Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It That Betrays

Inspired by the latest Card of the Day and rounded out by new cards like Liliana of the Veil and Faithless Looting, It That Betrays is one of those cards that just begs for a deck to be built around it... so I decided it was about time I did just that.

It That Betrays

Creatures (12)
4 It That Betrays
1 Sheoldred, Whispering One
1 Rune-Scarred Demon
4 Squee, Goblin Nabob
2 Anger

Control (9)
2 Liliana of the Veil
2 Chainer's Edict
4 Smallpox
1 Pox

Other (13)
2 Hunting Grounds
4 Animate Dead
1 Unburial Rites
4 Faithless Looting
2 Life from the Loam

Mana (26)
4 Dark Ritual
4 Mox Diamond
4 Riftstone Portal
4 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
6 Swamp

How does the deck work?

Much like a standard reanimator deck, It That Betrays works by getting big creatures into the graveyard and bringing them back onto the battlefield at a bargain price, ready to wreck face.

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

There are many of differences between this and a standard reanimator, the main difference being the focus of the deck: The deck needs/wants/is begging for It That Betrays to enter the battlefield so that you may then take advantage of the 16 cards in the deck which have forced sacrifice abilities. Instead of just beating face, this deck wants to humiliate your opponent by using their entire deck against them. As a bonus, if your opponent has many self-sacrifice abilities and triggers, It That Betrays may ruin their entire day.

Another big difference is the lack of Entomb or Buried Alive anywhere in the deck. I've made many reanimator decks in the past and with the inclusion of cards like Liliana of the Veil and Smallpox, I realized that not only do they have crazy synergy with It That Betrays, but in a way, they take the place of Entomb and Buried Alive. In practice, they provide a similar function as enablers in filling your graveyard with fatties.

Hunting Grounds might also look like a weird choice. It takes the place of additional reanimation spells for a very specific reason. Not only does it get fatties onto the battlefield from your hand, but it also gets Squee onto the battlefield in order to have something to sacrifice to a pox. Life from the Loam sort of serves the same function for your land and Riftstone Portal & Mox Diamond stabilize the mana.

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

It That Betrays and Liliana of the Veil were just made to be paired together. I'm always happy when a new take on reanimator falls into place.

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