Saffi Hatebears/Combo, also known as "Maverick's Pod and Taxes".

Primer to Come

Abuse sacrificing your own permanents, and then kill the other people.The deck is meant to run fairly low to the ground, except for the main kill-cards (Sun Titan, Karmic Guide, Reveillark, and Boonweaver Giant). Renegade Rallier has been huge for the deck, since it makes the straight-to-play creature tutors even more powerful. Sacrificing a mana dork to Eldritch Evolution to tutor it up actually feels like cheating.

Since it's a bit of a slower combo than a lot of the popular, more competitive combos, the deck relies on a suite of hatebears and staxy effects to hold the rest of the table back juuust long enough to go off. I've personally been very happy with the results.

I'm almost done with "pimping" the deck. I'll upload the alters when I get the chance.



enpc says... #1

So first off, I really like the direction you've taken the deck in. I've always been interested in stax build Saffi, and this seems strong.

A few questions/comments:

  • Why no Sol Ring? It's one of the most powerful ramp pieces in the game and it helps basically every deck. It feel silly not to run it.

  • Harmonic Sliver should probably be Reclamation Sage. Better body, easier to cast. Unless you come up against a lot of Priest of Titanias it's a direct upgrade in moat circumstances.

  • If you're running a stax/tax deck, Strip Mine and Wasteland are right at home. I personally think that unless you're a super greedy combo deck, you should be at least running Strip Mine.

  • have you considered cards like Mentor of the Meek and Eidolon of Blossoms? Both would work well here and I have been impressed by both of them.

  • how does Mirror Entity go? I've always seen this card as underwhelming.

Other than that the list looks tight. I'm presuming you're going to finish the cycle of fetches?

April 14, 2017 6:53 a.m.

MrKrabs says... #2

Oh, Sol Ring. When I first built the list I omitted Sol Ring in protest of the RC. It should probably be in. Probably will go in at some point. Might be what I replace Boonweaver with if it comes out.

You'll find that a lot of my deck decisions are based on aesthetic reasons rather than good play choices. Harmonic Sliver just has a prettier foil, that's about it. I do the same thing in RuPaul's Drag Race, running the judge foil Orim's Chant over Silence purely because of the artwork.

Strip Mine and Wasteland were in for a while. I usually feel like those cards only truly shine in this format if you're also running Crucible, but they certainly have their merits normally. I'm on a bit of a crusade against non-basics that aren't pivotal to deck function (fetches, fetchables, key utility lands e.g.). Lands that don't tap for colored mana just feel terrible, and I found myself almost never actually using them for their intended purpose. If I were to add one back, I'd probably add Ghost Quarter back first, since at least that can awkwardly help you fix your own mana.

I haven't tried Eidolon, but I've tried Mentor in the past. They could both be good. Last time I tried Mentor I found the card underwhelming, but it was a very different build of the deck than I have now.

I've used Mirror Entity in the past to get around things like Null Rod, when used in conjunction with Boonweaver + Pattern of Rebirth. You keep getting reanimators into play until eventually you pattern into Harmonic Sliver and blow up the Rod. Generally speaking it's just there for resilience's sake, but I've also used it to buff my creatures and put pressure on another player.

Fetch cycle may get finished, but foil fetches are freaking expensive haha.

April 14, 2017 2:45 p.m.

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