity spells.

Playing lots of mana accelerators is only half the battle. You need to draw lots of cards to take advantage of your cheap affinity spells. Use cards like Serum Tank, Thirst for Knowledge, and Thoughtcast to refill your hand. Don't be afraid to use Aether Spellbomb to draw a card if you need to.

While you work up your mana base and refill your hand, buy time on the ground with Steel Wall, a cheap 0/4 blocker. Slow things down by bouncing your opponent's creatures with Aether Spellbomb. If your opponent gets a really big threat out, take it down permanently with Irradiate. With the number of artifacts packed into the "Bait & Bludgeon" deck, Irradiate can take out almost any monster.

Once your arsenal of artifacts is on the table, it's time to drop some killer creatures. Fly over your opponent's defenses with Somber Hoverguard. For an even bigger punch, use Nim Shrieker, which gets +1/+0 for each artifact you have in play. Want the best of both worlds? Broodstar has affinity and it gets +1/+1 for each artifact you have. And it flies, too!

2Somber HoverguardC5 ManaBlue Mana
1BroodstarR8 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
2Nim ShriekerC3 ManaBlack Mana
2Steel WallC1 Mana
2Leaden MyrC2 Mana
2Myr RetrieverU2 Mana
2Silver MyrC2 Mana
2Bottle GnomesU3 Mana
3FrogmiteC4 Mana
1Lodestone MyrR4 Mana
3Myr EnforcerC7 Mana
2Thirst for KnowledgeU2 ManaBlue Mana
1ThoughtcastC4 ManaBlue Mana
2Assert AuthorityU5 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
2IrradiateC3 ManaBlack Mana
2Aether SpellbombC1 Mana
4Talisman of DominanceU2 Mana
1Scale of Chiss-GoriaC3 Mana
1Serum TankU3 Mana
1Tooth of Chiss-GoriaC3 Mana
4Seat of the SynodC
4Vault of WhispersC
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* = from a previous set

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