This is the last iteration of the deck I took from d3 to Masters for this season. It's an absolute blast to play, probably a giant pain in the ass to play against. It has a pretty great game against anything that isn't a fire based agro deck. Apparently, it is also insanely expensive from a shiftstone perspective, so it may be a difficult deck for newer player to commit that many resources into.
The core concept of the deck is to combine two different ways of playing high costed cards much sooner than you should be able to. The first is the void ramp strategy around vows, the second is worldpyre. What is especially good about the combination is that you can rely on either one to carry you the whole game, they work incredibly well together, and are resilient to answers, since each approach requires different hate cards to fight against.
With that in mind, the color combinations center around Time primarily, but can vary on this concept. I'm sure there is someone out there that will take this and break it even further. First iteration of the deck was TP and then TPj, it was trying to be more of a control deck, but the cards felt like they didn't work together well. It was trying to accomplish too many different things, so when the series of cards weren't what you needed, they really fought each other. Leaning more into the TJ shell that was used by big ramp decks a while ago worked much better, although I can see versions of this going with TSj and also being fantastic (especially because of access to extra helixes).
You must have some combination of these in your opening hand.
- Smooths out all your draws and makes the deck a lot more consistent. A must have and the second best card in the deck, IMO.
4 Arcanum Hourglass
, 4 Forgotten Find
- Hourglass is better than Forgotten Find, I would absolutely not run either of these in the market.
4 Torgov's Trading Post
- Do not be tempted by the call to ancients option of this card. It is the worst of the three options, especially with Calibrate in your deck. Second thing to not forget is that the weather the storm option breaks opponent's unit aegis. This is actually much more important than shuffling 6/6s into your deck. The only time Call to ancients is very good is against the most dedicated control decks. A fantastic distraction, while it sets up your void and pretty much always makes a 7/8 if it stays in play for the full journey.
- An engine, but also a great distraction.
They are the special cards that unify the engine and pay off cards. The way these cards combine together is what made this version significantly better than my earlier ones. If you are tinkering around with different color combinations, this is the area you need to focus on.
4 Marshal Ironthorn
- Has a ton of fantastic interactions, especially with helixes, Ravid and ascendant.
4 Mystic Ascendant
- Weakest of the three cards listed in this section, which says a lot about how strong the other two cards are.
4 Ravid, Insect Master
- Easily the best card in the deck. Ramps power and influence. Draws cards with when he grabs helixes. Chump blocks forever. Can grab Vows to help continue putting power in your void.
4 Sol's Rest
- Awesome card against most matchups. It's very easy to decimate, so this can buy you multiple turns or immediately win you the game by locking out your opponent.
1 Martyr's Chains
- Weakest of the cards in the deck IMO. There have been a different amount of them in the deck. It may be best for this to be removed, although a benefit is that you can grab it with Calibrate.
4 Aid of the Hooru
- Your biggest payoff and typically the last nail in the coffin.
Notable Power Cards
3 Elysian Cylix
- I wish I could fit one more of these and one more vow, but can't seem to find the space for both.
4 Combrei Vow
, 4 Hooru Vow
, 1 Praxis Vow
- Engine power. You can calculate these as double or triple power drops.
There are a lot of gameplay decisions and directions to consider when playing this deck. So I will add a father edit to try and address some best practices.
Edit: final update on the deck. I think this is likely the best this deck can be, results are ok, good enough for top 100 Masters, but likely not worth the investment for someone who doesn't already have more of the cards.