Rally the Ancestors combo in Standard is one of the coolest things you can do in the format. While most decks are playing conventional Magic, Rally gives you a crazy over-the-top finisher that brings back all of your creatures for a killing blow.
You can use your imagination in what to bring back with this—the more creatures the better, and the more absurd they are the better.
But a lot of people have been asking to see a more combo-focused version. Can’t blame ’em. So this week that’s what we’re doing.
Two options for game-winning creatures are Mogis’s Marauder and Purphoros, God of the Forge.
Mogis’s Marauder can produce a ton of damage—you may have enough devotion to give ALL of your creatures HASTE and FEAR to get through for massive damage.
Purphuros produces a similar effect that is not tied to devotion—each creature you play shoots them for 2. If you Rally two Purphuros at once you get 4 for each creature even though it’s a legend.
These cards aren’t great in a control shell, but if you are returning a handful of creatures it doesn’t get much better than this.
Either or both of these are a good choice for a finish in a combo shell.
There are some crazy 4-drops for a Rally the Ancestors combo deck—too many to pick really.
Siege Rhino is a great body that can stabilize or take over a board of small creatures, extend the game against any board, or come back for life drain.
Sidisi, Brood Tyrant is another amazing mythic. This creature is a self-contained mill engine that sets up your finish and produces a decent board affect in the midgame. Sidisi is also amazing to bring back with either Purphoros or Mogis’s Marauder for extra damage.
Butcher of the Horde is also great as a massive body that can sacrifice your board or provide the winning haste and flying damage when you mass reanimate.
You also have the common all-star Gurmag Drowner. While not as imposing a board presence as these other 4-drops, the Drowner digs nicely for Rally the Ancestors while stocking your graveyard.
The reality is that you can’t actually play 4 of all of these for curve consideration, so you will have to pick your favorites or whatever you have and work with that.
Satyr Wayfinder is a nice little body that fits in perfectly.
Nyx Weaver offers slow inevitability in growing your graveyard and finding and returning Rally the Ancestors.
Monastery Siege is great at letting you ditch clunky creatures in your hand while digging for whatever it is you need.
Elvish Mystic and Sylvan Caryatid give you the necessary speed to be competitive. These mana dorks ramp out your suite of 4-drops ahead of schedule and also come back with Rally for extra Purphoros damage.
It’s easy to paint with the rainbow in Standard, so you can play all 5 colors if you want and have decent mana.
Exploit plays great with Rally the Ancestors and we have a handful of decent options.
You could dip your toes into exploit or you could play an exploit-heavy build with extra sacrifice critters and even try out Return to the Ranks.
We have tons of options based on style and preference.
Standard Mass Reanimator Combo
While there are lots of directions to take this archetype I’ve been working on a list based closely on a deck sent my way by Alexandre Lussier and Jamie Blanchette.
This version has had some competitive success already but I like it just because it has an awesome play style.
The game plan is to get an early jump from mana critters and start churning through your deck and filling your graveyard. Your 4-drop creatures can do a lot to buy time until you have enough to Rally the Ancestors for the win.
Murderous Cut is a good option and makes for a fine main deck choice as well.
Mass Reanimating in Standard
Rally the Ancestors really opens the door for broken combo shenanigans in Standard, and there’s a lot of ways to go with it.
I have found the list in the article satisfying to play, but I encourage you to have fun putting together your own unique version, or just enjoy tweaking it in your mind.
How would you build this deck? What cards have merit that have been overlooked? How would you mass reanimate in Standard?