This weekend I qualified for PT Origins in Vancouver via the RPTQ in Kansas. If you’re an Insider, you’re already familiar with the Chromanticore deck that I used to take it down, but today I’d like to highlight the deck that Mike Flores used to qualify. Insiders can also read a much more in-depth analysis of Flores Dragons by our resident competitive expert Adam Yurchick.
By Flores’ account, “Silumgar’s Scorn is a messed up Magic card.”
In the simplest terms, this is a blue control deck splashing dragons. On closer inspection, this is a very Floresian “jam all the best cards” style deck. This deck likely started as a way to make Dragonlord Ojutai, Silumgar’s Scorn, Dig Through Time, Haven of the Spirit Dragon and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon work best together in the same deck. Crucible of the Spirit Dragon allows the deck to play all of the best dragons while the rest of the non-spirit dragon lands allow the deck to cast Counterspell.
Some of the spell slots look a little rough around the edges. For example, maindeck Encase in Ice isn’t going to be good in every metagame, and Voyage’s End is pretty medium. Once you get past those though, this deck is playing cards that minimally trade one-for-one, and a number of cards that are worth significantly more.
The sideboard suggests that the maindeck is a little soft to red decks, as Omenspeaker doesn’t really do the job anywhere else. Boarding it in along with Master of Waves and another Encase in Ice sounds great against red, though this strategy doesn’t really translate against any other matchup.
This deck looks both great and fun, and I imagine that we’ll be seeing plenty more of it in the coming months.