Oathing up a Storm

Posted in Daily Deck on July 18, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

When nearly the entire card pool of the history of Magic: The Gathering is at your disposal, truly incredible things are likely to happen. DailyMTG's own Luis Scott-Vargas is not only a Hall of Fame professional player, but he is a Vintage enthusiast as well! Recently, he managed to 4–0 a Daily Event with a deck that is off the charts in terms of power level.

Luis starts with the Forbidden Orchard + Oath of Druids combo. Against creature decks, let's call it the Oath of Druids +two mana "combo." Turn one, any-color Mox + Forbidden Orchard + Oath of Druids is an incredibly start, and fairly common at that. One resolved trigger of the Oath will bring out Griselbrand, as there are no other creatures in the deck. Because there are only two creatures in the deck, the graveyard is likely to be fairly full. This works well because Yawgmoth's Will allows Luis to bring back most of the graveyard, ending in a Tendrils of Agony combo finish.

But why is Yawgmoth's Will in the sideboard then if it's so good? One of the clever things about this deck is using Burning Wish to approximate four copies of Yawgmoth's Will instead of one. By keeping the Yawgmoth's Will in the sideboard, this deck can use Burning Wish not only to get access to Yawgmoth's Will more frequently, but you can also use Burning Wish to hide your Tendrils of Agony in your sideboard. The beauty of this deck is that it doesn't need to Oath into Griselbrand to win its games—there are draw-sevens such as Windfall, Wheel of Fortune, and Timetwister to refuel your hand even without Griselbrand. These are more than capable of generating a storm kill by themselves.

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