BUG Tezzeret with Joseph Anderson
Glissa the Traitor is one of my favorite creatures of all time, and the centerpiece to my Commander deck. Seeing her at the 2-0 tables in the Standard Open earned an immediate Deck Tech with the pilot, Joseph Anderson. Joseph was quick to admit that while he’d tested the deck a bit, he hadn’t brewed this one up himself—that honor belonged to one of my fellow Floridians. “I got the idea from Tezzeret%2C+Agent+of+Bolas. “When Caw-Blade was still around, I played Tezzeret—I’ve always liked Tezzeret,” he said. This build took the planeswalker in a different direction, and utilized the Traitor with one of Tezzeret’s staple tools. “Glissa with Ratchet+Bombs seemed very good against the metagame, especially Tempered+Steel and Delver decks.” Not satisfied to just pack the Tezzerets, this list is also housing Garruk+Relentless. “Garruk alongside Tezzeret also seemed very, very good. You have six planeswalkers, and if you can land one it’s hard for a lot of decks to win.” These permanent-based forms of card and board advantage can quickly take over games if left unchecked—the tricky part is sneaking them through Mana+Leak, and protecting them from opposing attacks. Fortunately, Glissa is excellent at the latter.
Joseph Anderson's Glissas are working overtime alongside Ratchet+Bomb.
The removal base for this deck is solid, with a package of Doom+Blades and Beast+Withins to let you kill pretty much anything! Joseph trimmed one of the latter after finding it a little unwieldy to make room for Solemn+Simulacrum. “I felt the fourth Beast+Within was unnecessary,” Joseph said. “It’s a great solution to a lot of cards, like planeswalkers, and with Ratchet+Bomb the tokens don’t really matter to you.”
Backing up his planeswalkers, Joseph’s Mimic+Vats have been strong so far today. “Mimic Vat is really good. There’s a lot of removal in the format, and being able to pay three and get a creature without getting it countered is good,” Joseph said. “It’s also great at keeping creatures out of the graveyard against Moorland+Haunt decks.” That’s not a functionality to be underestimated—also, just imagine putting a Sun+Titan in the mix. The sideboard has a little something for everyone, and continues the theme of excellent artifacts that work alongside Glissa. “So far, the sideboard’s Spellbombs have been helpful against control decks and the Perilous+Myrs have been good against Humans and Delver,” Joseph said. “They let you stall out the game long enough to get to Wurmcoil+Engine or make Vault+Skirge a 5/5.”