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Rare Hunter's Hunting Grounds

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    Rising its ugly head towards the end of the extended season, the deck has proven quite the contender. Claiming three of the eight spots in GP Charlotte, the deck hasn’t became overly dominant. As was said in my last article, the deck abuses dredge. Before going any further, lets look at the GP wining deck list, and quick over view of its contents.

Michael Krumb: GP Charlotte

4 Polluted Delta
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Swamp
4 Watery Grave
4 Cephalid Coliseum
2 Overgrown Tomb

2 Wonder
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
4 Ichorid
4 Psychatog
4 Putrid Imp
4 Stinkweed Imp

4 Cabal Therapy
4 Deep Analysis
4 Zombie Infestation
4 Chrome Mox
4 Tolarian Winds

The deck has almost everything. Speed is present in the Moxen, Fetchlands, and Winds, while the deck maintains pressure with zombie tokens, Ichorid, and the threat of a lethal Tog. Therapy is there for hitting answers, and due to the recurring beats, it can be easily flashbacked. Grave Troll serves as a third win condition, usually becoming large and flying thanks to Wonder, and the large ’yard. Deep Analysis is there for the cheap flashback cost. The deck will rarely get stuck with dredge cards in hand, due to the many discard outlets. Coliseum is a great outlet, and easy to activate here as well.

Matchups:

The deck has few auto losses. Heartbeat is the main threat, due to the Moment’s Peaces, and the Brain Freeze for the win. Most other decks can’t handle the early pressure it provides, and the explosive draws it can get. Going lethal on Turn three with a tog is quite possible. Some builds add in Riftstone Portal, so it can have white mana for sideborarded Kataki’s. Now, the deck has one major issue, one lesser issue. Leyline of the Void is basically good game against the deck. Answers must be put in the sideboard. Ray of Revelation is not going to cut it either. You cannot cast it if the Void is out. Your best bet is to sideboard Naturalize. The only other problem with this deck is its lack of a later game. A good control deck should be able to stall enough. Or if the Ichorids are on the bottom of the deck, they can counter the major threats. No-Stick also has many outs for this deck. Helix on a Stick is crazy here. Chant is also an auto win. But, if you call Therapy right, you shouldn’t too much have trouble.

Again, send any feedback to the following email address: fricktard_666@hotmail.com

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