Last weekend I played a PPTQ. I didn’t do well, but whatever. I think my deck choice was pretty good. I just wasn’t playing optimally myself. However, what I wanted to talk about was Saheeli Rai.
Since the cat is out, maybe moving from white to green is better.
Apparently I’m not the only one who feels like Cartouche is a dirty word.
I’ve seen some versions of this deck out there, but here’s mine anyhow.
There’s a couple of pretty strong zombies in the new set, so perhaps the archetype would finally be strong enough, although I do have my reservations.
Liliana wins on her own. We just need to protect her long enough. The state of the format is such, that this grindy approach might not work, but come on, Liliana.
No Elven Mystic available, but that part of Standard seems to be permanently over. However, there is several fairly efficient manaproducers in the format, like Servant of the Conduit and Rishkar, Peema Renegade and then there’s these two:
There’s also Kiora, Master of the Depths, which might work, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
This seems powerful…
How about if we combine her with these:
So, looking at Saffron Olive’s original list, we’ve lost a few cards, but not that many. Disperse can be easily replaced with cards that are strictly better, such as Compelling Deterrence, but Mage-Ring Network is a bit more problematic. Having played the deck some, it feels like a big loss.
On the other hand, there’s a number of cards with cycling, which could potentially be very good. As Foretold can replace the Brain in a Jar, especially in an environment with rampant artifact desctruction. Mix of both might also be a good idea.