Faithless Looting #15: Izzet Over Yet?

Welcome back to Faithless Looting, my weekly look at budget lists and budget formats.

I’ll make my call now and then shut up about it. My prediction is the TC gets banned, but not until January, and that it is banned in at least Pauper and Modern; I don’t follow other formats well enough to know if it is breaking them. That said, our weekend Daily results were mixed. One of the dailies had very little Cruise, and the next had plenty. Zero of the 4-0 lists on November 7 were packing Cruise; three out of four were on November 8.

If you can’t beat ’em …

If and until TC gets banned, I recommend picking up the damn card and playing it. You like drawing three, don’t you son? Well, there you go.

The list I like the most is this Kiln Fiend control deck, exemplified by Zakurero22 here:

[d title=”Kiln Control by Zakurero22 (Pauper)”]
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Great Furnace
5 Island
4 Izzet Boilerworks
5 Mountain
2 Seat of the Synod

4 Delver of Secrets
4 Kiln Fiend
1 Mulldrifter
4 Nivix Cyclops

2 Deep Analysis
3 Faithless Looting
4 Firebolt
3 Flame Slash
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Preordain
2 Serum Visions
3 Treasure Cruise

1 Deep Analysis
3 Electrickery
2 Electrostatic Bolt
1 Flaring Pain
4 Hydroblast
4 Pyroblast [/d]

Use burn to control your opponent’s board, then hit them for 4-7 with a Kiln Fiend. Use TC to refill (obvs), and you’ll be saying GG before you know it. This deck is great right now because it has both a strong aggro plan and a strong control plan; few decks can switch so capably between a quick goldfish and a grindy game of card advantage.

… stomp ’em.

If playing TC isn’t your thing, now is a good time to go green. Stompy is putting up results and it’s always a strong deck; just tune it slightly for the meta and it can 4-0, no problem. Of course, if you really love green, you might consider giving Elves a shot instead. Here is the list that Garruk17 went 4-0 with this past weekend.

[d title=”Elves by Garruk17 (Pauper)”]
12 Forest
1 Island

4 Birchlore Rangers
3 Elvish Mystic
2 Fyndhorn Elves
3 Llanowar Elves
4 Lys Alana Huntmaster
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Priest of Titania
4 Quirion Ranger
3 Sylvan Ranger
4 Timberwatch Elf
4 Wellwisher

4 Distant Melody
3 Viridian Longbow
1 Spidersilk Armor

2 Spidersilk Armor
3 Fog
4 Gleeful Sabotage
4 Scattershot Archer
2 Thermokarst [/d]

The 4x Wellwisher in the main make it so that all the other aggro decks have a really hard time racing you. 3x Viridian Longbow and 1x Spidersilk Armor give Delver a tough run, too.

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Until next time, keep the faith!