This is the version I would play today in the challenge if I could:
So far Stony Silence has more impact against the various outcome and storm decks than Mindbreak Trap did. Oath is still pretty rough, you can beat them with explosive Bazaar draws or if a SotF goes unchecked. Could certainly load up on SB Abrupt Decay if we wanted to really beat them but that weakens other areas. I suppose you could change an Ingot Chewer to a Decay, but that makes your land fetching more difficult vs Shops decks.
4-1 today in league. Rebuilt the sideboard to fight only Shops, Outcome, and Dredge. Fair blue decks are basically easy wins (and you can still bring in Leo, Thalia, and Abrupt Decay to help).
Is this deck worth it's own thread and maybe a primer at this point? Is that something people would be interested in? If so I can try to record my replays after I finish a league so people could see it in action (I play on a tablet so the best I can do is record with my phone after the fact).
@wfain I would consider lotus petal over 1 of the Elvish Spirit Guides.
- Any color of mana, opens a lot more turn 1 options.
- Lowers damage probability on Dark Confidant. 3 damage versus 0 is an obvious difference.
- Affected by sphere and null rod/stony silence.
- Can't be searched for via Survival, not sure if relevant tho?
Also, maybe I missed something posted earlier, but why is there no wheel of fortune? Seems absolute bonkers possibilities turn 1. From Anger, and Venges discarded into a handful of Hollow Ones? Or just a simple refill after dropping a handful of mana dorks? At the worst its free Baskings. Seems better than Frantic for sure.
@serracollector I agree, Wheel is better than Frantic, but I’m not playing that. I had Wheel in the version I went 5-0 with, but I literally never wanted to cast it ️.
The thing you’re missing on ESG is that it is a 2/2 and it can help you rebuy VV if required. I’m seeing people go deeper into trying to rely on VV/SotF/Bazaar- imo the opposite approach is more valuable- have as many different lines as possible while still remaining consistent in your opening hands.
I'm a huge fan of "engine" style decks and basking rootwalla so I was immediately intrigued by this deck. I've played a few leagues and it has been really powerful. (cashed every league, one 5-0, one that was 4-1 where my "loss" was a split with someone else) Blue matchups are definitely favorable and hating on shops, dredge, and PO out of the board is a solid plan.
I really like the Bob plan for this deck as it's easy to spew cards and he can fuel some value bazaar activations. Spirit guide has also been clutch as a dude to pitch, a target to grab when you need another discard for hollow one (mana neutral, 1 extra creature in hand is discarded), or just to fuel a powerful turn 1. I also put a thalia in the maindeck to possibly power out on turn 1 or at a bullet to search for and i've been pleased with her.
I'm wondering how important faithless looting is for the deck. It's definitely the weakest enabler and it was my cut to slot in Thalia, but it's probably still necessary in some number for the deck to function.