Lich Run Ramp

Posted in Feature on April 24, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

The players in the Open Series consistently bring new decks to the forefront of the Standard scene, and this week is no exception. Ben Bowman brought a deck packed with crazy interactions you wouldn't normally expect to sit right next to each other. It's part Wolf Run Ramp, part Heartless Summoning, and part Glissa Control. When you add them together, you end up with something truly unique.

Plan one is Heartless Summoning. The deck features the deadly Havengul Lich-Perilous Myr combo, which, alongside Summoning, converts every mana into 2 damage. If you can just manage to assemble these pieces, the game should be over in no time.

No Havengul Lich? No problem. You can also just Heartless Summoning straight into Primeval Titan! Searching up Wolf Run will often be enough to deal the finishing blow. If you need to race some creatures, the deck even features Vault of the Archangel to Titan for!

If Heartless Summoning doesn't get online, there's still plenty more to do. Glissa, the Traitor allows you to play a Glissa control game with Ratchet Bomb and Perilous Myr. Liliana of the Veil and Black Sun's Zenith allow this deck to play a control game when necessary, biding its time until the long game. Bowman even found room for a singleton Mimic Vat, which plays tremendously well with cards like Perilous Myr and Solemn Simulacrum.

If you're the kind of person who wants every flavor of frozen yogurt in one bowl or prefers family style dining so you can try everything, this is definitely the deck you're looking for—you can play 3+ different decks at once! Check out the decklist below and give it a try!

Ben Bowman's Lich Run Ramp

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