You're lost. You're bored of Mono-Black Aggro and Dimir Inverter, and you've had your fill of Mono-Red. You want to do something… Unexpected, but you also want… Results.
Guess what, friend. I've got just what you need! It's a ramp deck featuring Unexpected Results to power out game-ending threats as early as turn three! Haymaker Magic is what we're all about today.
Ramp: We've got Arboreal Grazer to kick things off early, then Growth Spiral and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, and then we top it off with Hour of Promise. Hour will grab us Sanctum of Ugin and Shrine of the Forgotten Gods, which ensures we'll be dropping bombs for the next couple of turns. Let's not forget the namesake card, though. Unexpected Results can hit a 13 mana card on turn three in this deck!
Game Enders: We're playing ten of them. Yeah, you heard that right, ten.
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is one of the most absurdly powerful cards in the entire format, and we're playing the full boat. -4, wipe their board and they either scoop or you win easily from there. But sometimes Ugin alone isn't enough, so we're jamming three Emrakul, the Promised End and three Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger for good measure. With this much oomph we're pretty likely to hit a big boy with Unexpected, too!
Spoilers after this line.
Okay, so haymaker Magic might not be my go-to deck style, but boy-oh-boy does this deck pack a wallop. Ugin is as absurd as advertised.
Also, I have to admit it was really fun to take our opponent's turns with Emrakul, the Promised End, especially our Lotus Breach opponent. Sacrifice all your lands and discard all your cards to Fae of Wishes! We did get pretty clowned by Embercleave, but otherwise we won out, going 4-1. The deck plays a pretty linear game, but does it well, and there are a decent amount of decision points with Uro and which lands to search up.
Vs. Red or Green Aggro: Take out two Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, two Emrakul, the Promised End and two Unexpected Results for three Aether Gust and three Courser of Kruphix. Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is lights out, so do everything you can to get to a spot where you can resolve one. Don't keep a hand that doesn't have a fast Ugin or a decent early game—preferably both. Also, don't forget you can search up Skyline Cascade to keep a creature tapped down.
Vs. Lotus Breach: Take out all the Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and bring in Damping Sphere and all three Mystical Dispute. Ugin isn't that good in this matchup, but it's still a ridiculous card so I think you leave them all in. You really want to take their turn for them, so prioritize getting Emrakul into play if you can. Also, make sure you can ramp up fast.
Vs. Dimir Inverter: Take out Skyline Cascade and all the Uro for Mystical Dispute and the Nephalia Academy. Uro is probably fine here, but it's our least effective ramp spell and we just want to go over the top of them. Counter Jace, Wielder of Mysteries if you can, and just make their lives hard with all the haymakers.
Vs Mono-Black: Take out both Mage-Ring Network, one Ulamog, and two Emrakul for three Courser of Kruphix and two Nephalia Academy. The Coursers should buy you some time, and again, Ugin is nuts.
Vs. Spirits: Take out three Uro for all three Skylasher. Slow them down with Grazer and Skylasher, and take them down with Ugin and friends.
Vs. Mono-White: No changes. Just ramp up and watch them squirm when you resolve Ugin.
This deck sure can put up results. And maybe not so unexpectedly, after all. Seriously, if you're looking for a new deck to spike a tournament with this weekend, look no further.
That's it for this week, but come back next Monday for some more hot Pioneer action. Also, catch me on Twitch streaming some of these Super PTQs!