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Lunarch Wipes (AKH) - Fun Semi-budget Deck

Standard Budget W/B (Orzhov)

WItC


Description

This deck keeps winning and winning, so I decided to do a cleaner writeup. Some fights were tough, but I don't think there is an impossible matchup for this deck. I've beaten Mardu vehicles, BW/BU zombies, UW/UB control, GB energy tokens, aetherworks marvel, red wins, RW aggro humans and more.

Also, this deck can be very budget, although it does need good dual lands to function well.

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Halp!! I am continually trying to refine my decks. Your input is greatly appreciated; feel free to comment. If you go so far as to playtest the deck, please let me know how it went (I'm flattered that you would try). Also, a +1 is always appreciated.

Hi all, I like to brew standard decks that are on a budget. By brewing budget, I can't just use good stuff, and need to look for synergies in the cheap cards, and that is what's fun. For no specific reason, I like Orzhov, and always start with that base, but will add other colors. Also, I do include some pricey land cards in my budget decks, simply because they can be reused in many different decks, making them a value in the long run. There are cheaper or combo lands that are less efficient, such as Forsaken Sanctuary or Foul Orchard . For my other recent decks, see:

Odric and Thalia's Budget Black Love Child EMN v2

Rainbow Cryptalition - UltraBudget Standard Allies

Creature Trident - SOI mid-budget

Summary

The core of the deck is the interaction between Yahenni, Undying Partisan and Fumigate. If we have another creature out, then at the least we can leave Yahenni alone on an empty board. If one of our creatures is a Selfless Spirit, then the board wipe can be one sided and completely devastating. Just visualize yourself casting Fumigate after the opponent just dumped their hand on the board; it's awesome.

Yahenni

Yahenni is very resilient in a meta that focuses on damage or destruction based removal. However, he needs fuel for his ability, and much of the deck works to support that. A key piece is Scrapheap Scrounger, one scrounger might get sac'd to Yahenni 2-3 times in a single game. Thraben Inspector is great as he doesn't cost us card advantage, even if immediately sacrificed. Westvale Abbey  Flip can also help create fodder late in the game., but we do need more creatures in the deck to make this work.

Deathtouch and first strike

We like creatures that help gum up the board, and two good options are Gifted Aetherborn and Bone Picker. Bone Picker works a little better in this deck where we are not infrequently either killing an opponent's creature with removal, or sacrificing one of our own. Amonkhet provided a great boon to both of these cards, in Cartouche of Solidarity. I cannot understate how wonderful a creature with first strike and deathtouch is. In order to kill a bone picker with cartouche as it swings in, at a minimum the opponent would need 5 normal creatures all with 3 or greater power, and would lose 4 of them in the trade. A problem with cartouche is it exposes us to losing two permanents to one removal spell. However, even if they kill our enchanted creature, we still have our 1/1 with vigilance for which is not a terrible deal.

Odric

What is better than one creature with deathtouch, flying, first strike, and vigilance? How about all your creatures with those abilities and more. Odric, Lunarch Marshal is really fun to play around, but struggles when he is the win condition for a deck. His synergy is vulnerable to removal and is slow. However, in this deck he is icing on the cake. We he comes in, he will often bring good value (even if the only other card is Yahenni, swinging with an Odric with haste will often catch the opponent off guard). If you manage to get in a situation where the opponent cannot remove your creatures (perhaps because you have a Selfless Spirit), then it is game over.

Oketra

Oketra the True is not a very good card, but if there ever was a deck where it could work, this is it. At worst she can make fodder for Yahenni. The indestructible helps us keep board presence after a Fumigate, and if we manage to combo Odric and Oketra, then all our creatures get double strike as well as the indestructible (even if Oketra can't attack or block herself, the abilities still copy). This card is one of the weakest in the deck, and one of the first to be sideboarded, but it is still fun and useful enough to warrant a few copies.

Control

Often, Fumigate is not enough interaction and comes too late in the game. To help us get there, the rest of the deck adds more control. The main board is primarily creature removal, but the sideboard can replace that if needed. Depending on the meta and your budget, Grasp of Darkness might have a role instead of Fatal Push. Grasp answers a lot of common high CMC problem creatures such as Glorybringer, Archangel Avacyn  Flip, Samut, Voice of Dissent , and Archfiend of Ifnir, although the pushes are probably better. gives us access to Anguished Unmaking which is very versatile for a lot of problem cards including planeswalkers and Angel of Sanctions. Personally I think it is better than Cast Out and Declaration in Stone although they are good options. Forsake the Worldly is a great card that answers Cast Out, gearhulks, Aetherworks Marvel, and any vehicle that needs to go away, and we can cycle it when it's not needed. Yes, please.

Playstyle

Starting hand: usually we want at least two lands, ideally 3-4. We don't want to be stuck with a fumigate in hand and be unable to cast it. The exception is against control, when a starting hand with scrapheaps and inspectors might be good enough even with 1 land (but it's risky).

Early, we try to gum up the board, get a few hits in, ideally even while keeping card advantage. If we have a fumigate in hand then we might even try to weather a few extra rounds while our opponent dumps their hand so we have card advantage after a wrath. As this is going on, we either slowly beat them down, or get in an explosive round with either Odric or Ormendahl, Profane Prince  Flip.

Remember that our creature creating abilities can be used at instant speed (scrapheaps, Oketra, Westvale). If an opponent is playing sloppy, they might try to kill Yahenni, only to watch us create a creature at instant speed and immediately sac it to protect him. This also give us choices at their end turn, to either crack a clue, cast instant speed removal, or bring in a creature, depending on what we need.

Sideboard

Control

Control matchups are tough, but we have some answers. Often, their only creature is a Torrential Gearhulk. We can get rid of our creature removal, and board in a few answers, including Scarab Feast which we can cast at instant speed and take away the instant they thought they were going to cast. Dispossess (or a Pick the Brain with delirium, which is rare), can permanently remove him, which can cripple them. If we are allowed to resolve a Kambal, Consul of Allocation or a Sorin, Grim Nemesis, then they can do some great work. Anguished Unmaking remains important for Cast Out and Angel of Sanctions. Remember to try to leave one mana up when casting an important card, to account for Censor.

U/W control with Torrential:

Other thoughts

Authority of the Consuls used to be in the sideboard, but I took it out when cat combo was banned. If aggro or Glorybringer decks become a big issue, then they might come back in.

Against creature heavy opponents, we add the Planar Outburst as a 5th wrath.

If the opponent is running burn, Kambal, Consul of Allocation is surprisingly effective in keeping us alive and I board in all 3.

Budget

Grasp of Darkness can replace Fatal Push. Thalia, Heretic Cathar or Solemn Recruit can replace Oketra the True. The Scrapheap Scrounger and Selfless Spirit are fundamental to the deck and can't really be replaced. Sorin, Grim Nemesis is not all that important and can be replaced. Westvale Abbey  Flip actually does a lot of work for this deck and I wouldn't advise removing him; the same is true of the dual lands.

Summary

This is a really fun deck to play that performs well and doesn't break the bank. I'm always open to hear suggestions, and if you try it out, let me know how you did. Thanks.

Updates

Comments

ndgipper says... #1

fumigates are better in general, more life, and can target more things than dusk/dawn can in terms of the boardwipe function.

April 18, 2017 9:08 p.m.

WItC says... #2

Well, the fact that most of our creatures don't die to Dusk / Dawn and the 4 CMC make it interesting. However, the real issue I have with the card is that our Scrapheap Scrounger tends to eat up our graveyard, so the Dawn side hardly gets used.

April 21, 2017 4:15 a.m.

WItC says... #3

V2, sideboard changes

Brought in the 3rd Kambal, Consul of Allocation. He is amazing against control and burn, always want a third against those decks. He is always removed in those matchups, so the legendary rule isn't an issue. Also seeing a lot of zombies, so I added another Scarab Feast (might need more). Took out 2x Forsake the Worldly, still have enough artifact/enchantment hate.

April 22, 2017 12:40 a.m.

WItC says... #4

Did a rewrite after winning a lot and following the banning of the cat combo.

April 30, 2017 12:54 a.m.

Chewy5150 says... #5

Nice deck, similar to mine. I recently added a few Oketra the True to main board as well, going for Bone Picker over Selfless Spirit. Always Watching pushes my creatures out of a lot of removal range but it's interesting to see how you use Fumigate. +1 from me. I tend to be pretty competitive as well! Check out my Odric deck

April 30, 2017 6:04 p.m.

Jcoffin says... #6

Why no Drana?

May 1, 2017 12:31 p.m.

WItC says... #7

I have found her unreliable when I tested her. 2 power first strike just wasn't enough to allow me to actually swing with her. Yes, with Odric she is good, but the cards need to be impactful on their own. Thalia is also a 3 drop with first strike, but she can do a great job of stabilizing the board.

Also, it's not really a go-wide deck, it tends to kill off it's own creatures, so the +1/+1s don't last that long. That said, they would work well with the scrapheaps that are swinging in anyway.

Those are my thoughts at least. But hey, I'll try it out. Thank you for the attention!

May 1, 2017 12:41 p.m.

like70bunnies says... #8

Nice deck! Back when Aether Revolt was the cool new thing I brewed and threw a list up here of a similar BW deck revolved around Odric, Lunarch Marshal. Since then I've updated it for Amonkhet and it's even better. However, I am a large fan of Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Oketra the True. I suppose it's because my deck revolved completely around Odric, where Yahenni, Undying Partisan didn't make the cut. I can post the link here if you're interested!

+1 for similar minded ideas!

May 2, 2017 11:28 a.m.

Shadow12721 says... #9

I would think Bontu the Glorified would be great here, and Elusive Tormentor  Flip is best friends with Odric.

May 8, 2017 8:13 p.m.

WItC says... #10

Thanks, Shadow12721, I love the ideas. Actually, I already have considered both of these options. Elusive Tormentor  Flip is regrettably easy to exclude. I would LOVE to play it with Odric, but the card just doesn't do anything on it's own. Fundamentally, in order for this deck to work, I have excluded anything that isn't good by itself; Odric is too unreliable, and if his effect is not active, then a card like Elusive Tormentor  Flip does too little.

Taking this a step further brings up my latest changes. When playing the list with Oketra the True, she is often the most dead card in my hand. Her best utility is as a 4 mana token generator, which just isn't efficient. If you take away the Odric synergy, then she becomes hard to use. Because of this I looked at other options, including Bontu the Glorified. He is better in combat, because once he is activated, the opponent can't take it away (usually with Oketra, they would use removal on one of the three other creatures and shut off Oketra)).

However, his ability ends up killing off the fodder creatures that we need to drive Yahenni. Also, one other card I have considered is Vampiric Rites. For 3 mana, the card will break even on card advantage, and from that point on can repeatedly generate more card draws (2 mana to bring back a scrounger and 2 to sac it .. again and again). All of that comes at a tempo hit and I'm not sold yet. Currently I'm bouncing between Oketra, Vampiric Rites, and adding Gifted Aetherborn and/or Gonti, Lord of Luxury (have I mentioned I love putting Cartouche on a deathtouch creature?)

May 9, 2017 1:19 a.m.

WItC: did you get a chance to playtest w/ Vampiric Rites yet??? i can only imagine that card being fucking ridiculous w/ decks using Bontu the Glorified/Scrapheap Scrounger

+1 btw--love this build :)

May 10, 2017 2:13 p.m.

WItC says... #12

Yes, DanaBarrosReincarnate, I've been trying to fine tune the deck. Bontu the Glorified and Gonti, Lord of Luxury were both really close to making the cut, but a 4th Gifted Aetherborn is just better at getting us though the early game, and beat out Gonti for that reason. Bontu was competing too much with Yahenni for our creature fodder, and just wasn't effective enough. It also competes with Vampiric Rites.

What I've done is replace a Bone Picker with the 4th Gifted. I dropped to 1 Oketra; she is still good in very specific situations, but just isn't consistent. The Vampiric Rites is in her place.

I'm still not sure about the vampiric rites. The one-of copy just hasn't been very relevant in games to date. There are a lot of games where I would not mind drawing at as the game went on, so it is staying for now.

I've added one Grasp of Darkness and taken away a Fatal Push. It seems like a good balance. I don't really want any more low-curve creature removal; those cards are dead in a control matchup, which tends to be our hardest fight.

I've made some changes to the sideboard. Zombies have been tricky, but adding in 3 Trespasser's Curse has been really helpful, also against aggro and drake haven decks. To make room I removed 1 Anguished Unmaking, 1 Fragmentize, and 1 Planar Outburst.

I like Pick the Brain but it just doesn't slow down control enough, which is the main reason to chose it (the fact that we take a card from the opponent's hand is the benefit of this card, while the other options are guaranteed to remove all of the target cards). Instead, I split the sideboard to 2x Lost Legacy and 2x Dispossess.

May 10, 2017 10:59 p.m.

LCJ38 says... #13

Great deck! My suggestions would be more board wipes such as Dusk / Dawn.

+1

May 11, 2017 12:33 p.m.

Cool deck! Have you considered Hidden Stockpile? Judging by your description, I believe it would fit into your deck better than Vampiric Rites as it replaces your sacrifice fodder and still provides card advantage. On that note, what about Zulaport Cutthroat?

I also think Bontu the Glorified is a better fit than Oketra. As you said above, Oketra is far too easy to turn off where Bontu plays well with the sacrifice theme. I agree that doublestrike is better than menace, but it still makes combat more difficult for your opponents when Odric is in play. Bontu's ability does compete with Yahenni, but she also benefits from it as well. Plus she acts as an additional sac outlet incase Yahenni gets exiled.

Another option might be Archangel Avacyn  Flip for protecting Yahenni and Odric, as well as acting as another boardwipe when you sac a creature.

How is Forsake the Worldly performing? It seems more like a sideboard card to me.

May 17, 2017 11:14 a.m.

WItC says... #15

Thanks Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor. I have considered Hidden Stockpile. I worry that it just doesn't do enough and is too slow. In the perfect situation, it will help us grind through a long creature based back and forth, but we do alright in that match anyway. When we are trying to beat control or aggro, it just does too little. Just my thoughts.

I really like Bontu the Glorified and Zulaport Cutthroat in an aristocrats deck. Fun to play, but they need lots of creatures to sac. MTG Goldfish just posted a version a few days ago as an example. The deck benefits from token generators like Doomed Dissenter or Sacred Cat. We just don't have room for all that in this deck.

Archangel Avacyn  Flip would be great in this deck. She is not included for budget reasons. Same for Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

Forsake the Worldly is great in my mainboard, but entirely because cycle gets it out when its not needed. The meta has enough targets that are disrupted by this to make it useful. I have found it helpful very often, and am kinda surprised I don't see it more. Cycle is really really good.

Thanks for the suggestions!

May 18, 2017 10:19 a.m.

WItC says... #16

Hi all, I just wanted to update that I am working on the control package. There are many good options, and the right pick is probably variable for your meta and budget. Options include Fatal Push, Declaration in Stone, Forsake the Worldly, Anguished Unmaking, Cast Out, Grasp of Darkness, Ruinous Path, To the Slaughter, Transgress the Mind, Lay Bare the Heart, Unburden, Dispossess, Lost Legacy, Pick the Brain, and probably some others I'm forgetting.

May 26, 2017 5:57 p.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

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