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 Post subject: Rafiq Lifegain Deck
AgePosted: 2012-Mar-11 11:44 am 
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I built this deck to have even more fun while playing. To me, gaining a ridiculous amount of life is pretty awesome. I threw a lot of synergy in the deck to get some awesome interactions between cards.


Rafiq of the Many


Loxodon Warhammer
Behemoth Sledge
Chalice of Life
Wall of Reverence
Soul Warden
Loxodon Hierarch
Pristine Talisman
Armadillo Cloak
Ajani Goldmane
Words of Wisdom
Drogskol Reaver (Turns into Card Draw when he's out)

Card Draw:

Rayne, Academy Chancellor
Well of Lost Dreams
Mystic Remora
Rhystic Study

Grow Crads:

Phantom Centaur
Ajani's Pridemate
Forgotten Ancient
Cradle of Vitality
Psychosis Crawler


Sun Titan
Eternal Witness
Loaming Shaman
Hymn of Rebirth

Token Makers:

Luminarch Ascension


Sensei's Divining Top
Mystical Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Altar of Bone
Eladamri's Call
Worldly Tutor
Trinket Mage
Stoneforge Mystic

Mana Stuff:

Mirari's Wake0
Explosive Vegetation
Solemn Simulacrum
Oracle of Mul Daya
Sol Ring
Birds of Paradise


Glissa Sunseeker
Swords to Plowshares
Wrath of God
Aura Shards


Wall of Denial
Venser, the Sojourner
Crystal Shard
Dueling Grounds
Azorius Guildmage
Seedborn Muse
Umezawa's Jitte
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Bant Charm
Phyrexian Metamorph


Breeding Pool
Temple Garden
Hallowed Fountain
Misty Rainforest
Flooded Strand
High Market
Seaside Citadel
Hinterland Harbor
Flooded Grove
Flagstones of Trokair
Yavimaya Coast
Gaea's Cradle
Reflecting Pool
Kor Haven
Strip Mine
Temple of the False God
Command Tower
Reliquary Tower
Exotic Orchard
5x Forest
5x Plains
5x Island


The two MVP's of the deck are Rafiq and Drogskol Reaver. Those two make the deck really Scary. Double strike + Lifegain is awesome. Double strike + Jitte= Freaking amazing. Double Strike + Cradle of Vitality is just ridiculous.

Drogskol Reaver turns this deck into a powerhouse. He makes Pristine Talisman tap for a mana, gain me a life, and draw me a card. He makes Words of Wisdom absolutely crazy. His Double Strike is crazy and frightening for my opponents.

I also tried to throw a lot of search in the deck so I always have options. I do think I need to put a Primeval Titan in here so I have an increased chance of getting Reliquary Tower, which makes my handsize pretty boss.

So look over the deck and tell me what you guys think!

**I am also trying to Foil out the deck. Here is a list of what I have Foiled currently.

Glissa Sunseeker
Birds of Paradise (M12)
Sol Ring (From the Vault: Relics)
Cultivate (Promo)
Trinket Mage (Scars of Mirrodin)
Sun Titan (Promo)
Forgotten Ancient
Ajani's Pridemate
Chalice of Life
Words of Wisdom
Azorius Guildmage (Promo)
Phyrexian Metamorph (Promo)
Reliquary Tower
Exotic Orchard
Island (Ravnica)
Island (M12)
Island (9th Edition)
Island (Lorwyn)
Island (Onslaught)
Plains (Ravnica)
Plains (Lorwyn)
Plains (Innistrad)
Plains (Mirrodin)
Plains (Shards of Alara)
Forest (Arena)
Forest (Invasion)
Forest (Lorwyn)
Forest (Invasion)
Forest (Onslaught)

**** I have a huge Foil Binder full of basic lands. The ones above were chosen because of their artwork. If I Acquire more Arena lands, I will be running those in the deck.

"I am the Dragon. And you call me insane. You are privy to a great becoming, but you recognize nothing. To me, you are a slug in the sun. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is your nature to do one thing correctly. Before me, you rightly tremble. But, fear is not what you owe me. You owe me awe."
Francis Dolarhyde - Red Dragon

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 Post subject: Re: Rafiq Lifegain Deck
AgePosted: 2012-Mar-13 3:30 pm 

Joined: 2009-Jun-05 7:30 am
Age: Elder Dragon
A couple of suggestions

Delaying Shield - This turns general damage into normal damage, which is awesome in a life gain deck. I'm not sure if it warrants main deck inclusion, but I tend to build wish boards and Golden Wish is very effective for toolboxing GWU.

Nacatl War-Pride - This works very well with Soul Warden and Dueling Grounds. A friend uses War Kitty with Dueling Ground and it's scary. If you choose to include, one of my pet favourite tricks to employ is Mirrorweave.

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