The Reaver Parade

Posted in Feature on January 18, 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.

Last week, I wrote about populating Geist of Saint Traft's Angels with Trostani, Selesnya's Voice. Well, since then, PillPallPoll on Magic Online has turned populate up to eleven by throwing Cackling Counterpart into the mix.

Drogskol Reaver

PillPallPoll's deck replaces Geist of Saint Traft and Planeswalkers with a robust, synergistic lifegain theme, pushing it much further than we usually see. This deck combines Trostani, Selesnya's Voice; Rhox Faithmender; Chalice of Life; and Drogskol Reaver. Any two of those work together spectacularly, and each of them buys time so you can get them all together. With Cackling Counterpart, you can make a token of Drogskol Reaver, which you can then populate with Trostani, at which point I quickly lose track of how much life you gain and how many cards you draw.

If you're looking to go over the top with a deck that gives you plenty of time to rub it in, this is an outstanding choice for Friday Night Magic to really win spectacularly.

PillPallPoll's Lifegain Populate

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