I have been tinkering with Praxis since Horus was released, trying to assemble a list using ramp that is both fun and competitive.
We're looking to flood board as quickly as possible with our big boys. In order to do this efficiently, we have our ramp tools Initiate of the Sands
and Power Stone
. Both are necessary in order to (quickly) reach the top-end of our curve-- Initiate is often removal bait against aggro, which makes our big boys more sticky.
Ramp is the backbone of this list but without being able to cycle, we would struggle to have things to play. Friendly Wisp
, Temple Scribe
, Amber Acolyte
, and Heart of the Vault
insure that we are reaching our threats in a consistent and efficient manner.
At the moment, Tavrod, Auric Broker
is king. He's found in a number of lists, most commonly Argenport midrange and Armo(o)ry. He's the guy to beat and to achieve that within the context of Praxis, I think we need to maintain pressure throughout turns one through five to have a chance.
With lists running Harsh Rule
, and Auric Runehammer
like candy, it becomes increasingly difficult to hold any kind of board presence. Therefore, slower cards like Xenan Obelisk
and Mystic Ascendant
struggle to find relevance when units are repeatedly shoved into the void.
Which brings us to...
So we've established that we need to keep consistent pressure while our board is getting quite literally Annihilated. So let's talk about Soulfire Drake
and the controversial Waker of Ancients
. I don't think you can have an opinion of Waker unless you've actually played her in a list and have gotten a feel
for the card.
Waker of Ancients
tempo swings that are needed to create that pressure so our opponent isn't free to play passively with removal. This card becomes even stronger when we've activated Soulfire Drake
's entomb effect. Having charging 5/4s, 6/6s with killer, among other things closes the game faster than you might think.
is so strong when sibling to fatties like Heart of the Vault
and Predatory Carnosaur
. Also meeting face with five damage or baiting a Torch
(and still getting value) is a tremendous achievement in this meta. I've ran a list with Mystic Ascendant
in place of Drake and while I felt the list was decent, it's just too slow for this meta. Also, with the assistance of Obliterate
, we give our list a bit more reach to knock down those pesky relic weapons and push for lethal.
Yes, yes, Crimson Firemaw
dies to hammer. But as I stated, this list is about pressure and tempo. Having an aggressively stat'd 5/4 flyer on four which threatens to allow you to play one of your fatties for real
cheap the following turn is just too good. You might suggest Xenan Obelisk
in place of this card but chances are you'll be embarrassed by the obscene amount of removal that exists in the meta right now.
This list is a work in progress and I'm open to all kinds of suggestions. I just want to watch Tavrod, Auric Broker
and all his Argenport friends to die in a blazing fire.