Deck Tech: Caw-Go with Daniel Buzzie
Daniel's Hawk has Counterbalance already warping the game.
Daniel Buzzie dropped off after a strong start in Standard yesterday, but he returned with a vengeance in today’s Legacy portion playing a deck from Standard formats past: Caw-Go.
That’s right, Go. No Blades or Stoneforge Mystics here, just the not-so-gentle pecking of a quasi-quail quartet alongside everyone’s favorite four-drop planeswalker: Jace, the Mind Sculptor. The archetype originated with Akira Asahara, if memory serves, prior to vaulting into the tournament scene in the hands of Brian Kibler and Brad Nelson at the World Championships.
While these two elements remain the same, there are plenty of Legacy additions to take note of. Many are defining card in the blue and white colors, like Swords to Plowshares, Brainstorm, Vendilion Clique, Force of Will, Counterspell—these are weapons no Squadron Hawk fans had access to a few years ago, and they’re in nearly every U/W deck in Legacy.
Accompanying the basic U/W tools and the Hawk + Jace suite, Daniel is packing Counterbalance and Sensei’s Divining Top. Given the recent success of combo decks in the format, it’s not so surprising to see players attempting to shut down the unfair decks with a cheap and powerful control option. If you can get Counterbalance and Top into place, this is even a reasonable way to disrupt some of the aggressive tempo decks, like RUG Delver, which don’t have a diverse set of casting costs.
The most interesting card in this list, however, is definitely Terminus! Terminus has made waves as a cheap sweeper in the format that’s easy to set up if you want it, between Top and Brainstorm, but it’s got a bit more upside in this archetype. Normally it’s awkward to Terminus when you have a board position, but because this deck relies on Squadron Hawks and planeswalkers to build advantage, you can Terminus freely!
Daniel employed the Enlightened Tutor sideboard plan that remains popular, playing a pair of tutors alongside some powerful bullets. He went with Circle of Protection: Red over Warmth, perhaps expecting to see a lot more Goblins than Burn in Detroit, considering Brad Campbell’s Indianapolis win.
Porphyry Nodes is a sweet card against the creature-based decks, and a tutorable solution to one of the most annoying threats U/W will ever face: Nimble Mongoose. Humility has gained some followers recently thanks to its power against people looking to Show and Tell Griselbrand into play, and it carried a number of players to strong Legacy records at the Indianapolis Invitational. Beyond that, the bullets are as expected: some graveyard hate, Serenity, and Seal of Cleansing.
If you’d like to cross a little old school with some modern jams, give this Caw-Go deck a try!