@diophan said in MTGO January 2017 Power 9 Challenge:
Brian Kelly'esque Oath with maindeck grudges is definitely a counter to shops. Ask any shops pilot in the mid-Atlantic who frequently has to play against him. To be frank, there is a lack of premier, consistent Oath players online. Rich and Montolio have both done well with the deck when they pick it up.
I guess I should really try to play more events, although I don't know what threshold I have to cross before my results aren't considered "getting lucky". Still, I've taken down a lot of good players with my Oath decks, so the lucksack force must be strong or something. I've lost to Workshops two or three times in Dailies I think.
From my experience, the reason people (even myself) are wary of or slightly less enthusiastic about Oath of Druids is that the decks typically are a dog to Gush and Containment Priest is super annoying. I can beat Grafdigger's Cage all day long, but Containment Priest provides a clock. Think about it, you're getting smashed with Priest and your own Orchard tokens hoping you can hit your removal spell soon enough for it to count, It can be tough.
Also Oath is a combo deck that's slower than basically every combo deck in the format, including Dredge (if you want to consider that combo, which it kind of is). Sometimes you can do your Oath thing quickly, but it's not guaranteed. So Outcome decks, Rituals, and fringe stuff like Belcher can be a problem.
And why don't people play Salvagers very often online? I'm sure it is not great against all the Rods around lately, but the real reason I don't play it is that the loop is just not something I can reliably accomplish.
I've built or brewed a ton of different Oath decks and all of them had some merit, but there never seems to be a list that just does everything I wanted. If I tuned it to be even better against Prison/Shops/Hatebears/WEldrazi it lost considerable percentage points against other blue decks. If I built the list to be better against other blue decks the matchups that used to be good suddenly got much worse.