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 Frank Lepore’s Video Deck Tech,” Joseph explained.
He liked the deck upon first sight, as it leveraged one of his own favorite cards, Tezzeret, 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.”