After getting bashed by Affinity, I decided to try my hand against Combo. What with Rite of Flame getting the axe, and Past in Flames not online yet, I turned to the most creature-heavy combo there is: [card melira, sylvok outcast]Melira[/card] [card]Birthing Pod[/card]. I recruited the combo-meister himself, Matt Nass, and we commenced the battles.

As usual, I used the following list:

[deck]3 Spellstutter Sprite
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Thirst for Knowledge
3 Vendilion Clique
2 Venser, Shaper Savant
4 Cryptic Command
3 Engineered Explosives
4 Path to Exile
4 Rune Snag
3 Spell Snare
2 Sword of Feast and Famine
2 Vedalken Shackles
3 Breeding Pool
2 Hallowed Fountain
7 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Mutavault
4 Scalding Tarn
Sideboard
1 Flashfreeze
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Negate
2 Krosan Grip
1 Glen Elendra Archmage
2 Sower of Temptation
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
2 Timely Reinforcements
2 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Threads of Disloyalty[/deck]

Same deal as before, Faeries, Goyfs, Paths, etc.

Here is the list Nassty took into battle:

[deck]
1 Acidic Slime
4 Birds of Paradise
1 Eternal Witness
1 Fulminator Mage
1 Gaddock Teeg
4 Kitchen Finks
3 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1 Murderous Redcap
1 Noble Hierarch
1 Obstinate Baloth
1 Ranger of Eos
1 Reveillark
1 Sun Titan
1 Tidehollow Sculler
3 Viscera Seer
4 Wall of Roots
4 Birthing Pod
3 Chord of Calling
2 Thoughtseize
2 Godless Shrine
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Razorverge Thicket
1 Sunpetal Grove
1 Temple Garden
1 Twilight Mire
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Snow-Covered Forest
2 Snow-Covered Swamp
Sideboard
1 Entomber Exarch
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Harmonic Sliver
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Nekrataal
1 Orzhov Pontiff
4 Path to Exile
1 Shriekmaw
1 Spellskite
1 Tar Fiend
2 Thoughtseize[/deck]

How could you not like a deck filled with that many sweet creature tutor targets? I mean, [card]Tar Fiend[/card], [card]Orzhov Pontiff[/card], [card]NEKRATAAL[/card]; it’s all awesome. For those who are unaware, the basic combo in the deck is Melira + [card]Viscera Seer[/card] + Persist guy, for infinite life ([card]Kitchen Finks[/card]) or infinite damage ([card]Murderous Redcap[/card]). The infinite scrys let you get the ‘Cap with Finks, since presumably infinite life buys you some time.

Channel LSV: Modern Gauntlet – Faeries vs. Melira Combo


Preboard

These games more felt based on his deck than mine; that is to say, if his draw did stuff, I was usually in trouble. I did have some fast draws with multiple counters, but more often than not, my counters and his disruption traded, and he had multiple turns to draw whatever piece he was missing. He didn’t do so as often as he would have liked, which seems like a problem the Melira deck should address. Regardless, it didn’t feel too awful.

Sideboarding

In
[draft]1 flashfreeze
1 relic of progenitus
2 negate
2 krosan grip
1 threads of disloyalty
2 sower of temptation[/draft]

Out
[draft]4 rune snag
2 venser, shaper savant
3 engineered explosives[/draft]

I’m still not even sure how I should be boarding, as you can see during the video. The above is what I think might be right, but the Sowers/Threads/Vensers all seem pretty close. I do like Negates, Grips, and the Relic, and obviously the Flashfreeze. Rune Snags seemed bad, since his spells were all so cheap, and he got to see my hand often enough, letting him play around them. Explosives also seemed bad, but they are another card that may be good enough. Honestly, I would need to play more games before I was confident in my sideboard plans.

Postboard

This didn’t change all that much from his side, but we got Krosan Grip for Birthing Pod. Hooray! As you can see in one of the final games, Goyf into running Grip plus countermagic got him real good, and I find it funny that ever debated not siding in Grips.

I don’t think I would mind facing Melira in a tournament, despite not being 100% sure what to sideboard, and wouldn’t make any special accommodations. As of now, I wouldn’t want to play with Melira either, so take that how you will. The deck just seems like a collection of very bad cards, tentatively held together by Pod and Chord, which I’m not so happy about. There are enough good decks that have good cards that work together well that I see no reason to subject myself to a deck based wholly on synergy. That, or Matt Nass just makes it look bad…(kidding, kinda).

That actually brings our foray into Faeriesville to a close; Innistrad comes out online on Thursday, or at least the very affordable prerelease events do, and I am looking forward to having a fully updated roster of Constructed formats, as well as all the Sealeds and Drafts I can stand. I think a deck of this type isn’t bad, but I would definitely play around with different cards. Besides Snapcaster, tweaking the numbers on Thirsts, artifacts, and obviously the sideboard are all in order. Control should be good, but the wealth of options makes it tough to build.

LSV