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Leyline of Abundance

Modern Horizons / Core Set 2020, Episode 15: Leyline of Abundance + Eldraine Previews

It’s finally here: Green Week! After a long and arduous Hogaak summer, the metagame has finally slowed enough to potentially reward a strategy of flooding the battlefield with green permanents. Core 2020’s Leyline of Abundance has been waiting in the wings, offering explosive starts with mana dorks, as well as a few sneaky infinite combos. Also, did somebody say two free pips for Nykthos? The crew breaks down fresh new takes on Leyline Combo, Unbound Flourishing, and Green Devotion. Plus: a host of spicy previews from Throne of Eldraine, including bonus decklists!   

On the Roundup, it was a big week for Niv-Mizzet Reborn, as this Faithless Brewing Original has officially ascended to Tier 2 status (at least, according to the wise sages at the Arena Decklists Podcast). But don’t just take their word for it. The tournament results speak for themselves, with Niv putting up strong results at MCQs both in paper and online. 

Glittering Niv (Ihavethefire): 1st place, MCQ Pittsburgh   
Ramp-less Niv (Damon): 6-2 MCQ Seattle, 6-4 MTGO PTQ, 5-0 league x2   
Traverse Niv (cavedan): 6-3 MTGO PTQ   

Flashback: Kethis, the Hidden Hand   
We’ll be straight up, these decks sucked. Even Matt Nass’s build could barely win a game. Not all is lost, however: the Saffi combo proved strong enough to possibly become its own version of the deck, and Emry, Lurker of the Loch means that help is on the way for dedicated Kethis Kombo.

Project Keth-eX: 3-7 practice matches, curve felt too slow, Kethis combo less well integrated than Saffi combo   
Kethis “KCI” (Matt Nass, test deck): 0-5 practice matches, deck folded to everything, mana was horrendous   
Emry Kethis Combo (Sam Black, test deck)   
“Hogaak-less Hogaak” (test deck): re-built for speed and to maximize Saffi combo, with potential for turn 2 kill (Carrion Feeder -> Stitcher’s Supplier into Unearth on Renegade Rallier, return Saffi, attack for lethal).   

Throne of Eldraine Previews   
Specter’s Shriek (Bonus list: BW Processor Eldrazi)
Bonecrusher Giant (Bonus list: Bonecrusher Kiora)
Grumgully, the Generous (Bonus list: Grumgully Goblins)
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Drown in the Loch
Faeburrow Elder
Merchant of the Vale (Haggle)
Irencrag Feat
Fires of Invention
Vantress Gargoyle
The Magic Mirror
The Cauldron of Eternity
Witching Well
Oko, Thief of Crowns (Bonus list: Faerie Foodies)  

Brew Session: Leyline of Abundance   
Sketch #1: GW Leyline Elves   
Sketch #2: Unbound Flourishing   
Sketch #3: Nissa Devotion   
Sketch #4: Genesis Wave (designed by u/Cube_)   

Reference lists
Leyline Combo (PVDDR, test deck)   
Leyline Combo 2 (PVDDR, test deck)   
Devoted Elves (tagosaku, 5-0 league)   
Bant Abundance (Jon Stern, MC Barcelona; Jeremie Ross, 5-0 league)   
Steel Leaf Stompy (Ryan Robinson, 1st place SCG IQ)  Contact Us

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