Stalled boards? Need a solution?
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Decimator of Provinces, 10
Creatures – Eldrazi Boar
Emerge 6GGG (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature’s converted mana cost.)
When you cast Decimator of Provinces, all creatures you control get +2/+2 and gain trample until the end of the turn.
Cheating on mana is always important for these big mana creatures, but sacrificing a creature is a high cost. Standard right now is full of complicated boards—just think of GW Tokens vs. Bant Humans. Both players have lots of creatures in play, and it takes quite a bit before one can gain an advantage over the other. Decimator of Provinces can break this stall and steal the game with an overrun effect and a 7/7 body.
In order to see if a spoiler card will be Standard playable, first check to see if it fits in any existing decks—then dive into some new ones.
Decimator of Provinces is a way to break the stall, but requires you to sacrifice a creature of a pretty high converted mana cost—that’s exactly not how I would describe Hangarback Walker or Sylvan Advocate. You can sacrifice Gideon, Ally of Zendikar or Archangel Avacyn, but is it really worth it? Maybe in some matchups it is, like against Bant Company or GW Tokens, and in those matchups, you can also reach the 8-10 mana to “hardcast” this bad boy without losing a key piece of your board.
Bant Company/Bant Humans
I don’t think Decimator of Provinces will see any play in Company decks—you only play 3-mana cost creatures, and a 6-drop, as good as it is, is still too expensive.
This deck plays quite a few creatures that might get the bonus, and mostly plays expensive creatures in order to make Decimator of Provinces an important threat. Sacrificing Woodland Bellower is nice since it already added value to the board, such as sacrificing an extra Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or a Dragonlord Silumgar that already exploited his victim.
While there are some scenarios where this card is incredible, it’s important not to only consider the best-case scenario. Sometimes you’ll have a board with a lone Sylvan Advocate and less then 10 mana.
Sacrificing Brood Monitor with a plethora of Eldrazi Spawn is maybe the best way to abuse this card. There are some versions of 4-Color Rites that play Dragonlord Atarka, so this plan could have a chance. There’s a big problem though—in order to cast it, you’ll need help from Cryptolith Rite and you’ll need to tap your creatures, and it’s not that synergistic to tap your creatures and then give them a bonus to attack. Other than Brood Monitor, 4c Rites doesn’t play any creature that costs more than 3 mana, so reaching 7 mana without the help of Cryptolith Rite seems a little bit ambitious.
Decimator of Provinces can fit into a ramp strategy, but a little differently than what we’re used to. You might see him in a shell with Leaf Gilder, Deathcap Cultivator, and Shaman of the Forgotten Ways. Ulvenwald Hydra is also a nice way to help your boar either come into play for only 3 mana or attack for big chunks of damage. I’m not sure if you need red mana for Chandra, Flamecaller and Kozilek’s Return since you don’t want to sweep your own mana dorks. I also don’t think Emrakul, the Promised End will fit into this kind of ramp deck. Not having Evolving Wilds and instants will make Emrakul cost around 11 mana, and I’m quite positive that for that amount of mana, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger will be just fine.
There certainly could be new strategies to exploit Decimator of Provinces, such as a shell with Drowner of Hope, Eldrazi Skyspawner, and Scion Summoner. I will be looking for them in my testing for Pro Tour , and I’ll be here in the comments to read your suggestions!