Over the weekend I decided to grind two PPTQs; Sealed in upstate New York on Saturday and Standard in Chatham, New Jersey on Sunday. After luckily opening a pool with both Smuggler’s Copter and two Chief of the Foundry, I was locked for top 8 after three rounds, but drafted a somewhat clunky U/B deck with Confiscation Coup, Marionette Master, and a handful of other decent blue and black cards. In the finals, I faced a much better deck playing Cloudblazer with multiple copies of Aviary Mechanic, as well as a Fumigate I ended up passing to my opponent in the draft. Needless to say I walked away unhappy. After being disappointed with getting so close on Saturday, it was time to turn my attention to Standard.

G/W Marvel by Roman Fusco at PPTQ

Creatures (10)
4 Servant of the Conduit
3 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 Emrakul, the Promised End

Non-Creature Spells (28)
4 Attune with Aether
4 Grapple with the Past
4 Vessel of Nascency
4 Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
4 Aetherworks Marvel
4 Descend upon the Sinful

Lands (22)
10 Forest
2 Plains
2 Westvale Abbey
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Aether Hub

Sideboard (15)
3 Gisela, the Broken Blade
2 Bruna, the Fading Light
3 Natural State
2 Blessed Alliance
1 Nissa, Vital Force
1 World Breaker
1 Sigarda, Heron’s Grace
2 Fumigate

After Mike Flores went undefeated in his MtGO adventures, I settled on his build of Aetherworks Marvel: Green-White. Green-White? Why would you ever play that? The answer: Descend upon the Sinful. Although seemingly underpowered on the surface, Descend allows you to cast an instant speed wrath off of Marvel. It’s a great way to have your opponent extend into your marvel in fear of Emrakul, the Promised End taking a hand in clearing up their pressing threats only to have their board whisked away by a timely Descend – which will even leave you behind a 4/4 Angel the majority of the time! The deck is great against the Marvel mirror, since Descend upon the Sinful is great insurance to Emrakul, the Promised End – post board you get to play 6 sweepers. You’re a combo deck with control elements, and you have really solid late game while also providing good ways to reset your opponent’s board.

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One great play I had in my quarterfinals match was when I was at 3 life with an Ishkanah, GrafwidowServant of the Conduit, and three spider tokens in play as well as a Westvale Abbey. I only have 2 energy for my Aetherworks Marvel. My opponent has a Stasis Snare in hand, untapped mana and a Thraben Inspector. If he has Declaration in Stone, I think I’m dead. My opponent goes to Declaration in Stone my spiders – I think for a second, then in response I activate Abbey – sacrificing my team grabbing me 5 Marvel triggers. Opponent then casts Stasis Snare on Ormendahl. With less than 20 cards left, and multiple eldrazi remaining in my deck, I spin Marvel, grab Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, exile Smuggler’s Copter, as well as a Stasis Snare on my Emrakul, the Promised End. Talk about a comeback!

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Although I made top 8, I eventually fell to U/W Flash in Top 4, after my opponent steamrolled me with Smuggler’s Copter into Gideon, Ally of Zendikar both games – my draw was far less lucky. Losing two top 8’s in one weekend definitely hurts, but at the end of the day, it makes me hungrier for another RPTQ invite.

Mike Flores has yet again taken an existing archetype and improved upon it to fit the current meta. What’s great about Mike as a deckbuilder is that he’s able to take an existing deck and improve greatly upon it to fit the needs of the format. Instant-speed Descend upon the Sinful was a blowout in multiple games and I felt confident in the deck choice. G/W Marvel is solid, and I hope the deck is viable in Aether Revolt Standard, where opponents will be going off on infinite “splinter-Twin” combos.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Gisela, the Broken Blade

-1 Bruna, the Fading Light

-1 World Breaker

+1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

+2 Stasis Snare

Update: Well Emrakul has been imprisoned in the moon…long live Emrakul! The easy fix to the loss of our tentacled friend is to replace Emrakul with 2 copies of Ulamog in the main deck. Emrakul is a huge loss but there are situations where Ulamog’s cast trigger can be more powerful. That being said, Standard is really up in the air right now and the future of G/W Marvel is uncertain, but with Copter gone as well I have a feeling that I’ll be sleeving up some Descend upon the Sinfuls at my next Standard event.

This is day 9 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a new deck in Standard, Modern, or Legacy. You can read day 8 here, where we featured a Modern deck that attacks the format from a unique angle.

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