Best Way to Combat Competitive Storm?

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Posted on March 4, 2017, 11:01 a.m. by Wizno

Hello All!

I'm seeking the community's assistance for thoughts on how best to adjust to my current EDH meta. My LGS is rampant with various storm decks and while everyone usually has a good time, I think there is a collective consensus that it's getting dull to sit through match after match of Storm players taking ungodly long turns. So I am turning to the community to see what types of decks/cards you would recommend to combat this type of meta.

Right now one player runs 3 different storm decks:

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip
Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge
Oloro, Ageless Ascetic (which is a Storm/Doomsday deck)

There are also at least two Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder decks running around too.

Agunman says... #2

Arcane Laboratory, Eidolon of Rhetoric, and Rule of Law might be a place to start.

March 4, 2017 11:27 a.m.

In that same vein, Curse of Exhaustion might help.

Omen Machine, Knowledge Pool and Maralen of the Mornsong can possibly shut them down.

There'should also Leyline of Sanctity, Aegis of the Gods, Spirit of the Hearth and Imperial Mask.

March 4, 2017 11:41 a.m.

landofMordor says... #4

There's also Spirit of the Labyrinth. As far as responding to the storm itself, there's Summary Dismissal, Counterflux, Unsubstantiate, or even (sometimes) a spell that Wild Ricochets a spell to put it on the stack under your control first. Theres also stuff like Nevermore or Meddling Mage, if they just have one combo.

Sometimes, the key to disrupting storm is to just interfere with one of their combo pieces (maybe like Yidris). Turn to Frog, Polymorphist's Jest, Humble, Gift of Tusks, or even enchantments like Darksteel Mutation, Imprisoned in the Moon, and Lignify can trash those combos.

I totally get the pain of playing with people who don't quite get how to play with others nicely. Best of luck. Hope this helps!

March 4, 2017 1:58 p.m.

rockleemyhero says... #5

Sounds like a bunch of cedh decks. Right up my alley! Although it's "tier 2", I run rafiq hate bears. Here is a sample list: clicky

There are stronger generals suited for the archetype (like karador, alesha and derevi off the top of my head), but beating storm starts with tons of tax effects. Maybe look at GAAIV. You want to run a ton of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben effects, in addition to the Rule of Law abilities previously mentioned. The storm decks are glass cannons for the most part and are low on interaction.

Some of the above suggestions are okay, but they are all gonna be too slow as those decks combo out t3 or 4 on average if not interacted with. I played in a pod the other day with a zur ad nauseum/doomsday list, that got locked out because of 2 Thalias out, in addition to an Aven Mindcensor. Good luck!

March 4, 2017 6:37 p.m.

rockleemyhero says... #6

As tempting as it looks, Spirit of the Labyrinth is not as good as youd think in my personal experience. All of their main draw pieces are not shut down by it (Ad naus, necropotence, and doomsday). They can easily tutor for ad naus and still go to town =/.

March 4, 2017 6:38 p.m.

Beat them to the punch by running a fast combo deck. 4C Hermit Druid can consistently go off by turn 3-4.

March 5, 2017 4:56 a.m.

00xtremeninja says... #8

March 6, 2017 8:12 a.m.

Spatialdebris says... #9

March 10, 2017 8:21 p.m.

Dredge4life says... #10

Just play Leovold, Emissary of Trest with Lightning Greaves. That seems pretty GG Storm to me.

March 11, 2017 10:20 a.m.

generalbobby says... #11

Hate. Trinisphere. Maralen of the Mornsong, as I found out the hard way, is backbreaking. Any of the "cast one spell per turn" cards previously mentioned hurt too.
Source: I am a storm player.

March 19, 2017 5:58 p.m.

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