B/G Rites by mtgsage on MtGO
During Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon Standard, a unique B/G deck featuring a heavy sacrifice theme combined with card drawing and mana advantage elements. However, due to the rotation of a key card, Nantuko Husk, the deck fell by the wayside with the release of Kaladesh. Now, with the inclusion of Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation, it looks like it could make a comeback.
The core of this deck is the sacrifice outlets. In this deck, that comes in the form of Yahenni, Undying Partisan and Westvale Abbey. While multiple activations of Yahenni don’t produce much more than the first activation, this deck is still in desperate need of a repeatable sacrifice outlet. On the flip side, Westvale Abbey requires that you sacrifice 5 creatures when you activate it, doing one big powerful thing for one activation. To take advantage of the sacrifices in this deck, Zulaport Cutthroat is used to claw you back into the game or deal important pieces of damage to the opponent. Cutthroat allows the deck’s “go wide” strategy to win through synergy.
This deck also plays many creatures that don’t mind being sacrificed. Blisterpod and Carrier Thrall both leave a creature behind when sacrificed, while Catacomb Sifter and Weaponcraft Enthusiast bot give you a creature (or two) to sacrifice when they enter the battlefield. Catacomb Sifter, specifically, is an excellent piece of this deck, as it effectively gains card advantage as your creatures are sacrificed.
The next important piece of the deck contains the mana producing cards, which are Loam Dryad and Cryptolith Rite. Loam Dryad is a terrible card in most contexts, as it requires that you have another creature in play to produce an additional mana, but it’s great in this context, where there are constantly extra creatures in play. Cryptolith Rite was a very hyped up card when it was first spoiled, but it hasn’t quite lived up to the excited surrounding it, except for in this archetype, where it is an all-star.
The last piece of this deck is the card advantage package, which allows the deck to negate the negative card advantage created by sacrificing creatures. The iconic piece is Duskwatch Recruiter, which has become a multi-format staple, as its repeatable activated ability will singlehandedly win the game in the long run. As a secondary creature-based source of card advantage in the long run, this deck plays Vizier of the Menagerie. While nothing on it puts additional cards in your hand, using the top card of your library turn after turn is a sort of card advantage that grinds out small edges over the long run. Lastly, the deck plays 3 copies of the Hour of Devastation card Driven // Despair. The front half provides an amazing source of card advantage whenever this deck attacks, as it has a lot of creatures in play at any time. On the other side, it quickly strips the opponent of their entire hand when cast, which can’t be replicated in this format.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
This is day 207 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 206 here, where we featured a Standard Eldrazi deck that goes wide and hits hard.
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