Five Decks You Can’t Miss This Week
After you've finished your time at a Gatecrash Prerelease, you still have one more week of Magic without the latest set. From Standard to Modern and beyond, this week's rundown of decks will satisfy the combo enthusiasts out there.
When everyone's looking at new cards it's an excellent time to remind them what the old ones can do.
The first deck for this week is a twist on a Standard deck from a few years ago, Mythic Conscription. Carrie Oliver has been messing around with Sovereigns of Lost Alara into Eldrazi Conscription in Modern with moderate success. Here's where she's ended up:
Mythic Conscription - Carrie Oliver | Modern, PTQ
For anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of playing against this deck, here's the idea. You start out with a mana creature into a Lotus Cobra. Then you play a fetchland and cast Sovereigns of Lost Alara on turn 3, triggering exalted plus fetching up an Eldrazi Conscription.
Carrie has the additional plan of Lotus Cobra letting you get a hit in with a Sword on turn three. Lotus Cobra is a very unfair card, and it's pretty exciting to see the card starting to get its due in Modern.
I'd like to see a little more emphasis on the Sword plan, perhaps involving some number of Steelshaper's Gift to help find the appropriate Sword for the occasion. Rafiq of the Many is very aggressive, but it seems much worse than extra copies of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or Linvala, Keeper of Silence.
Next, let's take a look at something from Standard. Recently we've been seeing a ton of Green-based midrange decks. Jund, Bant, and Naya, all splashing cards like Sphinx's Revalation, Nephalia Drownyard, and Lingering Souls. What ever happened to "traditional" control decks?
Grixis Control - hays23 | Standard, 3-1 Magic Online Daily Event
Apparently, they're alive and kicking. I really like what this deck is going, and you can tell that hays23 put a lot of thought into how a deck like this would have to function. Rakdos Keyrune pairs off well against Thragtusk and other creature decks. Olivia Voldaren is all but unbeatable in midrangey creature mirrors. Nephalia Drownyard and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker are trumps in the control mirrors.
Your midgame is pretty awesome, mostly because of Snapcaster Mage. You get to Searing Spear and then snap it back against the aggressive decks, or just use him to apply pressure against the other more controlling decks. Snapcaster is also a pretty big part of your sideboard plan. Augur of Bolas helps you find some of your one- and two-ofs, while Snapcaster Mage gives you additional copies of the effect. Now that's an impressive use of sideboard slots!
Are the last two decks a little too fair for you? Let's take a look at something that's a little more combo-riffic, shall we?
Manaless Dredge - danabeast7 | Legacy, 4-0 Magic Online Daily Event
Who needs to cast spells? This deck certainly doesn't. Your primary engine of progressing your game plan is by drawing to eight cards and discarding a dredge creature. From there you get to use Gitaxian Probe and Street Wraith to accelerate your dredging and Phantasmagorian to make sure you're never out of dredge creatures.
Besides that, it's basically the same as a traditional dredge deck. You mill yourself into Bridge from Below and Narcomoebas, then cast Dread Return to make some Zombies. Sometimes you reanimate Griselbrand and flip your deck into your graveyard in one shot. Other times you just beat them down with the Zombies you created by sacrificing Narcomoebas.
This deck is well positioned online because of the unique tension between Force of Will decks and Lion's Eye Diamond decks online. Lion's Eye Diamond decks are very good because Force of Will is so expensive online, but that only makes Force of Will decks that much better. This deck is insane against Force of Will decks, because you don't actually care about resolving any of your spells!
For our fourth list, we're going to stay in Legacy and take a look at this gem by AKMiD:
Helm Combo - AKMiD | Legacy, 3-1 Magic Online Daily Event
That is a Leyline of Obedience plus Leyline of the Void combo deck in Legacy! For anyone who isn't familiar, when you activate Helm you mill cards until you have put X cards or a creature into the graveyard. If you have a Leyline of the Void or Rest in Peace in play, you can't put X cards or a creature into the graveyard, so you mill until they run out of cards.
The incidental graveyard hate of Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void lets you crush decks like Dredge and RUG Delver, which rely pretty heavily on their graveyards, while incidentally shutting down any Tarmogoyfs and Snapcaster Mages that you run into.
The deck plays a full eight discard spells to interact with the combo and control decks and strip away countermagic. You also have a full suite of Grim Monoliths and Dark Rituals to power out your combo, with Enlightened Tutor and Dimir House Guard as redundant copies of combo pieces.
Last, we've got our sweet Commander deck for the week. Originally, I had intended to start featuring each of the Gatecrash legends starting with this week, but I haven't had much time to brew and I haven't seen anyone trying something too insane just yet. We'll give it another week and see where we stand. If you've got any awesome ideas or have seen any exciting ideas, share them in the comments and on Twitter.
For now, let's take a look at Bobthefunny's Tibor and Lumia deck:
Tibor and Lumia - Jon Stern | Bobthefunny, Commander
This deck does a ton of interesting things that I'm pretty excited about. First and foremost, it puts to good use cards like Leering Emblem and Runechanter's Pike and, to a lesser extent, Diviner's Wand. These cards give you the ability to get aggressive early on and provide tons of reach in the late game.
The density of cantrips and other cheap spells means you can tear through your deck to power up your equipment, and even turn Tibor and Lumia into a kind of removal. You can also be pretty confident of finding the singletons that are the most effective for your particular scenario, and this deck can take full advantage of that. I'd like to see a Basilisk Collar to act as a repeatable sweeper with Tibor and Lumia, but it's certainly not necessary.
The thing that I like the most about this deck is that the engine is very flexible. The engine is a pile of cantrips and card drawing, cards like Leering Emblem and Burning Vengeance, and utility spells that you can sculpt for your particular metagame.
That’s all we have for this week. Once again, be sure to let us know what you think. Do you like what we’re doing? Wish we were covered a particular format more? Let us know what kind of decks you’d like to see more of by leaving a comment or tweeting @GatheringMagic on Twitter.