The deck that looked most promising to me since Survival had left the format is Staxx. I used to play a 5c-Staxx-variant running Oath of Druids alongside with Empyrial Archangel, Sundering Titan, Filigree Angel and Karn, Silver Golem, but I felt that I’d often end up in a draw in matches since that version of the Staxx deck can hardly win fast.
So, the night before the GP, I started to rebuild the deck from scratch, trying to improve a) the decks ability to win in a timely fashion and b) integrate more life gain so the matchup vs. aggro becomes better.
This was the resulting deck I piloted to 10th place on HL GP 7:
I cutted from the former Oath-version of course all Oath-related cards (Oath of Druids, Forbidden Orchard, Empyrial Archangel, Sundering Titan, Filigree Angel). Furthermore I had to cut The Abyss and Moat because most of the new win conditions are creatures, and none of them likes the Abyss, and probably half of them can’t attack when Moat is in play.
Moat also interferes with Tezzeret the Seeker‘s ultimate ability.
I started adding creatures to reach both aforementioned goals:
- Baneslayer Angel a,b
- Exalted Angel a,b
- Admonition Angel a
- Wall of Reverence b
- Tarmogoyf a
- Loxodon Hierarch b
- Magus of the Tabernacle b
- Rampaging Baloths a
- Knight of the Reliquary
I kept the original Karn in the deck simply because it gives me a good chance to handle opposing artifacts, thus improving the mirrormatch alot. Also, Karn can sometimes work as a “haste”-creature and generate surprise attackers, which helps versus Planeswalkers often and sometimes outright wins the game. Adding creatures also helps alot to protect your Planeswalkers. The fact that Collective Restraint doesn’t keep opposing critters from attacking my Planeswalkers was enough reason to also cut that otherwise great defense.
Finally, I added/exchanged some spot removal:
- - Path to Exile: The deck is all about mana denial, so I don’t want to give my opponent an additional land.
- + Lightning Helix: Another attempt to improve the aggro matchups.
Comments welcome! I’ll talk about what I’d change next later. Cheers.