Deck Tech: Heartless Combo with Brian Rapp
Brian Rapp is doing well with his Heartless Combo deck today
For all the talk of infinite combos with Heartless+Summoning, most players wielding the deck have opted for more of a value-oriented build that powers out Rune-Scarred+Demons and Wurmcoil+Engines. Combo lover Brian Rapp wasn’t about to give away his chance at playing a combo deck in Standard, however, and today he unveiled the deck he and his friend have been working on for months (even before Dark Ascension was released).
But sometimes that draw doesn’t come together and a backup plan is needed. In those situations the boom booms can shoulder a lot of the weight, and even with -1/-1 from Heartless+Summoning Griselbrand and Rune-Scarred+Demon can put a game away in a hurry. And that’s not to mention the fact that Griselbrand has the ability to draw Brian a ton of cards to find a different win. Necrotic+Ooze is a nice support piece as well, acting as extra copies of Havengul+Lich and Griselbrand in a pinch.
“This one is awesome,” Brian said, picking up Reforge+the+Soul. “One turn I had Necrotic+Ooze in play with Griselbrand in the graveyard and activated it to draw seven on my opponent’s end step. I drew Reforge+the+Soul, drew seven more, then untapped, used the Griselbrand ability again and went off for the kill.”
If you’re keeping track at home, that’s 22 cards drawn over a cycle, making it easy for Brian to find the missing pieces and combo off with the Necrotic+Ooze already in play.
Another awesome part of the deck is Brian’s inclusion of two Tibalt%2C+the+Fiend-Blooded. The cheapest planeswalker ever hasn’t seen much play since release, and it didn’t seem like the majority of players were big fans of his during spoiler season. Regardless, Tibalt’s ability to fill up the graveyard and divert attention from Brian’s life total are perfect fits for this deck, though sometimes he feels they might be better served as a Devil’s Play and a Zealous+Conscripts.
Brian did a good job shoring up the manabase, needing blue for just Desperate+Ravings, Havengul+Lich and Phantasmal+Image, allowing him to jam a pair of utility lands into the deck. Desolate+Lighthouse is a card that players are starting to love, but firmly admit to never wanting more than one copy. Nephalia+Drownyard is a nice piece against control decks that are able to otherwise disrupt him. He is still considering ways to squeeze in a pair of Cavern+of+Souls to fight the sometimes tough Delver matchup, but he insists that Wolf Run Ramp is a bye since they lack the tools to interact in the early-mid game.
All you combo lovers out there may want to give Brian’s deck a spin and let us know what you think in the comments!
- 3 Perilous Myr
- 2 Phyrexian Metamorph
- 3 Solemn Simulacrum
- 3 Havengul Lich
- 2 Necrotic Ooze
- 1 Phantasmal Image
- 3 Priest of Urabrask
- 1 Rune-Scarred Demon
- 1 Griselbrand