Welcome back to Pioneer with Poncelet, friends! This week I've got a doozy of a deck for ya. It's Simic Stompy! With this one, we're trying to play giant creatures starting on turn two and cast one-mana Negates to keep them alive. Sound fun? Well it is!
Fast Mana: We're playing the full boat of both Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves. To add to that we're playing all four Once Upon a Time to make sure we have an Elf on turn one in every game. This, combined with the London mulligan, gives us startling consistency at having a giant creature in play on turn two. These include Steel Leaf Champion, Lovestruck Beast, Rhonas the Indomitable and Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig. A whole lot of beef in this one!
One-Mana Negate: So there's this card called Stubborn Denial. It's pretty good. It stops your opponent from interacting for the low, low price of one mana. Sick! I guess it needs ferocious to counter any noncreature spell, but if you take a look at our creatures… well, most of them fit the bill. We're basically playing Grixis Death's Shadow in Pioneer! Okay, maybe not, but we do have cheap interaction and really beefy creatures. So pretty close?
Anyway, enough with the intro talk. Let's jump into some games!
Spoilers beyond this point.
So we went 4-1. Sweet! It's always nice to get a good result when making content, especially when you've been working on a deck a lot. It certainly feels rewarding.
We were mostly able to do what the deck is trying to do (play a 5 power creature on turn two) and we even got to attack with some hasty Ghalta, Primal Hunger.
Vs. Izzet Phoenix: Bring in all the Scavenging Ooze and lose some Surrak, the Hunt Caller and Ghalta, Primal Hunger. It's a pretty easy matchup if you can keep Thing in the Ice from flipping, so prioritize that!
Vs. Sultai/Azorius Control: Bring in all the Lifecrafter's Bestiary and Veil of Summer and trim on Ghalta and Surrak. Also bring in Scavenging Ooze if you suspect a high amount of Dig Through Time or Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. If we resolve the Bestiary it's usually lights out for these decks. Also, make sure to get Rhonas into play early and often if you can.
Vs. Red Aggro: Bring in Feed the Clan and Scavenging Ooze, drop some amount of Ghalta and Surrak/Questing Beast and get all of those Smuggler's Copter out of there. Just play beefy green dudes every turn until they submit! Also, bouncing a prowess creature after they've put a lot of resources into their turn can be pivotal.
Vs. Midrange Creature Decks: Bring in Sleep! Crush them with Ghalta! It's easy as that. Usually board out some amount of Copter.
Vs. Ramp: Get some beef in play and counter everything they do. Bring in Reclamation Sage for Golos, Tireless Pilgrim if they're on a Field of the Dead strategy.
Vs. Simic Nexus: The plan is similar to the one against ramp. You need to get out there early and counter Wilderness Reclamation. Questing Beast is such a perfect Beast for this matchup because it counters Fog effects! Bring in Reclamation Sage and drop a few Copters. Maybe bring in a Veil of Summer or two for Supreme Will.
Vs. Graveyard Decks: Bring in the Scavenging Ooze and lose the Copters. Get out there with our main game plan of beating down and try to find an Ooze in time in post-board games. Our creatures are generally bigger, so it shouldn't be too bad.
On Oko, Thief of Crowns: So this card is very good. I don't know if you've heard, but it's everywhere, and with good reason. If you have them, I would swap out two Brazen Borrower and two Smuggler's Copter and jam them in this deck. They'll treat you right, I promise. I just didn't have them at the time of this recording and wanted to see how Copter would do instead. Copter is great, but I expect Oko would be even better.
Thanks for hanging with me again for this installment of Pioneer with Poncelet. If you try this deck out and want to ask any questions or tell me about your experiences, please contact me through Twitter. I'd love to hear from you.
See you next Monday!