I've recently been running through a Tranquil Thicket. After striding the Evolving Wilds for a while, I found a Putrefying part of the forest that nearly seemed to be a Jungle Hollow. Out of nowhere, I heard a loud and echoing clicking. I suddenly felt like I had been lead To the Slaughter by something. 'Don't Grapple with the Past', I heard my old friend's voice in my head. The clicking became louder and louder, and suddenly, I saw a giant Spider Spawning out of the shadows. I started running, but didn't come too far as some Arachnus Web tangled my leg and I fell. More and more spiders appeared, until I finally saw the creatures commanding them: A giant Arachnus Spinner and his mistress, the queen of all that have eight legs: Ishkanah, the grafwidow.

This moment, I knew I was lost. Oh, great Nyx Weaver, please let me have a better live next time.

You might have guessed what we have here: Spider Tribal. I wanted to build a spider deck for quite some time, but Arachnus Spinner plus some spiders never seemed promising enough as there weren't that many spiders to actually deal damage except spinner himself. Then Ishkanah was spoiled and I build the deck with her in mind: Spider Delirium is pretty fitting flavourwise, and it actually even plays like a spiders hunting strategy: You let your opponent's creatures come out and just put some creatures into their way into which they don't really want to attack: Deadly Recluse, Sporecap Spider and Penumbra Spider are pretty nifty creatures to handle. While you drop them, you use Nyx Weaver, Vessel of Nascency and Grapple with the Past to get delirium online while disrupting your opponent with Duress, To the Slaughter and Putrefy. Once Arachnus Spinner and Ishkanah, the grafwidow hit the board, you can use your spiders to through some Arachnus Webs out of your library or graveyard. By this time, you maybe already have pinged your opponent with your spiders, and if you didn't, Ishkanah should be able to finish the job.

The deck is quite slow, and you often have to play quite carefully to not die. But after some time, you're usually able to take control of the field with Arachnus Web. By the way: You actually usually want to put the web onto a creature with four or more power to not have them get stuck onto the field.

If you like the deck, I'd appreaciate some +1s, and if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.



Lame_Duck says... #1

I think you would benefit from trying to lower your mana curve so you're not so stacked at the 3 mana slot; maybe replace the Putrefy and To the Slaughter with cheaper removal like Doom Blade, Go for the Throat or Smother, depending on what creatures you expect to face, and swap Sporecap Spider out for Canopy Spider.

March 18, 2017 9:16 a.m.

I like what you say about the removal. I'm not too sure about taking out sporecap though, as the five toughness is pretty useful in many situations. Thanks for the great input :)

March 19, 2017 1:42 p.m.

Lame_Duck says... #3

Well, you inspired me to take a shot at making my own Spider deck. The description isn't really there yet but Just Another Australian Tuesday if you want to take a look.

March 26, 2017 1:31 p.m.

Delta-117 says... #4

Perhaps you should use Metallic Mimic in this, what do you think?

March 28, 2017 3:25 p.m.

thijmnesoy says... #5

hey! nice deck mate! another tribal deck. looks like it works.

March 28, 2017 3:44 p.m.

Delta-117: good suggestion. The deck doesn't play on counters at all, but the mimic might give the heavily needed power boost spiders can't offer otherwise.

thijmnesoy: thanks dude. I've put some thoughts into this one, so i appreciate the positive feedback.

March 29, 2017 2:18 a.m.

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