Ironroot Chef: Glistening Oil

Posted in Daily Deck on October 1, 2015

By Melissa DeTora

Melissa is a former Magic pro player and strategy writer who is now working in R&D on the Play Design team.

Today's Ironroot Chef deck is a Modern deck of an interesting design. For this portion, we could choose any card that is legal in Modern and build a flavorful deck using four copies of that card. For the Wizards team, our deck builder, or "Head Chef," Sam Stoddard went with Glistening Oil, a New Phyrexia card that represents a substance engineered by the Phyrexians to spread corruption wherever it travels. It can turn normal creatures into Phyrexians and artifacts into Phyrexian machines.

This deck tells the story of creatures and artifacts of Mirrodin turning corrupt by the Glistening Oil. As you can see here, most of the creatures are in two forms: the pre-Glistening Oil form and the corrupted Phyrexian form. For example, we have Mirrodin's Core and Phyrexia's Core, Blinkmoth Nexus and Inkmoth Nexus, Chittering Rats and Ichor Rats, Tel-Jilad Outrider and Tel-Jilad Fallen, Mycosynth Wellspring and Ichor Wellspring, and the legendary creatures Glissa Sunseeker and Glissa, the Traitor.

This deck is doing a lot of different things. It plays a mix of both infect and non-infect creatures, as well as many ways to destroy artifacts (thanks Liquimetal Coating, for making our opponent's permanents into artifacts). Glistening Oil actually played a key role in the deck as either a removal spell or a way to make our non-infect creatures gain infect. Another really cool flavor win for this deck was that all of the cards that weren't corrupted by the Glistening Oil were non-premium, while the Phyrexian-turned cards were premium foils.

Although the Wizards team was able to defeat the Community Team in our Ironroot Chef match, we got crushed in flavor points. The match was incredibly fun to see in action regardless, and it was pretty interesting to see the corrupted and non-corrupted cards side by side.

Sam Stoddard's Glistening Oil

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Editor's note: The Wizards team played this deck with 75 cards in the main deck and no sideboard.

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