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Who would have thought walls could provide one of the best ramps available and defence to boot!

Wall up until either Assault Formation turns all of your defence into a brutal offence (made even more brutal with the addition of Akroma's Memorial, Genesis Wave dumps a solid 12 cards onto the playing field by turn 4-5, or, my favourite, Staff of Domination provides you with infinite life, mana and draw with the simple combo of having either Axebane Guardian or Overgrown Battlement plus another 4 walls in play.

This deck is blisteringly fast with 15 mana dorks, and recovers quickly from board wipes with the likes of Collected Company, Genesis Wave, and Wall of Omens. The advantage of walls over elves is also the increased defence which makes your mana dorks much harder to kill. Stalwart Shield-Bearers only make this harder for your opponent to deal with. It's a burn deck's nightmare.

Post sideboard, there's one of my favourite soft-locks of Primal Command and Eternal Witness which will also provide extra life gain, graveyard hate, and retrieval of key cards depending on the meta. Worship coupled with Sylvan Caryatid is extremely difficult for many decks to deal with. Dragonlord Dromoka is a nightmare for control and is easily retrieved via Primal Command. The final slots are flexible, but Slate of Ancestry fills your hand extremely fast and helps with recovery even more quickly.

Suggestions welcome and help with sideboard would be much appreciated!

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Karzalar says... #1

Sylvan Caryatid as an Hexproof, mana dork, walltacker?

Doran, the Siege Tower if you can manage to splash black somehow?

April 3, 2017 8:19 a.m.

foxinsox says... #2

Hi Karzalar.

Was thinking of swapping the Wall of Roots for Sylvan Caryatid given the synergy with Worship. It's probably a worthwhile trade off at the cost of power and instant mana.

Doran is funky but won't allow my walls to attack so I'm going to pass on him this time.

Thanks for the feedback!

April 3, 2017 8:43 a.m.

Patolea says... #3

LoL, this decks is great!!! Who would think!!! hahaha

Congratz!

April 8, 2017 2:08 a.m.

foxinsox says... #4

Patolea, thanks so much! Really appreciate it :)

April 8, 2017 2:27 a.m.

The7thBobba says... #5

I love it, dude! Have you considered Vent Sentinel?

April 12, 2017 2 a.m.

foxinsox says... #6

The7thBobba,

Thanks! Really appreciate the feedback. This deck has been my pet project for a while now. I gave Vent Sentinel a long hard thought when putting this together, but I feel I have enough win cons and it just isn't worth splashing the red for it. The curve is also a little high; I want to dump walls as fast as possible. I am still praying for a reprint of Wall of Blossoms which would make the setup absurd. Still trying to figure out whether I can squeeze a Staff of Domination into the mainboard as the third win-con and for infinite combo hilarity.

April 12, 2017 3:26 a.m.

Kalladdin says... #7

If you have an Umbral Mantle out with something like an Overgrown Battlement and a few other defenders you can have an infinite mana combo. Then you could throw in one of the Regal Force effects, (there's a lot of them, take your pick) for a cool combo to get a ton of your walls out in just a few turns.

April 12, 2017 6:13 p.m.

Machival_ says... #8

Love it, I've got a kitchen table (budget) version much like this running Colossus of Akros as the win condition instead of Emrakul

April 12, 2017 6:58 p.m.

Karzalar says... #9

Maybe Lifecrafter's Bestiary could be a nice, little addition for filter and draw?

April 12, 2017 7:10 p.m.

mr_funk says... #10

might be worthwhile to have something like Comet Storm, Bonfire of the Damned, etc. some sort of fireball. i have a similar deck to this: Naya Walls Ramp Burn and i find that the burn-out win-con can double as removal as well, if your hitting a slow start or just have something like 7 mana or so instead of 30. i like Staff of Domination in the main as well, because with 1 of the dorks that add for each defender and at least 4 other creatures, its infinite. i think thats a worthwhile addition to the main. your deck is slightly different than mine, so to each his own on this one. cool deck though! +1

p.s. yeah definitely waiting on that Wall of Blossoms >_<

April 13, 2017 8:27 a.m.

foxinsox says... #11

Kalladdin, great suggestion and one I also considered - but it's a redundant card unless I have a mana dork out and I feel the other walls warrant more of a place in the deck than the ability to go infinite (of which I don't have any means to abuse currently). I think Staff of Domination would serve a similar purpose for the same cost, but with more utility. Thanks for the idea!

Machival_, Awesome! Colossus of Akros is such a hilarious card to drop - just to see your opponents faces!

Karzalar, I actually didn't know that card! Great suggestion, but I don't know what I'd cut for it, and I feel the cantrip walls currently offer enough draw power. Cheers!

mr_funk, If I ever decide to splash red, then I'll definitely include some kind of fireball effect - even f just for the sideboard. Any ideas on what to cut for the single staff?

April 13, 2017 9:43 a.m.

Kalladdin says... #12

I would drop a Wall of Omens or Stalwart Shield-Bearers for the staff

April 13, 2017 1:50 p.m.

Kalladdin says... #13

Also, the benefit of Umbral Mantle is that it would cost one less defender to combo off for infinite mana, but you right that you don't need infinite mana if you have no way to utilize it.

April 13, 2017 1:54 p.m.

Livingham says... #14

To reach enough mana for tooth and nail you'll need a decent amount of defenders out. I used to run an infinite combo wall deck where I needed a good deal of walls out at any time, but it was very easy for my opponents to disrupt my board state. I would imagine your deck probably suffers the same way so it might be worth it to run 3 or 4 collected companies; my deck was dismantled before coco came out so I never got the chance to play it but I've always thought it would greatly accelerate a deck like this.

April 13, 2017 5:58 p.m.

foxinsox says... #15

Livingham, my hope is that with 8 mana dorks, and the alternative win con of assault formation, I will still be able to outrace them even if they Fatal Push my battlement. Thankfully, unlike elves, it is also out of bolt range which helps immensely.

That being said, Collected Company is a great suggestion, and I'll play around with testing. I could potentially remove the Carven Caryatid for 3 of them.

Thanks a lot!

April 13, 2017 8:32 p.m.

Livingham says... #16

I feel you, most of the time the wall ramp is perfectly fine but you occasionally encounter the scenario where you only draw one axebane guardian or overgrown battlement all game, it's killed/exiled, and you have no way to ramp. Honestly, 4 collected companies is probably pushing it so I'd recommend trying 2 to start with just in case you need to fill the battlefield quickly.

April 13, 2017 8:39 p.m.

foxinsox says... #17

Livingham, Collected Company is a brilliant addition. Leads to some insane surprises when you company into 2 mana dorks and Tooth and Nail out of nowhere the following turn. Awesome. I'm thinking of keeping three in the mainboard, but tossing up whether I should make it 4 and reduce one Tooth and Nail. Thanks for the advice!

April 14, 2017 4:11 a.m.

neosapien says... #18

So many ways to make this sorta deck, here is how I did it In The Trees Of Axebane

April 15, 2017 6:49 a.m.

neosapien says... #19

Gonna put Nissa, Steward of Elements in my deck fosho

April 15, 2017 6:50 a.m.

Rayze_Darr says... #20

Reminds me a lot of my EDH deck. Surprised you don't run Tree of Redemption.

April 18, 2017 2:07 p.m.

Livingham says... #21

foxinsox

I'm glad to help and it's great to hear that collected company works as well as I thought it would, I might end up rebuilding my deck now that I know that.

Rayze_Darr

Tree of redemption is a good card but I don't really think it has almost any use in modern, it's just too expensive and its ability isn't that useful.

April 18, 2017 4:02 p.m.

I'd strongly suggest moving a playset of Wall of Roots into the mainboard. It's better than you think, certainly better than I thought. If you have the money, you might want to run Blightsteel Colossus instead of Xenagod. I'd Also appreciate it if you checked out my deck: Emarkul.

April 27, 2017 9:17 p.m.

Karzalar says... #23

RomulusStrange ; I think why he keeps Xenagod as a one off is to trigger it with Emrakul, for the Tooth and Nail entwine.

Though, Blightsteel might be a good addition for him, just not in place of Xenagod.

Back on topic, maybe Cryptolith Rite to use walls as mana?

April 27, 2017 11:34 p.m.

foxinsox says... #24

RomulusStrange, as Karzalar stated, the Xenagos works with Emrakul and Tooth and Nail to provide an instant kill effect if the spell resolves. I had Wall of Roots in an earlier list but found that Sylvan Caryatid works better with the Worship in the sideboard and for mana fixing if that's ever necessary. Thanks for your suggestions though! I'd consider throwing a Blightsteel Colossus into the sideboard as a Summoning Trap target, but I don't have one at the moment.

Karzalar, nice idea - but there's no room for it. For every wall I remove, it's one less target for collected company and one less dork for the battlement. Cheers!

April 28, 2017 1:39 a.m.

Tlipoch says... #25

What about Wall of Shards ? In this deck would be very strong IMHO

September 3, 2017 4:52 a.m.

foxinsox says... #26

Tlipoch, yes, great suggestion! I'll put one in the mainboard.

September 3, 2017 5:24 p.m.

wonderboyrox says... #27

The only issue with a deck like this is that your entire win con is contingent on keeping Assault Formation on the field. Any sort of well timed Surgical Extraction or Extirpate would nearly force you to scoop.

Here is my own version of the deck: --> Permeating Tricks

I might suggest something like Reclaim for your deck. This would help you retrieve any of your Assault Formation's that fell to some early enchantment hate, as well as help with a bit of instant-speed protection from Extractions.

October 5, 2017 9:19 a.m.

foxinsox says... #28

G'day wonderboyrox,

You're missing the alternative win condition of the Staff of Domination. This is an easy find with Genesis Wave and Wall of Omens boosting along the card draw, and only requires 5 walls (including one of the eight dorks) to go infinite. It would be a nuisance to have Assault Formation extracted, but hardly scoop-worthy. There are four Eternal Witness in the sideboard to fulfil the Reclaim function, and also provide a soft control lock with Primal Command. Thanks for your suggestions!

October 6, 2017 5:53 a.m.

wonderboyrox says... #29

foxinsox, I was actually intentionally overlooking Staff of Domination as your alt win con because it is literally a minimum of a 6 card combo win condition for you. While I recognize that this is not impossible, it is very unlikely to catch your opponent off guard if he knows you run Staff of Dom in your deck. Most decks run some form of control, whether it be counterspells, creature control, board wipes, etc. An alt win con that requires as many pieces as this just doesn't seem reliable enough to me.

And while I did miss that you ran Eternal Witness in your sb, one of the reasons I suggested Reclaim is for its instant speed. For this specific deck, I would think instant speed would just add that much more of an advantage to your deck. Especially since the Witness literally doesn't seem to be advantageous enough (building into your theme), and even costs a bit more mana.

Just some food for thought.

October 6, 2017 6:55 a.m.

Livingham says... #30

wonderboyrox

Staff of domination with 3 of any defender and either overgrown battlement or axebane guardian is infinite. It's not incredibly easy to do but it's not a 6 card combo like you said, it's a 2 card combo that just needs some walls out (1 away from being literally half the deck). Considering the ramp, card advantage, and the sturdiness of the creatures it's very easy to go off.

October 6, 2017 7 p.m.

Livingham says... #31

I was thinking of Umbral Mantle so it is 4 other defenders but it's still easy to hit and the staff at least gives you infinite life on the spot, the mantle makes you rely on having another specific piece to use as a mana dump.

October 6, 2017 7:04 p.m.

NyanNijet says... #32

Add Tower Defense if your going the offensive rout with Assault Formation

October 14, 2017 6:49 p.m.

foxinsox says... #33

NyanNijet, I agree that this is a brilliant card for this strategy - but I'm not going for an 'all in' Assault Formation approach. The spots that Tower Defense would have are already occupied with ramp such as Collected Company - no room!

Thanks so much for the suggestion though.

October 18, 2017 5:45 a.m.

mrlucky131313 says... #34

Tree of redemption, Essence of the wild, worship, feed the pack and heroic intervention. Also add in like 1-2 westvale abbey

November 6, 2017 11:40 p.m.

mrlucky131313 says... #35

Oh yea and voice of resurgence/path to exile. Take out stalward, tanglecord, vines, akroma and staff to fit everything. Karn/emrakul/ulamog is also a fun addition for all that mana

November 6, 2017 11:44 p.m.

NoSoyYucateco says... #36

Have you thought about Angel's Grace for your sideboard, for Storm and other combos?

November 16, 2017 10:10 p.m.

foxinsox says... #37

NoSoyYucateco, that's a great idea. I'll definitely throw at least one in.

Cheers!

November 17, 2017 5:18 a.m.

AlamoPatriot says... #38

Great concept. Nice to see that in MTG a good defense = a good offense.

November 17, 2017 2:44 p.m.

NyanNijet says... #39

For kicks and giggles add Villainous Wealth. why just play your deck when you can play theirs too!

November 17, 2017 4:25 p.m.

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