Deck Tech: Heartless Rites with Ali Aintrazi
Several elements of the deck were included in his U/B build. Beyond the obvious Summonings, he’s got Solemn+Simulacrums, various Clones, and Rune-Scarred+Demon. He’s still working sweepers in the setup, but going into red and white has made them way more efficient than Black Sun’s Zenith, giving him Whipflare for the little things and Day+of+Judgment for, well, everything else.
The big upgrade naturally comes from Dark Ascension’s Faithless+Looting. Cheap and powerful, Faithless+Looting lets Ali blast through his deck for whatever it is that he needs. Big man? Unburial+Rites? Even Heartless+Summoning, in a pinch. Faithless+Looting is an effective digging tool that even makes his sideboard a little better… especially those Ancient+Grudges!
The addition of an Unburial+Rites engine to Ali’s deck literally gives him a whole new dimension, alleviating his reliance on the Heartless+Summoning schtick. That said, I’m sad to see Havengul+Lich leave the list, though not entirely surprised—Unburial+Rites does a lot of the five-drop’s work, but he’s way cooler! The Perilous Myr combo could also be worth working into the deck… even Priest+of+Urabrask has some potential alongside the Lich!
If you’re looking to experiment with Heartless+Summoning, give Ali’s new brew a try. He demonstrated some of its power on SCGLive already, but there’s plenty more where that came from…
- 1 Phyrexian Metamorph
- 3 Solemn Simulacrum
- 2 Massacre Wurm
- 2 Phantasmal Image
- 2 Rune-Scarred Demon
- 3 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite