Standard Abzan Ally Rally

Posted in Daily Deck on October 13, 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.

Ever since I saw the cards March from the Tomb and Kalastria Healer in a Future Future League Standard deck, I knew there was something special with Allies in Battle for Zendikar Standard. The synergy with Allies in the new format is just too strong to ignore. Josh Bartling also discovered that synergy and took a very similar deck to a Top 4 finish at an Invitational Qualifier event last weekend.

The power in this deck comes from Kalastria Healer. The Healer will drain 1 life from your opponent whenever it or another Ally enters the battlefield under your control, and the life swings that this deck creates allows you to win games without ever attacking. That may seem difficult coming from a measly 1/2, but combined with other synergistic Allies and a way to return them all to the battlefield from the graveyard, it's pretty easy.

The other card that makes this deck tick is Zulaport Cutthroat. This guy, similar to the powerful Blood Artist that came before it, will make your opponent think twice before killing any of your creatures. There will come a point where your opponent will be at a low enough life total that attacking into your army of Allies will be deadly.

You also need a way to bring all of your Allies back to the battlefield at once. Josh chose to use Rally the Ancestors to do this, but March from the Tomb from Battle for Zendikar does this just as well. Rally the Ancestors is an instant, which makes it more difficult to play around, but March from the Tomb will make your Allies stick around for much longer. Both cards accomplish the same goal: They return your Kalastria Healers and all of your Allies to play. The more Healers you have, the more life your opponent will lose. A full four healers will drain your opponent for 16 life, and any other Ally that you may return will be even more.

This is a pretty cool combo deck that can win games from different angles. Congrats to Josh for his IQ Top 4.

Josh Bartling's Abzan Ally Rally

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