Do you like 5/5s for 2 and drawing 4 per draw step? Then this deck is for you!

(Stay tuned for my similar deck that I played for the upcoming episode of Time to Duel)

This deck is built to abuse Ghirapur Orrery. Now, there are so many other cards that care if we're empty-handed that it's hard to pass it up, so we will be playing somewhere between the speeds of aggro and midrange, and at some point we will get an Orrery and win through the insurmountable card advantage that we will gain.

So, how do we get hellbent? Well, the easiest way is to play a bunch of cards. That's not fast enough. So instead we'll discard cards to one of several outlets:

  • Nahiri's Wrath : Kill all the stuff, dump all the hands. Profit.
  • Olivia's Dragoon: Discard your hand with no additional cost! We also have the option to discard fewer than all of our cards, of course.
  • Bomat Courier: For , discard your hand. If we also opt to attack we can get a few cards back or gain advantage later in the game.
  • Haunted Dead , Key to the City, Heir of Falkenrath  Flip : "Single-use" discard outlets. Solid cards on their own, and get you one closer to optimal hand size of zero. Also note that Key to the City can deal with card selection issues if you're running without gas.
  • Geier Reach Sanitarium: It's a land, a mana sink, and a discard outlet. Use on your opponent's end step for value or to turn on madness.

So, we're discarding all of our cards. We don't want to just waste everything, so we'll use madness to prevent some card disadvantage.

  • Fiery Temper: Lightning Bolt in standard. Enough said.
  • Cryptbreaker: I've listed this as a madness card because in reality it's the same: you spend mana on a discard to not lose that card. It can also be treated as a discard outlet and can draw cards if we're stuck. Very versatile.

Now that we're all empty-handed, we need lots of payoff to not get ruined by being out of gas.

  • Ghirapur Orrery: The core of the deck. This massive source of card advantage will often end the game; in testing I have not lost a game where this has stayed in play. As with most "symmetrical" effects, we will abuse this better than our opponent.
  • Lupine Prototype: This guy is just insane. If you're not on a budget, it's also good for crewing Smuggler's Copter if you have any cards in hand.

So, that's basically the core of the deck. Some other things to note:



Greyphilosophy says... #1

I was thinking about doing something along these lines but in blue. I can return cards to my opponents hand with things like Compelling Deterrence and/or dump cards with Ghostly Wings to prevent them from benefitting from the orrery.

For your deck you might consider Uncaged Fury for no other reason than a 6/6 double striking lupine prototype is a thing of beauty. Also Retreat to Hagra might be good for taking advantage of the additional land drop.

October 17, 2016 1:11 p.m.

Greyphilosophy I care more about the card draw than the land drop. The deck is very full as well and I can't afford to cut any discard, so I'd need to cut removal which I'm not keen on either. However, I would say the idea of adding blue is interesting, and I might consider a third color if my budget becomes less restrictive.

October 17, 2016 1:55 p.m.

Greyphilosophy says... #3

ABadMagicPlayer100 sorry I wasn't clear. I wasn't suggesting you add blue to this deck, just putting the idea out there of something else you can do with Ghirapur Orrery.

My impression is that your deck is a little heavy on the black side. In my Lupine Artificier Aggro deck I use Furyblade Vampire for dumping cards, although in play that deck only wins maybe half the time due to a lack of both gas and removal. Just an idea if you want to be more balanced between black and red.

I'd be curious to hear how your deck performs in play!

October 17, 2016 3:18 p.m.

Greyphilosophy I'm aware of what you meant, but I was noting that there are other variations of the deck I was/am considering even as I posted this build. I think Furyblade Vampire isn't quite what I want because it underperforms most of the time and can't do mass discard, only one per turn. I did briefly consider the possibility of a green splash for Noose Constrictor but the 3 color mana base is cost-prohibitive. I also looked at Ravenous Bloodseeker, but... he dies. I think the color balance is right about where I want it - there are only a few red cards that makes this deck much better than a mono-black version.

As for play performance, I have been playing a somewhat similar version on Magic Duels, which has a win/loss ratio of somewhere between 2:1 and 3:1. This build can get empty-handed MUCH faster, but I don't think it's positioned well against the combo decks putting up good showings at the Pro Tour, so I'd guess this will fall into about the same range. Certainly not going to win any GPs, but could be fun at FNM.

October 17, 2016 3:31 p.m.

bob_borygmus says... #5

This deck looks like a ton of fun! Did you consider Scrapheap Scrounger or Sinister Concoction?

October 29, 2016 10:19 p.m.

bob_borygmus, I did, but I decided not to play Scrapheap Scrounger because it was seeing play at the Pro Tour and I didn't want to deal with the price. I snapped up the deck the week after the PT so none of the cards could spike. You'll note that the only cards in this deck played in major events are common and uncommon removal, and maybe some lands. In my opinion, Sinister Concoction is really bad. You rarely want to see more than one per game, so I decided to just not play it.

October 29, 2016 11:56 p.m.

bob_borygmus says... #7

ABadMagicPlayer100 Gotcha. Hoping Scrapheap Scrounger will slide in price :)

October 30, 2016 8:23 a.m.

bob_borygmus says... #8

I just noticed that you discuss Bloodhall Priest, but it is not actually in your decklist. Did you decide to take this out?

October 30, 2016 1:09 p.m.

Combustible Gearhulk for a blocker maybe? Plus it gives card advantage, shoots for a TON with Nahiri's Wrath, and can also shoot your opponent if they don't want you to draw.

March 28, 2017 10:07 a.m.

Aether Hubs instead of the Cinder Barrens cuz they enter untapped and make whatever you need early on until you can hit the basics or Marsh.

March 28, 2017 10:23 a.m.

JBert says... #11

With spoilers out for Amonkhet, Hazoret the Fervent in particular, do you have any plans to update this list?

April 4, 2017 7:08 a.m.

JBert I don't think Hazoret is especially powerful - in this deck they're just a worse Lupine Prototype. However, I have my eye on Archfiend of Ifnir because he basically turns all of my discards into wrath effects.

April 4, 2017 12:35 p.m.

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