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Cast creatures. Make tokens. Sacrifice. Drain life. Smash.

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I was looking forward to a better test of my deck today. A couple of the more competitive regulars were back after visiting another venue last night for FNM.

Round 1 v Zombies: I've played against this list several times, but this time the deck was piloted by the son instead of the father. First game, he used his Cryptbreaker to make zombies instead of drawing. I was able to build my board and get my life total to 47. He was getting bored (and said so; he's 7), so I asked if he wanted to concede and go to game 2. We were also running short on time. Game 2 saw him get out a quick lord and Liliana's Mastery . We still went to turns, but he killed me in the end. Round result: 1-1 Tie

Round 2 v B/G Delirium: The regular pilot of the last round's zombie deck was playing Delirium today. He also came out of Round 1 with a tie thanks to player stalling and the grindy nature of his deck. He took a mulligan to 5 to start Game 1. I again earned a concession as I whittled his life down and grew mine to over 30. Game 2 saw me take a mulligan to 4 and never see more than 2 lands the entire game. We went to turns and he killed me. Round result: 1-1 Tie

Round 3 v Blue Jank: I took both games thanks to double Zulaport Cutthroat. Round result: 2-0 Win

Final Result: 1-0-2 for 4th Place

I got a random Showdown pack with nothing of value. My son got a pack (he took 3rd) after winning the vote for Best Sportsmanship, and pulled an Always Watching and a Linvala, the Preserver. I'm really happy with the deck's consistency and resiliency.

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traffy498 says... #1

Have you thought about Yahenni? How's the deck looking post Felidar ban? Thinking of any new changes?

May 2, 2017 9:09 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #2

I've never been a fan of Yahenni over Trafficker. I can only have one on the field at a time, and I don't have as much control over her growth. The biggest plus is the "free" sacrificing, but I really like getting both invulnerability and the counter with one activation on Trafficker.

I haven't done much testing yet with this latest version. My previous list did well against Mardu, but did not match up well with BG Snake. I remember some close games against UB Zombies and a mono-blue control, but the meta is much different for those decks now. I am a little concerned with the lack of card draw in the current list.

May 2, 2017 10:05 p.m.

Flexington says... #3

I recently made this deck, and it plays ahhhhmazingly. I love it. Super fun. 10/10.

May 8, 2017 9:28 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #4

Yeah, so far the only deck I've had consistent trouble against is Boros Exert. It just hits so hard so fast.

May 9, 2017 12:12 a.m.

quadrado321 says... #5

What you think about Smothering Abomination and Start / Finish?

May 10, 2017 9:44 a.m.

Shadowhand says... #6

The original list from The Mana Source included 3 Start / Finish, but I'm a bit of a purist, so I stuck with just servos. Plus, it's sorcery speed removal. I have enough sac outlets that I don't need another.

The same goes for Abomination. Also, it takes the same slot as Sram's Expertise, and I can't do without that card. Abomination feels like it should be in this deck, but most of the lists I'm familiar with never play it. There are just better cards for what this deck wants to do.

May 10, 2017 6:34 p.m.

quadrado321 says... #7

Thanks for the answer, I make that deck and i try to use Smothering Abomination but dont work very well. The deck is 10/10!

May 10, 2017 9:41 p.m.

I made a version of this that pushed the early board a little more, and went heavier on control. If you can make it to turn 4 with your engine intact you look good, but i found aggro decks dont want you making it to turn 4. As such i have dread wanderer that lets me have some aggro or a blocker early game with a payoff later, trueheart duelist to shut down a lot of damage (especially against exert) and dec in stone to stop big token boards and recurring creatures like scrapheap and dread wanderer. consider fumigate to wipe the board, leave bontu turned on for 4 damage, and get your tokens back for the opponent's turn. Just suggestions i liked in my version of Zulaport/Bontu drain.

May 11, 2017 10:49 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #9

Yeah, I've had the most problems with Boros exert. I was running Thraben Inspector in my old list (pre-Amonkhet), which makes for good speed bumps against aggro. I've found Trespasser's Curse has been good tech from the sideboard, but that doesn't help game 1.

May 12, 2017 7 p.m.

magusoffarts says... #10

Sweet deck! I've been testing against my Jeskai Control deck and I've been impressed by the resilience of this one. I was wondering if you have tried Animation Module + Metallic Mimic combo in this one yet? Not sure whether it's any good, but this shell looks like a good place to try it out.

May 15, 2017 1:58 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #11

I ran Animation module in a very early list and wasn't impressed. The focus is more on life drain than buffing up with counters, so it rarely triggered, and when it did, I usually didn't have mana to sink. Hidden Stockpile and the servo sorceries are much more efficient.

May 15, 2017 2:37 p.m.

_jthiessen says... #12

I like your deck. It is similar to my own, only I'm a bit more creature focused. I would love any feedback you could offer! WB Fabricate Amonkhet

May 17, 2017 12:31 p.m.

Oooh spicy build! Looks super fun and well-made, and it's not something I've seen before! +1

May 19, 2017 3:34 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #14

Thanks for the upvote, Jimmy_Chinchila. I can't take too much of the credit, however. This particular list is heavily influenced by a deck that Wedge from The Mana Source posted.

May 19, 2017 9:46 p.m.

salteeBoi says... #15

I saw that video it was very helpful to me.

If you want to see my deck here is the link: Orzhov Aristocrats (Standard)

May 24, 2017 12:05 a.m.

ovelio says... #16

in my deck Here, its not far from what you have, but what i wanted to point out is Call for Unity, that card will make you win any situation late game with a board full of servos.

2) Fumigate and Yahenni, Undying Partisan are good side deck against zombies right now, (change the fumigate for the call for unity, and yahenni for Syndicate Trafficker) if you get to use the fumigate with yahenni in play... you won.

I really like your deck

May 24, 2017 8:57 p.m.

salteeBoi says... #17

Thanks a lot!

May 24, 2017 9:07 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #18

I was running Call for Unity in my sideboard when BG Snake Counters was a thing, ovelio. I like the idea of it, but it feels a little slow. By the time I would have it out and get a couple counters on it, I 'm usually able to pull off a kill by Ormendahl, or Marionette Master, or just swing wide. I'm also not sure what to take out for it that won't weaken the deck's focus. I hope it works for you.

As for Yahenni, I've been questioning my position on her. For the longest time, I did not feel she was a good fit. Like you mentioned, Syndicate Trafficker, with his greater power and pump ability, seems to be more of a deterrent to opponents. But Yahenni's free sacrificing has become much more attractive to my current list, as I rely more heavily on the revolt ability from Hidden Stockpile and life drain.

May 24, 2017 10:01 p.m.

ovelio says... #19

Syndicate Trafficker really does not do well with this deck. I switched it for Underhanded Designs an yahenni, because i preffer to use the mana to drain the oponent than use it to pump out the syndicate. besides in battles with zombies there is not a good point to swing with the syndicate anyway because it will hit only a zombie token. I've not really hit with it... so the real value of it is to sacrifice the servos and yahenni does it for free. This deck really is to drain the oponnent to give you time to get the win condition. (marionetter, westvale flipped, or in my case Voldaren Pariah flipped).

May 28, 2017 5:25 p.m.

_jthiessen says... #20

If you decide the deck isn't performing how you want it to, what about making the few tweaks that turn it into something that resembles Sam Black's Abzan Token deck?

May 29, 2017 11:25 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #21

I played against an Abzan list this weekend on MTGO. I like Cryptolith Rite. It would certainly help with the mana problems I kept seeming to run into. The deck also needs card draw. Scrying just isn't enough. Not when Marvel and UR Control can Glimmer of Genius or Pull from Tomorrow, or even just cycle.

May 30, 2017 6:11 p.m.

N1996 says... #22

have you thought of Servo Exhibition or Weaponcraft Enthusiast

June 8, 2017 12:30 a.m.

Shadowhand says... #23

I was running Exhibition, but there are so many 2-drops that are more important than creating 2 servos. I have seen lists with Enthusiast, and they also tend to include Panharmonicon. I can't fit both in the current version of this deck, but I might try that particular variation later.

June 8, 2017 1:21 a.m.

Dang this is like the exact same deck i put together pre-AHK. I love it and gl w/ it!

June 8, 2017 8:11 p.m.

ovelio says... #25

ok, going absan only for the mana is not entirely good... since everything is mana based at 1, 2 or 3 i would use those 2 slot for Midnight Oil because in his mana slot you mush have no cards in hand or have 2 turns to do get there. and there you would solve the mana problem by drawing one more card every turn and scrying.

June 13, 2017 12:34 p.m.

ovelio says... #26

weaponcraft does not need phanharmonicon when you have anointed procession, he will enter the game and put 4 tokens, as well as servo exibition... but i would use sram expertise to get a 2 for one and 6 servos out of it if procession is in play.

June 13, 2017 1:19 p.m.

Ez3kie1 says... #27

I've just built this deck and really like it! Do you think Gideon, Ally of Zendikar would fit in this deck? I feel like he'd be great but I don't want to cut anything.

June 20, 2017 3:39 a.m.

Shadowhand says... #28

Yes, Gideon should be in this deck. If I could afford him, he would be in the Marionette Master slot.

June 20, 2017 10:18 p.m.

Thaitanic says... #29

How you feel about Liliana death's majesty maybe instead of a marionette

June 24, 2017 8:41 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #30

M&M is a finisher/wincon. Liliana would not be a good alternative, IMO.

June 24, 2017 8:54 p.m.

Thaitanic says... #31

What do you prefer to sub out for scrapheap and gonti Feel like scrapheap works well for sure and gonti is more situational

June 25, 2017 5:48 p.m.

Shadowhand says... #32

Against spot removal, +3 Scrapheap/-3 Trafficker, or -2 Trafficker/-1 Enthusiast. It's too easy to tap out and not have the activation cost to make Trafficker indestructible. Gonti comes in for Pariah against control usually.

June 26, 2017 3:02 a.m.

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