Praise the Sun

Oath of Druids is an interesting card in Vintage. It’s the kind of card that lets Blue decks walk an interesting line between combo and control, often with the ability to turn the corner and end the game in just one turn once you’re able to find an opening to resolve Oath of Druids. The most interesting thing about these lists? The way that Oath targets evolve over time. We’re a long way away from the tag team of Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Razia, Boros Archangel. We’ve seen things like Eternal Witness as the Oath target, as well as Griselbrand, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Tidespout Tyrant, and Rune-Scarred Demon. The most recent lists I’m seeing? They seem to prefer Sun Titan, which I couldn’t be happier about:

Oath of Druids
This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Sun Titan Oath decks. The key idea here is that you can Oath into Sun Titan with multiple copies of Saheeli Rai in the graveyard. Making a hasty copy of Sun Titan lets you re-buy Saheeli Rai, keep the fresh copy, and rinse and repeat until you have enough Sun Titans to kill your opponent outright. However, you don’t just get a combo kill out of the deal. You also get the ability to re-buy any number of exciting hate cards, from Detention Sphere or Stony Silence to Black Lotus or Dack Fayden.

The core of this deck is the Blue control engine. You still have a great suite of cantrips backed by Force of Will and Mana Drain, though this deck skimps on Mana Drain in favor of Mana Leak. to ease up on colored requirements against the likes of Mishra’s Workshop. In addition, you have Mindbreak Trap and Mental Misstep to help fight against fast starts. All in all, this is a flexible deck that is capable of interacting exactly enough to get you your first Oath of Druids trigger. From there, you should be able to either combo off or buyback a hate card powerful enough to get you another Oath activation.

One of the most exciting things about this deck is the sideboard. Because your gameplan involves Oathing into wins or hate cards, you get to play all kinds of cute cards that can just crush opponents. Rule of Law and Trinisphere can just end the game against opposing combo decks, while Manglehorn is a great card to re-buy against opposing artifact decks. On top of that, there are all manner of options, like your own Monastery Mentor, various Planeswalkers, or even Dread of Night or Sulfur Elemental.

There’s a lot of exciting options for this deck, and I can’t wait to see if it becomes the Oath deck of choice as we head into events like Eternal Weekend and Eternal Extravaganza in the coming months.

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