A Different Look at Wall of Omens

Wall of Omens… goes into every U/W deck

After I wrote this week’s Top Decks (forthcoming in a day or so, obviously), I was inspired by Daniel Gardner’s U/W deck.

His deck hybridized a U/W strategy with Eldrazi Temple and a bunch of gigantic Eldrazi Cthulhus.

I threw this together and battled about with it tonight, maybe about ten matches?

U/W Eldrazi Giants (Standard)

4 All is Dust
2 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
2 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

4 Everflowing Chalice

4 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Sea Gate Oracle
2 Sphinx of Lost Truths
4 Spreading Seas

2 Day of Judgment
2 Oust
2 Path to Exile
4 Wall of Omens

4 Celestial Colonnade
4 Eldrazi Temple
2 Eye of Ugin
4 Glacial Fortress
5 Island
3 Plains
4 Sejiri Refuge

1 Lighthouse Chronologist
4 Baneslayer Angel
2 Day of Judgment
2 Gideon Jura
4 Kor Firewalker
2 Oust

I was pretty successful with the deck. I even came back to beat a G/R land destruction deck starting Goblin Ruinblaster (didn’t think that was going to happen); in Game Two I got an Everflowing Chalice draw into Baneslayer Angel and he failed to remove it; in Game Three I ran three Walls into two Sea Gate Oracles and stayed mildly ahead to hit Chalices and three Baneslayer Angels. Go go Gadget card advantage!

The sickest win may have been over Red Deck Wins. I was behind a Manabarbs, but Eye of Ugin let me play All is Dust off of two Eldrazi Temples almost for free; I made sure I had all four Everflowing Chalices in for Game Three… But that one was pretty easy when I matched his first turn Goblin Guide with my Kor Firewalker! I am not sure if we want maybe two Celestial Purges, but Gideon Jura seemed like a necessary card against Mythic Conscription and so on.

Unsurprisingly, you can’t possibly lose to another U/W deck. The winning is so effortless (this is based on tapout and U/r/W Planeswalkers opponents)… They lay out a bunch of stuff and you blow it up with All is Dust. Finally hard casting the Eldrazi has come up, revealing the super sickness of their triggers. I know this may seem heretical to some readers but I feel like the Opportunity on Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is more significant than Jace, the Mind Sculptor advantage. I fell behind opposing Planeswalkers several times tonight, and never really felt like I was in any danger. Even if my opponents had a Counterspell, I always had so much more Eldrazi gas, and Eye of Ugin is almost impossible to stop with Ajani Vengeant. Getting out of trouble wasn’t much trouble at all.

Not too much to say at this point… It’s a U/W deck.

You use Wall of Omens and Spreading Seas to hit your land drops early, get ahead with Everflowing Chalice, and then go big with the sweepers and big card advantage.

That said, it’s a U/W deck that seems to be pretty fantastic in the mirror; it looks to hold the rest of the matches okay. Oust has been spectacular, by the way. I think Zvi was the one who first said it… I feel so stupid having played Path to Exile for so long! Oust has been tearing up every Leatherback Baloth, Lotus Cobra, whatever. And then the big big spells come online.

Good night!

I mean that, actually… good night.


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#1 Mr.Xid on 06.01.10 at 11:53 pm

Oust is amazing as is Sphinx of lost truths. How are the Sea Gate Oracles turning out? I run an odd u/w xeroxy type deck and the SGOs are fantastic quite the Wall of Omens 5-8 but they actually can get in their if needed. BTW I occasionally read your stuff from the dojo archives Impulse>Sage Owl !

#2 MTGBattlefield on 06.02.10 at 1:59 am

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#3 Kori on 06.02.10 at 11:12 am

Wow, love this idea. What do you think about running Ardent Plea here for some extra insurance to hit the wall of omens to protect yourself from the fast aggro decks?

#4 net_vagabond on 06.03.10 at 10:18 am

I watched you play this deck for a few matches last night, it looks fantastic and seems like tons of fun, I’m gonna give it a try. Any tips on sideboarding?

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