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Daily Deck List: Winnower Oath


Oath of Druids is one of the most powerful and dynamic cards in Vintage. Oath keeps deck-building exciting in Vintage, simply because every powerful, new creature is an opportunity for Oath to be built differently. Sure, it’s going to be difficult to crowd out cards like Griselbrand, Blightsteel Colossus, and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, but Battle for Zendikar block has a handful of very big, exciting monsters, and The Atog Lord thinks one of them may make a big splash in Vintage.

It’s been awhile since Oath has been a big deal in Vintage. The issue is, while Griselbrand and Emrakul are very reasonable cards to Oath into play against Mishra's Workshop and Monastery Mentor, they don’t actually do a ton against the Storm deck, which has come back in a big way thanks to Dark Petition. Enter Void Winnower. This card effectively ends the game against Storm decks in Game 1, since Jace, the Mind Sculptor will generally be the only way Storm has to interact with Creatures. It turns out Jace, like Tendrils of Agony, has an even mana cost, which does not match up well against Void Winnower.

Void Winnower is not the only exciting Creature this deck has to Oath into. Titania, Protector of Argoth has become more popular as Workshops have started to quash the Monastery Mentor and Young Pyromancer decks. Griselbrand can be very good, but is soft to cards like Phyrexian Revoker or Tangle Wire, and isn’t great if you’re already low thanks to early Lodestone Golems. Titania, on the other hand, fills two important roles. First, she helps you hit extra land drops to fight through Wastelands and Sphere of Resistance effects. Second, she can generate bodies to get in the way of Lodestone Golem, Mishra's Factory, and other aggressive Artifact Creatures.

This deck serves as an exciting reminder, no matter what the Vintage metagame looks like, there will always be a Creature which makes Oath of Druids a powerful threat against the format.

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