Pattern Rector [Canadian Highlander]

Discussion in 'Casual Decks/Variants/Etc' started by Oversoul, May 20, 2018.

  1. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    This is the fifth Canadian Highlander deck I've put together so far, but on the second one I'm posting in the decks forum because one abandoned the day after I built it and two were "netdecked."

    TappedOut link.

    Decklist (version 1.0)

    1x Abyssal Gatekeeper
    1x Academy Rector
    1x Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
    1x Archangel of Thune
    1x Avacyn's Pilgrim
    1x Birds of Paradise
    1x Bloodthrone Vampire
    1x Body Snatcher
    1x Boonweaver Giant
    1x Caller of the Claw
    1x Carrion Feeder
    1x Deathrite Shaman
    1x Elves of Deep Shadow
    1x Elvish Mystic
    1x Eternal Witness
    1x Fauna Shaman
    1x Fiend Hunter
    1x Fleshbag Marauder
    1x Fyndhorn Elves
    1x Gaddock Teeg
    1x Karmic Guide
    1x Kitchen Finks
    1x Knight of the Reliquary
    1x Llanowar Elves
    1x Maggot Carrier
    1x Nantuko Husk
    1x Noble Hierarch
    1x Phyrexian Delver
    1x Phyrexian Ghoul
    1x Protean Hulk
    1x Qasali Pridemage
    1x Reclamation Sage
    1x Restoration Angel
    1x Reveillark
    1x Saffi Eriksdotter
    1x Scavenging Ooze
    1x Shriekmaw
    1x Sidisi, Undead Vizier
    1x Sun Titan
    1x Tidehollow Sculler
    1x Veteran Explorer
    1x Viscera Seer
    1x Voice of Resurgence
    1x Wall of Roots
    1x Arid Mesa
    1x Bayou
    1x Bazaar of Baghdad
    1x Bloodstained Mire
    1x Brushland
    1x Canopy Vista
    1x Caves of Koilos
    1x Dryad Arbor
    1x Fetid Heath
    1x Flagstones of Trokair
    1x Flooded Strand
    3x Forest
    1x Gaea's Cradle
    1x Godless Shrine
    1x Horizon Canopy
    1x Isolated Chapel
    1x Llanowar Wastes
    1x Marsh Flats
    1x Misty Rainforest
    1x Overgrown Tomb
    1x Phyrexian Tower
    2x Plains
    1x Polluted Delta
    1x Sandsteppe Citadel
    1x Savannah
    1x Scrubland
    2x Swamp
    1x Temple Garden
    1x Thran Quarry
    1x Twilight Mire
    1x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
    1x Verdant Catacombs
    1x Wasteland
    1x Windswept Heath
    1x Cabal Therapy
    1x Demonic Tutor
    1x Diabolic Intent
    1x Duress
    1x Green Sun's Zenith
    1x Hymn to Tourach
    1x Inquisition of Kozilek
    1x Thoughtseize
    1x Vindicate
    1x Animate Dead
    1x Evolutionary Leap
    1x Pattern of Rebirth
    1x Pernicious Deed
    1x Recurring Nightmare
    1x Survival of the Fittest
    1x Sylvan Library
    1x Worldly Tutor
    1x Liliana, the Last Hope

    Point cards are Demonic Tutor, Protean Hulk, Survival of the Fittest, and Worldly Tutor. This is all still completely untested. So it's a very, very rough draft. As I've indicated on TappedOut, I took apart Gitrog County Municipal Lake Dredge Appraisal to build this. Anyway, we'll see how it goes...
  2. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    Got to test it yesterday. I lost every single game, although a few of them were against a UR Burn deck that was a pretty bad matchup anyway. But yeah, this deck failed miserably last night.

    While I do think I spot some areas I want to improve, the main problem was that I drew garbage hands every game (think I played a total of about 8 games). Stuff like mulliganing a no-land 7 into an awkward 6 with two lands, no green mana sources, a mana dork, and some 3-drops and 4- drops, then proceeding to draw green cards for the rest of the game. One of the games ran long and I might have won except I hit a pocket of 6 lands in a row (my opponent, playing a control-combo deck and unable to get his combo, beat me to death with small creatures while I helplessly topdecked land after land). So yeah, I need better data than that. I'm sure the list needs some adjustment, but it's not that bad.
  3. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    I really still need more substantial testing, but here's my first update...

    -1 Maggot Carrier
    -1 Nantuko Husk
    -1 Archangel of Thune
    -1 Caller of the Claw
    -1 Thran Quarry
    +1 Murderous Redcap
    +1 Cartel Aristocrat
    +1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
    +1 Razorverge Thicket
    +1 Woodland Cemetery

    Mostly, these changes are because I went out and bought some cards I'd been thinking of putting in the deck, but didn't initially own. Murderous Redcap is far more useful as a kill condition than Maggot Carrier, and Cartel Aristocrat is preferable to a three-drop sac outlet. Against my better judgment, I'm bumping the land count up by one, for now.
  4. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    Copied from my update at TappedOut...

    Frustratingly, but also somewhat amusingly, my deck has yet to actually win a single game. I do put part of that down to luck, but I think I already see two major points I want to correct. Firstly, Pattern Rector is a hybrid deck and should be able to win by either comboing off or by taking over the board through attrition and value. Secondly, this deck definitely had too many lands. I may have gotten a bit aggressive on cutting lands, but 39 was bad. I suspect that the right answer is 35 or 36, and I'm taking the under, for now.


    -1 Fleshbag Marauder
    -1 Abyssal Gatekeeper
    -1 Phyrexian Delver
    -1 Cabal Therapy
    -1 Twilight Mire
    -1 Fetid Heath
    -1 Razorverge Thicket
    -1 Flagstones of Trokair
    +1 Meren of Clan Nel Toth
    +1 Swords to Plowshares
    +1 Siege Rhino
    +1 Thrun, the Last Troll
    +1 Archangel of Thune
    +1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
    +1 Garruck, Apex Predator
    +1 Arena Rector

    So yeah, eight card substitutions is a big deal. Battlebond gave us Arena Rector and so I've added two big planeswalkers to form a second Rector package. I am still contemplating the ideal toolboxes to squeeze into this deck with both Rectors, and it's a tough call. I might substantially change the composition of either the enchantments or the planeswalkers, or both.

    I've also thrown in more creatures that can actually attack and block. The primary goal is a combo win, but I want to have enough threats that traditional creature combat is a plausible backup. Archangel of Thune is back in, and I'm hopeful for the other new inclusions.

    The Fleshbag Marauder + Abyssal Gatekeeper trick is something of a signature of mine, and was one of my favorite plays in my old Commander deck, which evolved into this deck. I'm sad to cut it, but think it's the right call. The other cards are fine, but weren't as strong as I hope their replacements turn out.

    I am now adding a Maybeboard.
  5. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    I'm sure in the long run my idea of using both Rectors in the same deck won't be unique, but traditional Pattern Rector isn't a wildly popular archetype in any format right now and Arena Rector is still quite new. So far, I'm the only one I know of to take this approach, although I assume there are others. Perhaps not in Canadian Highlander, though...

    I want to give this deck a unique name, something less generic than "Pattern Rector." But right now I'm kinda stumped. All of the ideas I can think of are probably very bad...

    Pattern Rector Rector?
    Pattern of Double Rector?
    Pattern Rector Doublemint Twins?
    Rector Double Trouble?
    Get Rect?
    Human Sacrifice?
    All the Rectors?
    The Rectoral College?
  6. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    Today, this deck finally broke its losing streak, albeit not in a very convincing fashion. I played against my friend's Grixis Time Vault deck and his Cradlehoof deck, losing 4 out of 5 games. I'm starting to become convinced to keep this deck around long-term as one of my default decks for this format, but I'm going to need to continue refining it. Amusingly, I ran into this situation against Cradlehoof...
    tidehollow dilemma.jpg

    Second-turn Tidehollow Sculler revealed that my opponent's hand was super-crazy and I was doomed. I ended up taking the Crop Rotation and evoking Shriekmaw to kill Rofellos, then using Vindicate to kill Whisperwood Elemental. Turned a scary, imminently lost game into an actual battle. Unfortunately, I topdecked both Ugin and Garruk back-to-back and fell behind on the board, which enabled my opponent to deploy Primeval Titan.
  7. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    Woo hoo, I won another game. Against Grixis Time Vault. Again. :rolleyes:

    Played a single game of Canadian Highlander after the M19 prerelease yesterday. It got very grindy and I had him down to 3 life, but he was able to get Tasigur and Keranos, to keep me from having attackers to force the final points of damage through. He was able to counter enough of my key spells to keep me from getting more attackers on the board while Tasigur sat back to hold off my Thrun. We kept trading off with our different attempts to break the stalemate, but eventually, blue being blue, my opponent was able to build up more resources while I was stuck in topdeck mode, and once he got JTMS out, I figured I was doomed. He used Jace to keep me off threats to his life total, and on a single turn dropped both Ral Zarek and Batterskull, so he was going to start gaining life on his next turn. But I finally topdecked Murderous Redcap and he was out of countermagic, so I was able to summon it and sacrifice it to Phyrexian Tower for the win.

    I want better data from a greater variety of opponents. Against blue-heavy control-combo, I should be running more disruptive creatures with beatdown potential, as I am less likely to score a combo kill. But against that same guy's Cradlehoof deck, I'd prefer to rush for a combo kill.
  8. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    It's been a while, but this deck finally used Arena Rector. I think it's pretty good, but as it happened, I didn't trust it enough at the time. Played a bunch of Canadian Highlander last night, with multiple games using all three of my current Canadian Highlander decks. The last game was an epic slug-fest, one of the most intense duels I've had in a long time, between Grixis Time Vault and my "Pattern Rector-Rector" deck. I got a second-turn Survival of the Fittest, but couldn't access a source of black mana, so I was off to a slow start. My opponent took his time establishing control and presented some threats I had to answer. I discarded Arena Rector to Survival of the Fittest for something with more immediate stopping power, which might have been necessary at the time. Later I used Meren of Clan Nel Toth to return Academy Rector to my hand (it had been hit by Thoughtseize), and that was a mistake. I risked playing Academy Rector onto an empty board after Damnation, but my opponent used Ral Zarek and Keranos, God of Storms to keep me from having any other creatures. Then both of us were beaten up (I was at 9 life and he was about the same) and I'd run him out of countermagic, but he had Keranos to control the board and ping my life total, Tainted Pact in hand to find Time Vault, Ral Zarek to go infinite with Time Vault, Trinket Mage, and Sensei's Divining Top. I had a creature in hand, so I could pitch it to Survival and find a sac outlet, but without a second creature, I couldn't attach Pattern of Rebirth to anything and generate an infinite loop. Recurring Nightmare had already been countered, so I couldn't use that either. The line of play I settled on was to pitch Elvish Mystic to find Carrion Feeder, Thoughtseize away Tainted Pact, cast Carrion Feeder and sac Academy Rector to it, use Academy Rector's ability to cheat out Animate Dead, target Arena Rector with Animate Dead, sac Arena Rector to Carrion Feeder, use Arena Rector's ability to cheat out Ugin, sacrifice Carrion Feeder to itself, and finally activate Ugin's -X ability for 5. My opponent got to keep his Sensei's Divining Top, of course, but was facing down an Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. On his turn, Jace, the Mind Sculptor came down and started fatesealing me, then on my turn I cast Viscera Seer and used Ugin's +2 on Jace. My opponent still almost had a way to take over the game using Jace to bounce Viscera Seer and animating Wandering Fumarole and making it a 4/1 to attack my Ugin. At that point, Jace would have kept me slowed down enough that I'd almost certainly lose. But I realized that I'd kept Wasteland on the battlefield since very early on in the game (had planned to hit Maze of Ith with it, but I never had quite a good enough board position to warrant that). Wasteland blew up Wandering Fumarole and Ugin won the game from there.
  9. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    Forgot to mention a while ago I did this card swap due to the Points List change...

    -1 Enlightened Tutor
    +1 Birthing Pod

    Hasn't mattered yet, as I haven't drawn Birthing Pod in a real game since putting it in. Should be good, though.
  10. Terentius The Instigator

    Points List?
  11. Oversoul The Tentacled One

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