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Odyssey Theme Deck

The Liftoff deck is for players who like to be in control. If you think you can outplay and outthink anyone who sits down across from you, this is the right deck for you. However, if you like ultra-aggressive games where you attack every turn until someone wins, you should probably trade Liftoff for another deck.

When the game begins, try to establish a strong defense while quickly reaching threshold. This deck excels at creature-based defense: the combination of Beloved Chaplain, Angelic Wall, Blessed Orator, and Hallowed Healer are very difficult for your opponent's forces to get through. As if that wasn't enough, Puppeteer, Nomad Decoy, and Kirtar's Desire keep opposing creatures from even entering combat. While you're busy frustrating your opponent, you can use Think Tank, Cephalid Looter, and Cephalid Broker to help you get seven cards into your graveyard. The two Cephalids are great because they allow you to put the card you really need into your hand while everything else goes to the graveyard. Millikin's ability lets you play your spells faster while its "drawback" only helps you reach threshold.

Once you get seven or more cards into your graveyard, this deck really shines. The Mystics all grow wings and turn into dynamite attackers. Meanwhile, your Healer and your Decoy become twice as effective! Once you get into a winning position, try to hold on to a Syncopate and leave enough mana to stop any game-breakers your opponent might come up with.

If you want to tune this deck, first decide whether you want to turn it into a pure control deck or a pure beatdown deck. If you want to go the counter route, replace some creatures with cards like Kirtar's Wrath or the Seventh Edition set's Wrath of God. Try to entice your opponent to put too many creatures into play, then wipe them all out. Follow up with some creatures you were saving in your hand, and cruise to victory. If beatdown is more your style, you'll want efficient white creatures like the Apocalypse card Spectral Lynx and the Seventh Edition card Longbow Archers. And, of course, it's hard to go wrong with Serra Angel.

1Angelic WallC1 ManaWhite Mana
2Aven WindreaderC3 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
1Beloved ChaplainU1 ManaWhite Mana
2Blessed OratorU3 ManaWhite Mana
2Cephalid BrokerU3 ManaBlue Mana
2Cephalid LooterC2 ManaBlue Mana
1Cephalid RetainerR2 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
2Cephalid ScoutC1 ManaBlue Mana
2Hallowed HealerC2 ManaWhite Mana
2MillikinU2 Mana
1Mystic CrusaderR1 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana
1Mystic PenitentUWhite Mana
2Mystic VisionaryC1 ManaWhite Mana
3Mystic ZealotC3 ManaWhite Mana
1Nomad DecoyC2 ManaWhite Mana
1Pilgrim of JusticeC2 ManaWhite Mana
1PuppeteerU2 ManaBlue Mana
1EmboldenC2 ManaWhite Mana
3Kirtar's DesireCWhite Mana
1PeekCBlue Mana
1Second ThoughtsC4 ManaWhite Mana
1ShelterC1 ManaWhite Mana
1Skycloud EggU1 Mana
2SyncopateCX ManaBlue Mana
2Think TankU2 ManaBlue Mana
1Abandoned OutpostC
1Seafloor DebrisC

* = from a previous set

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