Shared Discovery – Channel Fireball Cawblade by Rob Wagner

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Hi all, how’s your Nats testing going? Manaleak superstar Joe Fletcher very kindly lended my the Channel Fireball Cawblade deck on Magic Online to test with. For those who read this website  but not the Wizards coverage or Channel Fireball, here’s the list:


1 Arid Mesa
4 Celestial Colonnade
3 Glacial Fortress
2 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Island
3 Plains
2 Scalding Tarn
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Tectonic Edge

2 Consecrated Sphinx
2 Emeria Angel
4 Squadron Hawk
2 Day of Judgment
3 Dismember
3 Gideon Jura
3 Into the Roil
1 Jace Beleren
3 Mana Leak
4 Preordain
2 Spell Pierce
2 Sword of Feast and Famine
2 Timely Reinforcements

2 Azure Mage
1 Day of Judgment
4 Flashfreeze
1 Jace Beleren
3 Mental Misstep
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Timely Reinforcements


Full of beautiful cards :). Some noteable differences from regular cawblade lists are the lack of Oblivion Rings, and the addition of Azure Mage.

Oblivion Ring

This card has been getting weaker and weaker recently.  It used to be good as a catch-all for cards such as Tempered Steel but the truth is that as the format has evolved more and more people are prepared for it. Nowadays some of the best uses for this card are getting rid of a Consecrated Sphinx after they’ve drawn 2 cards, and getting rid of a Primeval Titan after they’ve found 2 Valakuts. Yeah! I guess it’s fine in this strategy if you really are wanting to be prepared for anything but everything that costs more than it provides an advantage before you can cast it, and everything that costs less will have done its job before you can cast it – this card gets you back in the game but is planning on being behind with this deck.

Azure Mage

Well, Mike Flores seems to like this card and it’s easy to see why. It beats for 2 and it draws cards – hands up if you like cards! Bringing this in against decks like UB and Valakut is sweet as it’s like a Jace that can attack, and can’t be attacked back (since we don’t play WoWtcg). The 4 mana activation feels a little high to me but I can definitely see this deck wanting to cut the Jace for another Mage – carries a sword pretty well also.


So yeah, it’s hard to see exactly where to evolve this list but it seemed to put up good results for the players – three in the top 8 is nothing to be sniffed at, and LSV got preeeetty unlucky to lose his quarter finals as seen on ggslive. What’s your thoughts on where to take the deck?

Rob Wagner

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