We've got some more beefy beasts in store for you this week, this time with a black splash for Rotting Regisaur and Thoughtseize in the sideboard. They banned Oko, Thief of Crowns, so we had to make due, okay? This deck packs a serious punch and snowballs into overdrive quickly.
Serious Punch: Turn one you play an Elf. Turn two you play a three-drop. Turn four your opponent is dead. These three-drops are no joke. Just look at Rotting Regisaur.
We've even got Collected Company to find two three-drops at once! Giants everywhere, terrorizing the battlefield. Get them out and turn them sideways, folks.
Snowballing into Overdrive: So what do we do if they have some blockers and maybe some removal for our early game? Easy.
Play The Great Henge or Ghalta, Primal Hunger as early as turn three and add insult to their injuries. Once Henge is in play we'll draw tons of cards and basically never run out of gas, while Ghalta usually attacks for lethal on his own. Who needs nuance when you can use brute force?
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So, as usual, I punted pretty badly against Azorius by forgetting about Teferi, Time Raveler's static ability. I'm sure it won't be the last time unfortunately, but hey, 2019 was a powerful year. We got clonked by Mono-White Devotion, which is a pretty awful matchup. Otherwise, we won out and finished 3-2. I'm pretty happy with that result, and it feels indicative of the deck's strengths and weaknesses. It should be pretty well suited against Inverter, Breach and Mono-Red while being an underdog against Azorius and Mono-White. The rest of our matchups seem pretty coin flip-esque to me.
Vs. Inverter: Bring in Thoughtseize and take out one of each legendary creature: Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig, Rhonas the Indomitable, Surrak, the Hunt Caller and Ghalta, Primal Hunger. We go fast, so one piece of disruption should be enough to take it home. Scavenging Ooze shines here as well.
Vs. Breach: It's the same plan as vs. Inverter. Just go fast and Thoughtseize/Ooze them when you can.
Vs. Azorius Control: Bring in Mistcutter Hydra and Vivien Reid, and take out Ghalta and Yorvo. We need to apply pressure while not overcommitting here. Try your best to resolve The Great Henge, but if you can't, make a big Mistcutter and burn them out.
Vs. Aggro: Bring in Prey Upon and Abrupt Decay and take out Scrapheap Scrounger and Surrak, the Hunt Caller. Our creatures are generally bigger than theirs, so just block for a bit and take over with Ghalta, Collected Company or The Great Henge. Easy peasy.
I don't think this deck is as powerful as the Once Upon a Time/Oko, Thief of Crowns builds from a few months ago, but it has some strong draws and The Great Henge is very powerful when you can cast it early. Don't be afraid to mulligan for a turn-two beefy boi. It's worth it, believe me. Also, Rotting Regisaur is really, really big. Gosh.
I can't wait to see you again next week for some more Pioneer gallivanting. In the meantime, catch me at MagicFest Detroit and on my stream. Ciao for now!