G/W Devoted Druid Hyper Combo by _matsugan on MtGO

Creatures (15)
4 Devoted Druid
1 Duskwatch Recruiter
4 Street Wraith
4 Vizier of Remedies
1 Walking Ballista
1 Wild Cantor

Non-Creatures (31)
4 Commune with Nature
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
3 Manamorphose
4 Pact of Negation
4 Summoner’s Pact
1 Conjurer’s Bauble
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Oath of Nissa
3 Unbridled Growth

Lands (14)
1 Forest
4 Hall of the Bandit Lord
2 Horizon Canopy
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Temple Garden
3 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
4 Mirran Crusader
1 Mystic Enforcer
4 Path to Exile
4 Qasali Ambusher
2 Reclamation Sage

Summary

The printing of Vizier of Remedies opened up a world of deckbuilding possibilities in Modern. Mostly, the infinite green mana that Vizier produces when paired with Devoted Druid has been seen in a classic Abzan Company shell. However, the decklist that we’re featuring today is significantly different, as it goes all in on the combo and aims to power it out as fast as possible.

Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies are the combo pieces of the deck, but there are many ways to find either half. Commune with Nature and Oath of Nissa are turn 1 ways of finding either half of the combo, while Traverse the Ulvenwald guarantees you find whatever half you’re missing but only when you have delirium online. This deck is constructed in such a way that helps get delirium online easily. Many of the odd card choices in this deck can be explained easily when Traverse the Ulvenwald is as important as it is in this deck. Summoner’s Pact can only find half of the combo, but it effectively acts as Devoted Druid #5-8, which makes it one of the best cards in the deck.

Another important element in this deck is the way that it thins its deck. Street Wraith, Mishra’s Bauble, and Manamorphose are all mana and card neutral, making the deck operate much closer to a 49 card deck than a 60 card one. Unbridled Growth and Conjurer’s Bauble are also card neutral, but require mana investment, making them less valuable than the aforementioned cards. Wild Cantor can either filter mana or act as a 1 time mana dork, allowing the deck to kill earlier than expected when paired with Devoted Druid, Vizier of Remedies, and Hall of the Bandit Lord. With infinite mana, this deck wins with Walking Ballista, or Duskwatch Recruiter finding Ballista.

I’m fairly sure the sideboard of this deck isn’t actually what it’s intended to be. Qasali Ambusher‘s inclusion makes little sense unless I’m seriously missing something. However, a different Qasali, Qasali Pridemage, gives the deck a lot of game against the hate cards that this deck will come up against. Mystic Enforcer also seems like it doesn’t give nearly enough bang for the buck. However, metagame shifts have made Mirran Crusader a viable sideboard option and alternate win con for this deck against Death’s Shadow variants.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Unbridled Growth

+1 Duskwatch Recruiter

Sideboard

-1 Mystic Enforcer

-4 Qasali Ambusher

+4 Qasali Pridemage

+1 Kataki, War’s Wage

This is day 157 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 156 here, where we featured a Standard deck that beats down and puts immediate pressure on the Temur Marvel boogeyman.

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