I was very much prepared to be playing Jund Food at this event for the Historic portion. In fact, I was so prepared that was the deck that was registered 45 minutes before the deadline. Then in comes Brent Vos like a boss with Sultai Ultimatum list tuned to beat Auras and Jund Food. Suddenly LSV, Kai, Nassif, and every big name you can think of is instantly switching their choice to it. So of course I had to jump on board.
Here’s how the list goes:
Glasspool Mimic/Glasspool Shore
Scholar of the Lost Trove
On the surface it may appear similar to the Standard lists that are very popular but in fact can be a bit more intricate. The ideal 3-card choice is Scholar of the Lost Troves + Omniscience + Final Parting. If they remove Final Parting than you get Omniscience and can play out your hand and also a spell in the graveyard. If they take Omniscience then Final Parting gets to tutor up a win condition as well as put a Ultimatum in the graveyard which the Scholar of the Lost Troves then casts. So now we have netted a Demonic Tutor and a 5/5 flyer.
With the next Ultimatum you can grab a Glasspool Mimic to represent Scholar again, along with Omniscience and a Alrund’s Epiphany. This time the Omniscience is certainly game over since we had a Demonic Tutor previously. The Alrund’s Epiphany + Scholar spells 12 damage plus recasting Final Parting to tutor up another Alrund’s Epiphany which is lights out typically. Lastly if they start with removing Scholar then you get to Omni and tutor up another Ultimatum. As you can see it’s lights out no matter what they decide on.
This deck is more combo ramp than it is control but it has a lot of built-in disruption with Wrath of God types of effects that can make it difficult to play against. The strongest aspect of this deck is the unexpectedness it brings however. As the format adapts to its presence it can be a weak choice for tournaments if it brings our squad success in this event. The sideboard choices were made in anticipation of encountering different control decks and aggressive strategies.
For those interested in what I would be submitting before this last minute switch, I’m tossing that in here as well. Here you go:
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
Blightstep Pathway/Searstep Pathway
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
Darkbore Pathway/Slitherbore Pathway
Jegantha, the Wellspring
Jund Food is pretty stock nowadays but I like to think I have some tech in Necromentia and The Akroan War. The Akroan War being able to find off of Trail of Crumbs can be quite nice against aggressive decks. Necromentia can answer decks like Sultai Ultimatum nicely if the format ends up being more combo centric. Bolas’s Citadel is a nice plan to present against Orzhov Auras post board as they load up on answers and become more controlling. I had plans upon plans for each matchup and what I felt were good contingencies. Then I took all that and threw it in the trash to blindly trust my teammates lol.
For the Standard portion of league weekend I went really deep. I tried everything I could think of to shake up the stale format. I did not succeed and registered Rogues. Here’s how I drew it up though:
Agadeem's Awakening/Agadeem, the Undercrypt
Clearwater Pathway/Murkwater Pathway
Tymaret, Chosen from Death