U/W God-Pharaoh’s Gift Reanimator by Carlos Oliveros at MtGO PTQ – 1st
Hour of Devastation has truly shaken up Standard. New archetypes and new variations on existing decks are all over the format, and it’s a very exciting to watch this fresh, new format play out. The deck we’re featuring today is undoubtedly the most unique of these new decks, and it appeared very quickly on MtGO after Zac Elsik (of Lantern Control fame) made the deck and Carlos Oliveros won a MtGO PTQ. The deck is U/W God-Pharaoh’s Gift Reanimator, which takes advantage of the new Hour of Devastation card God-Pharaoh’s Gift as a powerful, grindy engine.
The real core of this deck is the set of cards that look to get God-Pharaoh’s Gift into play as quickly as possible. One of these paths is through discarding it and casting Refurbish on it. Champion of Wits, Minister of Inquiries, and Strategic Planning are the ways of getting cards into your graveyard, with Champion of Wits being a powerful, grindy Eternalize creature, and Strategic Planning helps dig through your deck quickly for needed pieces.
Refurbish has some applications in this deck outside of reanimating God-Pharaoh’s Gift, but that’s what it’s mainly included for, as getting the powerful artifact in play as soon as possible is important. the other path to God-Pharaoh’s Gift is through its companion piece, Gate to the Afterlife. All in all a terrible card, Gate is very easy to have active in this deck through all the self mill available. A 5 mana God-Pharaoh’s Gift is good value, and helps get the deck’s engine running.
Once God-Pharaoh’s Gift is in play, there are several impactful cards to reanimate. Angel of Invention is a 4/4 flyer with vigilance, lifelink, and brings 2 creatures with it, and Cataclysmic Gearhulk wipes the opponent’s board, while keeping God-Pharaoh’s Gift for further reanimation. Additionally, Champion of Wits allows you to keep the card advantage and reanimation trains going, as reanimating it draws cards and dumps creatures into the graveyard. On a different note, reanimating a Mausoleum Wanderer gives a powerful 4/4 flyer that ends the game quickly, while countering most impactful spells that you might run into.
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This is day 203 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 202 here, where we featured a Modern deck that wants to discard its own cards and grind the opponent out.
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