Sultai Reanimator by omgricco on MtGO

Creatures (15)
1 Angel of Deliverance
4 Champion of Wits
1 Demon of Dark Schemes
1 Greenwarden of Murasa
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Noxious Gearhulk
2 Razaketh, the Foulblooded
1 The Scarab God

Non-Creature Spells (24)
3 Liliana, Death’s Majesty
2 Ever After
4 Strategic Planning
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
3 Yahenni’s Expertise
3 Fatal Push
2 Pulse of Murasa
3 Oath of Jace

Lands (21)
3 Blooming Marsh
2 Botanical Sanctum
3 Forest
2 Hissing Quagmire
3 Island
2 Lumbering Falls
2 Sunken Hollow
4 Swamp

Sideboard (14)
1 Fatal Push
1 Appetite for the Unnatural
1 Arborback Stomper
1 Crook of Condemnation
1 Dispel
2 Doomfall
2 Grasp of Darkness
1 Manglehorn
2 Negate
2 To the Slaughter

Summary

Despite Pro Tour Hour of Devastation’s results painting a picture of a format dominated by red aggressive decks, with several other decks sprinkled in here and there, there are a lot of unique and exciting decks on the fringes of the format, and players continue to brew to find that amazing deck that makes a breakthrough in Standard. The deck we’re featuring today is a dedicated Reanimator deck, bringing back big mana creatures and grinding the opponent out.

The first important part of this deck is the package of cards that get the big, beefy creatures into the graveyard. This comes from Champion of Wits, Strategic Planning, and Oath of Jace. Champion of Wits has been one of the real standouts from Hour of Devastation, as it’s excellent on both halves, even on cards while putting large creatures into the graveyard, and positive on cards on the back side. Strategic Planning and Oath of Jace both replace themselves while putting select cards into the graveyard.

The next set of important cards is the package of reanimation spells. While there aren’t a lot of exciting options for this type of card in this format, this deck is able to play 2 different cards, Ever After and Liliana, Death’s Majesty. Ever After is a rather mediocre rate for 6 mana, but it becomes incredibly good value if two large creatures are reanimated with it. Liliana, Death’s Majesty is an excellent source of repeatable card advantage with its +1, and can be a repeatable source of reanimation that wins games on its own.

Lastly, there are the important large creatures to be reanimated. These creatures are Angel of Deliverance, Demon of Dark Schemes, Noxious GearhulkGreenwarden of Murasa, and Razaketh, the Foulblooded. Angel of Deliverance, Noxious Gearhulk, and Demon of Dark Schemes kill the opponents creatures (with Angel a repeatable kill spell effect, Gearhulk a one-time unconditional removal spell, and Demon being a one time board wipe for small creatures), while Greenwarden of Murasa and Razaketh, the Foulblooded are more interested in grinding the opponent out (with Greenwarden returning cards from the graveyard and Razaketh a repeatable source of targeted card draw).

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-2 Pulse of Murasa

+1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow

+1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Sideboard

-1 Manglehorn

-1 Crook of Condemnation

-1 Arborback Stomper

+1 Yahenni’s Expertise

+3 Pulse of Murasa

This is day 212 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 211 here, where we featured a Modern combo-control deck that uses powerful artifacts to lock its opponent out of the game.

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