Monday, March 14, 2016

"Grizzly Fate: A lesson from The Revenant"

"Grizzly Fate: A lesson from The Revenant"
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.

If there is one thing that I have taken away from the movie The Revenant that is to be acutely aware of your surroundings when you are in a forest. The grizzly bear also got a healthy dose of respect from me and I will never look at the 2/2 vanilla creature again. 

Most of the time in magic Humans and Bears are equal at 2/2 for both power and toughness but without the aid of any weapon or magic spell it is the good old grizzly bear that should win out a big portion of the time. With the mauling of Leonardo Di caprio in mind I came to recollect a certain fun deck that my Uncle introduced to us when we were still starting out in Magic.  

It featured the flashback card Grizzly Fate and let us just say that if you were not ready you consistently got a bear mob mauling you to death in the mid game. The main plan of the deck is to get the said flashback cards into your hand or graveyard as fast as it could. Then with the aid of the Catalyst stone you could cast flashback cards more on a 2 colorless mana discount. Add to the fact that grizzly fate creates twice as many bears(4) when you already have Threshold(7 or more cards in your graveyard).  Helping you get the Flashback cards you need and hitting Threshold at the same time was this particular card.

I remembered this deck content with casting Quiet Speculation on the second turn so that both goals of hitting Threshold and getting Flashback cards where they belong for your exploitation would be achievable. I imagine that an update of this deck with various Land Fetch cards would make it even faster.


Imagine that this was considered a "Fun" deck back in the day. I don't really know who is having more fun. The Bear controller or the bears themselves. All I was thinking back then was how nice it would if I could draw a Pyroclasm before the last attack.

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