This is the Combo/Control deck that I took to Masters this season. The deck aims to control the board and survive until Tavrod, Auric Broker
has dumped a few cards into the void. The deck's long term wincon is to reanimate Vara, Fate-Touched
into Grinva, Judge of Battles
but in most match-ups the deck wins by out-valuing the opponent's removal suite.
Card Explanations: Protect
: I try to save this card for silence effects (unless I'm behind on board) since I have multiple ways to recur creatures from my void. Keep in mind you can cast this card on an opposing aegis creature to pop the aegis before silencing or killing them (notably Bartholo, the Seducer
). Also. casting it on yourself in response to your opponent's Steward of the Past
will save all the creatures in your void. Only playing as a 2-of since drawing more than 2 early on is a waste of space in your hand. Remember that after casting this on a creature, reanimating it will reactivate the aegis.
: Great removal spell but only playing as a 3-of since it does not hit many cards in hyper aggressive decks.
: Since we aim to hit 8 power each game, we need more than 25 cards that give power. Excellent early game removal and always useful to pop aegis.
: This card is MVP for helping the deck stabilize and take over the game. Even though it is the only weapon target for Tavrod, Auric Broker
, it is still just a 2-of because we don't want to draw more of them and not have creatures on board to equip.
: This is the only other minotaur that made the cut for this deck. It's effect is amazing against aggro, useful for popping aegis, and also lessens Dawnwalker
's damage until you can find a way to silence it.
: Great removal for aggressive Rakano and Stonescar decks and gives you a way to remove smaller relic weapons against Armory.
Privilege of Rank
: Great synergy with Tavrod, Auric Broker
's discard effect and helps get the deck to 8 power.
: Kill a unit.
: Effect is amazing especially for a 3 power 3/3 flyer. Your only way to block fliers. Remember that Grasping at Shadows
does not have a faction requirement like Vara.
Steward of the Past
: MVP against all other recursion decks and comes with great stats.
Grasping at Shadows
: Gives you 4 extra copies of your favorite creature (in your void). If Tavrod, Auric Broker
discards Vara, Fate-Touchedr, you can cast her as early as turn 6 and have power available for Protect
: Premium removal which also serves as a wincon with Grinva, Judge of Battles
Tavrod, Auric Broker
: The core of this deck. If you have Protect
in hand and power, I would wait to play him turn 6. Otherwise I slam him turn 5 every game. This deck only plays 10 minotaurs and 2 weapons so chances are good you will not hit anything... but he fills your void! Each time you miss increases your odds of hitting something the next time he swings that game =D (When you first swing with him, you have ~10 targets left in your deck of ~60 cards so 1 in 6 and you're only looking at the top 5... my advice is to pray!)
Grinva, Judge of Battles
: Late game win condition.Vara, Fate-Touched
-> Vara, Fate-Touched
-> Vara, Fate-Touched
-> Grinva, Judge of Battles
has been a common play with next turn swing with everything but Grinva, Judge of Battles
and then following it up with a Harsh Rule
(while being careful that your opponent doesn't have access to a fast spell to kill/silence Grinva, Judge of Battles
in response to Harsh Rule
: Reanimate your shadow creatures! Especially other copies of herself.
Pretty self explanatory. We do not want Gemblade
for Tavrod, Auric Broker
since we want 8 power.
Notable Exclusions: Sporefolk
was in the deck all the way up to Diamond 1 but I decided to cut him in favor of full playsets of Valkyrie Enforcer
and Steward of the Past
. He was a great card for filling the yard early and triggering Vara, Fate-Touched
later on but he felt unnecessary with Tavrod, Auric Broker
fulfilling the same role later in the game.