Attacking for way too much damage way too early is often a sign of broken things. Whether or not it’s consistent enough is a different story. All you need is Decimator of the Provinces.
While this card isn’t Craterhoof Behemoth, it does pull off a pretty impressive comparison. The upside of emerge lets you build around Decimator differently than you would Craterhoof, and the key is to go wide enough and fast enough while taking advantage of the emerge.
Everything about the deck is designed with the Decimator in mind. You want tons of tiny creatures that go wide on the board and build up to a quick Decimator attacking for tons. The deck is capable of truly explosive draws thanks to The Big Pig. The dream is turn 1 Loam Dryad, turn 2 attack for 1 and play Sylvan Advocate, turn 3 hit for 2 off Advocate, drop Cryptolith Rite and cast Weaponcraft Enthusiast, turn 4 tap Enthusiast and Scion Summoner, emerge off the Enthusiast, and attack for 17 which is lethal! Turn 4 kills in standard are pretty sweet. More realistically the Decimator will arrive on turn 5, but you can see just how explosive this deck is thanks to the giant mythic.
Cryptolith Rite is your engine card to help build to your giant turns. Its main goal is to help ramp to Decimator and lets you both tap your creature for mana and emerge off it. Similarly, your Scion Tokens can tap for mana then sac for an additional boost, and Rite just combines nicely with the various pieces of the deck including Sylvan Advocate’s vigilance. Why only 3 then? For a while I played 4 copies, but it’s a particularly bad card to draw 2 of because it doesn’t do anything in multiples and most decks aren’t packing answers to the card, so having a backup isn’t particularly important.
Weaponcraft Enthusiast, Scion Summoner plus Catacomb Sifter, Eyeless Watcher and Brood Monitor help bridge toward your Decimators while going wide at the same time. They all look fairly innocuous, but play a major role in the smoothing your draws. They also help your backup plan of Westvale Abbey. The Abbeys are an absolutely crucial plan for beating decks with lots of flyers or ways to gum up the ground. They’re a bit risky against U/W because of Reflector Mage, but can come out of nowhere and present lethal damage. G/B has a particularly tough time with Ormendahl as well and it helps you grind past annoying cards like Ishkanah, Grafwidow when you don’t have a Decimator.
Zendikar Resurgent still gets a slot here and lets you essentially combo off. It’s pretty much a 7 mana card that wins you the game immediately after you untap. That doesn’t sound particularly impressive in Constructed, but often games get clogged down with tons of creatures in play and this breaks those games wide open. Because the deck has 33 creatures it’s incredibly easy to chain a bunch together, and scrys from Catacomb Sifter help a lot there as well. Of course, Zendikar Resurgent is still 7 mana and you play just 1 copy of it as it is just too expensive to ever want to draw multiples. Think of it more like the 5th Decimator. I do like the one copy though and recommend keeping it in the deck if you try it out.
Here’s the full list:
4 Decimator of the Provinces
3 Brood Monitor
3 Scion Summoner
4 Eyeless Watcher
3 Duskwatch Recruiter/Krallenhorde Howler
4 Catacomb Sifter
4 Loam Dryad
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Weaponcraft Enthusiast
1 Zendikar Resurgent
3 Cryptolith Rite
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Hissing Quagmire
3 Westvale Abbey/Ormendahl, Profane Prince
1 Evolving Wilds
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Natural State
3 Voldaren Pariah/Abolisher of Bloodlines
2 Arborback Stomper
3 Distended Mindbender
3 Eldritch Evolution
1 Duskwatch Recruiter/Krallenhorde Howler
Because this is a synergy-driven deck, it’s particularly hard to change core card slots. The good news however, is that I think this deck is pretty well tuned and can definitely compete against the field. You simply have enough power to fight through opposing decks and the synergies add up to some truly absurd turns.
Thanks Everybody for reading,