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Dark Ascension | Grave Power Intro Pack deck list and review

Magic: the Gathering Dark Ascension Grave Power Intro Pack


Grave Power is one of five new Intro Packs from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert Magic: the Gathering expansion set Dark Ascension.

Grave Power Intro Pack
Wizards of the Coast

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Just like the Innistrad Intro Packs (Carnival of Blood, Deathly Dominion, Eldritch Onslaught , and Spectral Legions), each of the new Dark Ascension Intro Packs retails for an MSRP of $12.99. They feature a full 60 card deck, how to play insert, tip guide, and an unopened Dark Ascension booster pack.

The Grave Power Intro pack includes two rares: a premium foil Ghoultree and a Splinterfright.

Grave Power features a graveyard matters theme, with a plethora of cards that care about the number of creature cards in your graveyard.

According to the enclosed tip guide, the deck "harnesses the power of lost souls, refacting them into gigantic entities and overwhelming advantages. The dead may be gone, but they're definately not forgotten."

Mulch, Tracker's Instincts, Dawntreader Elk, and Deranged Assistant can help to flush out your early game while also setting up your graveyard. Although there's no true creature removal spells, Ambush Viper plays an excellent chump blocker that just happens to help your graveyard's creature count.

The result is impressive mid to late game plays with cards like Grim Flowering, Wreath of Geists, and Boneyard Wurm. The deck's rares, Ghoultree and Splinterfright, are equally imposing too.

Grave Power plays consistently, albeit a bit slow. That's ok though, becuase it progressively gets more powerful as each turn passes. Even if the Battlefield becomes clogged up, an Executioner's Hood or Chasm Drake can help you fly or dodge past your opponent's blockers for the win.

Grave Power Intro Pack deck list
Creatures (26)
2 Ambush Viper
2 Boneyard Wurm
3 Dawntreader Elk
1 Alluring Siren
2 Deranged Assistant
1 Brindle Boar
1 Splinterfright
3 Armored Skaab
1 Aether Adept
2 Moon Heron
2 Tower Geist
2 Chasm Drake
1 Acidic Slime
2 Hollowhenge Beast
1 Ghoultree
Other Spells (10)
2 Wreath of Geists
1 Executioner's Hood
2 Mulch
2 Tracker's Instincts
1 Gnaw to the Bone
2 Grim Flowering
Lands (24)
14 Forest
10 Island

The included tip guide suggests adding Kessig Cagebreakers and Jace, Memory Adept, along with additional Boneyard Wurms and Splinterfrights.

Another idea might further to add a pair of Mirror-Mad Phantom or use the creatures in your graveyard for other purposes - such as to cast Skaab Ruinator.

The only downside to the deck is just how vulnerable it is to graveyard hate. Without any creatures in your graveyard, the deck's big plays are instead big duds.

At just $12.99, Grave Power (along with the other four Dark Ascension Intro Packs) provides an incredible value. When you consider that a booster pack of Magic cards retails for $3.99 by itself, then you're really only paying $9 for the deck.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Dark Ascension is the second set of three in the Innistrad block. Dark Ascension will contain 158 cards, and be released on February 3, 2012.

Dark Ascension Prerelease events will occur on January 28-29, 2012. There will be Dark Ascension Launch Parties on February 3-6, 2012. The Dark Ascension Game Day will be on March 3-4, 2012.

Find a Dark Ascension event near you.

Dark Ascension is followed by Avacyn Restored.

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Please note that this article was based upon a free review copy.

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