Sultai Reanimator Energy by theimpossibleemu on MtGO

Creatures (20)
4 Champion of Wits
1 Demon of Dark Schemes
4 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Hostage Taker
3 The Scarab God

Non-Creature Spells (15)
1 Liliana, Death’s Majesty
1 Vraska, Relic Seeker
1 Walk the Plank
1 Consign // Oblivion
2 Essence Scatter
4 Fatal Push
2 Supreme Will
3 Vraska’s Contempt

Lands (25)
4 Aether Hub
3 Blooming Marsh
4 Drowned Catacomb
4 Fetid Pools
2 Field of Ruin
1 Hostile Desert
2 Island
5 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Vraska, Relic Seeker
3 Duress
4 Essence Extraction
3 Negate
1 River’s Rebuke
2 Scarab Feast
1 Vizier of Many Faces

Summary

With Pro Tour Ixalan in the rear view mirror, players are looking at the semi-established metagame we’ve been left with and are looking for ways of attacking it from a different angle. Many players have been looking to get an advantage in Energy mirrors by going bigger or adding combo finishes to the deck, but the deck we’re featuring today takes the classic Energy archetype and adds a consistent theme of card draw and late game reanimation.

Like the Sultai Energy deck that won the Pro Tour, this deck has a strong, value-based game plan thanks to Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and Hostage Taker. However, that’s just about where the similarities end. Instead of playing Rogue Refiner and Whirler Virtuoso or the Winding Constrictor and Rishkar, Peema Renegade package this deck looks to use the graveyard as a way to get card advantage. The best way to do this in this deck is through Champion of Wits. The 3 mana creature filters through cards in the early game and is a great source of card advantage in the late game, all while putting cards in the graveyard that can be reanimated later.

Speaking of reanimation, this deck is the evolution of a Standard deck that saw a little play before rotation, U/B Reanimator. The two reanimation cards in this deck are The Scarab God and Liliana, Death’s Majesty. The Scarab God has proven itself as one of the most powerful cards in Standard, singlehandedly winning many games since its printing. In this deck, it rarely ever runs out of threats to reanimate, thanks to Champion of Wits. Liliana, Death’s Majesty is a less powerful reanimation spell, but it is excellent at clogging up boards while reanimating threats. Vraska, Relic Seeker is another exciting planeswalker here, although it is mostly used as a way of clogging the board while destroying the opponent’s most troublesome permanents.

Gifted Aetherborn and Gonti, Lord of Luxury are two cards that work very well against this format for very different reasons. Gifted Aetherborn is a bit of a concession to Ramunap Red, as it attacks and blocks very well while gaining life, helping this deck turn the corner. Gonti, Lord of Luxury is excellent against Temur Energy variants, as it is nearly always a 2 for 1, grabbing a threat from the opponent and blocking and trading with anything on the ground. Lastly, Demon of Dark Schemes is a big and flashy threat that is a dream to reanimate. It acts as a reanimator itself, and is a good evasive threat that can wipe the board when it is reanimated.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Vraska, Relic Seeker

-1 Supreme Will

+1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury

+1 Liliana, Death’s Majesty

Sideboard

-1 Vizier of Many Faces

-1 Essence Extraction

+1 Vraska, Relic Seeker

+1 River’s Rebuke

This is day 315 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 314 here, where we featured a popular Legacy deck that likes to dump its hand into its graveyard and churn through cards quickly.

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