M19 Brews, pt. 5: Grixis Wizards

A blue-red wizards deck sort of exists in Standard already and M19 brought us several new potential wizards (not all of them for the wizards deck, mind you).

However, the one that really caught my eye was this one:

There is some synergy here with [scryfall]Naban, Dean of Iteration[/scryfall]. Isareth herself doesn’t trigger anything, but her collegues she brings back might very well do so.

Now, there’s several ways we can do this, but let us suppose our main goal is to pressure the lifetotal of our opponent, in any way we can. We have this package:

We also have this:

Granted, it doesn’t come down early, so it can’t really deal 7, but if it can deal 4, that’s something. So, how about this:

3 Adeliz, the Cinder Wind
4 Ghitu Lavarunner
4 Spellweaver Eternal
4 Viashino Pyromancer
2 Isareth the Awakener
1 Dire Fleet Ravager
4 Shock
4 Wizard’s Lightning
4 Lightning Strike
4 Opt
2 Supernatural Stamina
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Drowned Catacomb
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Fetid Pools
4 Canyon Slough
4 Sulfur Falls

One problem here is that finding a good balance between spells and creatures is difficult. I would like to keep the amount of each quite high, but obviously, that’s not possible. The manabase is hideous as well… It would actually be much better without the black, but I like black…

3 thoughts on “M19 Brews, pt. 5: Grixis Wizards

  1. i like this build alot but maybe soul scar mage? it seems to fit the deck to well not to have him in, maybe take out ravager, 2 lands, and a maybe a spellweaver eternal

    • Thank you. I would be more active with these, but there’s another project I’m working on and, as you can see from the state of the format, these pre-rotation Standards are so heavy on efficient cards that the extreme strategies push out the others quite badly, so it’s hard to come up with something interesting that doesn’t just get run over by red or get pushed out by the control decks.

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