This week I was Going to choose a deck that interested me from the MDSS from Toronto last weekend. As it turned out, there really weren’t any new decks that came up of any real interest. Thankfully, Brad Nelson came through this week with a new spin on an old favorite, Junk Reanimator. Personally, I have been tinkering with a Junk midrange list since so many of the creatures in that color combination are so powerful, but my initial lists were clumsy and inconsistent. Leading into the MDSS event, Brad posted an article and video set on his new version of Junk Reanimator, which was based on the recent work of Brian Braun-Duin. There were a lot of things going on in this list that I was looking to abuse myself, but the card selection provided by Grisly Salvage seemed far too good to pass up, so I sleeved it up the night before the MDSS just in case I got a chance to play some games in between rounds. Upon arrival at the venue, Ben Clinton asked me if I had a deck he could borrow for the main event. I showed him the list, and he said that it looked like a ton of fun. He piloted the deck to x-3, citing that the deck was insane and a ton of fun. It was enough for me to decide to run it this week. For reference, here is the list:
Junk Reanimator by Brad Nelson
There were a lot of things going on in here that I was very excited about, most importantly was how good the deck looked to be against the current field of hate for it. Most people have gone completely away from the high impact Graveyard hate cards and are instead just relying on Scavenging Ooze to get the job done. The great thing about this fact is that Ooze is only played by 60% of the given field, and mostly as only a 3 of. Also of note is that Ooze is a creature, and we have a number of outs to it already built into our game plan. Shadowborn Demon is a huge addition to the deck, as it gives us a big, castable creature which cleanly deals with the creatures that are causing us problems. Add to this that the removal part of the card is an enter the battlefield trigger, and suddenly the 4 Restoration Angel and 3 Unburial Rites also look like more copies of Putrefy, which also is present in the 75. Ooze is definitely a card that can be easily played around in this deck. The other things to take note of are the copies of Disciple of Bolas. After our week with GB Midrange, the power of this card was clearly demonstrated, and its inclusion in this deck is one of the things that drew me to it in the first place. Oracle gives the deck another way to refill your hand and gain life midgame by cashing in some of the deck’s Most plentiful resources: FAT CREATURES. There have been more than one occasion that I have cast Oracle and felt like I just cast a Sphinx’s Revelation with black Mana. Having access to this kind of effect makes relying on your graveyard simply an option for card advantage instead of being the only one. This makes the sideboard plan of becoming a midrange deck that uses Grisly Salvage strictly for card selection even more effective than it used to be. The sideboard for this deck is also simply a thing of beauty. Post board we have access to such format all stars as Liliana of the Veil for control and Hexproof, Obzedat, Ghost Council for jund and control decks, and Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice for aggressive strategies like RG and mono red. The deck really has it all, you just need to play it right. We entered a daily with the list and here are the games.
Round 1 – GR Kibler
Round 2 – WR Burn at the Stake
Round 3 – RWB Aristocrats
Round 4 – Opponent no showed, played a 2 Player Queue – Mono Green
I punted enough with the deck to cost us a 3-1 finish, but overall, I think that extra cycles with the deck would be of huge benefit. Lifebane Zombie is a nightmare for us, especially in concert with Scavenging Ooze, making some versions of Jund seem nightmarish. Thankfully, Reid, Huey, and Owen are all doing their part to convince the world that playing both of those creatures in Jund is incorrect, so we have a fighting chance. Having access to all of these spectacular card options is of course a double edged sword, as it is always impossible to have every Card for every matchup. I’m going to run this one back this week, as it is too powerful not to. Plus, with the bulk of the cards in it rotating, I want to play with them while I have the chance.
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