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What’s Cooking? Firing Up the Witch’s Oven

What’s Cooking? Firing Up the Witch’s Oven

November 24, 2019

Throne of Eldraine, Episode 10: Witch's Oven

 

Let's face it, Vantress Gargoyle is probably not going to make the leap to eternal playable anytime soon. It struggles to attack in Pioneer, although our Modern explorations did yield some very interesting builds using powerful tools like Archive Trap and Into the Story. That being said, when a card can't even hack it in Standard, we shouldn't ask too much of it off the bat.

 

On the other hand, when a card is dominating Standard and meets the benchmark metrics for eternal playability (best in class effect, highly efficient, useful card type) it is certainly worth a closer look. Witch's Oven fits that bill. The "Kentucky Fried Kitten" / "Meow Mix" combo with Cauldron Familiar was a breakout star at the most recent Mythic Championships, and those two have started to make some inroads into Pioneer as well. But how good is this combo really? And is there more to the Oven than just cat food? While Damon and Dan are busy prepping Niv-Mizzet in Modern for GP Columbus, David has been cooking up some spicy Oven lists that he thinks just might hit the sweet spot.

 

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Flashback: Vantress Gargoyle

 

Modern

 

Simic Flying Goyfs: 3-2 league. Extremely effective at finding big flyers and attacking with them, but struggles against creature decks and high density of removal.

 

Sultai Flying Goyfs: 2-3 league, noticeably clunkier than the Simic version because Glimpse and Hedron Crab fight for mana, but some additions like Drown in the Loch are well worth the price of admission.

 

Gargoyles, Please!: 2-3 league. Yes, this is a Modern list with four copies of Didn't Say Please. The concept here is not bad, but the execution could use refinement.

 

Turbo Trap Control: 4-1 league. This strategy might be secretly excellent. Needs a more diverse set of spells in the main deck, but Mystic Sanctuary + Into the Story is incredible and the sideboard juke plan can steal games.

 

Pioneer

 

Emry Ascendancy: achieved numerous turn 3 kills, but this deck relies super heavily on Emry surviving, and probably shouldn't run any Gargoyles as they can never attack

 

Gargoyle Gift: 3-2 league, Gargoyle is actually a decent blocker here and synergizes with both Kiora and Gift

 

Bonus list: Retraction Helix Ascendancy by MrRaeb

 

Brew Session: Witch's Oven

 

Pioneer

 

Sketch 1: Sultai Cat Dredge

 

Sketch 2: Rakdos Bone Picker

 

Sketch 3: Grixis Emerge Oven

 

Sketch 4: Orzhov Life Gain

 

Modern

 

Utopia Niv-Mizzet (GP Columbus build)

 

 

The Real Gargoyles of Castle Vantress

The Real Gargoyles of Castle Vantress

November 17, 2019

Throne of Eldraine, Episode 9: Vantress Gargoyle (Modern & Pioneer)

 

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, it turns out the castles of Eldraine are guarded by blue Tarmogoyfs with wings. At 5/4 flying for 1U, Vantress Gargoyle is an absolute unit. It's even an artifact to boot, with an illustrious pedigree of potential synergies. The catch? It might be a while before you can start attacking. Oh, and if you want to block, better make sure that hand size doesn't get too low. Perhaps you'd like to tap and mill for 1 instead?

 

Good cards come to those who break them, so this week, the crew is leaving no stone unturned with new lists for Vantress Gargoyle in both Pioneer and Modern. Will we ever attack with this card? Will we ever get to block with it? And perhaps most important of all, is this strong enough to be the centerpiece of its own deck, or is the Gargoyle better utilized as a role player in small numbers? As always, there's only one way to find out!

 

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Roundup: Pioneer B&R, Redux

 

Blue Moon Canlander (Damon): Top 8, Puget Sound Battleground 1k (Individual); Top 4, Puget Sound Battleground 1k (Team Trios)

Pioneer B&R Announcement

 

Flashback: The Royal Scions
 
 
Modern
 
Izzet Arcanist: 2-3 league (adapted from this 5-0 list by Habster)
 
Blue Moon (by thepensword): 7-3 leagues
 
Temur Prowess: 1-4 league
 
 
Pioneer
 
 
Grixis Arcanist: 4-6 leagues
 
Temur Deathtouch: 4-1 league
 
4c Royal Vehicles: 2-3 league
 
Izzet Firebirds: updated sketch (compare to these Izzet Firebirds lists from Challenge)
 
 
Additional concepts:
 
Grixis Flamewake Phoenix: updated sketch
 
Grixis Ninja Scions (by Pedro Almeida): sketch
 
Royal Frenzy Aggro (by Elvis Alcomb): sketch
 
 
Brew Session: Vantress Gargoyle
 
Pioneer
 
 
Sketch 2: Dimir Control
 
 
 
Sketch 5: Mystic Forge
 
Sketch 6: Gargoyle Gift
 
 
Modern
 
Sketch 1: Dimir Turbo Trap (by Jordan Boisvert, based on this article at Modern Nexus)
 
Sketch 2: Sultai Delirium
 
 
 
Royal Pain in the Scions

Royal Pain in the Scions

November 10, 2019

Throne of Eldraine, Episode 8: The Royal Scions

 

Kiora delivered us a fresh 5-0 last week, but we knew that would happen, as Kiora has always been great. The combination with Glorybringer is excellent in Modern and even stronger in Pioneer, although the mana requirements proved to be much trickier without the smooth shock-fetch manabase. Eldrazi add an interesting wrinkle to the Gruul ramp archetype, and Niv-Mizzet got in on the 5-0 action too.

 

This week, we're on to the next 3 CMC walker with absurdly high loyalty. Oko has already been widely accepted as planeswalker royalty, but what about Eldraine's actual royalty, the dashing Kenrith Kids? Two useful +1s and an achievable ultimate make The Royal Scions an attractive card to brew around, in both Modern and Pioneer. We've got more than a dozen new lists, so whether you like looting for value, unlocking graveyard synergies, or pumping creatures and turning them sideways, there's something for everyone this week!

 

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Roundup: Pioneer B&R Announcement

 
 
 
Kiora Green Devotion (Dan): 3-2 league

 

Flashback: Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner

 

Modern
 
Classic Niv-Mizzet (Damon): 5-0 league
 
Once Upon KiorDrazi (Dan): 5-0 league, 3-3 Modern Challenge
 
Once Upon Kiora (Damon): 4-1 league
 
Pioneer
 
RG Dragons (David): 2-3 league, 4-1 league
 
RG Dragons (Damon): 0-4 league, 4-1 league
 
Jeskai Dragons (David): 4-1 league, 1-4 league
 
Jeskai God-Pharaoh's Gift (David): 2-3 league

 

Brew Session: The Royal Scions

 

Pioneer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sketch 6: Temur Pummeler
 
 
 
Modern
 
 
 
 
 
Reference: Blue Moon (thepensword)
 
Reference: Temur Kiora (Dan, 5-0)
 
Reference: Faeburrow Niv (Damon, 5-0)
 
 

 

Bonecrushing and Glorybringing in Modern and Pioneer

Bonecrushing and Glorybringing in Modern and Pioneer

November 3, 2019

Throne of Eldraine, Episode 7: Bonecrusher Giant

 

It's finally time to dive into Pioneer, so it's no surprise that the first card we want to brew around is... Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner? That's right, Kiora! An old favorite on Faithless Brewing, Kiora has always been secretly excellent in Modern, especially when paired with Glorybringer in a ramp shell. New additions from Eldraine have Dan interested in updating the Modern list, while David believes that the basic shell can be ported over to Pioneer as well. But that's not all that Kiora can do. Looking outside of green, David has some wilder ideas for unlocking Kiora's synergies in Esper, Grixis, and Izzet. Do any of them have what it takes to keep up in the wild west that is Pioneer?

 

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Also, Dan has a new article up at Arenadecklists.gg, covering the rules of engagement for building successful decks in Pioneer. Check it out!

https://arenadecklists.gg/pioneers-rules-of-engagement/

 

Roundup: SCG Atlanta + Week 1 of Pioneer

 

Simic Urza Oko Goose (by Zan Syed): 4th place, SCG Atlanta Modern Open

 

Boros Burn (by Lichking7): 7-1, Pioneer Challenge

 

Brew Session: Kiora in Modern and Pioneer

 

Modern lists

 

Bonecrusher Oko-Kiora (Dan): 5-0 league

For a writeup on the evolution of this deck, see this article.

 

Once Upon KiorDrazi (Dan): 5-0 league

 

Pioneer lists

Sketch #1: Gruul Ramp

Sketch #2: Esper Dragons

Sketch #3: Grixis Hollow One

Sketch #4: Izzet God-Pharaoh's Gift

 

 

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