Rescuing Overlords

Posted in Feature on April 28, 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.

On April 18, Magic Online hosted an R&D Challenge where everyone was invited to play against members of Wizards R&D... and win their packs! Magic Online user Better_then_u took home the lion's share of the prizes, as the lone player to go 5–0 outside of Magic R&D.

Rescue from the Underworld

Better_then_u's deck of choice was one of the strongest decks in Theros Block Constructed, Junk Reanimator. While black, green, and white decks with reanimation elements were popular during last year's Standard season, due to Mulch and Unburial Rites, the Theros Block deck uses Commune with the Gods and Satyr Wayfinder to fill the graveyard and Whip of Erebos and Rescue from the Underworld to bring back large creatures. The large creatures of choice for this Theros Block deck are Ashen Rider and Abhorrent Overlord, both of which have enters-the-battlefield triggers to take advantage of Whip of Erebos.

Much like its Standard predecessor, this deck can play a normal midrange game if it can't get the reanimation pieces together. Elspeth, Sun's Champion remains one of the most powerful cards in the format, while Courser of Kruphix helps you hit enough land drops to be able to cast your large, expensive creatures. Once you put it all together, you have a deck that is both powerful and consistent.

Find all of the decklists from the event, here.

Better_then_u's Junk Reanimator

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