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Life from the Lotus: Breaking Lotus Field in Midrange, Ramp, and Combo

July 4, 2019

Faithless Brewing, Episode 10: Lotus Field

 

What's better than a Black Lotus? How about a free Black Lotus every turn? Magic 2020's "fixed" version of Lotus Vale comes with a host of interesting clauses: hexproof, sacrifice two lands, enters the battlefield tapped. The crew sets out to use every part of the buffalo, either dodging the drawbacks or turning them into advantages. There might even be some 9/9 hexproof attackers in our future. But which builds are competitive, and which are just a field of memes?

 

Roundup: The New Tier One

 

The results from GP Dallas and SCG Pittsburgh are in. Hogaak established itself as tier zero, but it didn't sweep the events. Instead, a new tier one emerged, starring Izzet Phoenix and UW Control. But don't blink, because the London Mulligan is already here to shake up the format, and a B&R announcement is right around the corner. Plus: a tournament report with BG Rock. Good old rock, nothing beats rock.

 

Grim Flayer Rock: 2-3 SCG IQ, some things do in fact beat Rock

 

Flashback: Force of Virtue

 

While Tom Ross was cruising to a top 8 finish with Hogaak Bridgevine, we were working hard trying to squeeze playable decks out of his pet design Force of Virtue. The card proved surprisingly good, and the combo with Squadron Hawk should not be underestimated. The most competitive shell also proved to be the most delightful: Goat Devotion, harnessing the power of Nykthos, Ranger-Captain of Eos, and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.

 

Mardu PyroHawk : 4-6 leagues, felt much better than its record, Seasoned Pyromancer is the truth

 

Goat Devotion: 8-7 leagues, surprisingly good, but weak to decks that don't care about combat

 

Turbo Elesh Norn: 4-1 league, Elesh Norn is very well positioned

 

Esper Skies: 3-2 league, needs more disruption, less Pride of the Clouds

 

Brew Session: Lotus Field

 

Naya Value Town (Sketch)

 

Blood Sun Eldrazi (Sketch)

 

One-Punch Land (Sketch)

 

Twiddle Storm (Sketch)

 

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