Hello everybody! My name is Kelvin Mai, and usually I write Brewing on a Budget for PureMTGO. But today I came here to ManaDeprived because I wanted to bring you this concoction of madness that I call a deck. I love this thing and wanted to spread it out so that I can see other people playing it. This whole write-up also goes against the title of my article series because it’s not a new brew like I usually have each week, and it’s far from budget ever since Jace was included, so I felt it would be a better fit for a new location.
So what is this deck I’ve been falling in love with? Well, to sum it up, it’s Super Friends. What’s so special about this version of Super Friends? It runs Mutilate, Aetherling, and Kessig Wolf Run. Most people would believe that these three cards shouldn’t synergize well, but I have been the madman to put them all together and make it work. Let’s rewind a bit; the deck that I put in a lot of heart and soul into was Grixis Control, and before that I ran a version of Black Wolf Run, so I decided to put the two together and I ended up with this.
Mono Swamp GRUB by Kelvin Mai
The heart of the deck is the mana fixing. Farseek, Liliana, and even Prophetic Prism all do a good job of letting you not need to worry about your colors. Without them I believe the deck would just fall apart. Prophetic Prism is the worst of these three, but we play this instead of Chromatic Lantern because of the cantrip. In addition, if they blow it up with Putrefy or Abrupt Decay, it doesn’t mean you’re screwed because it’s already served its purpose.
Moving on, the next important factor of the deck is its draw power. We have Divination, Quicken, Jace, the Prism as mentioned above, and of course the non-white sphinx known as Opportunity. With all this draw and mana fixing, we’ll end up with a very thin deck, allowing us to draw beautifully into the win conditions.
And I’m sure that will lead you to ask, “How do you win with a deck like this?” Well it may be surprising, but the most common way I win is a Rakdos’s Return for lethal. It doesn’t even have to be supercharged by Liliana’s emblem, although it’s much easier when it is. Next up is our only creature, Aetherling, and it’s assisted by Kessig Wolf Run because sometimes you want to hit for more than just an unblockable eight damage each turn. Then there’s Rise from the Grave, which is an underrated card in my opinion: steal one of their creatures and beat them with it. And last but not least we have the leader of our Super Friends, Nicol Bolas!
Now that we know the recipe, what are some ingredients that turn it sour? In other words what are the matchups? As you can imagine, the best matchups for this deck are most types of aggro. Scavenging Ooze stays small as opponents have to rely on their own graveyard for creatures when we have none. Mutilate and Putrefy keep the board clean in many games, and Tribute to Hunger gets rid of those pesky hexproof creatures. In the last build, I’ve had a lot of problems dealing with Domri, but I’ve since raised the amount of Dreadbores to three, and a late game Domri dies to both Vraska and Nicol Bolas.
Against control it is much more a slow grind. I try to keep a Quicken and Rakdos’s Return in hand and look for any opportunity to do it when they tap out. Once they’re out of counterspells, we are basically goldfishing.
And that brings us to the worst matchup: Aristocrats. This is because they have all these creatures that actually want to die. Blood Artist, Xathrid Necromancer, Voice of Resurgence, and even Doomed Traveler turn our Mutilate into a double-edged sword.
The deck is still evolving and I don’t believe this is the definitive finished product. One possible inclusion is Corrupt which may improve some of the more aggressive match ups with the life gain.
I put in a lot of work in this deck and I would love to start seeing people play it. It is an extremely fun control deck that comes out of left field because of how many colors it’s running and yet running smoothly. So next time you consider playing a deck, make it this one.