Dark Interlude: Deck Tech

Welcome to Value Town

Are you looking for a fun deck for FNM that will get you all the value in the world? Then I have just the deck for you. Recently at Pop-a-Lot #5 I was paired against this beauty of a deck and fell in love instantly. I sat down and had a chat with Michael Klose, the designer of the deck. Here it is in all it’s glory:

Creatures (17)
Thraben Inspector
Reflector Mage
Thought-Knot Seer
Goblin Dark-Dwellers
Dragonlord Ojutai

Spells (17)
Eerie Interlude
Essence Flux
Declaration In Stone
Kolaghan’s Command
Radiant Flames

Planeswalkers (1)
Chandra, Flamecaller
Lands (25)
Needle Spires
Wandering Fumarole
Battlefield Forge
Shivan Reef
Caves of Koilos
Prairie Stream
Sunken Hollow
Smoldering Marsh
Evolving Wilds

Sideboard (15)
Clash of wills
Radiant Flames
Profaner of the dead
Spatial Contortion
Nahiri, the harbinger
Sphinx of the Final Word
Dragonlord Ojutai

Key Cards
Now the engine of the deck is Goblin Dark-Dwellers as it can re-cast a key spell when you put it into play. The dream scenario is re-casting an Eerie Interlude with other creatures in play. The creatures all have powerful enter the battlefield effects so being able to trigger those effects multiple times gets you so far ahead. Another engine in the deck is the use of Kolaghan’s Command to return any creatures that have died. This is a great combo card with Goblin Dark-Dwellers. Reflector Mage helps you keep problem creatures off the board while Thought-Knot Seer is able to strip the powerful cards from your opponent’s hands.Win Conditions
The main win conditions of this deck are in the form of Dragonlord Ojutai, Chandra, Flamecaller and just super VALUE. Dragonlord Ojutai helps you dig for important cards while also getting in for 5 damage at a time. I found that you can also get in a lot of incremental damage with Goblin Dark-Dwellers thanks to his menace ability. There are also the creature lands as a back up plan.

eerie deck action

Michael in action

I asked Michael what the spiciest card in his deck was and he got a huge smile and showed me Essence Flux. In his words it is the worst card in the deck BUT it is part of the glue that holds it all together. It is able to blank a removal spell and is also able to re-trigger one of your many enter the battlefield effects. It is particularly good with Dragonlord Ojutai as it comes in untapped and gains hexproof.

Michael said he had some troubles dealing with Sylvan Advocates when they become 4/5 and also the deck struggles against planeswalkers if they resolve. You can fix this by changing up the sideboard a bit to contain more copies of Roast and save your counter spells for the planeswalkers. Sometimes your mana can be quite painful as well, but that is the price we pay for playing four different colours.

Wrap Up
I think this is a fantastic deck to take along to FNM. It can hold its own against a lot of the top decks in the format right now and you will have an absolute blast playing it. Thanks to Michael for the awesome list, and look out for more sweet decks in the coming weeks.

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About The Author


Ben is a competitive magic player who can’t resist a good challenge. He is also a massive nerd who loves video games, board games and RPG’s.

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