Deck Tech: Heartless Summoning with Joe Bernal and Donnie Noland
Heartless+Summonings preceded a Rune-Scarred+Demon chain that ended in Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite on turn 4! If that’s not one of the most powerful things you could be doing in Standard, I don’t know what is.
We’ve examined a number of different Heartless+Summoning archetypes over the past month, and with good reason. Combining control and combo elements into a shell that fixes draws with Faithless+Looting, this is an archetype truly made possible by Dark Ascension. Liliana+of+the+Veil into the deck over Day+of+Judgment, Joe’s deck is a lot more aggressive than Unburial+Rites, Joe saw fit to trim out Desperate Raving and the like in favor of an age-old favorite: Ponder. “The deck is a combo deck—you can’t afford to play big, clunky spells like Forbidden+Alchemy and Desperate Raving. Ponder costs one mana and digs you into the best cards in your deck—plus you have a number of shuffle effects.”