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Much Abrew: 68-Card Splendid Reclamation Landfall Combo (Standard)

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another edition of Much Abrew About Nothing! While Standard has been pretty decent lately in terms of diversity and fun, it's also been pretty boring, with many of the top decks and cards remaining at the top of the meta for years on end. As a result, I'm incredibly excited for today's deck, which shows that there is definitely still room to innovate in Standard: 68-Card Splendid Reclamation Landfall Combo! The idea is to play a Nissa, Resurgent Animist so we make a mana whenever a land enters the battlefield; back it up with a ton of the Streets of New Capenna fetch lands, which can stock our graveyard (and double-trigger Nissa); and then chain together copies of Splendid Reclamation and Aftermath Analyst to make absurd amounts of mana until we eventually win the game with a massive Slogurk, the Overslime one-shotting our opponent! The deck is so unique and wild that there's no way I can really do it justice describing it in text format. Let's just get into the video and see it in action! 

Much Abrew: 68-Card Splendid Reclamation Landfall Combo

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  • Just a few quick notes on the deck. First, not only was the deck spicy and fun to play, but it also felt super powerful! All in all, we went 12-4 with the deck for a 75% match-win percentage, which is great! It felt like the deck had game against pretty much all of the top decks in the Standard meta, and the only thing we were really afraid of was hard graveyard hate (like Tranquil Frillback or Farewell—cards that exile our entire graveyard at once). 
  • One of the most hilarious parts of the deck is how good the Streets of New Capenna fetch lands are against aggro. While our deck gets off to slow starts, we eventually start reanimating the fetch lands every turn (or a bunch of times in a turn) and end up gaining 20 or more life, which more or less puts the game away against decks like Mono-Red and Boros. 
  • Apart from looping mass-land-reanimation spells with a Nissa, Resurgent Animist on the battlefield to make oodles of mana, the primary plan for winning with the deck is Slogurk, the Overslime. Our deck is so good at having lands enter the graveyard that we can often grow it from a 3/3 to a 20/20 (or more) in just a single turn and kill our opponent with one massive trampling attack!
  • If we can't win with Slogurk (for example, against control, which is really good at killing creatures), our backup plan is to mill our opponent out with Jace, the Perfected Mind and channel lands. We make so much mana that we can often play a Jace, ultimate it to mill our opponent for 15, channel Takenuma, Abandoned Mire to get Jace back to our hand, play and ultimate Jace again, and potentially do this a third time, all in one turn!
  • While I think this deck is very good right now, I am a bit worried about the long term because mass graveyard hate is really strong against it. Toss in the Conspiracy Unraveler combo deck that has been floating around (and also scoops to mass graveyard hate), and I wouldn't be surprised to see Standard players start packing a lot more graveyard hate in their sideboards, which would make this deck much worse. Until then, though, I think that, against all odds, 68-Card Splendid Reclamation Landfall Combo might actually be one of the best decks in Standard, as weird as that sounds.
  • So, should you play Splendid Reclamation Combo in Standard? I think the answer is yes. Just plan to jam a bunch of games with the deck to learn it because it's actually pretty tricky to play properly. Sometimes, it feels like a Standard version of Eggs thanks to its huge, looping combo turns and tricky lines (often involving channel lands). The deck is strong enough to overcome some punts (just watch the video for proof!), but it is the kind of deck that will reward you for playing it a bunch and learning the tricks because it has a lot of weird stuff going on. But until players start overloading on graveyard hate, I would certainly recommend this deck for Standard!


Anyway, that's all for today. As always, leave your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and suggestions in the comments, and you can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive or at

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