Deck Tech: Bone-Blade with Dan Glennon
Dan's tempo strategy drops the white for black and adds Reassembling+Skeleton to the mix!
This isn't the first time Reassembling+Skeleton has carried a Sword, but it's certainly a different take on the theme. Previous Bone-Blade enthusiasts have sued Reassembling+Skeleton as a pseudo-Squadron Hawk in a control strategyâ€”Dan's made it his â€œMoorland Hauntâ€ and added the bag of bones to a Delver+of+Secrets tempo strategy.
He was excited to give the deck a run today. â€œIt looked fun,â€ he said. â€œAlso, having sacrifice effects is good. I like having hard kill spells to get rid of real threats, like Titans in the Wolf Run matchupâ€”the original build had Liliana in it.â€ His playgroup all had something similar in mind, arrived at completely separately!
The basic premise of the deck should seem familiarâ€”after all, it's pretty much the same Delver deck, beyond the switch into black. Going into black offers real removal, including an effective solution to hexproof creatures in Geth%27s+Verdict.
One of the nice things about Reassembling+Skeleton is that the Ghost+Quarters growing more and more popular won't shut him down as they do Moorland+Haunt. Both cards are slightly vulnerable to Nihil+Spellbomb and the like, however.
Another awesome gain from including the Skeleton? He's an excellent way to lock down Sword+of+War+and+Peace, provided the opponent isn't flying over your head. If they are, black's removal is an efficient way of stripping the Sword mid-combat and dodging any trigger hits.
But my favorite interaction has to be Mortarpod! Reassembling+Skeleton alongside Mortarpod wreaks havoc on conventional U/W Delver lists, letting you control their equipment maneuvering or just gain a quick edge on their creature base. Moorland+Haunt isn't especially mana-efficient, so matching them with your four-mana â€œcomboâ€ on legs isn't too difficult. â€œMortarpod and Reassembling+Skeleton has been a lot of fun,â€ Dan admitted.
His singleton Nephalia+Drownyard has done some major heavy lifting. â€œThe Nephalia+Drownyard is sweet, because it can get the Skeletons to the yard after a Ponder and refresh the top of the deck,â€ Dan explained. â€œAlso, it adds Snapcaster targets to the graveyard.â€
Dan's other land has performed well. â€œInkmoth has actually been awesome,â€ he said. â€œIt's a legitimate threatâ€”a lot of the time, Delver decks in general don't run too many creatures. The Skeleton acts like Moorland Haunt, but the Inkmoth+Nexus can give me a really fast clock.â€ Runechanter's Pike has a habit of making him very, very scary.
â€œThe look on someone's face, when they realize they have to block Reassembling+Skeleton,â€ Dan said with a grin. â€œIt's priceless.â€