Archive for the ‘Top 8’ Category

Top 8 – Black 1-drop Flyers

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Once again there are actually only 8 ‘pure’ black 1-drop flyers in the history of magic.

  •  Will-o’-the-Wisp
  • Putrid Imp
  • Circling Vultures
  • Vampire Bats
  • Nightshade Stinger
  • Pit Imp
  • Molting Harpy
  • Phyrexian Battleflies

The two other 1-drop flyers that come up if you do a gatherer search either require hybrid mana or other colors as part of there ability activation:

  • Oona’s Gatewarden
  • Dreadwing

As for 1-drop ground troops, what a nice list this is:

  • Disciple of the Vault
  • Fume Spitter
  • Typhoid Rats
  • Diregraf Ghoul
  • Festering Goblin
  • Kederekt Parasite
  • Mortician Beetle
  • Vampire Lacerator
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Top 8 – Red 1-Drop Flyers

January 18, 2012 1 comment

Ok. This list should be interesting. Oh, none you say, not one red 1-drop flyer in Magic.

The bottom line is that red does not have any 1-drop that hit the battlefield with flying. You can activate certain cards once they are in play, to give them flying. But they don’t come into play in their ‘vanilla’ state with flying. There are some red 1-drop creatres which have abilities that give them flying, these are:

  • Goblin Balloon Brigade
  • Roc Hatchling
  • Raka Disciple

While turning our atention to straight red 1-drops there are a number of high quality candidates. making a top 8 for these a breeze:

  • Dragonmaster Outcast
  • Goblin Welder
  • Goblin Lackey
  • Grim Lavamancer
  • Flamekin Harbinger
  • Goblin Guide
  • Stromkirk Noble
  • Kird Ape
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Top 8 – Green 1-Drop Flyers

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Following on with the series of posts on 1-drop flyers, once again we will be struggling to find 8 flyers in green, regardless of quality. I count a mere four:

  • Birds of Paradise
  • Xantid Swarm
  • Scryb Sprites
  • Uktabi Drake

There are also a number of 1-drops in green which have reach:

  • Ezuri’s Archers
  • Traproot Kami
  • Wall of Vines
  • Tree Monkey

And plenty of 1-drop quality green weenies without  flying or reach that you could create a solid top 8 with:

  • Noble Hierarch
  • Wild Nacatl
  • Joraga Warcaller
  • Basking Rootwalla
  • Heritage Druid
  • Arbor Elf
  • Fyndhorn Elves
  • Quirion Ranger
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Top 8 – Blue 1-Drop Flyers

January 14, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I have posted, as I have been working on other Magic related stuff. But, I now hope to integrate everything MTG related together a lot better so I should be posting here a lot more in future.

To start things off I am going to do a post regarding those most elusive of creatures the blue flying weenie. So here is my top 8 list of fave blue 1-drop flyers:

  • Zephyr Sprite – Magic 2010
  • Flying Men – Arabian Nights, Time Spiral “Timeshifted”
  • Shrieking Drake – Visions
  • Mothdust Changeling – Morningtide
  • Skywatcher Adept – Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Spindrift Drake – Stronghold
  • Caller of Gales – Zendikar
  • Cloud Pirates – Portal

Ok, so the list is rather tame. Well not much to work with in this area, it seems that 1-drop flyers in blue are not a really hot commodity. So, lets take a less selective view, perhaps just 1-drop creatures in blue:

  • Hedron Crab – Zendikar
  • Delver of Secrets – Innistrad
  • Vedalken Certarch – Scars of Mirrodin
  • Kraken Hatchling – Zendikar
  • Phantasmal Bear – Magic 2012
  • Cursecatcher – Shadowmoor
  • Cosi’s Trickster – Zendikar
  • Zephyr Sprite – Magic 2010

That’s more like it. Guess it illustrates why having ‘ground troops’ is so important in a mono-blue deck were you are choosing to run more costly blue flyers, if you want something solid to deal with an early threat.

Magic TV Top 8 of the Week: Best Gold Cards

Another great video from LSV and TSG at Channel Fireball.

Magic TV Top 8 of the Week: Best Combos

Checkout Magic TV’s latest – Best Combos Video. It is part of there excellent Top 8 of the Week series.

Grand Prix Providence – Top 8


James Rynkiewicz finished in top spot, becoming champion at Grand Prix Providence. Using a version of Bant featuring no Force of Wills and bereft of the Natural Order/Progenitus combo.

You can read the event coverage report – click here

Here is the link direct to the top 8 list – click here