Arena Standard - Abzan Citadel

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Combo Jank

This is a variation on [[Bolas's Citadel]] Decks that I made after watching the Nox and MTGJeff Youtube videos on their versions of [[Bolas's Citadel]] Decks.  Loved the way [[The Wanderer]] lets you max out [[Command the Dreadhorde]], so I wanted to keep it in Abzan instead of Golgari.  I haven't had many rare/mythic rare wildcards since I have been completing my dual lands in Arena so initially I had been playing around with the deck being more sacrifice based, but a few lucky packs netted me the [[Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord]], [[God-Eternal Rhonas]],  and the extra [[Bolas's Citadel]] so I focused on making a [[Bolas's Citadel]] Deck.  Initially the deck had more removal and a full playset of [[The Wanderer]], but the deck was having a hard time really getting going so I brought in the [[Llanowar Elves]], [[Revitalize]], [[Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner]] and adjusted the removal.  I've liked being able to use the [[Deathsprout]] to help with getting lands out but playing [[Vraska's Contempt]] or board wipes in their place may be better.  Similarly, running some of the 2 cmc removal options in place of the [[Spark Harvest]] may be more consistent.  The mana base has been working fine for me but could probably be optimized more.

Edit: Testing [[Mortify]] in place of the [[Deathsprout]] for the option to remove exile enchantments.

2nd Edit: [[Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner]] wasn't as good for helping with ramping as I hoped for this deck and there aren't enough 4+ power creatures to take advantage of her passive ability.  I traded her out for two [[Kaya's Wrath]] for board wipe and the ability to break late game standoffs since [[Bolas's Citadel]] and (sometimes) [[Command the Dreadhorde]] make rebuilding the board very fast most of the time.  [[Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord]] has been fairly strong when you have him out thanks to the lifesteal and recursion of explore creatures.  Considering taking out the [[God-Eternal Bontu]] for 2 more [[Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord]] or a [[Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord]] and a [[Command the Dreadhorde]] when I have more Rare wildcards.

3rd Edit: Just dropped a [[God-Eternal Bontu]] to add an extra [[Kaya's Wrath]].  [[Bolas's Citadel]] decks seem to have a lot of the "4 move slot syndrome" from Pokemon going on where theres a lot of different options that can be strong and you want them all but theres just not enough space in a deck for them all.  Running a different type of base in the deck to ramp and generate health may help to alliviate this and to make the deck more consistant but the potential for big turns with the explore based plan is to fun to give up right now for me.



Last Updated: 16 May 2019
Created: 03 May 2019
128 12 0

Mainboard - 60 cards (24 distinct)

Creature (17)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (14)
Land (24)
Planeswalker (5)
Main/Sideboard Rarity Count
10 12 27 4 0
0 0 0 0 0

Mainboard - 60 cards (24 distinct)

4 Wildgrowth Walker
4 Merfolk Branchwalker
3 Jadelight Ranger
4 Llanowar Elves
1 God-Eternal Bontu
1 God-Eternal Rhonas
3 Revitalize
3 Kaya's Wrath
2 Mortify
2 Bolas's Citadel
1 Command the Dreadhorde
3 Spark Harvest
3 Sunpetal Grove
1 Plains
3 Swamp
3 Forest
2 Isolated Chapel
4 Woodland Cemetery
4 Overgrown Tomb
2 Temple Garden
2 Godless Shrine
2 The Wanderer
2 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
1 Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord

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