4 Color Loam by Stuhl on MtGO

Creatures (11)
4 Dark Confidant
1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Gaddock Teeg
4 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Scavenging Ooze

Non-Creature Spells (23)
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Green Sun’s Zenith
2 Life from the Loam
1 Maelstrom Pulse
3 Punishing Fire
4 Chalice of the Void
3 Liliana of the Veil
4 Mox Diamond
1 Sylvan Library

Lands (26)
1 Badlands
1 Barren Moor
2 Bayou
1 Cabal Pit
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Forest
3 Grove of the Burnwillows
1 Karakas
1 Maze of Ith
1 Savannah
1 Scrubland
1 Taiga
1 Tranquil Thicket
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
2 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Garruk Relentless
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Golgari Charm
3 Leyline of the Void
1 Reclamation Sage
2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Thoughtseize
1 Toxic Deluge

Summary

Originally popularized by notorious brewer Jeff Hoogland, 4 Color Loam aims to take full advantage of powerful lands-based cards Knight of the Reliquary and Life from the Loam to generate an engine that most fair decks simply can’t keep up with. This deck has a lot of moving pieces, but when they are all put together and the draws are favorable, 4 Color Loam is up there with the best decks in the format. The list we’re using in this article was piloted by Stuhl on MtGO on January 11.

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Dark Confidant is one of the premier creatures of the format, and 4 Color Loam is one of the best Dark Confidant decks. It has no cards with converted mana cost over 3, more than half of the deck (34 out of 60) will not deal damage to you when drawn through Dark Confidant, and only 8 cards in the mainboard cost 3. Knight of the Reliquary is the other half of the creature equation for 4 Color Loam. Late in the game, it is an impressive attacker that will out-size almost every creature in the format, but the early to mid turns is where Knight really shines. Each turn, Knight of the Reliquary gives you access to any land in your deck. In this lands-focused deck, it can find you a removal spell (Cabal Pit), a creature (Dryad Arbor), an answer to Emrakul, the Aeons Torn (Karakas), a permanent Fog effect on a creature (Maze of Ith), or land destruction (Wasteland). When you also have access to Life from the Loam, lands that put themselves in the graveyard (Wasteland, Cabal Pit, lands that cycle, and fetchlands), the lands that Knight of the Reliquary finds give the Loam player the option of reusing that land any turn they want for the rest of the game.

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Scavenging Ooze, Deathrite Shaman, Gaddock Teeg, and Dryad Arbor are all 1-ofs in the deck as targets for Green Sun’s Zenith. The best target for Zenith is a Dryad Arbor on turn 1, as it effectively acts as a 1 mana Rampant Growth. Beyond that, Scavenging Ooze and Deathrite Shaman help interacting with graveyard strategies, and Gaddock Teeg is excellent against Miracles and Storm alike. Punishing Fire is excellent card in this deck, due to the ease of access to Grove of the Burnwillows through Knight of the Reliquary and Life from the Loam. However, like every piece of this deck, all roads lead back to Life from the Loam. Every card in this deck plays well with Life from the Loam, even Liliana of the Veil‘s +1 and Punishing Fire, which can be brought back after being dredged.

Fair warning: before I recommend this deck to anyone, it’s important to not that this deck is not easy to play. The lines of play are important to learn, and it’s critical to know the other decks’ cards in the format. Experience with this deck is your best ally, and there’s no better time to start learning than now. Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Maelstrom Pulse

+1 Life from the Loam

Sideboard

-1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

-1 Thoughtseize

+1 Garruk Relentless

+1 Maelstrom Pulse

This is day 14 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that we think deserves its moment in the spotlight. You can read day 13 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that packs a colorless punch.

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