U/W Cycling by kashmir on MtGO
4 Curator of Mysteries
Non-Creature Spells (33)
4 Djeru’s Renunciation
4 Hieroglyphic Illumination
4 Renewed Faith
2 Settle the Wreckage
3 Abandoned Sarcophagus
4 Cast Out
4 Drake Haven
2 Search for Azcanta
The return of cycling to Standard with Amonkhet block got a lot of players very excited, as the mechanic is an all time favorite of many. Wizards of the Coast was sure to put some cycling payoffs in the set, encouraging players to experiment and build dedicated cycling decks. However, no such deck has existed, until now.
This deck is filled with cycling cards, and strategies like this one need payoff cards, of which this deck has a couple. Curator of Mysteries is a solid evasive attacker that’s an incredibly good source of card advantage as the game goes on. With cycling itself for just 1 mana, the downside of playing a 4/4 creature for 4 mana in what is otherwise a control deck is minimized. Abandoned Sarcophagus is a real standout card in this deck. It allows almost all of the cards in this deck to both cycle and be cast as a spell, effectively getting the best of both worlds. Over the long game, the initial 3 mana investment is very worth the number of cards drawn.
For another win condition and good way of controlling the board, this deck plays the full playset of Drake Haven. The 3 mana enchantment floods the board with tokens once the game gets into the mid and late game, especially in this deck that has such a high density of cycling cards. Search for Azcanta has proven itself as an incredibly powerful card for control decks, and this deck is no different. It’s very easy to flip Search in this deck thanks to cheap cycling costs, and it helps this deck bury the opponent in card advantage in the late game.
As for cycling cards, this deck plays Censor as a counter spell, Djeru’s Renunciation as an attack-saving effect, Hieroglyphic Illumination as a draw spell, Renewed Faith as a life gain spell, and Cast Out as an encompassing removal spell. Fumigate and Settle the Wreckage are the one-two sweeper punch that this deck and similar decks play. Fumigate is an unconditional board wipe, while Settle the Wreckage demands that they are attacking, but contorts how the opponent plays simply because they know that Settle is a possible card they need to play around.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
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