All Four Outpost Sieges

Outpost Siege
Outpost Siege

Find out why Patrick and Mike are going gaga over the — not one, not two, not three — but all four copies of Outpost Siege in Ben Stark’s R/W tempo deck!

But first…

Mike has had a long, hard, road on the PPTQ grind.

Playing in four events, Mike has finally put up a winning record!

(but a really winning record)

Mike played the “Top Level Podcast” version of B/U Control (changing only one card), before ultimately winning his PPTQ.

B/U Control by Top Level Podcast

2 Perilous Vault
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

1 Thoughtseize
4 Bile Blight
2 Crux of Fate
4 Hero’s Downfall
2 Murderous Cut

4 Dig Through Time
2 Disdainful Stroke
4 Dissolve
2 Divination
3 Jace’s Ingenuity
1 Pearl Lake Ancient

4 Dismal Backwater
3 Opulent Palace
4 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Radiant Fountain
3 Swamp
4 Temple of Deceit
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard
3 Drown in Sorrow
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
3 Thoughtseize
2 Aetherspouts
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Pearl Lake Ancient
2 Silumgar, the Drifting Death

The one change was removing the Treasure Cruise in the sideboard for a second Pearl Lake Ancient; in matchups where you might want a Treasure Cruise, Pearl Lake Ancient provides inevitability.

Mike and Patrick also discuss prospective, additional, changes to the deck.

And then…

What’s so great about Ben Stark’s R/W Tempo list?

Is it that so many of the lands enter the battlefield untapped?

Is it the streamlined “four-ofs” of so many great cards (that people have been afraid to play four copies of before now)?

“Tuned!” comments one host.

“Gorgeous!” exclaims the other.

“How could I have ever doubted you R/W?” asks Mike…

Why it’s now okay to play all four copies of Outpost Siege.

R/W Tempo by Ben Stark

4 Goblin Rabblemaster
4 Hordeling Outburst
3 Lightning Strike
4 Outpost Siege
4 Stoke the Flames
4 Wild Slash

4 Chained to the Rocks
4 Seeker of the Way
4 Soulfire Grand Master
1 Valorous Stance

4 Battlefield Forge
3 Evolving Wilds
9 Mountain
4 Plains
4 Temple of Triumph

Sideboard
2 Valorous Stance
3 Stormbreath Dragon
2 Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
2 Arc Lightning
3 Erase
3 Mastery of the Unseen

Plus a discussion of Wild Slash, and why you might want Wild Slash more than Lightning Strike in this deck.

A detailed examination of Abzan Control reveals the secret technologies of bringing in four copies of Fleecemane Lion from the sideboard.

How R/W’s move from Lightning Strike to Wild Slash, plus the growing popularity of Valorous Stance helps the Fleecemane Lion case.

Patrick discusses changes to Abzan!

The position of Sultai Control in the current metagame!

Antonino De Rosa’s innovative new Waste Not deck!

And more!

All in “All Four Outpost Sieges”

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