Quote from pem »Been play testing online (Cockatrice) and here are some of my thoughts:
Walking Ballista is definitely a good inclusion. Even if we have a Heartless it basically comes in without the -1/-1 (you can just choose X+1 since the Heartless will give you the discount). Definitely getting at least two. Matchups with DS have become more doable since they need to watch their life or the ballista will ping them to death. Just a note: a 1 counter ballista can't kill a 0/1 Tarmogoyf.
I'm adding in a Trinket Mage so I can find the Ballista if I need it or some other trinket. I'm testing Pithing Needle in the mainboard (just one), since it's the only real way I can deal with planeswalkers if they arrive early or aether vials.
I also added in some Spell Pierces just to help retain the advantage. When Lodestone Golem is on the board it makes him and our other creatures much harder to remove.
I'm finding a hard time dealing with Abzan Company so any thoughts on how you go about that matchup would be great.
Here's my current deck list:
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// 61 Maindeck// 1 Artifact1 Pithing Needle// 25 Creature3 Lodestone Golem3 Myr Superion2 Phyrexian Metamorph1 Spellskite2 Wurmcoil Engine3 Glint-Nest Crane3 Grand Architect3 Chief Engineer1 Sphinx Summoner2 Walking Ballista1 Trinket Mage1 Duplicant// 2 Enchantment2 Heartless Summoning// 7 Instant4 Fatal Push3 Spell Pierce// 22 Land1 Darksteel Citadel2 Flooded Strand2 Ghost Quarter6 Island3 Polluted Delta2 Sunken Hollow1 Swamp2 Watery Grave1 Hallowed Fountain1 River of Tears1 Underground River// 1 Planeswalker1 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas// 3 Sorcery3 Inquisition of Kozilek// 15 Sideboard// 5 Artifact1 Engineered Explosives1 Grafdigger's Cage1 Nihil Spellbomb1 Chalice of the Void1 Basilisk Collar// 1 Creature1 Trinket Mage// 8 Instant2 Dismember1 Hurkyl's Recall2 Ceremonious Rejection1 Dispel2 Surgical Extraction// 1 Sorcery1 Yahenni's Expertise