Hello and welcome to another addition of Droppin' Baums! This week we are taking a look at a classic: B/G Constrictor. Initially, it got completely forced out by Goblin Chainwhirler. While that still may be the case the deck has evolved enough where it isn't an auto-loss anymore. There has to be a reason to play this deck if it loses to the most popular strategy and that reason is that any control matchup is a breeze! Nothing feels quite as good as Glint-Sleeve Siphoner backed up with hand disruption. Let's get to the list by JeffCunningham.
I learned a few things after playing the games. One, B/G Constrictor cannot beat Mono Black Control if its scales depended on it! Two, this deck's nut-draws are among the most powerful draws of any deck right now in Standard. Just the pure synergies and the overwhelming power of Verdurous Gearhulk just feel so so so good.
As far as the sideboard guide goes, I didn't get a lot of practice in with the deck and don't want to send out a guide that I am not confident in. I want to make sure when I send out a sideboard guide that the information is accurate and correct.
I can say a few things I know should be sided in and out. Against any Goblin Chainwhirler or Walking Ballista deck, you for sure want to take out Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and Llanowar Elves before anything else. They just become a liability at that point. You just need to overpower them with Verdurous Gearhulk to get ahead of their powerful creatures. Glorybringer is just such a rough card to deal with.
Against control you want to take out all of your Ravenous Chupacabra, Walking Ballista, and Aethersphere Harvester for Duress, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, and Vraska, Relic Seeker. The control matchup is a grind-fest. Luckily for us we have way more card advantage spells then they do. As long as they aren't playing Approach of the Second Sun we usually have a great matchup, but if they do have a way to close out the game through our card advantage spells it becomes much more difficult.
Overall the deck still has the powerful elements that I have known to love about the deck in the past. Thanks so much for reading and enjoy the games my friends! As always leave any comments or questions and I will make sure to get back to you!