Not much has changed about The EPIC Storm since our last Infernal Tutoring in November. We have been experimenting with a third copy of [[Abrupt Decay]], however, since the control decks of the format are leaning on [[Damping Sphere]] as cross-hate for Storm combo as well as [[Cloudpost]]-based ramp decks.
Some of us on the team have been trying out lists with zero copies of [[Rite of Flame]] to varying success. Because of that, we’ve included one situation below without the fan-favorite. Alex McKinley talks through some of the ideas behind not playing the card in his article titled, “Beyond Rite of Flame”.
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the epic Storm
- 4 [[Burning Wish]]
- 4 [[Wishclaw Talisman]]
- 4 [[Brainstorm]]
- 4 [[Ponder]]
- 1 [[Tendrils of Agony]]
- 1 [[Ad Nauseam]]
- 1 [[Echo of Eons]]
- 4 [[Veil of Summer]]
- 2 [[Defense Grid]]
- 4 [[Rite of Flame]]
- 4 [[Dark Ritual]]
- 4 [[Lion’s Eye Diamond]]
- 4 [[Lotus Petal]]
- 3 [[Mox Opal]]
- 3 [[Chrome Mox]]
- 3 [[Verdant Catacombs]]
- 2 [[Bloodstained Mire]]
- 2 [[Polluted Delta]]
- 1 [[Underground Sea]]
- 1 [[Tropical Island]]
- 1 [[Volcanic Island]]
- 1 [[Taiga]]
- 1 [[Badlands]]
- 1 [[Swamp]]
- 4 [[Carpet of Flowers]]
- 3 [[Abrupt Decay]]
- 1 [[Thoughtseize]]
- 1 [[Grapeshot]]
- 1 [[Empty the Warrens]]
- 1 [[Tendrils of Agony]]
- 1 [[Massacre]]
- 1 [[Pulverize]]
- 1 [[Echo of Eons]]
- 1 [[Peer into the Abyss]]
SITUATION No. 1 — Yorion BUG Control
We’re facing a bit of a brew, a [[Yorion, Sky Nomad]] deck based around [[Green Sun’s Zenith]] for hate creatures such as [[Collector Ouphe]] and [[Leovold, Emissary of Trest]]. We don’t have much information on this deck, other than that there’s a strong hunch that they have a full-compliment of [[Force of Negation]] on top of the standard set of [[Force of Will]]. Going into the second game, [[Force of Vigor]] is a card that the opponent may also have.
-4 [[Rite of Flame]], +3 [[Abrupt Decay]], +1 [[Grapeshot]]
How do you sequence this hand to best play around [[Force of Will]], [[Force of Negation]], and possible copies of [[Force of Vigor]] (if you should choose to play around them)?
SITUATION No. 2 — Miracles
Modern day Miracles looks a lot like Snow Control. The biggest difference is additional blue sources to support [[Mystic Sanctuary]] and, in this specific list, a Legacy classic in [[Jace, the Mind Sculptor]] for the few copies of [[Terminus]] still seeing play.
-4 [[Chrome Mox]], -3 [[Mox Opal]], +4 [[Carpet of Flowers]], +3 [[Abrupt Decay]]
We’re in game two after a speedy first-turn kill in game one. Our opponent is attempting to lock us out of the game with an [[Ethersworn Canonist]]. What’s the play from here? How do you play this turn or set up for the future?
For this submission, the person was trying a no [[Rite of Flame]] list with a main-deck [[Cabal Ritual]].
SITUATION No. 3 — Oops! All Spells
Oops! All Spells is a deck that aims to win by accelerating into [[Undercity Informer]] or [[Balustrade Spy]] to mill their entire library since they play zero land cards! After that, the deck sacrifices a trio of [[Narcomoeba]] to [[Dread Return]] to bring back a [[Thassa’s Oracle]] to win the game with no library.
-2 [[Defense Grid]], -2 [[Veil of Summer]], +3 [[Abrupt Decay]], +1 [[Thoughtseize]]
We’re in a wild second game! After a failed [[Ad Nauseam]], we’ve recovered by using the main deck copy of [[Echo of Eons]]. In response to our [[Echo of Eons]], our opponent cast a [[Veil of Summer]]. Now trying to build towards [[Grapeshot]], how would you add six more Storm from here?
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