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By: DimeCollectoR, Jason Moore
Oct 09 2017 12:00pm
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Hi folks!

I can't seem to take off this brewing hat.

 

But hopefully that's okay with you, since there is still plenty for us to explore when it comes to the commons from Iconic Masters. Today we'll be looking at archetypes that can incorporate some of the impending cards.

 

Let's go!

 

Today's first list actually has nothing to do with Iconic Masters. Instead it incorporates a card from the recently released Ixalan, Tishana's Wayfinder!

Threshold Delver
by Jason Moore - 60 Cards Total
Creature
3 Jeskai Sage
4 Nimble Mongoose
4 Werebear
3 Tishana's Wayfinder
11 cards

Instant
4 Accumulated Knowledge
1 Dispel
1 Mutagenic Growth
4 Thought Scour
2 Vapor Snag
12 cards
Sorcery
1 Compulsive Research
3 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
2 Strategic Planning
10 cards

Planeswalker
4 Delver of Secrets
4 cards
Land
3 Ash Barrens
3 Evolving Wilds
3 Forest
7 Island
4 Thornwood Falls
20 cards
 


While this is far from the greatest decklist I've ever seen, this list does seek to optimize the utility of Tishana's Wayfinder. Is that even a goal worth pursuing? It's hard for me to say.
 

At worst she can be a 2/2 that digs us one card deeper for a land, six of which interact favorably with our Ponders while adding to our threshold count.

 

She can also put a card on the top of our library to flip over Delver of Secrets while marching into combat as a 3/3. Lastly, she can put something in our yard, helping us reach threshold and potentially drawing us cards if the spell she bins is Accumulated Knowledge and we have another.

 

I have a sneaking suspicion that none of these uses are going to significantly impress us. Nevertheless, it may end up being the case that having a creature capable of doing all of these things is something we'll appreciate.

 

The deck is split into a few clearly defined categories. Delver and Jeskai Sage (and to an extent, Wayfinder) make up the contingent of threats that are improved by us playing a lot of instants and sorceries (our deck currently runs 22). Mongoose and Werebear are the threats that are improved by us having a lot of cards in our graveyard.

 

Everything else is some kind of reasonably priced instant or sorcery that either gets cards into our graveyard, gets cards into our hand or interacts with our opponent.

 

I'm not convinced that all of the pieces in this deck will ultimately come together, mostly because past versions of this deck have not impressed me as much as I would've liked them to.

 

Won't stop me from trying this out anyway!

 

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Okay, enough fooling around. Let's get back to Lead the Stampede!


This is a strategy that was already comfortably running more than 30 creature threats. I remember 35 feeling about right for my Goblins lists in years past, which is great because Lead the Stampede will inevitably reward us for such a high number.

 

Our only “true” removal in the deck is Sparksmith, which may end up being a mistake or may end up being fine. Furthermore, Goblin Heelcutter and Stingscourger from our sideboard can help us temporarily manage way too big blockers like Gurmag Angler, an Exhumed fatty, etc.

 

The green splash does provide us with access to Tin Street Hooligan, though it may end up being the case that Ancient Grudge is the superior Gruul option. At least Hooligan can get picked up by Lead the Stampede.

 

Simple enough, right? Let's check out the next deck!


Oh yeah. Lead the Stampede, lands, and the rest? All creatures. I even managed to throw together an all-creature sideboard!

 

This strategy is very straightforward and synergistic. Its three main pieces are: creatures that we like to sacrifice, creatures that benefit from sacrifice effects, and Lead the Stampede, which draws us into more of both!

 

Our “top end” is Falkenrath Noble, who can “combo kill” our opponents if we have enough creatures on the board and a sacrifice outlet. Expect these guys to get nasty in multiples.

 

A deck like this can end up being very good at overloading removal. Edict effects simply do not cut it against a deck running Brindle Shoats, Khalni Gardens, Nest Invaders, Young Wolf and more. Lead the Stampede will only compound this advantage by drawing us an average of 2.83 cards (according to Patrick Chapin).

 

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Admittedly this list is very rough. Conceptually, at least, we want to make a threat too big to remove and too difficult to block while simultaneously boosting whatever prowess guys we have on the table.

 

I've included only three copies of Mage-Ring Bully because I don't want my hand flooded with him in situations where I can't attack profitably right away. Sanguinary Mage attacks for less, but attacks only when I want her to.

 

There are various tricks here that help keep creatures alive, notably against damage-based removal. Ajani's Presence as a singleton can trigger two creatures with heroic if we end up being “flooded” at four mana.

 

I feel like this deck will suffer at the hands of opponents hosting a lot of mana-efficient removal, namely in black. Edicts and variations on Doom Blade perform well against most of our deck, especially when we're in the business of throwing enchantments on threats that don't have hexproof.

 

Which brings us to an inevitable point: this deck is likely just a worse version of the Hexproof deck. That's not to say it isn't worth trying out, but it is a legitimate concern.

 

So what other options for Seeker of the Way do we have? I think it might be possible to throw him into the preexisting Hexproof deck and profit as he triggers off of every noncreature spell we play.

 

The downside there? He “turns on” the opponent's removal spells and doesn't add a ton to the deck since it already runs Armadillo Cloak. Alternatively, the opponent is forced to leave in removal for the next couple of games which may throw off their deck composition.

 

I'm rapidly running out of space, and I don't want to go overboard like I did last time, so we'll conclude things here.

 

Dime's Up

 

What other brews should I be looking into? Reveal em' if you got em'!

 

You can also follow me on Twitter (@DimecollectorSC) for MTG-related updates and info!

 

Bye for now!