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Historic 101: A Counters Spell Deck

Winding Constrictor was popular in it's standard life as I remember playing against a ton of Golgari Midrange decks so this episode I'm gonna try to rehash the snake's glory days.

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We're very much so a Golgari Midrange deck that is looking to grow it's creatures through +1/+1 counters. 

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Winding Constrictor is here to help us get extra value off of our counters (this includes energy) by giving us an additional counter ontop of what we'd normally get. With that in mind, it's why I threw Rishkar, Peema Renegade and Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager into the deck. These cards are pretty solid follow ups to Winding Constrictor but the best card in our deck is probably Verdurous Gearhulk. The card immediately turns any small creature into a real threat. If we're able to put counters on a card like Glint-Sleeve Siphoner, that's a big menace threat that can draw us some cards. 

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Our cheap disruption and removal comes in the form of Fatal Push and Thoughtseize in the mainboard. Our main deck doesn't run too much discard and removal as our game one is very focused on just making big creatures and doubling up our counters. Most of our interaction will come, post board, as that's when we're looking to control the board more like a Golgari Control deck. 

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Another sweet card that Kaladesh block brings us is Lifecrafter's Bestiary . This card is here to help us grind out opponents in the post board while fixing our draws and giving us card advantage. This card isn't The Great Henge but it's cheaper and is currently what I'm trying out in place of The Great Henge out of the sideboard. However, there are arguments to make the swap!


The deck definitely felt a bit dated against the Historic meta as creatures do too many things now. This deck was mostly being played for Nostalgic reasons but as you saw, it can hold it's own against Gruul and a decent amount of aggro decks. Our creatures can get big enough to where we profitably block a creature with Embercleave equipped outside of a Questing Beast. I think it's worth a shot adding white to this deck to make it Abzan colors as the +1/+1 counter archetype just got a huge boost in white. I'll probably look into that in the following weeks!

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