''For all of you who do not know, The Rock before rotation was a BG midrange/control deck utilizing attrition through efficient creatures, strong removal, strong CA, and absurd amounts of life gain. The Rock specialized in beating aggro decks and had no bad match-ups but had no ways to easily fix mana and guarantee consistent land drops which was its major flaw. Now, let's move onto what's changed because of the new rotation.''
Since thragtusk and discipline are leaving the format we will need to find another way to get a good amounts of life and Card advantage.
The Rock gained good card too. The best of which is Reaper of the Wilds. Reaper of the Wilds will improve this deck greatly, will helps filter our library and provide a good body while having a pseudo hexproof protection.
Whip of Erebos might be the best source for life gain. It also good on late game, getting back dead cards.
Thoughseize is a must have. Even against aggro the card is not bad as you can grab something that would deal more then 2 damage to you in the long run.Sylvan Caryatid is another big addition. Ramp, color fix, blocks BTE.Read the Bones is in it's home despite the fact it disputes slots with underworld connections.
Kalonian Hydra is a thing to consider. It does work well with Whip of Erebos.
Sylvan Caryatid into Demon is a nightmare start for any aggro deck which I think will be very present for the upcoming standard begening atleast.
Gray marchant will provide us a good amounts of life vs G/R , G/W aggro deck in combination with the devotion of lifebane zombie and underworld connection
Comment/feedback would be appreciated.
Hello, I'm interested in building a rock deck for standard and really like the looks of this. Being a new player I don't have a full idea on what to side board vs certain decks. Can you explain some of the sideboard uses?
Bring in more Thoughtsieze vs a combo deck to remove key cards or slow down aggro?Bring in Golgari Charm , Devour Flesh and Hero's Downfall vs more aggro, creature heavy decks?Bring in more Lifebane Zombie vs green white decks?
When would you sideboard in 3xGray Merchant of Asphodel ?
Thanks in advance!
I removed the gray marchant because they were too slow against aggro deck. You were right on the sideboard option vs aggro you would want to side underworld connections,primeval bounty, read the bones and thoughtseize for more removal and maybe pithing needle if you wanna stop their mutavault.
vs control you side in more disrupt spell/planeswalker/pithing needle/golgari charm/heros downfall/primeval bounty and you remove your lifebane zombie/putrefy/doom blade (I like keeping abrut decay since it destroy detention sphere/chained to the rock.
Devour flesh is there mainly for blood baron since there is not any other way to get around him.
"There is not any other way to get around him"
In other notes, Shadowborn Demon is absolutely hilarious with the whip. Primeval Bounty Doesn't seem particularly useful. If it resolves and gives you things, you're probably already winning. Against aggro, if you're still alive by the time it works, its been a good day. Against control, if they aren't able to counter it, you've pretty much won already. I'd take it out.
Thats the basics for me. I get the impression this deck was built with what you have? It looks different than most constructed decks.
I have acess to pretty much all the card I want, I wanted to make something different thats why it does look than most constructed decks.I have made top 16 at a states championship with this deck and I'm pretty proud of it I'll probably keep working on it.
Primeval bounty is very good against midrange and control deck while you are struggling with top decks, and it saved myself many times when was behind.
A 5 mana removal thats need to interact with the whip to be good is a little bit fragile dont you think?