Five-Color Reanimator

Posted in Feature on February 15, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

Several players at Pro Tour Dark Ascension opted for more traditional strategies, but Magic Hall of Famer Raphael Levy brought a crazy concoction to the table: Five-Color Reanimator! Dedicated reanimator isn't a deck we have seen do well in Standard for a while, let alone one sporting all five colors! After his Top 50 performance this weekend, though, it looks like Levy has changed all that.

Powered in part by new Dark Ascension cards Faithless Looting and Tracker's Instincts, the ability to quickly fill the graveyard with creatures and flashback spells alike allows the deck to set up its plan. On the surface, it might not seem like that accomplishes much aside from sifting through its deck, but as soon as one of eight main deck monsters falls into the graveyard alongside Unburial Rites, the terror begins. The Innistrad reanimation spell will pull a huge creature into play—and there's plenty more where that came from.

Of course, if that plan doesn't work out, this deck also has a robust Plan B! With nine one-drop accelerators, Levy's deck can just cast his fatties as well! Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite; Wurmcoil Engine; and Inferno Titan can always come down out of the hand. Grafdigger's Cage can't do anything about that!

Could this deck play a major role in Standard going forward? It certainly has all of the right tools! Check out what Raphael Levy himself had to say on the deck at the event and see what you think.


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