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    Sarven McLinton
    Sarven McLinton
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    PRIMER: REANIMATOR

    CBR MTG’s very own Angus McKay is the most recent Reanimator ‘expert’ in a long and glorious line going way back to the origins of Highlander. He has piloted his list to great finishes. He has an excellent video overview to introduce you to the deck here:

    Followed by a detailed text primer copied here for posterity:

    Angus McKay’s Reanimator Primer

    Angus has currently swapped to the Oath with G splash version here is the list

    Lands (19)
    Bazaar of Baghdad
    Forbidden Orchard
    Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
    Mana Confluence
    Badlands
    Bayou
    Underground Sea
    Volcanic Island
    Watery Grave
    Steam Vents
    Bloodstained Mire
    Flooded Strand
    Marsh Flats
    Misty Rainforest
    Polluted Delta
    Scalding Tarn
    Verdant Catacombs
    Island
    Swamp

    Cheat Effects (8)
    Reanimate
    Animate Dead
    Dance of the Dead
    Exhume
    Life / Death
    Oath of Druids *
    Stitch Together
    Show and Tell

    Fatties (7)
    Ashen Rider
    Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
    Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
    Griselbrand
    Iona, Shield of Emeria
    Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
    Kozilek, the Great Distortion

    Enablers (14)
    Careful Study
    Chart a Course
    Entomb
    Faithless Looting
    Gamble
    Vampiric Tutor ***
    Collective Brutality
    Izzet Charm
    Muddle the Mixture
    Search for Azcanta
    Dack Fayden
    Frantic Search
    Thirst for Knowledge
    Wheel of Fortune

    Other Spells (12)
    Gitaxian Probe
    Mental Misstep
    Daze
    Brainstorm
    Ponder
    Preordain
    Spell Pierce
    Swan Song
    Thoughtseize
    Force of Will
    Misdirection
    Dig Through Time

    SB: Abrupt Decay
    SB: Blazing Archon
    SB: Chaos Warp
    SB: Duress
    SB: Energy Flux
    SB: Firestorm
    SB: Nature’s Claim
    SB: Nezahal, Primal Tide
    SB: Null Rod
    SB: Pyroblast
    SB: Radiant Flames
    SB: Red Elemental Blast
    SB: Shred Memory
    SB: Stronghold Gambit
    SB: Terastodon

    Considerations:

    Oath of Druids is one of the best cards for this deck and if you can fiddle with the mana base or drop red you can easily make it work, I just never could ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Counter magic frequents in variants of this deck a bunch, whenever I played versions with counterspells I could never get the numbers right and it always felt like I was looking for another piece of the puzzle. I have replaced the protection for redundancy so if a creature dies or your spell doesn’t resolve you just play another reanimaton spell next turn ggez

    I recently took out dragons breath to make room for Search for Azcanta. It’s been going really well and can flip as early as T3!

    I took out Emrakul TAT, Terastadon, shallow grave and goyros vengeance for Worldgorger Dragon, Oona, stitch together and life//death. This is because Emrakul creates a “Four horsemen” type scenario where I can’t mill myself with Bazaar of Baghdad and Worldgorger Dragon without risking shuffling my graveyard into my library. But the change to include WGD combo has been so much fun, here’s a short list of all the things I’ve done with WGD:
    – exiled all your permanents with ashen rider
    – had Infinite mana and all my cards had flash back with snapcaster mage
    – started the combo at instant speed in your end step with Necromancy
    – had no immediate wincon after making infinite mana so hardcasting all the spells in my hand until I could Hard cast Oona

    I really love this deck and I hope you do too! Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to make this deck better



    BONUS
    In addition, check out the G-splash version for Oath of Druids here, along with a run at the gauntlet:

    (an older video series, but it checks out)

    I manage Adelaide Eternal, a group running monthly tournaments in SA for Vintage, Highlander, and Legacy. We also commentate feature matches which are uploaded to our YouTube channel every month. Visit: www.youtube.com/adelaideeternal

    #795
    Sarven McLinton
    Sarven McLinton
    Keymaster

    Some additional tournament coverage can be found here:

    here:

    here:

    and here:

    Enjoy!

    I manage Adelaide Eternal, a group running monthly tournaments in SA for Vintage, Highlander, and Legacy. We also commentate feature matches which are uploaded to our YouTube channel every month. Visit: www.youtube.com/adelaideeternal

    #878
    Shane
    Shane
    Keymaster

    “CBR MTG’s very own Angus McKay is the progenitor of the Reanimator archetype”

    *cough* http://auseternal.space/93/

    #884
    Sarven McLinton
    Sarven McLinton
    Keymaster

    Nice! The more you know… so I guess you’re the progenitor and Angus is the leading exponent?

    I manage Adelaide Eternal, a group running monthly tournaments in SA for Vintage, Highlander, and Legacy. We also commentate feature matches which are uploaded to our YouTube channel every month. Visit: www.youtube.com/adelaideeternal

    #892
    Shane
    Shane
    Keymaster

    Reanimator has been around for a long time, but yeah, most current lists are based off my original list from a few years ago. This is what I’m playing currently:

    // 60 Maindeck
    // 2 Artifact
    1 Chrome Mox
    1 Lotus Petal

    // 7 Creature
    1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
    1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
    1 Griselbrand
    1 Terastodon
    1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
    1 Sundering Titan
    1 Inkwell Leviathan

    // 4 Enchantment
    1 Dance of the Dead
    1 Animate Dead
    1 Search for Azcanta
    1 Oath of Druids

    // 11 Instant
    1 Daze
    1 Muddle the Mixture
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Mental Misstep
    1 Swan Song
    1 Izzet Charm
    1 Spell Pierce
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Frantic Search
    1 Entomb
    1 Stubborn Denial

    // 20 Land
    1 Scalding Tarn
    1 Steam Vents
    1 Watery Grave
    1 Verdant Catacombs
    1 Gemstone Mine
    1 Forbidden Orchard
    1 Darkslick Shores
    1 Misty Rainforest
    1 Mana Confluence
    1 City of Brass
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Bloodstained Mire
    1 Swamp
    1 Island
    1 Bayou
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Badlands
    1 Underground Sea
    1 Volcanic Island
    1 Flooded Strand

    // 1 Planeswalker
    1 Dack Fayden

    // 15 Sorcery
    1 Strategic Planning
    1 Thoughtseize
    1 Inquisition of Kozilek
    1 Gamble
    1 Collective Brutality
    1 Faithless Looting
    1 Ponder
    1 Exhume
    1 Reanimate
    1 Careful Study
    1 Show and Tell
    1 Life // Death
    1 Imperial Seal
    1 Preordain
    1 Stitch Together

    // 15 Sideboard
    // 2 Artifact
    SB: 1 Pithing Needle
    SB: 1 Nihil Spellbomb

    // 2 Creature
    SB: 1 Consecrated Sphinx
    SB: 1 Grave Titan

    // 1 Enchantment
    SB: 1 Pernicious Deed

    // 7 Instant
    SB: 1 Abrupt Decay
    SB: 1 Red Elemental Blast
    SB: 1 Pyroblast
    SB: 1 Nature’s Claim
    SB: 1 Flusterstorm
    SB: 1 Mindbreak Trap
    SB: 1 Abrade

    // 1 Land
    SB: 1 Ghost Quarter

    // 2 Sorcery
    SB: 1 Duress
    SB: 1 Pyroclasm

    #1044
    Shane
    Shane
    Keymaster

    Current build. Considering MB Trophy > Abrade. Difficult permanents G1 are usually going to be Deathrite, ooze, JTMS, Maze of Ith (Gardening Australia) and Liliana of the Veil. Trophy does a better job of dealing with them.

    // 60 Maindeck
    // 2 Artifact
    1 Chrome Mox
    1 Lotus Petal

    // 7 Creature
    1 Terastodon
    1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
    1 Sundering Titan
    1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
    1 Griselbrand
    1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
    1 Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

    // 3 Enchantment
    1 Animate Dead
    1 Dance of the Dead
    1 Oath of Druids*

    // 12 Instant
    1 Swan Song
    1 Stubborn Denial
    1 Frantic Search
    1 Vampiric Tutor*
    1 Daze
    1 Spell Pierce
    1 Entomb
    1 Izzet Charm
    1 Abrade
    1 Mental Misstep
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Muddle the Mixture

    // 19 Land
    1 Volcanic Island
    1 Scalding Tarn
    1 Island
    1 Watery Grave
    1 Badlands
    1 Flooded Strand
    1 Bloodstained Mire
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Misty Rainforest
    1 Swamp
    1 Darkslick Shores
    1 Steam Vents
    1 Underground Sea
    1 Bayou
    1 Gemstone Mine
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Verdant Catacombs
    1 Forbidden Orchard
    1 City of Brass

    // 1 Planeswalker
    1 Dack Fayden

    // 16 Sorcery
    1 Exhume
    1 Imperial Seal*
    1 Stitch Together
    1 Faithless Looting
    1 Show and Tell
    1 Preordain
    1 Careful Study
    1 Gamble
    1 Reanimate
    1 Life // Death
    1 Collective Brutality
    1 Thoughtseize
    1 Inquisition of Kozilek
    1 Ponder
    1 Gitaxian Probe
    1 Chart a Course

    // 15 Sideboard
    // 2 Artifact
    SB: 1 Pithing Needle
    SB: 1 Nihil Spellbomb

    // 1 Creature
    SB: 1 Grave Titan

    // 2 Enchantment
    SB: 1 Pernicious Deed
    SB: 1 Search for Azcanta

    // 8 Instant
    SB: 1 Assassin’s Trophy
    SB: 1 Red Elemental Blast
    SB: 1 Firestorm
    SB: 1 Memory’s Journey
    SB: 1 Mindbreak Trap
    SB: 1 Flusterstorm
    SB: 1 Pyroblast
    SB: 1 Nature’s Claim

    // 2 Sorcery
    SB: 1 Duress
    SB: 1 Pyroclasm

    #1579
    Shane
    Shane
    Keymaster

    My current build:

    // 60 Maindeck
    // 3 Artifact
    1 Chrome Mox
    1 Lotus Petal
    1 Pithing Needle

    // 7 Creature
    1 Terastodon
    1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
    1 Griselbrand
    1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
    1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion
    1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
    1 Niv-Mizzet, Parun

    // 3 Enchantment
    1 Animate Dead
    1 Dance of the Dead
    1 Oath of Druids

    // 12 Instant
    1 Swan Song
    1 Stubborn Denial
    1 Frantic Search
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Daze
    1 Spell Pierce
    1 Entomb
    1 Izzet Charm
    1 Mental Misstep
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Shallow Grave
    1 Dark Ritual

    // 19 Land
    1 Volcanic Island
    1 Scalding Tarn
    1 Island
    1 Watery Grave
    1 Badlands
    1 Bloodstained Mire
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Misty Rainforest
    1 Swamp
    1 Steam Vents
    1 Underground Sea
    1 Bayou
    1 Gemstone Mine
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Verdant Catacombs
    1 Forbidden Orchard
    1 City of Brass
    1 Mana Confluence
    1 Cephalid Coliseum

    // 1 Planeswalker
    1 Dack Fayden

    // 15 Sorcery
    1 Exhume
    1 Faithless Looting
    1 Show and Tell
    1 Preordain
    1 Careful Study
    1 Gamble
    1 Reanimate
    1 Life // Death
    1 Collective Brutality
    1 Thoughtseize
    1 Inquisition of Kozilek
    1 Ponder
    1 Chart a Course
    1 Portent
    1 Imperial Seal

    // 15 Sideboard
    // 1 Artifact
    SB: 1 Nihil Spellbomb

    // 3 Creature
    SB: 1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
    SB: 1 Sundering Titan
    SB: 1 Keranos, God of Storms

    // 7 Instant
    SB: 1 Red Elemental Blast
    SB: 1 Flusterstorm
    SB: 1 Assassin’s Trophy
    SB: 1 Abrade
    SB: 1 Pyroblast
    SB: 1 Veil of Summer
    SB: 1 Return to Nature

    // 1 Planeswalker
    SB: 1 Ashiok, Dream Render

    // 3 Sorcery
    SB: 1 Duress
    SB: 1 Pyroclasm
    SB: 1 Stronghold Gambit

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