Puresteel Cheerios by aarongulevich on MtGO
Let’s get silly. For those that haven’t had their Magic innocence destroyed yet, Cheerios is the name for any combo deck that uses 0-mana spells (hence the name Cheerios, because the mana cost resembles everyone’s favorite breakfast cereal) combined with one of several ways to draw cards for free to draw enough cards and cast enough spells to eventually win the game through a one-shot win condition, frequently Grapeshot.
Newer iterations of the deck have used the equipment-loving Puresteel Paladin and the variety of 0-mana equipment that have been printed over the last 10 years as the core engine of the deck. With the release of Aether Revolt, this deck gained a powerful new tool that may push it over the edge and into playability. That card is none other than Sram, Senior Edificer. Sram is effectively 4 more copies of Puresteel Paladin, as the deck has no auras or vehicles.
Here’s how the deck works. First, have either Puresteel Paladin or Sram, Senior Edificer in play (it gets really silly if you have both or multiple Paladins), then you cast all of your 0-mana equipment, drawing as many cards as you can, which then allows you to cast Retract or Hurkyl’s Recall (Retract is cheaper, so it’s preferable), which allows you to recast all of those 0-mana equipment again, finding you more equipment and more bounce effects, until eventually you have an unstoppable engine that will find you Grapeshot. But wait! What if my Grapeshot got discarded through an Inquisition of Kozilek? Fear not! Noxious Revival is here to save the day!
The sideboard of this deck has to be very specific, as Cheerios is a linear combo deck that needs its deck to be as concentrated with important cards as possible. So, the 2 copies each of Echoing Truth and Fragmentize, as well as the 3 copies of Path to Exile come in against permanents that will stop the combo in its tracks. Against counterspells, which can counter your important 2-mana creatures (or Mindbreak Trap countering your Grapeshot), the full 4 copies of Silence come in.
Grapeshot and Laboratory Maniac are alternate (or additional) win conditions out of the sideboard, which can prove useful against Meddling Mage and the like. Relic of Progenitus is an answer to the fast Dredge decks of the format, but I really don’t believe it’s necessary. However, what is necessary is Leyline of Sanctity, which seems to be the glaring hole in this sideboard.
Cheerios is endlessly fun to play, and with the new Sram, Senior Edificer getting involved, it may be time to see some hearty o’s doing well in Modern. Here are the changes I would make going forward:
This is day 58 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 57 here, where we featured a Modern favorite hit with a ban hammer that’s looking to make a big comeback.
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