Faithless Brewing, Episode 21: Leyline of Abundance + Eldraine Previews
 
 
 
It's finally here: Green Week! After a long and arduous Hogaak summer, the metagame has finally slowed enough to potentially reward a strategy of flooding the battlefield with green permanents. Core 2020's Leyline of Abundance has been waiting in the wings, offering explosive starts with mana dorks, as well as a few sneaky infinite combos. Also, did somebody say two free pips for Nykthos? The crew breaks down fresh new takes on Leyline Combo, Unbound Flourishing, and Green Devotion.
 
Plus: a host of spicy previews from Throne of Eldraine, including bonus decklists!
 
 
 
Roundup: Niv-Mizzet Takes Flight
 
 
 
It was a big week for Niv-Mizzet Reborn, as this Faithless Brewing Original has officially ascended to Tier 2 status (at least, according to the wise sages at the Arena Decklists Podcast). But don't just take their word for it. The tournament results speak for themselves, with Niv putting up strong results at MCQs both in paper and online.
 
 
 
Glittering Niv (Ihavethefire): 1st place, MCQ Pittsburgh
 
 
 
Ramp-less Niv (Damon): 6-2 MCQ Seattle, 6-4 MTGO PTQ, 5-0 league x2
 
 
 
Traverse Niv (cavedan): 6-3 MTGO PTQ
 
 
 
Flashback: Kethis, the Hidden Hand
 
 
 
We'll be straight up, these decks sucked. Even Matt Nass's build could barely win a game. Not all is lost, however: the Saffi combo proved strong enough to possibly become its own version of the deck, and Emry, Lurker of the Loch means that help is on the way for dedicated Kethis Kombo.
 
 
 
Project Keth-eX: 3-7 practice matches, curve felt too slow, Kethis combo less well integrated than Saffi combo
 
 
 
Kethis "KCI" (Matt Nass, test deck): 0-5 practice matches, deck folded to everything, mana was horrendous
 
 
 
Emry Kethis Combo (Sam Black, test deck)
 
 
 
"Hogaak-less Hogaak" (test deck): re-built for speed and to maximize Saffi combo, with potential for turn 2 kill (Carrion Feeder -> Stitcher's Supplier into Unearth on Renegade Rallier, return Saffi, attack for lethal).
 
 
 
Throne of Eldraine Previews
 
 
 
Specter's Shriek (Bonus list: BW Processor Eldrazi) -- Bonecrusher Giant (Bonus list: Bonecrusher Kiora) -- Grumgully, the Generous (Bonus list: Grumgully Goblins) -- Torbran, Thane of Red Fell -- Drown in the Loch -- Faeburrow Elder -- Merchant of the Vale (Haggle) -- Irencrag Feat -- Fires of Invention -- Vantress Gargoyle -- The Magic Mirror -- The Cauldron of Eternity -- Witching Well -- Oko, Thief of Crowns (Bonus list: Faerie Foodies)
 
 
Brew Session: Leyline of Abundance
 
 
 
Sketch #1: GW Leyline Elves
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sketch #3: Nissa Devotion
 
 
 
Sketch #4: Genesis Wave (designed by u/Cube_)
 
 
 
Reference lists:
 
 
 
Leyline Combo (PVDDR, test deck)
 
 
 
Leyline Combo 2 (PVDDR, test deck)
 
 
 
Devoted Elves (tagosaku, 5-0 league)
 
 
 
Bant Abundance (Jon Stern, MC Barcelona; Jeremie Ross, 5-0 league)
 
 
 
Steel Leaf Stompy (Ryan Robinson, 1st place SCG IQ)
 
 
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