Brilliant Restoration is a very powerful, big, and splashy card.
My Magic boomers out there will remember Replenish, which was clearly broken and undercosted, but even at a fairer seven mana Brilliant Restoration is still an extremely powerful effect. Being able to return 30+ mana worth of cards all in one shot is a wonderful endgame to build toward, but even more so if we can get those enchantments into the graveyard mostly organically.
If only there was a type of enchantment that often found itself going to the graveyard...
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Brilliant Sagas | Historic | Jim Davis
- Companion (1)
- 1 Yorion, Sky Nomad
- Enchantments (27)
- 2 Elspeth Conquers Death
- 2 Elspeth's Nightmare
- 3 Enchantress's Presence
- 4 Binding the Old Gods
- 4 Oath of Kaya
- 4 Teachings of the Kirin // Kirin-Touched Orochi
- 4 The Birth of Meletis
- 4 The Restoration of Eiganjo // Architect of Restoration
- Lands (34)
- 5 Plains
- 1 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
- 2 Deathcap Glade
- 2 Godless Shrine
- 2 Scattered Groves
- 3 Isolated Chapel
- 3 Overgrown Farmland
- 4 Indatha Triome
- 4 Overgrown Tomb
- 4 Sunpetal Grove
- 4 Temple Garden
Sagas are the perfect card type to pair with Brilliant Restoration, providing you with solid value that eventually finds its way to the graveyard, where it is ready to come back and do it all over again!
Sagas form the core of the deck, with Binding the Old Gods headlining front and center. Binding can kill anything, ramps you up, and then makes sure you can kill things again. The Birth of Meletis and The Restoration of Eiganjo // Architect of Restoration both also make sure the lands are flowing, while Teachings of the Kirin // Kirin-Touched Orochi provides a bit of self-mill alongside a good attacker/blocker.
Playing off the sagas is a bit of an enchantress subtheme, with Sythis, Harvest's Hand and Enchantress's Presence drawing cards, while Jukai Naturalist helps to keep costs down. In fact, between Jukai Naturalist, Explore, and a generally low mana curve, the deck is able to handle things early while also grind late.
Perhaps the deck's biggest surprise is Shigeki, Jukai Visionary, who is everything the deck could ever want. Shigeki helps to ramp you while putting cards in the graveyard and blocking early, can be a great mana sink late, and can even return a Brilliant Restoration from the graveyard to get you all set up.
This deck is a blast to play, and because it is happy to just play a normal game of Magic, it doesn't fold to graveyard hate or strong interaction for a seven-mana sorcery. You don't need to cast Brilliant Restoration to win the game with this deck, but it is a powerful endgame to build toward!