4-Color Planeswalkers by michai on MtGO

Creatures (17)
2 Bristling Hydra
2 Glorybringer
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Servant of the Conduit
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Whirler Virtuoso

Non-Creature Spells (23)
1 Ajani Unyielding
1 Arlinn Kord
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
2 Nissa, Steward of Elements
2 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
4 Attune with Aether
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Oath of Chandra
4 Oath of Nissa

Lands (20)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
5 Forest
1 Island
1 Lumbering Falls
2 Mountain
1 Plains
2 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard (15)
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
1 Appetite for the Unnatural
2 Confiscation Coup
2 Dispel
3 Magma Spray
1 Manglehorn
3 Negate
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Sweltering Suns

Summary

Miss 4-Color Copycat? Like casting planeswalkers and sitting behind them, gaining value turn after turn until the opponent can’t keep up? This deck might be for you! 4-Color Planeswalkers is very reminiscent of 4-Color Copycat, just without the… y’know… banned card. With 9 planeswalkers (and 6 unique), this deck has an incredible ability to take advantage of Magic’s most powerful cards.

Just like 4-Color Copycat, there is a large energy sub-theme in this deck. Servant of the Conduit, Rogue Refiner, and Whirler Virtuoso are all holdovers from Copycat, and their places in this deck are unlikely to be challenged. The extra mana, energy, and creatures that these cards provide all play well into a planeswalkers-focused strategy. The rest of the creatures tell a slightly different story, however.

Both Bristling Hydra and Glorybringer want to beat down and put the opponent under pressure from the get-go, which is counter to the slow, grindy planeswalkers strategy that a lot of the deck looks to play into. However, the reason why planeswalkers want to have a grindy shell around them is usually to protect them for many turns. Aggression, in a sense, does this as well, as the opponent can be frequently forced into dealing with the attacking creatures before dealing with the long-term source of card advantage.

The planeswalker makeup tells us a lot about how this deck wants to operate. Only Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Nissa, Steward of Elements, and Tamiyo, Field Researcher have multiple copies in this deck. The one central thing that they all have in common is taking advantage of efficient creatures. Both of Chandra’s plus abilities like efficient creatures, either to draw them or cast them. Nissa’s 0 ability is at its best when you actually hit impactful cards. Once those creatures are in play, Tamiyo can draw extra cards, providing an unrivaled source of card advantage.

The remaining planeswalkers each provide something a little different to the deck, and likely warrant their individual inclusions. Ajani Unyielding and Nahiri, the Harbinger are both removal spells for any troublesome creatures (or otherwise!) and good sources of card advantage, and Arlinn Kord is both a creature producer and a removal spell.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-2 Oath of Chandra

+1 Whirler Virtuoso

+1 Mouth//Feed

Sideboard

-1 Appetite for the Unnatural

-1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

+1 Manglehorn

+1 Sweltering Suns

This is day 130 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 129 here, where we featured a unique Modern control deck that takes advantage of the format’s powerful artifacts.

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