Simic decks were fairly popular, but this one stands out from many of the rest. It’s an aggressive Simic deck that uses Hands of Binding as a good way to push through. And as if that wasn’t enough, to complement this Simic deck backed by a Dimir mechanic, it also has a key card that has gone under the radar: Quirion Dryad.
The Dryad works especially well with cipher cards, picking up an extra counter each time you cast the spell. Since you cast the spell each time the encoded creature hits your opponent, that can quickly get out of hand!
The resulting deck is something that combines old and new. Let’s take a look!
Random Untested Decklist - #1 - Rats on Parade
I don’t play a lot of competitive Magic, but when I do, I’m a complete Johnny. I was messing around at my LGS before SCG Seattle watching people scramble to put their deck for the next day together. I just threw out “Hey, should I just start posting random decklists?” One of my friends shouted, “YES!”
So Neil, this is for you.
This list is going to be more tested than anything I throw out here. I’ve been playing this on MTGO and I’ve been having a blast with it. It’s about FNM level (obviously depends on your meta), but tweak it to suit your needs.
Now, presented without comment nor sideboard, I present this deck:
2 Disciple of Bolas
1 Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
4 Lotleth Troll
4 Pack Rat
4 Veilborn Ghoul
3 Druid’s Deliverance
3 Garruk Relentless
3 Grisly Salvage
2 Increasing Savagery
3 Parallel Lives
3 Sundering Growth
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Woodland Cemetery
Name reference: “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine
A lot of people asked me how I got a 4-color manabase to work without Farseek or other fixing. I mean, our color requirements are a little crazy. We have triple green, quadruple black and triple white spells in our deck, plus red spells that we want to cast early. How on earth was I able to support that?
Honestly, the lands in Standard are so good that I never had any color problems at all. If you take a look at the manabase, there are eighteen green sources, ten red sources, eleven black sources, and ten white sources. Combine that with Mulch, Faithless Looting, and Grisly Salvage, and you will rarely have any issues getting the right colors. One thing to note is to make sure you are planning ahead in what lands you play every turn. If you need to cast Angel of Serenity on turn seven, be sure to play your lands correctly so that you have access to WWW on that turn.
Read more across the jump! It also includes some commentary on when it’s a good idea to concede.
Standard - Jund Midrange
It was a Friday, just like any other, kind of. My LGS was running some awesome events the next few weeks because they’re opening a new store and they started this Friday with $7 8 man drafts all night, and a free FNM with a cash prize. Naturally, I cannot turn down $7 drafts, even if I pick just the rares I’m paying $7 for 3 packs, and you can’t complain about that. I played in two and didn’t win either but I pulled more than enough cards to make up for the money I spent but I was still short some stuff for the deck I was planning on playing. Luckily, some guy, who’s name I don’t even know, lent me the 2 olivias and 2 lilianas I needed to finish my deck.