Deck Tech: BUG Run with Ben Bowman
This decklist had me at Havengul Lich, but it only got better from there. Perilous Myr and Glissa, the Traitor? That's not even that new, Heartless Summoning or no. But Primeval Titan… fetching Kessig Wolf Run… or Vault of the Archangel?
Now you're speaking my language!
Primeval Titan has been the centerpiece to a number of Standard strategies, and it's no secret that he's got the guns for all that heavy lifting. It's no different here—he can fetch up Wolf Run and a Blackcleave Cliffs or Vault and a Razorverge Thicket to give Ben access to wither land's powerful effect. With Heartless Summoning around, you don't even have to dedicate the deck to ramping in order to play him on turn 4. When you have the Summoning stick, it's game on!
I'm digging the deck's ability to threaten a Wolf Run endgame, but it's got a lot going on in the meantime. There are a number of positive interactions with Glissa, including a couple newer ones. The Ratchet Bomb synergy makes Glissa a house against Lingering Souls-based strategies like W/B Tokens, and her ability to recur Nihil Spellbombs is excellent against Frites and control decks alike. Don't even get me started on how well Glissa slices through blockers when backed by Kessig Wolf Run!
Combining Glissa, Heartless Summoning, and Perilous Myr provides a Shock for two mana as many times as you like, and switching Glissa out for Havengul Lich halves the price down to one! That combo can take out creatures and opponents alike, and it's not so difficult to stick; a bullet Green Sun's Zenith lets you grab Glissa in the midgame or go big for Primeval later on.
Solemn Simulacrum is a staple in Summoning strategies, as are Wurmcoil Engine and Phyrexian Metamorph. A few other niche cards have made this version's maindeck, including Thrun, the Last Troll and Sylvok Replica. The Replica is a handy card to have when Glissa's in the mix!
Last but not least, let's talk Liliana. With Ratchet Bomb and Black Sun's Zenith around to clear out tokens, Liliana's Edict effect is far more relevant against the majority of aggressive strategies. She's always been powerful against control, but her discard is even more muted in this deck—Glissa will keep your hand full enough to feed Liliana's “symmetrical” effect.
There are plenty of Heartless Summoning decks in the building at the Birmingham Standard Open, but not many of them are as interesting as Ben's. Check out the list!