Category Archives: Deck Primer

A full description of a deck – list, card choices, strategy, matchup information, and so forth.

Dream On

Hello friends!  While living in the future as a community playtester stops me from writing as often as I’d like, I’m back on the .horse (heh) to talk about decks!  We’ll start with the list of decks from our recent Winter Regional in case you missed them, then I’ll talk about (what else) a new version of Dream Quest I brewed up and the team refined for the occasion.

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Friendship is Tragic: Rainbow Dash Edition


She’s adorable. She’s awesome. And she is super bad at this game. That’s right. Of course I am talking about Rainbow Dash: Sonic Rainboom. I ended up pulling two of these and trading for one (because I had 5 UR Discord manes…). Everyone was telling me how bad this card was, and basically, that’s like telling me, “make a deck out of this, it’s a really good idea!”. So once again, I ventured down the path of Noted Speaker (seriously though, we are never getting back together). So join me down my twisting path and learn how to optimize this adorable card for minimal benefit!

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Airquotes Writes the Worst Deck Primer Ever

aka “Trouble in Paradise: The Princess Cadance and Shining Armor Dual-Mane Deck”

First off, kudos to Enterplay for coming up with the Double-Mane Chaos is Magic format. It not only opened the doors for fun, creative, and quirky deckbuilding, but it gave us all an avenue for expressing our favorite pony pairing fantasies. I mean, besides writing fanfiction.

Having never written pony fanfiction before, I decided to use this one-shot format as an excuse to construct the hottest, steamiest, most innuendo-laden deck I could…

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Friendship Is Tragic Primer: Berry Punch Babysits the CMC

cmc regret

Welcome to another installment of Friendship Is Tragic. This is the place where all the terrible decisions we have made, and ill conceived decks we have built, live. Today I will be touring a deck that could be, arguably, the very heart of our inspiration. That is right! Today we visit a Cutie Mark Crusaders deck. That terrible mane that is only good at one thing: confronting with Ponyville Banner. However, this deck is not just a one trick pony. It takes a few tips from good ol’ Airquotes and Berry punch (because after that last article how could it be a bad idea?) Continue reading Friendship Is Tragic Primer: Berry Punch Babysits the CMC

Primer: Maudash Crystal Games Update

Hey guys, I’ve been playing with an updated Crystal Games version of my deck from this post and still enjoying it! CG brought us some neat tools, mostly in Orange (sadly, as I am a Dash player at heart), and some tools that are neat but probably also should not be.

Look at her smug face. She knows she is an abomination.
Look at her smug face. She knows she is an abomination.

So, revised deck is here, with some notes under the cut!

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Mover and Shaker: or Blood Bending with Ponies


I don’t know why I gravitate towards bad cards. I think part of it is that I sincerely hope that there is a reason that card exists, like a Zelda treasure chest you can see but never actually get to. So my latest brush with Stockholm syndrome involves not just a card but a mane. Prior to the release of Cadence, this might have been the very worst mane in the game. However, when Crystal Games came out my Cheesy sense began to tingle. Bad Rarity (as we shall call her) drove up in a van, put a hood over my head, and kidnapped me. And now, just like Noted Speaker (we are never, ever, ever getting back together Twilight), I have Stockholm syndrome.

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Primer: Maudash [Orange/Blue Villains]

I’m posting so much more than Niko! Is it because I’m better than him? It sure is. Tell your friends.

I haven’t been making many particularly competitive decks lately, and this isn’t what I’d play if I were going to a major event, but I’ve been playing it in our weekly meetups (when I’m not playing random garbage for fun) and I’m liking it pretty well. It runs a little expensive, so I’m including some alternate suggestions for some of the more expensive cards at the end if you want to run something similar on more of a budget.

Here’s the deck, if that’s all you’re looking for! Some discussion under the cut.

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NA Continentals: “Charlotte’s Tower” (DJ/Purple Control) Deck Info

Team Pandeponium had an awesome showing at North American Continentals at GenCon, all playing the same deck (within a few cards; a few couldn’t get quite all the URs).  The deck later became known as Charlotte’s Tower online.  Obviously the list was published by Enterplay, but I’ve never done a full history and strategy post for it, though I’ve been meaning to.  There’s no time like the present, so here goes.

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