My GP Verona Deck

Posted in Feature on March 12, 2013

By Sam Black

Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013.

Matt Sperling suggested a BGW (generally called "Junk" due to ancient history) Reanimator deck based on his success with the deck on Magic Online. I built the deck myself and was able to mimic his success.

Lotleth Troll

The biggest difference between this deck and other Reanimator decks in the past is the inclusion of Lotleth Troll. Lotleth Troll does several excellent things for the deck. Most importantly, it's an outstanding blocker against the 2/2 and 3/3 creatures that are everywhere thanks to Burning-Tree Emissary, but against less-aggressive decks, it gives you a cheap threat that's hard for most decks to deal with. The best part of the Troll in this deck is that it works with your reanimation plan, allowing you to discard a giant creature that you draw to target with Unburial Rites, making for easy turn-four or turn-five Angel of Serenity or Craterhoof Behemoths.

The deck doesn't usually instantly win a game when it casts Unburial Rites the way the Human Reanimator deck does (although sometimes it does, thanks to Craterhoof Behemoth), but it requires much less setup. A Mulch or Grisly Salvage only needs to give you a single creature or Unburial Rites and you're ready to start extracting value. We're not trying to combo out here, just cast a black-green Impulse and get a free four-mana Thragtusk along for the ride.

The great part about this is that it makes the deck much less susceptible to graveyard hate, particularly since most of that comes after sideboarding, when I usually side out most of my Lingering Souls, Craterhoof Behemoths, and a few Unburial Rites.

Matt Sperling's Junk Rites

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