Welcome to Ertai’s Lament!
The universe of Magic: the Gathering is a vast and varied one, and while the ever-evolving nature of Standard yields endless material for commentary, so many creative worlds suffer from a two-year shelf life.
Don’t get us wrong, we love Standard. But each time we’ve returned to the game we’ve had just as much delight in exploring the sets we’ve missed, and we’ve found the most enjoyable way to do that is through the preconstructed decks.
The preconstructed decks, between 3-5 per set, we liken to a fly trapped in amber… a snapshot frozen in time to what Wizards wanted to showcase from a particular set. Some click and are a joy to play. Others are terrible, either through a lackluster mechanic or poor construction.
This weblog will review and score them all. A look back through time, and an exploration of the present.
How we Work
Every precon deck review we write is divided into two columns. First we break the deck apart and analyse its card selection, looking to see what its trying to do and how well it looks to accomplish it. Then the second half of the review consists of us taking the deck to the table against another deck from the set, and giving it a playtest before issuing a final score.
We are committed to offering new content every 48 hours, and review decks in blocks. We also have a number of other occasional features:
Ertai’s Meddling: Our most popular occasional feature, Meddlings take a precon deck and try and rebuild it, cutting weak cards and adding better ones. Intended to respect both a player’s budget as well as card pool, we follow two rules. First, we can’t add any rares or mythics. Second, we can only add cards from sets already present in the deck.
Ertai’s Trickery: Ever found a few theme decks that seemed to be a good fit together? Ertai’s Trickery takes those decks, dumps their cards into a pile and looks to construct a single, 60-card deck from them with the best the decks had to offer.
Whispers of the Muse: We have a very active community here at Ertai’s Lament, and there is no shortage of expertise on offer. The Whispers series allows you, the reader, to submit a theme deck you’ve been trying to tinker with, and solicit ideas and suggestions from other readers. Trying to improve that theme deck, but not sure how? Let us know, and we’ll be happy to help!
Precon Championships: Another popular series, this one asks the question, “what if you took all the decks from a given block season and pitted them against each other, March Madness style? Which deck would emerge the champion?”
So have a look, and above all else enjoy yourself here. We’re always happy to get feedback and suggestions too!