4-Color Cycling by rizer on MtGO

Creatures (9)
4 Shefet Monitor
1 Sphinx of the Final Word
4 Vizier of Tumbling Sands

Non-Creature Spells (28)
1 Approach of the Second Sun
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
4 Haze of Pollen
4 Renewed Faith
4 Shadow of the Grave
4 Cast Out
4 New Perspectives
3 Weirding Wood

Lands (23)
1 Fetid Pools
5 Forest
2 Fortified Village
4 Irrigated Farmland
1 Island
1 Plains
4 Scattered Groves
4 Sheltered Thicket
1 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Angel of Sanctions
1 Dispel
4 Drake Haven
2 Kefnet the Mindful
1 Mountain
3 Negate
3 Radiant Flames

Summary

Cycling certainly is an exciting mechanic with fantastic constructed possibilities, but certainly most competitive players didn’t think that a dedicated cycling deck would be a viable option in Standard. However, with Amonkhet Standard now fully underway, there have been whispers of such a dedicated cycling deck making the rounds, and it’s what we’re featuring today.

Vizier of Tumbling Sands is an excellent card in this deck. It’s a mana-producing creature on its own, and it combines excellently with Weirding Wood to produce extra mana. With cycling on top of it, it really is the perfect card for this deck, and additional copies are even better. Shefet Monitor similarly helps the deck produce extra mana while being a meaningful cycler on its own. As a side note, there is no shame in casting it for 6 mana. 6 power is a lot! Sphinx of the Final Word is the last creature in this deck. It allows you to push through creatures and is very hard to remove.

For other cyclers, this deck has access to Haze of Pollen, which helps slow down the opponent’s damage output, Renewed Faith, which similarly helps delay the opponent’s victory long enough for you to claw your way back into the game. Lastly, Cast Out is one of the most efficient and flexible removal spells in the format, and a cheap cycling cost on top of it, which makes it the perfect card for this deck.

For enablers, Traverse the Ulvenwald helps find Vizier of Tumbling Sands, and New Perspectives and Shadow of the Grave allow for a ton of draw at no mana. To win the game, Approach of the Second Sun is easily found the second time after an excessive amount of free draw spells.

The sideboard of this deck looks to take the deck in a slightly different direction. Drake Haven allows both for the deck to clog the board against aggressive decks, as well as offer a win condition through attacking over several turns. Similarly, Kefnet the Mindful offers a difficult-t0-kill creature that offers a win condition and source of extra cards. The sideboard combo of Mountain + Radiant Flames turns the deck into a full 5 color deck, but it is certainly needed to combat the format’s aggressive, go-wide strategies that are starting to be more and more popular.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Sphinx of the Final Word

+1 Curator of Mysteries

Sideboard

-1 Angel of Sanctions

-1 Dispel

+1 Sphinx of the Final Word

+1 Vizier of Many Faces

This is day 128 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 127 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that looks to attack its opponents on all angles at once.

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