Deck Tech: BUG Tezzeret with Chris Higashi
Great formats like the current Standard format are such a blessing for Magic with a plethora of great decks across every color and archetype. Think about the decks that are not just viable, but competitive in today’s Standard: U/W and Esper Delver, U/B, U/W and Esper Control, R/G Aggro, any number of Birthing Pod flavors, Frites, Tempered Steel, Humans, all kinds of Zombies, and the list goes on. That is an unbelievable amount of decks that can realistically win a given tournament, and it lets players pick a deck they like and work with it over a format’s life span.
But the variety also makes it hard for rogue decks and deckbuilders to succeed by preying on a specific set of decks. For example, if a rogue deck is very good against U/W Delver, R/G Aggro and Zombies, it could easily spend all day playing and losing against Frites, Esper Control and Humans. But that didn’t stop Las Vegas archmage Chris Higashi from taking a new deck for a spin in this weekend’s main event, and it won’t stop him from evolving it for future tournaments.
Chris Higashi looks to break the format with a new BUG Tezzeret brew
“It” is a BUG Tezzeret deck that exploits the powerful combination of Glissa, the Traitor and Ratchet Bomb to control the board against the sudden influx of token decks with a U/B Trinket Mage Midrange shell built around it. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas hasn’t seen much play in Standard since Patrick Chapin smashed his way to the Top 8 of last year’s Pro Tour Paris with the tinkering planeswalker, but Chris has decided to use Tezzeret to ramp up the power of his small Trinket Mage package that includes Nihil Spellbomb, Grafdigger’s Cage, Sylvok Lifestaff and an Elixir of Immortality out of the sideboard. The ability to have those bullets disrupt opposing game plans before turning into 5/5 beaters is a beautiful thing, but on its own is not quite enough to justify Tezzeret’s inclusion
That’s why Chris fleshed his deck out with a nice package of other artifacts, including the powerful Wurmcoil Engine, great role-player Phyrexian Metamorph and some nice mana fixers in Sphere of the Suns and Solemn Simulacrum. If that’s not enough to get Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas going, Garruk Relentless will be happy to take up the charge. The green planeswalker allows Chris to include even more tutor targets like the singleton Acidic Slime, which he can dig up with Garruk, the Veil-Cursed’s -1 power. Garruk also works well Glissa, the Traitor and Perilous Myr, giving Chris a ridiculous tutor package that imitates Survival of the Fittest and Squee with a free Shock thrown in.
Chris promised to make this an ongoing project, and he’s already figured out some things he would change.
“I thought about Curse of Death’s Hold and Black Sun’s Zenith, but I thought the double black might be too tough. I would definitely cut the Sylvok Lifestaff and a Glissa, the Traitor for a third Garruk Relentless and a second Acidic Slime.” We discussed other changes as well, including changing the manabase to allow for the inclusion of Curse of Death’s Hold and Black Sun’s Zenith to allow the deck to take control and clear things up for the planeswalkers. What do you guys think?