Guys...I have a crazy idea.
We take Chieves, right...
Guys, are you listening?
We take Chieves...
And we take out the white...
And we add...green!
Admittedly it does sound crazy, but sure enough, Heir of the Wilds and Den Protector are warriors! Den Protector! Man, who saw that coming? Is there anything you can't do?
The idea was not mine however. This one comes from Magic Online user dozoria who went 4-0 with the list in a Daily Event. Take a look.
Being the Chieves fan that I am, I had to try the list out, especially when it had one of my favorite underrated Chieves in the list: Blood-Chin Fanatic! The deck also makes use of another bulk rare gem in the form of Palace Siege and even includes a copy of the Fleshbag Marauder warrior, Merciless Executioner.
While we're missing things like Chief of the Scale, Mardu Woe-Reaper, and Chief of the Edge, the deck doesn't seem to suffer any for it. In fact it actually plays like a completely different archetype; specifically one that cares about the graveyard a little more than usual with things like Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Nighthowler, and the aforementioned Den Protector. While I thought I was going to be playing a BG Dredge deck today, I'm a little more exciting about trying this list out. Let's see how it goes.
vs Naya Collected Company
Pretty sure no one in the history of the world has ever drawn only one Siege Rhino. That's just the way it goes, even on coverage. Always multiple Siege Rhinos. Not sure why it's that way; just the way of the universe I guess.
Either way, this deck was great. I loved the interaction between Blood-Chin Fanatic and Bloodsoaked Champion. Man, so much blood... But seriously, the ability to sacrifice The Champion, then return him to play, then sacrifice until you were out of mana was huge. If the card was just life loss that would be great on its own, but the fact that you gain life as well was just so relevant at times. The fact that the deck gives you something more to do with all your recurring Bloodsoaked Champions once you're no longer able to attack with them is huge. That was one of the biggest issues Chieves had; the one-drops are fantastic in the early game, but they get outclassed fairly quickly.
The other sweet interaction in the deck is between Nighthowler and Den Protector. You see, when we're bestowing Nighthowler onto a Den Protector, it's basically unblockable as you could see against Abzan. The other benefit is that when you sacrifice it (or any other warrior bestowed with a Nighthowler) the opponent loses an incredible amount of life (of which you end up gaining).
Palace Siege was surprisingly sweet as well. It was amazing how many games we could win simply by naming dragons. Believe it or not, not many decks have a way to deal with a four point life swing a turn, especially in a deck that is able to get their life down decently low in a short amount of time. Decks like UB control basically have one answer in the form of Perilous Vault, and we were often able to pressure them enough so that they would have to blow their Vault, which is when we would sneak in our Palace Siege.
In addition to Den Protector, Heir of the Wilds might as well say unblockable on it. In fact I'm a fan of all the deathtouch creatures in the deck, especially Sidisi, Undead Vizier since she's far more than a deathtouch creature. More than once I was able to find the missing piece to victory by exploiting one of my many warriors.
That's the basic gist of BG Warriors. With a little tweaking, I could definitely see the deck finding a home in this metagame. Don't forget: this weekend is the TCGplayer $50,000 MaxPoint Invitational in Las Vegas (#TCGINV), and we're expecting a ton of pros to be making the trek after Grand Prix Vegas; after all, it's in the same exact area! I'll be there with Marshall Sutcliffe providing live commentary all weekend, so if you're there, say hi, and if you're not, tune in!
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