U/B Reanimator by veveil on MtGO

Creatures (16)
4 Champion of Wits
1 Demon of Dark Schemes
4 Gifted Aetherborn
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Noxious Gearhulk
2 The Scarab God

Non-Creature Spells (18)
3 Liliana, Death’s Majesty
2 Never // Return
4 Strategic Planning
2 Yahenni’s Expertise
3 Fatal Push
4 Grasp of Darkness

Lands (26)
4 Choked Estuary
4 Fetid Pools
2 Hostile Desert
2 Island
4 Sunken Hollow
10 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Fatal Push
1 Never // Return
2 Dispossess
3 Doomfall
3 Negate
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
3 Transgress the Mind

Summary

With Pro Tour Hour of Devastation firmly in the rear view mirror, we have a good look at what this Standard format might look like. Ramunap Red still looks like a contender in the format, and many decks have sprouted up to try to beat the red menace. As results in Minneapolis showed, decks aimed to beat the anti-Ramunap Red decks were successful, as they can out-value any midrange or value-oriented deck. One of these decks is the deck we’re featuring today, which uses a powerful reanimation package and unrivaled card advantage to grind the opponent out.

Primarily, this deck looks to reanimate creatures over several turns. To do this, this deck uses Liliana, Death’s Majesty and The Scarab God. Liliana helps with both getting cards into the graveyard and reanimating them, all while gumming up the ground and keeping the board contained until this deck’s powerful late game can take effect. While The Scarab God might not reanimate a creature with its full power and toughness, but it’s a powerful repeatable reanimation card that keeps the powerful enters the battlefield abilities on each card.

This deck has a couple of dedicated reanimation cards. These cards are Noxious Gearhulk and Demon of Dark Schemes. Noxious Gearhulk is a big, menacing body that tacks on an unconditional removal spell. Demon of Dark Schemes is a pseudo board wipe that can also act as a reanimation spell itself if you find yourself in a bind.

An issue that this type of deck tends to have is that it can’t properly bridge the early game to its powerful late game. However, this is something that this deck does very well. Gifted Aetherborn and Champion of Wits are both excellent two mana creatures that keep the opponent at bay and enable the reanimation package of the deck respectively. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet also helps to keep Ramunap Red back, while Never // Return, Fatal Push, Grasp of Darkness, and Yahenni’s Expertise offer a wide range of removal and sweepers to grind the opponent out.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Strategic Planning

+1 Demon of Dark Schemes

Sideboard

No changes.

This is day 221 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 220 here, where we featured another Standard deck which packs a punch against aggressive decks.

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