- 4x Golgari Guildgate
- 4x Mutavault
- 4x Overgrown Tomb
- 11x Swamp
- 1x Temple of Deceit
- 2x Temple of Mystery
- 4x Desecration Demon
- 4x Gray Merchant of Asphodel
- 4x Nightveil Specter
- 4x Pack Rat
- 1x Reaper of the Wilds
I like golgari. I like midrange. I'm new to the fnm standard scene and i want this deck to do well while keeping its creature focus. A lot of the enjoyment I get out of Magic stems from seeing my creatures devastate my opponents and worm out of their attempts to kill them (Reaper of the Wilds) while having enough removal at my disposal to keep them out long enough to do so (Abrupt Decay, Hero's Downfall, etc). I feel the deck may be a bit too creature heavy right now, but I'm still pretty unfamiliar with making decks for this kind of competitive play style, so I hope I can find some help here!
This may be the final version of the deck, until Journey into Nyx gifts us with BG scry lands. Running 4 guildgates in a deck that all ready struggles to keep up with more aggressive builds, and has to be quick to deal with control matchups is a bit rough, but I'm enjoying my results thus far. I finally have all the cards I need for the deck (save Mutavault which I'm still proxying) so I'm no longer looking for "filler" cards. Let me know what you think about the build and how I could improve it!
Side Note: I know the mono-black devotion deck is almost strictly better than this build and I may be trying to force the BG combination just for Abrupt Decay and Reaper of the Wilds (aka Golgari AEtherling), but I plan on running both decks side by side. This list at more casual events and the mono black build at FNM or any GPT's/ PTQ's that may arise in my area, so please stray away from any suggestions that boil down to "take out the green splash" thanks!
I've done some shifting around of the deck as far as removal and creatures go. I'm finding that Pack Rat just isn't doing what I would like it to, and turns my deck into something I don't enjoy playing (ie. turn two Rat, turns 3-X discard to make more Rats until I swing for lethal). I'm experimenting with Nightveil Specter at the moment and it's done wonders thus far. The only issue I could see myself running into with it is having too many basic Forests on the board and be unable to play one turn three, so I May be doing some mana tweaking in the future, and will definitely be changing things around once the BG scry land is released.
So this just got really experimental. I've been running the deck lately as a sort of black devotion with a green splash or Reaper of the Wilds, Abrupt Decay, and Golgari Charm, which has had some mixed results. I feel these three cards are strong enough that, with enough backup, can stand on their own in my main board (I also just think they're really) and warrant this seemingly odd build. Essentially this list reflects the deck running as a control-leaning midrange BG deck, which can change gears and transform into a full-on mono lack devotion deck with a green splash.
I'm working on a sideboard plan, and I'm sure this list will evolve as that comes to fruition as well, but I look forward to testing this deck tomorrow night
I love it man! awesome build I might take out the caryatids for maybe some more scoozes. also i would consider Deadbridge Chant because since you are so controlling it will be like an extra draw step. also you can help change the odds in your favor by sniping out unwanted cards with deathrite shaman or scooze. please check out my deck Don't bother, I'll kill it anyway (rock) of similar build and insult all my choices. +1 from me
November 21, 2013 3:23 p.m.
I also highly recomend Gaze of Granite for the side board, excellent against not only tokens but any devotion deck as well
November 21, 2013 3:25 p.m.
Thanks! I used to run Gaze of Granite in the sb but i never found myself with enough mana for it to make any impact. I'm getting some other mixed reactions from running a playset of Sylvan Caryatid s, so I may bring that down in exchange for a late-game sweeper like Kalonian Hydra or AEtherling if i suddenly decide to go BUG) I'll definitely check your deck out
November 21, 2013 10:14 p.m.
Having merchant in the sideboard makes absolutely zero sense especially since you're running a lot of bad cards that are only played in mono black for their devotion
December 13, 2013 2:51 a.m.
Yeah, you're probably right. On second though, My initial thought of Devotion with a green splash would probably run a lot better. I'll update the list to reflect what I'll be playing tonight
December 13, 2013 5:57 p.m.
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This deck is Standard legal.