"Sweet Revenge" is one of two new event decks from Wizards of the Coast's latest "Magic: The Gathering" set "Magic 2013" ("Repeat Performance" is the other). "Sweet Revenge" is a red-blue-black deck that takes advantage of flashback spells and Burning Vengeance to gain a long term advantage over your opponent.
Like the "Avacyn Restored" event decks "Death's Encroach" and "Humanity's Vengeance," the "Sweet Revenge" event deck features a full deck of 60 cards, along with a 15 card sideboard, spindown life counter, strategy insert, and deck box for an MSRP of $24.99.
The deck works by dumping flashback spells into your graveyard with Faithless Looting and Forbidden Alchemy while trying to find Burning Vengeance. After you've found the deck's key enchantment, each of the flashback spells in your graveyard become a source of removal and a game ending spell.
Pillar of Flame and Silent Departure can help keep early threats at bay until you've brought your Burning Vengeance engine online. Think Twice and Desperate Ravings provide additional card advantage to ensure you get there.
The deck's few creatures are used defensively. Armored Skaab and Fettergeist both have a toughness of four that can withstand the deck's main sweeper: Slagstorm. Firewing Phoenix can come back again and again to take a bite out of your opponent's life total after you've established control.
"Sweet Revenge" event deck decklist
2 Armored Skaab
1 Firewing Phoenix
Other Spells (29)
4 Burning Vengeance
4 Desperate Ravings
4 Faithless Looting
3 Forbidden Alchemy
3 Pillar of Flame
1 Red Sun's Zenith
1 Rolling Temblor
1 Silent Departure
4 Think Twice
1 Darkslick Shores
1 Desolate Lighthouse
4 Evolving Wilds
1 Sulfur Falls
2 Arc Trail
4 Bloodcrazed Neonate
4 Screeching Skaab
3 Secrets of the Dead
The sideboard in "Sweet Revenge" features additional removal against creature laden decks in the form of Dismember and Arc Trail. Bloodcrazed Neonate, Screeching Skaab, and Secrets of the Dead can help against control decks.
The included deck insert suggests adding Magmaquake to "deal with creatures and planeswalkers at the same time" and Thundermaw Hellkite. Another suggested idea is to run Talrand, Sky Summoner, which interacts well with all the instant and sorcery cards in the deck.
Although "Sweet Revenge" successfully delivers a healthy dose of "burning vengeance" to opponents, it pales in comparison to some of the other recent event decks that we've seen. With only one "M13" card in the deck (aside from the lands) and a lack of any jaw-dropping inclusions (where's the Snapcaster Mage?), "Sweet Revenge" fails to impress when compared to the other new "M13" event deck "Repeat Performance" (which is "definitely worth the buy").
If you don't plan on attending "Friday Night Magic" or playing Standard then you may be better off picking up one of the four Planechase 2012 decks ("Primordial Hunger", "Chaos Reigns", "Night of the Ninja", or "Savage Auras") instead.
Rating: 3 of 5
Catch up on the "Magic 2013 Core Set"
"M13" card lists
White, blue, black, red, green, gold, artifact, and land.
"M13" intro packs
"Mob Rule," "Sole Domination," "Depths of Power," "Path to Victory," and "Wild Rush."
Please note this review was based off the decklist posted on DailyMTG.com here.