Strict Proctor and the Hunted Cycle
Posted on June 14, 2021, 12:24 a.m. by GrimlockVIII
Okay, yo, it looks like Strict Proctor has a neat interaction with the cycle of Hunted Creatures from The Guilds of Ravnica Expansion, wherein he can cancel out the ETBs of giving your opponent creatures in exchange for summoning a creature that would otherwise be broken for its mana cost.
So, like, on turn 3, for instance, if you have Mr. Proctor, you can just casually summon Hunted Horror , a 7/7 with Trample for two mana, without any drawbacks.
The question is, is this neat interaction worth building a deck around? Or is it too janky and inconsistent?
June 14, 2021 12:32 a.m.
There’s enough similar creatures (depending on what format you’re in) to ensure consistency; Hushbringer , Tocatli Honor Guard and Hushwing Gryff . And of course, there’s Torpor Orb . Depending on what supporting spells you add, you could make a decent deck.
June 14, 2021 12:35 a.m.
Oh damn, I didn't even realize those cards already existed. Wow, and I really thought I was being original lol.
What are some of the optimal ways of constructing a deck around this weird gimmick? Like, how can I back the deck up so my opponent doesn't just blow up Topor Orb or Tocattli Honor Guard and castrate the rest of the strategy?
June 14, 2021 12:38 a.m.
I totally forgot Hushbringer existed, and I play MGTArena.
June 14, 2021 12:40 a.m.
Wait hold on why did Wizards of the Coast even give Strict Proctor that pay 2 stipulation when you could just guarantee the ETB negation with those other dudes?
June 14, 2021 12:42 a.m.
Wait nvm I take it back; Strict Proctor counters permanents in general while the other dudes just work against creatures.
Sorry, my brain isn't working right now lol.
June 14, 2021 12:44 a.m.
Besides Dreadnoughz, the hunted monsters Hunted Lammasu , Hunted Phantasm , Hunted Horror , Hunted Dragon and Hunted Troll propably are your best best, also Leveler and Eater of Days . If you want to protect the creatures, playing U for counter spells seems good. As Horror is the biggest beater for the least mana, maybe go UB? WUB would also be good if you don't want to spend the money on Orb.
June 14, 2021 1:28 a.m.
I was actually thinking of a WRB deck with Lurrus of the Dream-Den as a companion. I can use stuff like Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger , as he already is a good hand hate card even if his ETB "drawback" triggers.
Although...sticking to just WB would be infinitely cheaper and a lot more consistent.
Ach, Kroxa, why do you have to be such an expensive bastard?
June 14, 2021 1:47 a.m.
You will want to make sure you have either some way to counter enemy spells or cards like Heroic Intervention to protect your Torpor Orb effects. Orb and its brethren telegraph to an opponent “I am going to try and do some shenanigans with low-costed creatures with debilitating ETB effects.” Any opponent worth their salt is going to hold an instant-speed removal spell in their hand, just waiting for you to cast your dangerous creature. That way, while the creature is on the stack, they can fire off their removal, both taking out your combo piece and forcing you to take whatever bad ETB the creature inflicts.
Likewise, be very careful of dropping something scary on turn 3 if they have untapped lands.
June 14, 2021 2:35 a.m. Edited.
I started a deck like this, haven't finished it but here's what I've got thus far: Negative ETB Tribal
June 14, 2021 12:22 p.m.
Was kinda thinking the same thing. Not sure how many good negative ETBs are out there for Green though. Forcing Heroic Intervention in there might be pushing the color balance when cards like Lazotep Plating and Rebuff the Wicked already exist.