Green/Black Disciple of Bolas Deck for New Standard
September 27, 2012 | Posted by Dee
One of the best ways to build more powerful decks than other players is to figure out the best combos.
For example, if you realized that Snapcaster, Ponder, and Delver worked very well together, you could’ve done really well last year in post-Innistrad Standard.
Other combos that worked well during that time include Sun Titan + Phantasmal Image and Primeval Titan + Kessig Wolf Run + Inkmoth Nexus.
In post-Return to Ravnica Standard, I think the Disciple of Bolas and Thragtusk interaction could be one of the top combos.
I built a deck with Disciple in mind to see how powerful the card was. The deck did well in playtesting. Here’s the decklist.
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You can’t rely on just Thragtusk to sac to Disciple because there will be games when you don’t draw the green creature. Therefore, I added a bunch of other cards that play well with Disciple.
Strangleroot Geist is a good creature to sac because it has undying. Rancor also works well with Disciple because it boosts power and it goes back to your hand after you sac the enchanted creature.
Dreg Mangler has some utility after you sac it. You can buff a creature by activating Dreg Mangler’s scavenge ability while it is in the graveyard.
Wolfir Silverheart is pretty insane with Disciple because it gives other creatures a big buff of +4/+4. For example, when you soulbond with Thragtusk and then sac it to Disciple, you draw nine cards and gain nine life!
Garruk Relentless gives you 2/2 Wolf creature tokens, which are good sacrifice fodder for Disciple.
Tragic Slip is the removal spell of choice because it interacts well with Disciple. The black creature turns on morbid with his ability. Plus, when you draw cards, you can draw Tragic Slip if you don’t already have it in hand.
In one game, my opponent tapped out for Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius. I sacrificed Thragtusk to Disciple to draw five cards. One of those five cards was Tragic Slip. I cast it in the same turn to kill the big Dragon.
I started with 3 Disciple because I thought there would be situations where you didn’t want to sacrifice a creature or you didn’t have a good creature to sacrifice. I’ve been happy with that number.
However, four copies might be correct since the card is pretty good. If you play this deck, I would test 4 Disciple. I’m not sure which card to take out though. My best guess is Rancor.
Disciple is an important card but the deck can win without it. The deck can do a good impression of an aggro deck with Rancor and the cheap haste creatures, Strangleroot Geist and Dreg Mangler.
You will win games without Disciple of Bolas by just establishing an early offense and killing your opponent before he has a chance to setup his defense.
For example, with a turn one Arbor Elf, you can have aggressive starts like turn two Dreg Mangler, swing for three and turn two Strangleroot Geist, enchant it with Rancor, and attack for four.
Note that Arbor Elf can untap Overgrown Tomb since it’s a Forest. This helps you cast the double black cards, Vampire Nighthawk and Liliana of the Veil.
Wolfir Silverheart is a nice finisher when you combine it with the flying of Vampire Nighthawk and the trample of Rancor.