Daily Digest: Rallying Back

After #SCGCHI, a lot of people were scratching their heads about the Rally the Ancestors deck, wondering whether it was any good or not. After this weekend’s tournament win for a Rally deck at #SCGRICH, it appears we have our answer.

If you’ve been looking for a combo deck in Standard, I have good news for you – apparently you have another option besides Jeskai Ascendancy and it’s actually quite good.

With his win at the Open Series in Richmond this weekend, Ray Tautic has officially put Rally the Ancestors on the map. Matthew Tickal’s Top 64 finish in Chicago the week before had people scratching their heads. Is this deck good? Are all five colors necessary? What does it beat? Well, after Ray’s changes, apparently the deck beats everyone!

Instead of Tickal’s Gather the Packs and Jace, Vryn’s Prodigies, Ray is playing a more solid gameplan with Collected Company and Liliana, Heretical Healer. The various Fleshbag Marauders also play nicely with the engine and did quite a number on Todd Anderson in the finals. Ray’s deck also has better mana and a strong late-game with additional Den Protectors and Deathmist Raptors. He even has Anafenza, the Foremost for the mirror! His deck may be less combo-oriented than Tickal’s version, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes you just grind them out with Grim Haruspex. Not needing to find a Rally the Ancestors is a huge boon for Ray’s deck.

Really though, what is this deck good against? For starters, it annihilates Abzan Control. Siege Rhino’s day in the sun may be over.