B/G Marvel by moon11 on MtGO

Creatures (22)
2 Bristling Hydra
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
4 Servant of the Conduit
3 Tireless Tracker
3 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 Verdurous Gearhulk
4 Winding Constrictor

Non-Creature Spells (16)
4 Attune with Aether
1 Nissa’s Renewal
4 Fatal Push
4 Aetherworks Marvel
3 Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot

Lands (22)
4 Aether Hub
4 Blooming Marsh
8 Forest
3 Hissing Quagmire
3 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Tireless Tracker
2 Demon of Dark Schemes
2 Dispossess
2 Manglehorn
2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
4 Transgress the Mind
1 World Breaker

Summary

While we wait for the decklists that have performed well at Pro Tour Amonkhet, let’s take a look at some interesting decks that have broken through on MtGO. This deck that we’re looking at today is a hybrid deck of sorts. On one hand, it’s a classing B/G Constrictor deck that looks to use powerful creature-based synergies to generate an advantage, while on the other hand it is a Marvel combo deck that’s looking to cheat in big threats as soon as possible. Let’s start with the Constrictor half of the deck.

Winding Constrictor‘s synergy with energy-focused cards has never been a secret, and those synergies are certainly taken advantage of in this deck. Glint-Sleeve Siphoner specifically combos well with the Constrictor, allowing you to immediately draw a card without needing additional energy. The lack of Rishkar, Peema Renegade and the inclusion of Bristling Hydra does show a notable deviation from the traditional B/G Constrictor (or B/G Energy if you prefer) deck. It shows that this deck values energy very highly. However, the synergy with Verdurous Gearhulk still remains, and has the power to steal games out of nowhere.

The only cards that stand out as the Marvel half of the deck are Aetherworks Marvel itself, Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot, and the 1 copy of Nissa’s Renewal. Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot has some dissonance with the overall strategy of the B/G Constrictor half of the deck, so limiting it to only 3 copies seems very reasonable. Similarly, Nissa’s Renewal is a costly ramp spell in a deck that more or less curves out at 3. Because of this, this deck can’t afford to play more copies and play a slower game.

The sideboard of this deck offers more to the Marvel half of the deck than the Constrictor half. Demon of Dark Schemes is an excellent option against the Zombies decks that have been performing well at the Pro Tour, Transgress the Mind is excellent against the Marvel mirrors that you are likely to face, and Manglehorn offers a great card in all facets against Mardu Vehicles, which appears to still be a good deck choice in Standard going forward.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Tireless Tracker

-1 Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot

+2 Verdurous Gearhulk

Sideboard

-1 Tireless Tracker

+1 World Breaker

This is day 133 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 132 here, where we featured a Standard deck that has put up some of the best Standard results at the Pro Tour so far.

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