Deck Tech: Enchantress with Tyrell Kizer
Tyrell Kizer put a ring on his Enchantress deck.
It's been a while since we've seen Enchantress make a splash in a Legacy Open, but there are multiple copies of the deck doing well here today. Reno, Nevada's Enchantress master Tyrell Kizer is so far undefeated with his version, and his intimate knowledge of the deck gives him as good a shot as any to make the Top 8.
“It's kind of an old school version,” Tyrell explained as he pointed out the lack of artifacts and Elvish Spirit Guides that some “newer” versions have adopted. “I just want to cast my green Ancestral Recalls and Rampant Growths.”
By Rampant Growth he means to Wild Growth and Utopia Sprawl and by green Ancestral Recall he means any enchantment with Argothian Enchantress and/or Enchantress's Presence in play. If Tyrell can land one of the namesake cards he can quickly overwhelm any opponent with a flood of enchantments that fill multiple roles from shutting down the ground with Moat, shutting down any kind of offense with Solitary Confinement, and protecting his board with Sterling Grove. And if anything goes wrong, Replenish—a card that many versions of Enchantress don't run—can set things back up.
Tyrell's added some spice to his deck that gives him an extra angle of attack or ways to kick out of problems: Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. He's able to cast it off of Serra's Sanctum or a flood of Wild Growths and Utopia Sprawls, giving him a massive threat that can end the game or give him the time he needs to piece a Solitary Confinement lock together. Add in the ability to take infinite turns with Karakas bouncing Emrakul, and you've got a sweet little package.
“It's really good against anything that's trying to attack you,” Tyrell said of his pet deck. “But it's not good against fast combo decks, so I have eight or nine cards to side in against them.”
Without a way to interrupt the combo decks in the maindeck, he has to find and protect a Solitary Confinement before combo can kill him, which is not always easy. It gets better after sideboard when Leyline of Sanctity, Ground Seal and Runed Halo come in to fight back against the unfair decks, but Tyrell doesn't think those combo decks make up a big enough portion of the metagame to warrant more maindeck hate than he already has. As for counterspell control matchups like Stoneblade, Tyrell's enchantresses are able sneak under countermagic with all of the acceleration available, and City of Solitude can really shut the door on those counterspelling troublemakers. There are tools for everything, and given Tyrell's record and how favorable his creature matchups are, there's no reason to question his judgment in card choices.
If you're looking for a fun and powerful deck that is capable of winning any matchup with an assortment of tools pieced together by a lot of draw power and Enlightened Tutor, Enchantress might be just what you're looking for. Check out Tyrell's list below.