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Fish Five-0: Grixis Amass (Standard, Magic Arena)


This past week we had MC6 and there was a decklist I wanted to try from Jheng Yu Jhang because it was Grixis and because I was wondering if Amass could work...

Gameplan

The deck feels right in between a midrange and tap-out control deck. We have enough board control thanks to the Amass synergies and Widespread Brutality.

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This sweeper helps us put a body on board while also keeping our opponent's board clear. The only thing to note is that they can kill your Amass token to reduce the amount of damage this will deal to the board so be sure to play around that. One way to ensure that our sweeper gets a clean sweep is a card that had some buzz upon its reveal but has since got the silent treatment! That card is Dreadhorde Invasion aka Mediocre Blossom(a reference to Bitterblossom). 

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This card comes down early enough and is definitely one of the key pieces in the Amass plan but it comes at a price. The 1 life a turn is relevant as we don't have many ways to gain life outside of Enter the God-Eternals and having a giant Amass token that can connect with lifelink. Regardless, this card helps us get constant pressure and pairs very well with Gleaming Overseer, as the overseer will hopefully be able to protect our token into the late game. The whole reason Amass seems like a blast is because the creature can't get elked and at some point will grow so massive that Wicked Wolf won't be able to fight it. 

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If the opponent ever gets too comfortable and ignores our token, not only does Enter the God-Eternals count as removal, it can be a way for us to heal a chunk of life back while also expediting our Amass token to becoming a 6/6 with lifelink. A trick that some haven't tried is casting Enter the God-Eternals on their own Amass token to grow it so just know that this card isn't dead in a creatureless matchup!

Matchups

The deck feels great when the engine is online but the games where you don't have your Dreadhorde Invasion, it feels anemic as the power level of your deck just doesn't feel strong. The deck definitely wants to avoid playing against Fires of Invention decks as the fires deck has too many ways to win. It also feels like any deck with Teferi, Time Raveler can really hurt our Amass plan just by simply bouncing our token. However, it is quite cool to play against aggro decks as we can often get a big body that will eventually gain us a ton of life back but remember to still deploy your Dreadhorde Invasion carefully as I've seen people (myself included) die to their own Invasion. 
 

Conclusion

There are some sweet answers in Grixis and I feel like the deck should just drop counter magic in the main deck. Sideboarding into cards like Negate can be fine but I honestly feel like we need to add more power to this deck. I think that can come from cards like Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God but you open yourself up to tricky mana situations. Right now the deck does feel slightly weak and could use The Elderspell in the sideboard as a way to deal with a planeswalker heavy board. Here's the list with a very minor fix.

I don't think there are enough things to make Amass go up in tiers so if you're looking to play something Grixis related, I'd look to Grixis Fires/Adventures but if you want to try something different, this deck can definitely scratch that itch.

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