Faithless 5-0

A selection of our favorite decks from our testing in MTGO Leagues and paper tournaments.

 

It's crucial to not be too results-oriented when brewing a new deck, so a 5-0 finish or a Top 8 result is less meaningful than the information gleaned from gameplay. If you're interested in trying one of these lists, be sure to check out the episodes in which we workshop them and discuss what we learned. There are always improvements to be made, so don't be afraid to iterate, experiment, and improve upon our ideas!

 

Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Our most famous creation (and our personal favorite), we brewed the first Niv-Mizzet deck in Episode 2 and have been crushing tournaments with it ever since. This is a 5-color control deck with tremendous flexibility in its spells as well as its manabase. The rainbow dragon finds his way into many of our episodes, but see especially our deep dive in Episode 16 for a good introduction to the archetype.

 

Safewright Niv-Mizzet (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2467352#online

Utopia Niv-Mizzet (4th place, SCG IQ): http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/133759

Faeburrow Niv-Mizzet (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2321715#online

Safewright Niv-Mizzet (Top 32, Modern Challenge): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2307379#online

Safewright Niv-MIzzet (Top 32, Modern Challenge): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2284351#online

Safewright Niv-Mizzet (7th place, SCG IQ): http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/132741

Search for Tomorrow Niv-Mizzet (5th place, SCG IQ): http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/131620

Anti-Hogaak Niv-Mizzet (94th place, GP Minneapolis): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2178300#online

Original Niv-Mizzet (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1885348#online

Damon's Niv-Mizzet Video Deck Tech (GP Minneapolis)

Niv-Mizzet Reborn Discord

 

Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner

One of the most underrated planeswalkers from War of the Spark, we built a Gruul ramp deck around Kiora in Episode 3 and have been iterating on it successfully for several months (see for example Episode 4, 23, 24, 28, and 29). The deck relies heavily on a 1-3-5 mana curve, topping out on Glorybringer to pair with Kiora's untap ability.

 

Once Upon KioraDrazi (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2451776#online

Temur Bonecrusher Oko (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2368621#online

Gruul Dragons (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1929876#online

 

Oko, Thief of Crowns

We put Oko into a bunch of different archetypes during "Oko Week" (Episode 23), and the trophies just started piling up. Oko plays a different role in each of these decks, and has become a multi-format all-star, so these are not so much recommendations for "Oko decks" as they are examples of the many different strategies that can benefit from Oko.

 

Sultai Ninja Goose (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2359880#online

Bant OkoBlade (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2359925#online

Temur Oko-Kiora (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2368621#online

Faeburrow Niv-Mizzet (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2321715#online

 

Neoform

Our very first episode yielded a slick update to Simic Evolve, an aggressive deck built around +1/+1 counters by combining the evolve mechanic with the undying mechanic. While Neoform is now more synonymous with broken Allosaurus Rider combo decks, this "Bant Monkeyform" shell offers a vastly different way to unlock the power of the War of the Spark tutor spell.

 

Bant Monkeyform (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1871220#online

Bant Monkeyform (SCG IQ Top 8): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1885401#online

SaffronOlive Deck Tech and Gameplay

Jim Davis Gameplay

 

Dreadhorde Arcanist

One of the more challenging cards we've taken on, Dreadhorde Arcanist looks like it should fit easily into spell-based control decks (especially when paired with discard), but our testing showed that the attacking power of spells like Atarka's Command was crucial to actually closing out games.

 

Jund Atarkanist (5-0 league): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1984395#online