Brews for the Weekend: Dark Petition Storm

Today just before the European Eternal Weekend, I’m going to show you a deck that is a big player in the format: Storm.

As you can notice fro the title the key card is Dark PetitionDark Petition has added a new dimension to Storm decks in all formats, but it is truly something beautiful in Vintage. The things you can do when you get to add to your normal Rituals based fast mana the artifact power that Vintage possesses are amazing. Moxes, Black Lotus, Mana VaultMana Crypt, and Sol Ring fuel Dark Petitions as early as turn one. Demonic Tutor is just about the best thing you can be doing in a deck like this, so being able to add effectively 4 more to the deck is fantastic. The question then becomes what you do with that Tutor effect.

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Yawgmoth’s Will is the true power engine. The combination with Black Lotus and Lion’s Eye Diamond allows you to Ritual your way to 5 mana, cast Dark Petition, and still be able to use free mana to keep the chain going. Getting back to 6 mana allows you to cast the Dark Petition out of your graveyard with more than enough storm to generate a lethal Tendrils of Agony.

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t’s so easy to go off early with this deck that you often have extra mana laying around. There isn’t much need to go off turn 1, especially in a format full of interaction that happens to cost zero. Mental Misstep and Force of Will are excellent pieces of permission, but neither are especially punishing just because you allowed your opponent a chance to untap. Gitaxian Probe has completely changed the way both Legacy and Vintage Storm play out as the free spell for storm count, the extra card, the information—everything Probe does is fantastic. It also happens to be a deadly combination with Cabal Therapy, something many top Vintage decks have been utilizing of late. Duress is still an all-star, so having 7 or more ways to strip apart your opponent’s hand before going off (often you can still do this turn 1, but more comfortably turn 2), is what really cements this deck as the best in the format to me.

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The rest of the deck is just the huge payoff cards. Wheel of Fortune and Timetwister allow you to empty your hand (again, often turn one) and completely refuel, ready to go off with tons of mana at your disposal the next turn, if not the same turn. Mind’s Desire and Yawgmoth’s Bargain are the trumps when you can actually get to 6 mana, as you will almost always win as soon as that happens. The most important card in the deck for me (outside the clear engine) was Necropotence. You could easily cast Necro on turn one or two after a discard spell and immediately draw seven or plus additional cards, setting up an amazing hand to go off the next turn, or even have time to continue to decimate my opponent’s holdings knowing I would always have cards on my side.

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Here’s the full list:

Spells (47):

1 Brainstorm
2 Cabal Therapy
1 Chain of Vapor
4 Dark Ritual
4 Duress
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Ponder
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Mana Vault
1 Sol Ring
2 Cabal Ritual
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Defense Grid
1 Timetwister
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Necropotence
1 Tendrils of Agony
4 Dark Petition
1 Mind’s Desire
1 Yawgmoth’s Bargain

Lands (13):

1 Badlands
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Underground Sea

Sideboard (15):

3 Ancient Tomb
1 Island
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
3 Defense Grid
2 Sadistic Sacrament
1 Empty the Warrens
3 Ravenous Trap

This is a very good deck for the Vintage format and is well suited to take home the Trophy.

Thanks Everybody for reading,






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