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Clever Combo

Jun 23, 2019

Ever wonder what the exact opposite of aggro looks like? Big butts and zero-power creatures?

This week Lydia brings us “Tough Spells,”  an XLN-WAR standard deck that somehow brings massive 19-damage swings despite most creatures having 0 or 1 power. Pick your flavor: Huatli, the Sun’s Heart and High Alert both let your creatures assign damage using their toughness, and then Tetsuko Umezawa makes them unblockable. The combination makes this deck incredible resilient against aggro, and also explosive in its wins.

The deck includes fun rarely played pseudo-defenders. Despite the combo-y nature, there are ways to work around its fragility. Surge Mare doesn’t need an enabler, but also combos nicely with just Tetsuko. Aegis of the Heavens and Dive Down make a surprisingly amazing appearance, and Feather, the Redeemed makes them even better.

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This week’s Deck:

After the deck, we get into some serious spoiler talk. If you want to follow along at home, get on Scryfall with this search:

Chandra, Acolyte of Flame

Chandra, Novice Pyromancer

Chandra, Awakened Inferno

Scheming Symmetry

Wakeroot Elemental

Ajani, Strength of the Pride

Kykar, Wind’s Fury

Leyline of the Void

Leyline of Anticipation

Leyline of Abundance

Leyline of Combustion

Leyline of Sanctity

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim

Field of the Dead

Temple of Triumph

Temple of Silence

Temple of Mystery

Temple of Malady

Temple of Epiphany

Yarok, the Desecrated