Deck of the Day #3

Deck of the Day #3

4C RitesMany players fondly remember the Rally deck. Combo decks are rare these days in Standard, but last season we do had one, and boy was it a good one - it had this 'I WIN' button but was perfectly able to play a normal game with creatures, powered by standard mainstay Reflector Mage.

Many players fondly remember the Rally deck. Combo decks are rare these days in Standard, but last season we do had one, and boy was it a good one - it had this 'I WIN' button but was perfectly able to play a normal game with creatures, powered by standard mainstay Reflector Mage.

Those players were afraid of the rotation, since it would probably cause the demise of the deck. However, Luis Scott-Vargas and his team was able to port that deck (sort of) into the new Standard, and made it to the top of the Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad with the GB Sacrifice deck. However, that deck is not nearly as powerful as its ancestor - it lost, for example, the aforementioned Reflector Mage.
 
But check this new deck: 4C Rites. Yes, without fetchlands! It put many players from Team East-West Bowl into the top 32 of GP Toronto last weekend:
 
4 Catacomb Sifter
4 Duskwatch Recruiter
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Loam Dryad
4 Reflector Mage
3 Brood Monitor
2 Zulaport Cutthroat
4 Collected Company
3 Cryptolith Rite
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Llanowar Wastes
4 Yavimaya Coast
3 Caves of Koilos
3 Forest
3 Westvale Abbey
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Swamp
Sideboard:
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Reality Smasher
2 Enlightened Ascetic
2 Transgress the Mind
3 Negate
 
Rally the Ancestors was good because of the combo finished it implied. GB Sacrifice tries to do the same with the Westvale Abbey combo kill - but falls a little bit short. This deck, however, incorporates another different combo finish: Eldrazi Displacer + Brood Monitor + Zulaport Cutthroat means infinite damage.
 
It is hard to summarise in a few words the power of Eldrazi Displacer in this deck. Nearly every creature here has a good combination with it, be it additional cards (Elvish Visionary), or additional creatures (Catacomb Sifter) or the ultimate lock: Reflector Mage.
 
How can this deck support four colors? Thanks to two of the most underrated cards in Shadows Over Innistrad: Cryptolith Rite and Loam Dryad (curious how this card is so bad compared with Birds of Paradise and is still seeing play).
 
All in all, a pretty neat little package. Maybe the Rally deck is not dead after all...

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