June 26, 2015

Adam Prosak’s Blue-Green Threshold


Today's deck comes from Adam Prosak, a developer in Magic R&D and also a former writer of the Daily Decks column. Adam was the lead designer of Tempest Remastered and was also on the development teams for Vintage Masters, Khans of Tarkir, and Modern Masters 2015 Edition, to name just a few. Adam is also one of our best deck builders in R&D and is currently leading our FFL Team (Future Future League, our internal Standard league).

When I asked Adam for his favorite deck, he didn't hesitate to tell me about Blue-Green Threshold. Blue-Green decks were the strongest decks back during Invasion-Odyssey Standard but they usually consisted of madness cards. The deck played creatures that allowed you to discard cards like Aquamoeba and Wild Mongrel along with cards that you wanted to discard. Basking Rootwalla, Arrogant Wurm, Roar of the Wurm, and Circular Logic were just a few of the cards these decks played that gained you value if they were discarded.

Adam's deck did something a little different. He was still discarding cards for value, but instead of casting madness spells, he was trying to fill up his graveyard to reach a threshold of seven cards. Nimble Mongoose and Werebear were the main rewards for doing this, and are the primary win conditions in the deck. The problem was that sometimes 3/3 and 4/4 creatures were not good enough to win. That's where Upheaval came in.

Upheaval is a powerful Magic card. It allows you to play a control game by drawing cards, playing lands, and countering everything that is a threat to you. Then, when the time is right, tap all of your lands and cast Upheaval, preferably with some mana floating to recast those Nimble Mongooses and Werebears. When you have large creatures and your opponent has no permanents, winning is a whole lot easier!

Adam piloted Blue-Green Threshold back in 2002 and finished in the Top 8 of Ohio Valley Regionals with it. Soon after that, Magic Online launched for the first time and Adam jumped on and immediately built this deck. Blue-Green Threshold made him fall in love with the card Merfolk Looter and his success with it marked the beginning of his Magic career.

Thanks for sharing your story, Adam!

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