Gather the Pack is Underplayed

Gather the Pack
Find out why more decks should play more copies of Gather the Pack

Adam Yurchick won the TCGPlayer $50k Championship with a stock Abzan Aggro deck:

2 Murderous Cut

4 Abzan Charm
4 Anafenza, the Foremost
2 Dromoka’s Command
4 Siege Rhino

4 Den Protector
2 Heir of the Wilds
4 Warden of the First Tree

4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Wingmate Roc
2 Silkwrap

2 Canopy Vista
4 Flooded Strand
2 Forest
2 Llanowar Wastes
2 Plains
4 Shambling Vent
1 Smoldering Marsh
1 Sunken Hollow
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

3 Duress
1 Painful Truths
2 Rising Miasma
3 Self-Inflicted Wound
2 Transgress the Mind
2 Ultimate Price
1 Silkwrap
1 Wingmate Roc

“Let’s talk about Abzan for a change!”

Michael and Patrick don’t focus on Abzan for too-too long… There are just too many sweet decks to talk about!

Here are three that Patrick (and especially Michael) really loved from the TCGPlayer Championship and the Standard Open in Denver…

U/G Ramp by Ali Aintrazi

3 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

3 Dig Through Time
4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
4 Part the Waterveil

3 Den Protector
3 Explosive Vegetation
2 Gather the Pack
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
3 Nissa’s Pilgrimage
2 Nissa’s Renewal
4 Rattleclaw Mystic
2 Winds of Qal Sisma

1 Blighted Cataract
8 Forest
6 Island
4 Lumbering Falls
3 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
3 Skyline Cascade

2 Void Winnower
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Dispel
2 Negate
1 Pearl Lake Ancient
1 Stratus Dancer
3 Jaddi Offshoot
2 Winds of Qal Sisma

“I know for damn sure I want to click on this link.”

Ali played “an Eldrazi deck with no actual Eldrazi” … And boy is this deck sweet! The most interesting card in his deck (or at least the least intuitive) is Gather the Pack. Gather the Pack is most commonly played in decks with high concentrations of creatures; here Ali played it in a deck with only thirteen creatures.

In this deck, Gather the Pack — when it hits — will often get a powerful planeswalker like Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy or Nissa, Vastwood Seer… But even when it wiffs, it helps to set up Dig Through Time or Nissa’s Pilgrimage (due to Spell Mastery).

Esper Tokens by Vikram Kudva

4 Duress
2 Murderous Cut
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Ruinous Path
1 Ultimate Price

4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
2 Treasure Cruise

2 Dragonlord Ojutai
1 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
1 Utter End

4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Monastery Mentor
4 Seeker of the Way
4 Silkwrap

4 Caves of Koilos
4 Flooded Strand
1 Island
2 Plains
4 Polluted Delta
2 Prairie Stream
4 Shambling Vent
2 Sunken Hollow
2 Swamp

2 Infinite Obliteration
1 Languish
2 Self-Inflicted Wound
1 Ultimate Price
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Dispel
2 Stratus Dancer
1 Mastery of the Unseen
1 Planar Outburst
2 Surge of Righteousness

There are lots of super cool deck lists in this episode, plus the return of the Transformers transformation sound; because, you know, Hasbro cross-branding.

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