The Devoted Druid-Vizier of Remedies combo has already made an indelible mark on the Modern format, immediately putting Collected Company back into the spotlight after a lengthy hiatus from the top tables.
Abzan variants have taken the spotlight as the most obvious shell in which to put the combo, but as I expanded on in a recent article, I have an issue with those lists as being too reliant on the combo relative to other Collected Company decks, both today and in the past. If you're going to be a dedicated combo deck, it's often best to go all-in on it, eschewing any and all back-up plans from the maindeck in favor of the power, speed, and consistency that linearity affords you.
This list certainly does that, playing a selection of cheap cantrips that serve two purposes. One, they give a non-blue deck significant velocity to find the two combo pieces quickly or to recover from disruption. Second, they all put different card types in the graveyard to enable delirium, thus allowing the deck to play Traverse the Ulvenwald as a near Demonic Tutor.
The other cards that dig further than one deep are also incredibly cheap, one mana to be precise. Oath of Nissa and Commune with Nature are the most efficient cards in green to tear through your deck in search of creature combo pieces.
And the last and truest sign of being all-in is in the mana base. Hall of the Bandit Lord? Well, one of the issues with the combo is that Devoted Druid needs to be in play for a turn for it to work, which is why the Collected Company variants like to put it on the battlefield at instant speed. With Hall of the Bandit Lord you threaten to go off on any turn where you start with access to another source of mana. Good combo decks put the fear in their opponents and cause them to play scared, and Hall serves that function admirably here.
You can see the sideboard has some options for playing fair against heavy disruption decks, although I'm still not sure if Qasali Ambusher was a typo of some kind or a techy answer for edict effects. This deck is definitely wonky, and the combo may be too easy to interact with to build a deck around, but I can always respect someone who has a plan and wants to go for it.
- 1 Walking Ballista
- 4 Devoted Druid
- 1 Duskwatch Recruiter
- 4 Street Wraith
- 4 Vizier of Remedies
- 1 Wild Cantor