The other day, we looked at the Intro Packs from Khans of Tarkir and how they were suited to newer players. Today we look at the Event Deck, which is aimed at more accomplished players, or those looking to get into the competitive scene with a pre-built deck as opposed to building their own. The Event Deck contains numerous higher power level cards combined to make a focussed deck, able to compete at your local Friday Night Magic tournament.
The deck is designed to be played straight out of the box at a more competitive environment than the Intro decks, and as such includes 10 rares compared to the former’s 2. Conquering Hordes is the Khans of Tarkir Event Deck and features an array of aggressive black and white cards.
What does the deck do?
The deck is a Warrior themed black and white deck which aims to attack hard and fast with a horde of undercosted creatures. With only 3 of the 25 creatures in the deck not being Warriors, Conquering Hordes is able to take advantage of its “Warrior matters” cards, such as Chief of the Edge and Chief of the Scale, which improve their creatures statistics. One of the key pieces of the deck are the two copies of Raider’s Spoils, which allows you to draw extra cards when you deal damage with a warrior.
If the game goes long then the deck contains various cards which will improve your chances, from Dictate of Heliod and Spear of Heliod making all your guys huge to Spirit Bonds making them resilient. With Warriors, for the most part, being foot soldiers, the deck has an innate weakness to fliers, such as Stormbreath Dragon or Sarkhan. For this reason Conquering Hordes contains numerous versatile removal spells to deal with such threats – or to remove blockers and attack for lethal damage.
Could anything be improved?
Playing with the deck, Herald of Anafenza often proved too slow, or was killed after making only 1 warrior. Given the aim of the deck is to attack as much as possible and allow the powerful enchantments to take care of the lategame, it would be better served as an additional copy of Bloodsoaked Champion, which was always excellent. The rest of the maindeck however, is well constructed and each card furthers the aim of the deck.
The oddest inclusion in the 75 however, is the sideboard copy of Drown in Sorrow. The majority of the craetures in the deck die to it to the extent it is better as a sideboard card against the deck, rather than for it. The rest of the sideboard however, is well balanced and contains a few cards to deal with numerous weaknesses of a black/white aggressive deck.
The only major criticism of the Khans of Tarkir Event Deck the lack of value within it. In the past, Event decks have always had a “chase value rare” within them, often to help reduce the cost of some Constructed staples. No single card in Conquering Hordes is worth more than $5 on the singles market and while this will prevent its price being gouged above the recommended retail price, it also means a similar list can be built without needing to buy the Event Deck. The Event deck would have been a great place to put Thoughtseize or a new set Fetchland, as they are important for tournament play and have a high individual price.
So is it worth it?
Nevertheless, despite the ‘value’ of the deck, it is still better than purchasing each card individually as it comes with a deckbox and spindown lifecounter as well as an insert to help teach you about some of the intricacies of the deck’s strategies and which cards can be traded for to increase the deck’s power level. It may not be the best Event Deck released in the last few years, but it is definitely great fun to play with and at just $25, a great pick up for new players looking to go to their first tournaments.
The Khans of Tarkir Event Deck, Conquering Hordes, goes on sale September 26th, 2014.
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