Oathbreaker Discussion Thread

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Posted on May 30, 2019, 6:36 p.m. by TypicalTimmy

Disclaimer: Given that The Kitchen Table explicitly states: "NO DECKLISTS IN THIS FORUM. This forum is for discussion of kitchen table Magic, noncompetitive games, and other formats (such as Archenemy, Planechase, and Horde).", I felt General was more of an appropriate area.

I haven't seen an actual thread yet for this up-and-coming format, so I wanted to start one.

In this thread we can discuss the spoilers of new Planeswalkers and interesting spells, the combination of Oathbreakers and Signature Spells, potential power levels of various archetypes, updates on ban restrictions, and the overall meta of the format.

If you have a deck, please feel free to share it in here. :D

TypicalTimmy says... #2

I'll kick things off with a few decks I made so far. Basically, I have an extremely physically demanding job as a lead machine operator, yet at the same time it is a rather non-mentally taxing one as well. That is to say, I can shut my brain off and work just fine. So I spend my 60 hours a week sort of planning out various things in my life. One of the things I think about is Magic. So, I will basically mentally piece together a deck while I am at work, come home and draft it out. If I like where it is going, I continue to revise and improve. Lol.

Sleep Paralysis with Ashiok

Oathbreaker TypicalTimmy


This deck aims to control your opponent's most valuable resource: Their library. Coupling Ashiok, Dream Render with Glimpse the Unthinkable is absolutely horrendous. Ashiok gets a total of 5 uses out of his ability for a total of -20 cards. Meanwhile, Glimpse hits for 10 each time. You can mill out an opponent by T5 with this deck. Probably sooner if I work at it a bit more. The reason we run Ashiok, Dream Render and not Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver is because ADR exiles their graveyard. This, to me, is of greater benefit because it circumvents things such as Flashback, Dredge, Delve, and other such mechanics.

Kiora's Eternity - Please ban me

Oathbreaker TypicalTimmy


In this deck, we use Kiora, Master of the Depths with Karn's Temporal Sundering for infinite turns. We can accomplish this by the vast amount of ramp in this deck. The reason we want KMD over any other Simic Planeswalker is because she lets us untap both a land and a creature. This means we can untap something such as Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Priest of Titania , or Gaea's Cradle and Kiora's Follower , or Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun and Karametra's Acolyte . We sink all of this mana into Karn's Temporal Sundering , deconstructing our opponent's board state as we bring out gigantic creatures to win us the game. It can absolutely go infinite on Turn 4. See the spoiler for details! :D

Jace's Brain Freeze

Oathbreaker TypicalTimmy


Do you enjoy mill? Do you enjoy playing against others in a 4v4 pod? ... do you enjoy milling yourself?? THEN THIS DECK IS THE DECK FOR YOU!! Jace, Wielder of Mysteries is insane because he lets you basically win by losing! Now if only we had a method to mill a bunch... OH WAIT WE DO . These little buttholes make for great chump blockers if need be and allow us to really strike hard. If we are in 1v1 the deck functions as a typical mill deck. But if we are in a 3v3 or more we can actually mill ourselves to win the game because it's easier to take out our 58 cards than it is to take out everyone else's, lmao! We run Jace with good old Brain Freeze because we can Storm off a nasty combo for a ton of milling action! Seriously, Opt + Dream Twist + Thought Scour + Brain Freeze = insanity. Then you tap 4 Petitioners, followed by a +1 to win the game? Insane.

Oathbreaker Vraska

Oathbreaker TypicalTimmy


Vraska is a very popular Oathbreaker. I am running her with Assassin's Trophy because I don't want you to play the game lol. But, since you are getting a bunch of free lands, I can't have that either. So, the bulk spells of the deck are land destruction. Basically, we kill whatever we don't like, then we blow up their lands. Vraska, Swarm's Eminence was chosen for her low CMC, her ability to create deathtouch blockers, and her ability to grow them. We run a slate of deathtouch creatures, giving us an ever-growing boardstate. Either our opponent blocks and loses their creatures to deathtouch, or they let it through and progressively strengthen our side. Either way, we win.

May 30, 2019 7:01 p.m.

Demarge says... #3

Oathbraker is a pretty sweet broken format, Traverse of Tales is my first steps to trying it out.

May 30, 2019 8:41 p.m.

Unlife says... #4

How many formats can I run infect in? One more now.

Oathbreaker Infect GB

Oathbreaker Unlife


May 30, 2019 10:30 p.m.

GhostChieftain says... #5

I find it hard to look at a format without looking at the competitive aspects of it. There will always be people looking to abuse a new format and having 2 things available at all times is much too easily abusable. I am glad people are having fun with it, but I will probably never play it because the people I play with tend to try to always be competitive.

If I were to build one, I would probably go Liliana of the Veil and Unmask . Then I would pop in as much black fast mana as I can and keep people under lili's thumb as fast as possible. Ideally I would T1 swamp, Dark Ritual , Liliana of the Veil , then use the alternate cost of Unmask to dump my hand and force my opponent to discard theirs.

May 31, 2019 10:21 a.m.

LittleBlueHero says... #6

I have been loving experimenting with deckbuilding. Haven't had a chance to play any real games but testing against my own decks and goldfishing has been a blast.

I went ahead a preemptively built a shell for Serra the Benevolent that has been testing well and is fun to play. I didn't go with Wake the Reflections as the signature spell like most people have been doing, though I may switch to it. I went Rootborn Defenses instead to offer some board wipe protection AND token production.

Im having a hard time not just making it Angel tribal.

Other than Serra I also have Nahiri, Storm of Stone equipment, Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage controlish and want to build a deck for Garruk but can't decide WHICH Garruk to run.

May 31, 2019 11:37 a.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #7

LittleBlueHero, it is in my completely non-professional opinion that Garruk, Apex Predator is among the strongest of Oathbreaker possible as he literally has a +1 to destroy other Planeswalkers. He also builds deadly walls between himself and your opponent, gets you life, and makes all of your creatures basically win conditions. And since he is in Golgari, you have access to some of the nastiest tricks in the game. Effectively, if built right, you can have two libraries (Graveyard synergy).

Partner him up with something powerful like Assassin's Trophy and you have yourself an incredible force.

Having said that, all of the others seem great in their own right if built around. But I think GAP is the most competitive of them.

May 31, 2019 3:29 p.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #8

When I get off work I'm going to begin building a Daretti, Scrap Savant deck running Fling because it's an Instant speed over Thud , who is Sorcery.

I'm going to pack it with a lot of looting cards like Faithless Looting and Burning Inquiry in an attempt to sling big robots into my graveyard so Daretti can -2 them back into play. Then I can Fling them at face, lol.

Maddness shall be had if I can get Wurmcoil Engine or Meteor Golem out, haha.

And with The Chain Veil ? Oof.

May 31, 2019 3:43 p.m.

Enral says... #9

I've caught the Oathbreaker fever and has brewed a ton of decks! All of them can be found in this folder. Enjoy!

May 31, 2019 4:01 p.m.


Me and you think alike. I was leaning in that direction for sure only 2 things holding me back.

  1. I might want to build Vraska, Swarm's Eminence at some point (got that super awesome Japanese art).

  2. I worry that he paints too big of a target on my head. Anyone have any experience running him? I know its all meta dependent but im still curious.

May 31, 2019 4:12 p.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #11



Budget Oathbreaker - Jaya Ballard

Oathbreaker TypicalTimmy


June 2, 2019 7:23 p.m.

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