It is Wonder Woman Week here on Major Spoilers and in order to celebrate everyone’s favorite ceramic-based demigod I put together a swanky Magic: The Gathering theme deck. Welcome to Paradise Island:
4 Blossoming Sands
4 Thornwood Falls
4 Tranquil Cove
4 Kor Spiritdancer
4 Nimbus Naiad
4 Eidolon of Blossoms
4 Hopeful Eidolon
4 Aether Adept
4 Ethereal Armor
4 Font of Fertility
4 Oblivion Ring
2 Wheel of Sun and Moon
2 Seal of Primordium
4 Put Away
20 Other Spells
There are two important things to keep in mind when building a theme deck. The first is focus; Which aspects of the theme do I want to focus on? The second is functionality; does the deck actually do what I want?
Finding the Focus
When I first approached this project I wanted to make a Wonder Woman deck, with all the face-punching, badguy-hogtying, bullet-deflecting, invisible-airplane-having fun of Wonder Woman.
That turned out to be super hard. Not because Magic: The Gathering doesn’t have all that wackiness going, but because it’s hard to play a face-punching deck without multiple creatures. So is that one Wonder Woman? Is that a different Wonder Woman? Are there two Wonder Women on the board now? I just didn’t like it.
So instead I decided to focus on an aspect of the Wonder Woman lore that would be more conducive to an exciting Magic deck. Finally I hit on Themyscira, Paradise Island, Wonder Woman’s supersecret home. Even then, the focus felt like it had to be narrowed. So here are the themes I ended up with:
- No Boys Allowed- None of the cards have dudes on them. Girls, yes. Monsters? Fine. But no guys. If you look up a card and it has a guy on it, then that probably means that there is another printing with a lady (or monster) front and center.
- Sisters Helping Sisters- I wanted the cards to have a real cooperative feel with each other.
- Some Greek Stuff? This one wasn’t too necessary, but also it wasn’t hard, since Theros came out last year.
The biggest mechanical theme is “sisters helping sisters” and cards with Bestow make that extra easy. Each bestow card can be played as a creature or as an aura helping a creature already on the board. The best part? If the original creature gets taken out, bestow auras pop back into creatureness and are ready to fight.
From there we just add some cards that want to see enchantments like Eidolon of Blossoms; and cards that want to be enchanted like Kor Spiritdancer. Rounding out the deck are Font of Fertility, Oblivion Ring and Seal of Primordium, giving you enchanted-based mana acceleration as well as answers to whatever Man’s World throws at you.
A card of special note is Wheel of Sun and Moon; this deck can have explosive card-draw. Wheel of Sun and Moon is there to keep you from accidentally dumping your whole deck into your graveyard. Put Away also helps with this.
The most obvious in-theme additions would be planeswalkers like Elspeth, Tamyo and Nissa. Depending on which version you go with, they can add a lot to the deck.
Wonder Week is Wonderful
That’s what I have for you today, Hopefully some of you guys will get a chance to play with this deck and make improvements. Also, Let me know if you guys get a chance to pit this deck against Mogis or Hunting Cheetah.