Magic: The Gathering Intro Deck – Azorius Authority


by Caleb Paullus (@theurbanraptor)

Hey Magic players, did you have a chance to play at one of the prerelease events this weekend? Comic and Game stores all over were filled with gamers battling it out for top prizes! Worry not, you can get in on the action this coming week with the official release of Dragon’s Maze.

Dragon’s Maze is the third set in the Ravnica block and adds a lot of exciting cards to the playing field. What? You don’t have a deck to play? Well, there are a variety of intro packs that can help get you started into playing Magic: the Gathering.

Check out Azorius Authority. This deck is a great intro into playing  using blue and white and can me easily made into a competitive deck by swapping a few cards out.

Official Description and decklist:

Lavinia of the Tenth has rallied a patrol of Azorius officers and lawmages, and nothing will stop them from catching lawbreakers. Rather than destroy creatures outright, the Azorius Senate prefers to lock them up in jail by using the detain mechanic.

Start the game by getting creatures like Silvercoat Lion and Stealer of Secrets onto the battlefield. When you’re ready to attack, make sure that your creatures can punch through for damage. Detain isn’t your only weapon for locking down potential blockers. Cards like Haazda Snare Squad and Arrest can clear a path for your ground attack turn after turn. Even if your opponent manages to mount a defense, your flying creatures should be able to finish the job.

The “Azorius Authority” deck also boasts some powerful combat-oriented spells. Protect // Serve is your most flexible spell. You can cast Protect for 2W to give your own creature +2/+4 for a turn, or you can cast Serve for 1U to give an opposing creature -6/-0 for a turn. But if you have enough mana, why not use the new fuse ability and cast both halves together to get both effects?

2 Ascended Lawmage
2 Azorius Arrester
1 Azorius Justiciar
2 Haazda Snare Squad
2 Jelenn Sphinx
1 Lavinia of the Tenth
1 Lyev Skyknight
3 Silvercoat Lion
1 Soulsworn Spirit
2 Stealer of Secrets
2 Sunspire Gatekeepers
3 Wind Drake
1 Arrest
2 Avenging Arrow
2 Azorius Cluestone
2 Lyev Decree
1 Martial Law
1 Protect // Serve
1 Restore the Peace
2 Righteous Charge
4 Azorius Guildgate
10 Island
12 Plains

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