Deck Tech: Sidisi-Whip with Ondřej Stráský

Posted in Event Coverage on April 18, 2015

By Tobi Henke

With a Top 8 at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir last weekend and another at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir last year, Ondřej Stráský may just be one of the hottest players on the Magic tournament circuit these days. So he was kind of an obvious pick to talk to about Standard.

His most recent success in Brussels came with a green devotion deck featuring a splash of red for Dragonlord Atarka, however for this Grand Prix Stráský had switched decks and was now piloting Sidisi-Whip. Why the change? Why change a winning team?

Ondrej Strasky being interviewed by Riley Knight

"Actually, I wanted to play my Pro Tour deck," Stráský answered, "but I was asked by a friend of mine whether he could borrow it—mostly because Sidisi-Whip, the deck I'm running now, is really hard to play properly." Sidisi-Whip had been played by several other Czech players and teammates of Stráský's at the Pro Tour. Although their records then did vary, Stráský liked the deck and was happy to help his friend. "After last weekend, I don't care as much for my result at this event as I otherwise might have," the newly-minted Platinum-level pro admitted with a smile on his face. "I'm already qualified for everything."

While the deck still ran under the name "Sidisi-Whip," only two actual copies of Whip of Erebos remained in the deck which, Stráský explained, was because of the hugely diminishing returns gained from a second copy. Also, the fact that there were six Sidisis in the deck nowadays obviously helped with that. Sidisi, Undead Vizier would allow Stráský to find one of several one- and two-ofs in the deck, whatever the situation demanded basically. Among the cool stuff in this category were Silumgar, the Drifting Death and Hornet Queen, for example.

But let's start at the bottom of the chain where things started with a pair of well-known staples of the format. "Sylvan Caryatid and Courser of Kruphix definitely are two of the best cards in Standard," Stráský said. "I had them in my Green/Red Devotion last weekend too, and they were just great." However, the true hero of the deck, according to Stráský, was Satyr Wayfinder. "It triggers Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, can be exploited by Sidisi, Undead Vizier, it provides additional land drops and cards to delve …"

Delve was particularly crucial to Stráský's deck, with Tasigur, the Golden Fang as well as a full set of Murderous Cuts. In this shell, Murderous Cut was akin to Swords to Plowshares. "Only better," Stráský argued. His version of Sidisi-Whip also included a pair of Torrent Elementals. "It adds a whole new element to the deck," said Stráský. Being hard to kill was one thing, but Stráský stressed the importance of being able to attack unopposed too. With Sidisi, Brood Tyrant and its tokens, the deck apparently packs quite a punch!

The graveyard synergies didn't end with the main deck, however. "There's Treasure Cruise in the sideboard for the control matchups," Stráský told us. Most of the rest of his sideboard was filled up with various removal spells to take care of the aggro menace, and then there were several Disdainful Strokes. "This is the best catch-all solution to so many problems," Stráský explained. "It's especially good against Abzan Control."

Ondřej Stráský's Sidisi-Whip

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