What up, its ya boi Picasso.
I've been really sick so I haven't had much to do and I didn't really wanna play competitive so this was the perfect format for me to pass the time. Ended up hitting rank 1 which was nice so I figured I would share my deck list and some of my choices because it was a lot of fun.
The MVPs for this run were:
: This card ended up winning a lot more games than I thought it would. People ran very little AoE so if it stuck those bats could just chip away at life totals. Thunderstrike Dragon
: (A lot of times I would put one in play then one in market, even one game taking it back out the market to play three which was really good since it was an attrition match up! Also, flying was super strong this run.) Scourge of Frosthome
: Shut down the mirror match and other control lists.
: Possibly the strongest card in the format. Unseal
: Catch all, responsible for a few rage quits.
: Definitely a solid removal if they don't play anything to counter.
The one thing I recognized and really capitalized on was the fact that people in this game have no respect for counterspells because they are super rare to come across. People will play their junk willy nilly into an open two mana just because they think the likelyhood is low. A lot of my wins were products of an Unseal
blowout. Having a lot of two mana or less fast spells let me maintain versatility so if they played a threat I could remove it on tempo or counter whatever impactful spell they played.
I designed the deck to have a lot of early game plays so I can get to my mid and late game. Having a consistent Vara, Vengeance-Seeker
with a buff every game is so powerful because Aegis is this decks weak point. I always chose the draw card buff, or otherwise max power, endurance, flying and +2 attack were solid options.
Almost all of my losses were to super aggressive decks. Shout out to the person who played a turn two Obliviobot
and beat me down on two mana, that was legendary! I'm not sure my mana base is optimal but a lot of the aggressive decks were able to capitalize on my tapped lands. Suffocate
are in this deck because of the Stonescar/Skycrag players I kept running into.
Speaking of my tapped lands, I scried aggressively. I think a lot of people lose games because they want to play the cool thing or because they know how impactful a card COULD be if only the conditions are right. There is a lot of danger in having emotional attachments to your cards.
I focused on a Justice Market because everyone knows Justice is the most versatile.
Vision of Austerity
: The weak point of this deck is relics. This is my only option for dealing with relics in the market. (I could play Burglarize
but it is so situational.) This card was always there for me when I needed it. Vanquish
: Was originally Slay
in the main but I decided that when I need a removal from the market, it's almost always 4 or more attack and with so much depleted power in the deck cost actually mattered.
: I wanted him in the board to side in for the attrition match ups. Basically, if my opponent was reliant on removal this guy came in to ruin their day. Maybe could have been played in the main for something else but it worked fine.
Sword of the Sky King
: This might have been the most impactful card in my market. Certain matchups just can't deal with the card in a timely manner. It forces people to make bad plays to spare their life total and baits out creatures for my removal. Such an amazing play.
Marshall Ironthorn is just a wall that bricks agro players and gets some ramp value along the way. Only once did I ultimate in my run to rank 1 but when I did, it was awesome! On 6 you could play him plus power to keep up Unseal
and that's just spicy.
My graveyard recursion was just enough to get value but not so much that my lines of play could be easily disrupted by graveyard hate (not that I saw much.) Re-read
being my personal favorite.
Any questions feel free to comment! I had a lot of fun, hopefully you did too.