Second month masters, second deck design. I initially put this together because new Azindel is one of my favorite cards, and ramping into him seemed the best way to get full use of his abilities. So I did some research and built and refined this by injecting shadow into the combrei ramp shell. Early on in the process I figured out that Telut is the better top end here. He immediately affects the board the turn he comes down so long as you can attack, and he synergizes beautifully with worldbearer and ironthorn ramp. I've had more than one game where I was able to turn 3 merchant, turn 4 ironthorn, turn 5 play 1 copied sigil to drop telut, and swing netting 2-4 additional power on top of the amazing buff and debuff.
The lower end and removal suite went through many iterations. I was running dawnwalkers for a while, but despite minimal silence they just weren't performing. This combined with two early identified big weaknesses--skycrag/praxis fast aggro and temporal control-- led to ditching the dawnwalker plan and retuning. Teacher helps against aggro, but shines against temporal decks if you can land an early one and connect. Ayan helps against control thanks to ambush and card advantage by bringing back a huge unit, but really swings the aggro matchups in your favor.
Devastating Setback has been an integral part of this lists success. I have been consistently impressed with how much leverage I get out of that card in any non midrange mirror, and even there its usually worth 3 power to know whether or not your opponent has removal/weapons or force a stand together into your vara.
I'm ok with the market as is, but I go back and forth on every slot but the find the way. Ill never drop that card from this market. Azindel could be carnosaur. I like passage despite its steep cost to get silence and relic removal in one market slot, but this could be disjunction. I think banish stays, unless I forgo the removal slot entirely and add a parliament. Sword isnt very synergistic with vara, but tutorable lifesteal, overwhelm and a buff have bought me time when I've been overrun by aggro, but it's probably the most flexible slot.
Always open to suggestions and comments!
Above is the current iteration of the post balance changes meta version of this deck. As I've improved with it, I've learned that playing Siraf and Ayan in the same list is exceptionally powerful and flexible. For some longer explanations of how the deck got to it's current place, feel free to check out a slightly longer talk about it here: https://www.a-space-games.com/tjs-midrange
My warcry list will definitely continue to evolve though, so feel free to check back every now and then!
Next iteration of this decklist. Goal: 65%+ against the field seems to be achieved. Aggressive midrange deck with disruptive must answer threats and a wide ranging removal package.
Detailed comments forthcoming