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So as you all know, I am a huge fan of combo decks in this format. I spent a month writing about High Tide for goodness’ sake! But this week I want to share a combo deck that is even crazier in some circumstances. I mean, Omniscience is a helluva card. Before M13 though, we had a blue enchantment that was equally broken: Dream Halls. For half the mana, both players get a way of going bananas and casting everything just by discarding a card with a common color. The best part of this deck is that it uses that weird, never-player rare from Conflux: Conflux. Casting Conflux with any card in the deck in hand allows us to pull of some incredibly broken things. Check out the list:

Dream Halls

Creatures (5)
Bogardan Hellkite
Progenitus

Artifacts (3)
Lotus Petal

Enchantments (4)
Dream Halls

Instants/Sorceries (31)
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Conflux
Cruel Ultimatum
Ponder
Show and Tell
Thoughtseize
Lim-Dûl’s Vault
Lands (17)
Island
Ancient Tomb
Flooded Strand
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Pithing Needle
Propaganda
Meditate
Hydroblast
Rushing River
Spell Pierce
Duress

The Setup

Like most combo decks, this one packs a plethora of spells to set up the combo turn. The classics like Brainstorm and Ponder are of course present, but there is one card here that is strangely good but awkwardly worded: Lim-Dul’s Vault. The vault is amazing; for just a few life points it lets you set up amazing draws for a few turns.

Another part of the setup that I believe most people ignore is the pre-protection. Having 4 Thoughtseize main deck allows us to remove some of the opponent’s permission before trying to get a Dream Halls down. We then have Force of Will to fight through whatever else they may have. Overall, the potential to have a safe combo is very high in this deck. As you will see in the next section, Conflux also enables a very safe combo while trying to go off, as it can find Force of Will while you attempt to kill them.

The Combo

Step 1: Get Dream Halls in play. This can be achieved by hard-casting it with Lotus Petal and Ancient Tomb, or by using Show and Tell. Show and Tell can also be used to just drop Progenitus into play, which is brutal. He can also be cast using Dream Halls if a combo is not available. This can just put away most fair decks.

Step 2: Cast Conflux using the Halls. Search for Bogardan Hellkite, a Cruel Ultimatum, another Conflux, Force of Will, and Progenitus.

Step 3: Discard the Hellkite to cast an Ultimatum, returning Hellkite to your hand.

Step 4: Cast the other Conflux, searching up the same things except keeping the Force in hand and the Hellkite.

Step 5: Repeat using all three Cruel Ultimatum to get the opponent to 5, then for the kill just cast the Hellkite with Dream Halls for the final 5 damage.

Step 6: GG.

It is really an amazing deck. The fact that you are casting so many spells to win is rather irrelevant; the deck can find a Force of Will every time you Conflux. The Progenitus backup plan is also very effective, especially against fair decks. Fortunately, Dream Halls is also a state-based effect (I am pretty sure that’s what it is called? Judges, please confirm!), which means that Pithing Needle and Phyrexian Revoker are completely ineffective combo hate.

The sideboard also gives the deck some resiliency and backup against other strategies. It is fairly self-explanatory, except for Raging River and Meditate. The River is for matchups when lots of permanent removal, i.e. Qasali Pridemage and friends, will be there to try and slow you down. Normally the land sac doesn’t matter too much, especially for the benefits of being able to hit two things instead of one. Meditate is for the control matchups when drawing cards is worth skipping a turn. It also goes along quite nicely with Lim-Dul’s Vault to get powerful combo hands.

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope you like the deck, and maybe you will play it instead of Sneak & Show for more fun and cool wins at your next event. Thanks for reading!

/Peyton

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