Faithless Brewing

Storm Herald’s a-Brewin’

February 20, 2020

Faithless Brewing, Episode 42: Storm Herald

 

The last time we brewed around a flashy Simic mythic from the latest set release, the 5-0 finishes just piled up like candy. Our testing with Uro yielded similar results: no trophies this time, but a giant pile of 4-1s across multiple decks and multiple formats (Pioneer, Modern, and even Standard), from established meta decks to off-the-wall wild brews. Uro is here to stay, even making appearances in Legacy, so pick up your playset now and get ready to start drawing cards, gaining life, and exiling your graveyard in neat stacks of five cards.

 

This week, we pivot to a Theros card with a much less impressive pedigree: the curious rare Storm Herald. The effect on this hasty Shaman is so unique in Magic that the closest comparisons are... Retether? Iridescent Drake? Boonweaver Giant?? When our first pass at the card has us debating the merits of Shape of the Wiitigo, you know you are in for some deep cuts. Whether imitating Goryo's Vengenace by bringing back an Eldrazi Conscription, or playing the role of the pied piper calling a host of tiny auras all at once, Storm Herald is playing by its own rules in the strange and bizarre world of creature-boosting enchantments. Can this exciting new tool breathe life into the historically underpowered Aura subtype? And will the juice be worth the squeeze? There's only one way to find out!

 

Flashback: Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

 

Standard

 

Bant Uro Ramp (by Danny Salvatore): 6-2, SCG Philadelphia

 

Pioneer

 

Swedish Delirium (Dan): 6-2, SCG Philadelphia

 

 

4c Uro Reanimator (David/Damon): 8-2 leagues

 

Modern

 

Uro's Weirding (by Nephtyz, 5-0 league)

 

Temur Uro and Six (by MrRaeb, 5-0 league x2)

 

Turbo Lazav (by lannynyny, 5-0 league)

 

Turbo Lazav 1.1 (Dan): 4-1 league

 

Turbo Lazav 1.2 (Dan): 4-1 league

 

5c Niv Uro (Dan): 4-1 league

 

 

Brew Session: Storm Herald

 

 

Modern

 

Reference list: Jund Storm Conscription (Caleb Durward)

 

Sketch 1: Jund Storm Conscription

 

 

Pioneer

 

Reference list: BW Auras (Ken Yukuhiro)

 

Sketch 1: Mardu Sram Herald

 

Sketch 2: Boros Sram Herald

 

Sketch 3: Jeskai Curious Herald

  

 

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