Faithful Mending: A Second Chance at Looting, a Second Chance at Love

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Season 11, Episode 5: Brew Session (Faithful Mending)

The great thing about Looting? You always get a second chance. Faithful Mending has all the rules text we love: draw 2, discard 2, flash it back for value. It is an instant, which opens up reactive play patterns that Faithless Looting could only dream of. You even pick up some life for your troubles. This is, beyond doubt, one of the most powerful cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt for the non-rotating formats.

Still, it is no easy thing to learn to fall in love again. Faithless Looting offered speed and efficiency that we will never see again. Mending’s best draws will always be slower than Looting, and the mana of Mending decks is also likely to be much more complicated than Looting ever was. Can we simply slot Faithful Mending into all of our old Looting decks and call it a day? Clearly not, although people will certainly try.

Today’s brew session marks the beginning of what is sure to be a long affair with Faithful Mending. We start with obvious homes like Izzet Phoenix and Esper Reanimator, both of which already notched Top 8 appearances in this weekend’s Modern Challenge. We also consider Esper Urza’s Kitchen, Dredge, and Blue-White Control. But the gloves really come off in Pioneer, where David has plans for Faithful Mending in God-Pharaoh’s Gift and some truly wild decks with Peace of Mind and Paladin Class. 

“What has been banned can be restored. Faithless Looting lives on within us.” If the card is good, we have to rename the podcast.


S11E05 Timestamps

[2:13] Brew Session: Faithful Mending
[6:49] Dredge
[9:22] Jeskai Phoenix
[13:25] Esper Reanimator
[19:49] Esper Urza’s Kitchen
[24:36] UW Chalice Control
[28:55] UW God-Pharaoh’s Gift
[35:30] Deathless Peace of Mind
[42:16] Cleric Class Lifegain

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