The Year of Brew
Week 20: What's a Boardstate?
30 May 2021 - 5 min read
This week in the Arc of All or Nothing, we’re boldly going where, admittedly some but not that many, brewers have gone before. In a perfect foil to last week’s deck, this deck has NO permanents. What’s a board state? All we wanna do is sling spells like Spidey slings webs!
Deck 20: Gruul
Similar to last week’s all permanents deck, this all spells deck is very single minded and focused. Wort, the Raidmother gives us a very clear build path: get a lot of creatures, specifically red and/or green ones, and use them to conspire your spells and go crazy with the value.
In order to do so, our deck consists of three main types of spells. First, we have ramp spells. We’re in green, we have a six mana value commander and we want to be casting as many things as possible, so we need as much mana as possible. We’re running all the classic, like Rampant Growth , Cultivate , and Migration Path , and all of these feel even better when you can copy them by tapping some creatures.
Since I’ve stressed that this is a spells-only deck, you’re probably wondering how we’ll ever be conspiring our numerous spells, and that bring us to our second spell type: token producers. Of course, we’re only playing spells, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have creatures. Cards like Dragon Fodder , Sprout Swarm , and Bestial Menace are quintessetional to our gameplan. I’ve even taken the liberty of throwing in some real spicy choices for token generation, but as a rule, we want many tokens rather than beefy tokens.
Thirdly, we have several good card draw spells to keep ourselves moving through our deck and progressing towards our win conditions. Shamanic Revelation and Collective Unconscious are both phenomenal with the amount of bodies we’re making and conspiring them is downright nasty. Mainstays like Harmonize and Faithless Looting help to round out our card advantage.
The final step is assembling the above categories of cards together to generate enough mana and bodies to copy a Comet Storm or Banefire to win the only true way a spellslinger should. And since we have so many tokens I also included a Triumph of the Hordes in case we need to put some people in their place.
Also, like last week, this deck is very budget friendly. Just about $100 and damn near $50 if you cut the $30
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
(but I figured since we went through all the effort, we wouldn’t want someone countering our big finale).
No Perm(anent)s, Only Mullets
Chatter of the Squirrel
Escape to the Wilds
Goblin War Party
Grow from the Ashes
Hour of Promise
Into the North
Revel of the Fallen God
Triumph of the Hordes
Scatter the Seeds
Thrill of Possibility
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Snow-Covered Forest x16
Snow-Covered Mountain x 12
Temple of Abandon
Temple of the False God
Find this decklist as well as the rest of the Year of Brew decklists at the Hexdrinker’s Moxfield page!
More Entries in The Year Of Brew:
- 14 Oct 2021: The Arc of the Return
- 23 May 2021: Week 19: All Permanents, All the Time
- 09 May 2021: Week 17 and 18: New Arc, New Extremes
- 26 Apr 2021: Week 16: Oak Didn't Ask, But I Obliged Anyway
- 18 Apr 2021: Week 15: Eric Asked, So I Obliged