Choosing Decks for the Wallio Monks Showdown

I have no clue what I’m doing… but hopefully it’ll be fun.

When Josh challenged me to the showdown, he mentioned he was not going to borrow Brian Bennett’s Show and Tell deck. I thought that meant we would be playing some clean fun Magic, so I developed my game plan.

Thursday night, I’m told not to go into the back corner of Mox Boarding House because Josh would be borrowing cards from Tom, and I shouldn’t know what’s going on. Josh would not be borrowing cards from Brian Bennett… I still decided to stick to my game plan.

I decided to play decks that would be primarily fun. I wanted to draw a bunch of cards, cast a bunch of spells, and have a bunch of triggers. Decks that could kill quickly or grind out games were also preferred. I debated about metagaming, but the issue is, Josh know Legacy very well. He’s borrowed decks ranging from fair Death and Taxes to evil OmniTell. The community in Seattle is also friendly and would be willing to loan out a vast selection of decks.

For these reasons, I decided to stick to what I know, and not try anything too flashy. I will be playing Elves, Goblins, and Enchantress.

I know Josh has been building and piloting MythStill like a pro, so the only meta-gaming I’m doing is Picking Enchantress over something like Aggro-Loam or Storm.

So let’s talk lists and card choices.


Birchlore Rangers
Craterhoof Behemoth
Deathrite Shaman
Elvish Visionary
Heritage Druid
Nettle Sentinel
Quirion Ranger
Reclamation Sage
Scavenging Ooze
Shaman of the Pack
Wirewood Symbiote
Crop Rotation
Glimpse of Nature
Green Sun’s Zenith
Natural Order
Nissa, Vital Force
Cavern of Souls
Dryad Arbor
Gaea’s Cradle
Misty Rainforest
Verdant Catacombs
Wooded Foothills

Abrupt Decay
Gaddock Teeg
Wren’s Run Packmaster
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Nissa, Vital Force
Cabal Therapy
Surgical Extractions

I decided to lean towards the Chaos build.

Nissa, Vital Force, has been an all-star in a lot of Elves lists lately. Planeswalkers are hard to deal with, and her abilities allow me to race larger creatures Elves may traditionally struggle with. She can also bring cards back from the graveyard and can be additional card draw.

Shaman of the Pack allows for a kill on the same turn as a Glimpse Run with only Summoning Sick creatures in play. Shaman of the Pack also gets around Ensnaring Bridge, providing a win con that can be quick and not require combat.

Wren’s Run Packmaster isn’t so hot with Fatal Push on the rise. However, while she’s still in play, her Wolves have death-touch. With Heritage Druid in play, paying 3 mana to block and remove any creature isn’t too much of a cost. She’s great against Eldrazi, Death and Taxes, multiple Delver variants and more.


Gempalm Incinerator
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Lackey
Goblin Matron
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Ringleader
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Settler
Goblin Warchief
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Krenko, Mob Boss
Mogg War Marshal
Siege-Gang Commander
Skirk Prospector
Tuktuk Scrapper
Aether Vial
Bloodstained Mire
Cavern of Souls
Rishadan Port

Surgical Extraction
Chalice of the Void
Umezawa’s Jitte
Blood Moon

The problems with Conquest is you don’t know the order of decks your opponent will play, the deck you pack as an answer might be too late. I’m worried Goblins might be that deck for me.

Goblins tends to do very well against Standstill variants, multi-colored control decks, and Miracles.

I decided to keep to the traditional build. Two Winstagator lists made day 2 of the GP, and I considered trying them out. I did not want to play a list I was unfamiliar with though.

I grind Goblins on MTGO, and this list is pretty similar to what I run there. The difference is 2 Blood Moons in the sideboard as online, Blood Moon is expensive. Online I run 2 Faerie Macabre’s, which is great when Reanimator, Storm, and Dredge are on the rise.

Different from usual, I decided to run 2 Plateaus and some Disenchants. Goblins has no way to deal with Enchantments, and I know I’m playing against a deck or two with Enchantments that need answers. I also don’t have discard, so I need an answer for Humility if it’s in any of Josh’s 75.


Argothian Enchantress
Doomwake Giant
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Cast Out
Carpet of Flowers
Elephant Grass
Enchantress’s Presence
Leyline of Sanctity
Mirri’s Guile
Oblivion Ring
Rest in Peace
Seal of Primordium
Solitary Confinement
Sphere of Safety
Sterling Grove
Utopia Sprawl
Wild Growth
Green Sun’s Zenith
Helm of Obedience
Dryad Arbor
Serra’s Sanctum
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Reclamation Sage
Gaddock Teeg
Aura of Silence
Karmic Justice
Doomwake Giant
Leyline of the Void
Crop Rotation

I love Enchantress. The pillow fort/prison aspect works against a large number of decks. Enchantress is great against Blue control decks. However, it’s not too great against BUG decks or Czech Pile.

This list is pretty much my standard list. I was debating about switching it up, as the 2 Doomwake Giants are normally for Elves. However, Doomwake can win games on his own, and even with a Leovold in play, Doomwake can clear a board without targeting.

I wanted to sneak in a Sigil of the Empty Throne. Even 1 or 2 Angels getting past Leovold is great, but I wanted to leave in the Rest In Peace and Helm of Obedience combo as a quick way out of sticky situations.

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