Historic with Strixhaven

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Strixhaven has influenced Standard by creating new decks (UR Prismari), reviving unpopular decks (Winota), and improving existing decks (Sultai Control/Mono Red).
Now, we’ll take a look at Strixhaven’s impact on the Historic format.

 

 

NEW CARDS

 

Strixhaven has ushered in reprints of old cards by making them legal in the Historic format. 

 

 

BRAINSTORM: An old favorite and one of the strongest draw cards, Brainstorm loses some effectiveness in this format because there are no fetches and only Fable Passage. Due to its power level, it will always be played in blue decks.

 

 

FAITHLESS LOOTING: This card’s immense draw power made it perfect in Dredge and got it banned from Modern. Despite losing strength in this format, it’s still strong enough to make UR Phoenix a desirable deck.

 

 

INQUISITION OF KOZILEKOne of the strongest discards in Modern and Historic, it is a great addition to Orzhov Aggro, one of the best performing Historic decks.

 

 

LIGHTNING HELIX: A strong removal that gives you 3 life, this plays well in both aggressive and control decks, especially Jeskai Control.

 

 

TAINTED PACTThe two-card combo with Thassa’s Oracle has upset Historic’s format and is a guaranteed win. A deck is solid when it is having a lot of success despite being 1x.

 

 

OTHER MENTIONS

 

 

Mizzix’s Mastery’s interaction with Magma Opus has brought UWR Control to the top of the format. 

 

 

Memory Lapse is an old-fashioned counter that delays your opponent’s spell for a turn and steals their draw.

 

                   

 

If Abundant Harvest has found a slot in a RUG version, then Time Warp is struggling to find a spot in the meta.

 

                   

 

I had high hopes for a Mind’s Desire and Tendrils of Agony combo, but something is missing to make Storm highly competitive.

 

 

DECKS TO BEAT 

 

 

Walter Scuderi - Historic - BW Auras

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Creature (8)
4
Kor Spiritdancer
4
Sram, Senior Edificer
Sorcery (9)
1
Agadeem's Awakening/Agadeem, the Undercrypt
2
Claim/Fame
/
2
Inquisition of Kozilek
4
Thoughtseize
Instant (2)
2
Sejiri Shelter/Sejiri Glacier
Enchantment (22)
3
Angelic Gift
4
Cartouche of Solidarity
1
Dead Weight
2
Demonic Vigor
2
Heliod's Punishment
4
Kaya's Ghostform
2
Rune of Sustenance
4
Sentinel's Eyes
Land (19)
4
Brightclimb Pathway/Grimclimb Pathway
4
Concealed Courtyard
4
Godless Shrine
2
Isolated Chapel
2
Plains
3
Swamp
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
4
Duress
3
Go Blank
2
Heliod's Punishment
3
Hushbringer
2
Legion's End
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den

 

This deck only gained Inquisition of Kozilek through Strixhaven but still has plenty of draws thanks to Sram, Senior Edificer and Kor Spiritdancer. If your opponent can’t respond to one of these cards, then your resources never deplete and you have a significant advantage. 

 

                   

 

This is a typical deck where you have very few creatures and have to plan accordingly what to do with them. I recommend it to those new to the format and who have experience in modern decks like Bogles due to similar gameplay.

 

 

 

Walter Scuderi - Historic - Jund Sacrifice

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Creature (20)
4
Cauldron Familiar
4
Gilded Goose
4
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
4
Mayhem Devil
4
Woe Strider
Sorcery (4)
4
Claim the Firstborn
Artifact (4)
4
Witch's Oven
Enchantment (7)
3
Binding the Old Gods
4
Trail of Crumbs
Land (25)
4
Blightstep Pathway/Searstep Pathway
1
Blood Crypt
4
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
4
Darkbore Pathway/Slitherbore Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
2
Forest
1
Mountain
1
Overgrown Tomb
1
Phyrexian Tower
1
Stomping Ground
2
Swamp
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
3
Abrade
2
Fatal Push
1
Jegantha, the Wellspring
1
Klothys, God of Destiny
4
Leyline of the Void
4
Thoughtseize

 

This is a tough deck that plays well in both Standard and Historic. It’s almost identical to the old Standard version, which required Cauldron Familiar to be banned in an attempt to fix an unbalanced metagame. Strixhaven hasn’t introduced any changes because replacing anything would upset an already balanced and nearly perfect deck.

 

                   

 

There are a large number of triggers that require high attention to resolve, but you can win with this deck if you accurately track its great damage count.

 

 

 

Walter Scuderi - Historic - Gruul Aggro

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Creature (34)
4
Ahn-Crop Crasher
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Burning-Tree Emissary
4
Gruul Spellbreaker
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Pelt Collector
2
Questing Beast
4
Scavenging Ooze
4
Voltaic Brawler
Sorcery (2)
2
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Artifact (4)
4
Embercleave
Land (20)
4
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
4
Forest
3
Hashep Oasis
3
Mountain
2
Ramunap Ruins
4
Stomping Ground
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
2
Abrade
3
Collected Company
2
Grafdigger's Cage
2
Lava Coil
2
Magma Spray
2
Ox of Agonas
2
The Akroan War

 

To improve a deck that is already this powerful, you would need to add stronger cards than what’s currently available. As such, there are no Strixhaven additions.

 

                   

 

The deck is linear, easy to play, and the starts Burning Tree Emissary enables are hard for your opponent to turn around. Cards like Embercleave dominate in this format, even if not as much as in Standard.

 

EVERGREEN

 

 

Walter Scuderi - Historic - GW Company

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Creature (33)
4
Archon of Emeria
4
Elite Spellbinder
4
Kazandu Mammoth/Kazandu Valley
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Lovestruck Beast
4
Luminarch Aspirant
1
Reidane, God of the Worthy/Valkmira, Protector's Shield
1
Rhonas the Indomitable
3
Scavenging Ooze
4
Skyclave Apparition
Sorcery (1)
1
Emeria's Call/Emeria, Shattered Skyclave
Instant (4)
4
Collected Company
Artifact (2)
2
The Great Henge
Land (20)
4
Branchloft Pathway/Boulderloft Pathway
4
Forest
2
Hashep Oasis
4
Plains
2
Sunpetal Grove
4
Temple Garden
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
2
Baffling End
1
Elder Gargaroth
2
Giant Killer
2
Knight of Autumn
2
Reidane, God of the Worthy/Valkmira, Protector's Shield
2
Rest in Peace
2
Shifting Ceratops
2
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

 

Selesnya Company is the first of the less competitive but still viable decks. Elite Spellbinder is destined to become a staple in multiple formats. Collected Company has dominated the Standard for years and finds its best use in this deck comprising mostly creatures. 

 

                   

 

Not the most solid deck, it’s still a lot of fun for those who love creatures and playing games with full boards, and it’s great for beginners to the format.

 

 

Marco Cammilluzzi - Historic - Simic Aggro

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Creature (27)
4
Barkhide Troll
2
Garruk's Harbinger
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Old-Growth Troll
4
Pelt Collector
2
Rhonas the Indomitable
3
Scavenging Ooze
4
Steel Leaf Champion
Sorcery (2)
2
Primal Might
Instant (9)
4
Collected Company
4
Decisive Denial
1
Miscast
Land (23)
4
Barkchannel Pathway/Tidechannel Pathway
4
Botanical Sanctum
4
Breeding Pool
8
Forest
2
Hashep Oasis
1
Hinterland Harbor
Cards 61
Sideboard (15)
1
Miscast
1
Mystical Dispute
2
Negate
3
Reclamation Sage
2
Shifting Ceratops
2
The Great Henge
2
Unsummon
2
Vine Mare

 

For a detailed overview on this deck, please read Marco Cammilluzzi’s analysis.

 

 

STRIXHAVEN WINNERS

 

 

Walter Scuderi - Historic - UB Pact

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Creature (4)
1
Augur of Bolas
1
Fae of Wishes
2
Thassa's Oracle
Sorcery (13)
1
Agadeem's Awakening/Agadeem, the Undercrypt
1
Agonizing Remorse
1
Bloodchief's Thirst
1
Cry of the Carnarium
1
Grim Tutor
1
Inquisition of Kozilek
1
Languish
1
Mastermind's Acquisition
1
Shimmer of Possibility
1
Solve the Equation
1
Thought Erasure
1
Thoughtseize
1
Yahenni's Expertise
Instant (14)
1
Brainstorm
1
Censor
1
Cling to Dust
1
Drown in the Loch
1
Eliminate
1
Fatal Push
1
Heartless Act
1
Jwari Disruption/Jwari Ruins
1
Opt
1
Silundi Vision/Silundi Isle
1
Supreme Will
2
Tainted Pact
1
Tyrant's Scorn
Artifact (4)
1
Mazemind Tome
1
Mind Stone
1
Soul-Guide Lantern
1
Wishclaw Talisman
Enchantment (2)
1
Omen of the Sea
1
Search for Azcanta
Land (23)
1
Barkchannel Pathway/Tidechannel Pathway
1
Blightstep Pathway/Searstep Pathway
1
Brightclimb Pathway/Grimclimb Pathway
1
Castle Locthwain
1
Castle Vantress
1
Clearwater Pathway/Murkwater Pathway
1
Dismal Backwater
1
Drowned Catacomb
1
Evolving Wilds
1
Fabled Passage
1
Fetid Pools
1
Godless Shrine
1
Hengegate Pathway/Mistgate Pathway
1
Ice Tunnel
1
Island
1
Radiant Fountain
1
Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway
1
Snow-Covered Island
1
Snow-Covered Swamp
1
Swamp
1
Temple of Deceit
1
Watery Grave
1
Zagoth Triome
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
1
Cast Down
1
Duress
1
Extinction Event
1
Grafdigger's Cage
1
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
1
Mystical Dispute
1
Necromentia
1
Pack Rat
1
Pact of Negation
1
Scrabbling Claws
1
Shadows' Verdict
1
Tainted Pact
1
Test of Talents
1
Thought Distortion

 

UB Pact is a new deck created with Strixhaven additions. It’s based on a combo that plays a Thassa’s Oracle and, while its ability is on the stack, resolves a Tainted Pact, exile the entire deck and win the game.

 

                   

 

A monocopy deck may seem random, but it’s solid thanks to the massive presence of drawers and tutors in our 60 cards. The deck is complex and not suitable for beginners to the format. It’s a valid tier 1 alternative for more experienced players.

 

 

Walter Scuderi - Historic - Jeskai Control

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Planeswalker (6)
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
4
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Creature (3)
3
Torrential Gearhulk
Sorcery (5)
1
Day of Judgment
2
Mizzix's Mastery
2
Wrath of God
Instant (20)
4
Brainstorm
1
Commit/Memory
/
1
Dovin's Veto
4
Lightning Helix
4
Magma Opus
4
Memory Lapse
2
Prismari Command
Land (26)
2
Castle Ardenvale
4
Fabled Passage
2
Glacial Fortress
3
Hallowed Fountain
3
Island
1
Mountain
1
Plains
4
Raugrin Triome
1
Sacred Foundry
3
Steam Vents
2
Sulfur Falls
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
3
Dovin's Veto
1
Fry
1
Glass Casket
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Narset, Parter of Veils
3
Rest in Peace
1
Scorching Dragonfire
2
Shark Typhoon
1
Wrath of God

 

This deck shines due to new cards from the Mystical Archive and the two key Strixhaven cards, Prismari Command and Magma Opus, the latter of which combines beautifully with Torrential Gearhulk or Mizzix’s Mastery.

 

                   

 

The format’s best control deck is fun to play and offers players a myriad of choices for diverse and engaging gameplay. 

 

 

Walter Scuderi - Historic - UR Phoenix

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Creature (12)
4
Arclight Phoenix
4
Sprite Dragon
3
Stormwing Entity
1
Young Pyromancer
Sorcery (12)
2
Expressive Iteration
4
Faithless Looting
2
Finale of Promise
4
Pillar of Flame
Instant (14)
4
Brainstorm
2
Lightning Axe
4
Opt
4
Shock
Land (22)
2
Fabled Passage
2
Island
2
Mountain
4
Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway
4
Spirebluff Canal
4
Steam Vents
4
Sulfur Falls
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
2
Abrade
2
Aether Gust
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
4
Negate
1
Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
2
Sweltering Suns
2
Tormod's Crypt

 

Brainstorm and Faithless Looting have restored the appeal of UR Phoenix. In particular, Faithless Looting discards Phoenixes and activates your deck’s synergy. Expressive Itineration solves the deck’s resource depletion problem by contributing resources.

 

                   

 

Historic has the greatest variety of solid decks. I recommend you give it a chance because you will likely find something you enjoy in the format, I’ll see you next week!

 

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