Quote from ElvesotShelves »The thread is titled "Raphael Levy's Loam Pox". That is what this thread is about whether you want it to be or not.
The development of a deck with smallpox AND loam.
Any deck that isn't using loam and pox, does not belong in this thread. It's that simple.
I have been playing Loam based strats on and off since the inception of Modern (used to play Loam back in old Extended, Astral Slide or 4/5c Sunburst Loam says hi ^^ ). Pox sucks Balls nowadays.
That the thread went from a Loam focused deck which tried to utilise Pox towards a Loam focused deck which utilises Zombie Infestation (and other tools) due to the fact, that Pox sucks nowadays is just deck development. Nearly close to all decks have made those developments, especially when cards either got banned, unbanned or freshly printed. Did the respective decks names changed when changes got introduced? Sometimes yes and sometimes no.
So, why does Pox suck nowadays? The majority of the metagame can just "ignore" it (it has no big influence, Titanshift, Lantern, Storm, Griselbrannd, GW Value Town, Company decks in general and many more), a lot of other decks it is a nuisance (Tron, Humans if they do not have a Vial start, Death Shadow,...) and there are only a few decks, where it is really good (and even there it is sometimes debatable).
Of course, getting the wet dream of going turn 1 discard into turn 2 Pox killing a land and a creature into turn 4 a 3 CMC Planeswalker is good, but if you want to do such lines, than BW Pox is just better, cause they have the better Planeswalkers (3/4 CMC Gideon vs the 5 CMC Green Walkers) while also having way better Sideboard tools which makes them better in the post board games (BG sideboard cards kinda suck balls). Furthermore, they can play Lingering Souls, which is just bonkers with Souls.
So yeah, there is currently just no reason, to play a BG Loam Pox deck, maybe a BWg version could pan out to incorporate the goddess of white while still having access to Loam, but I dread the manabase already (wanting BB on turn 2 and wanting WW on turn 3 *puke*) AND I kinda think, it would make the deck overall worse. Loam is never really good when you are "just" returning lands, you always want something to do with it. The only exception for this was Canadian Tresh in Legacy, where you played it in the SB for the Mirror, where you just needed that exact effect, getting lands back (Strip Mining the opponent who has only 7 mana sources in the deck with repeatable Wastelands thanks to Loam is pretty good).