I'm a beginner player and I would like to know how to play the Insanity Preconstructed deck.

Beyond Dominia: Casual and Beginner's Advice Mill: I'm a beginner player and I would like to know how to play the Insanity Preconstructed deck.

By Gopher on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 10:41 pm:

Hi, I'm a beginner player and I would like to know how to play the deck. The people I play with are somewhat good and i want to beat them. If you don't know what the Insanity deck is then here it is

12 Swamp
10 Forest
2 Tainted Wood

2 Carrion Rats
3 Putrid Rats
2 Boneshard Slasher
1 Grotesque Hybrid
3 Basking Rootwalla
3 Wild Mongrel
1 Anurid Scavenger
1 Nantauko Blightcutter
2 Krosan Archer
2 Krosan Constrictor
1 Nantuko Cultivator
2 Arrogant Wurm
2 Centaur Vetern
2 Strength of Lunacy
2 Waste Away
2 Muscle Burst
2 Sylvan Might
1 Narcissim
2 Acorn Harvest

If you know a good way to play this deck please let me know

By zoo on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 10:52 pm:

Well, basically constructed decks will just let you lay your cards out, it's pretty simple. It looks like it wants the creatures out for the first 4 turns and then pump them up. After you get them low, you should achieve threshold by your 8th or 9th turn, so you get some sort of bonus. Then you pump them up and give them all out attack.
If you want to make it better, get 4 of the cards that work and ditch the lame ones. Also look for some staples, like Llanowar Elves, Duress, ect.Just post here again for more info

By Spin13 (Spin13) on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 01:31 am:

Along the lines of what Zoo said, trying finding a more patient friend/player who is willing to sit down and play a dozen or so games with you. Play the deck over and over again, and take note as to which cards tend to work well, and which don't pull their weight. Ask your more experienced opponent which cards they feared after each game.

Pretty much, the preconstructed deck isn't fabulously good. Its there to provide a wide range of cards for your use, and to introduce all the various aspects of a new set. The best way to learn to play the deck, is to take it apart and make it better. Once you've played those games, and you've noted which cards are good, go get more of them. Play some more with the deck, noting not which cards in particular were good, but the general type of card that was good. Look through common boxes, etc, and buy cards that are similar to these strong cards, and try them out. A couple bucks spent in commons/uncommons from older sets can improve a deck a lot.

I'm not sure if they still do it, but they used to print strategies for each pre-constructed deck and include them in the box. Try reading through that, all the card selections, and then reading through the information for all the other preconstructed decks. Taking a look at the other decks, and some of the similar and different cards/types of cards, can give you an idea on how each changes the way a game is played. Good luck.


By Rakso, Patriarch & Rules Ayatollah (Rakso) on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 08:58 am:

Yeah, it's basically about attacking and playing the "pump" spells with good timing to win in combat or kill someone.

Any specific problems?

By Ambroise on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 09:51 am:

And if you want to have "interesting games", avoid playing agains tournament level constructed deck. They will quite easily beat you without leaving you much chance.

However, if you want to improve a deck and your playskill, by all means play against tough opponent with tough deck. This is the best (but somehow painfull) way of seeing weakness and closing the gap.

Until you get to a good level, playing to have nice game or playing to improve your skills are not the same. Once you reach an average level, both kind of games will blur into one.


By LOTR on Tuesday, March 05, 2002 - 02:25 pm:

go to essential magic for a look at other deck and proxy cards u don't have . This will allow you to understand cards and make you some interesting decks...

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