@bazaarofbaghdad I don’t think so, no. The goal isn’t to play hellbent. Bob helps keep a few cards in hand to make Bazaar more of a break even. One of the main ways you can lose a grindy game is to run out of cards to activate Bazaar.

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@wfain Of course, but was the madness ability enough to push it over the top?

@bazaarofbaghdad that would mean we have to have 3 or more cards to get it to work(Bazaar+2 mana, SotF/Faithless Looting and 2 additional open mana). Bob only requires 2 mana and he always does what you want.

So, just another wild thought, but could Anvil of Bogardan be a viable test over Bob? Digs deep, works towards the goal etc

re: anvil, then you can play a leovold and lock out the opponent from playing anything but instants during their draw phase.

@marcb I didn't even think of that but yea, a super aggro deck with a hand lock mechanism as early as turn 2. In that case, I would add 1 cavern of souls in the builds with Dr. Shaman, and Leovold on elf, if Anvil is viable ofc.

4-1 today in league. Rebuilt the sideboard to fight only Shops, Outcome, and Dredge. Fair blue decks are basically easy wins (and you can still bring in Leo, Thalia, and Abrupt Decay to help).


Is this deck worth it's own thread and maybe a primer at this point? Is that something people would be interested in? If so I can try to record my replays after I finish a league so people could see it in action (I play on a tablet so the best I can do is record with my phone after the fact).

I would love to see this in its own thread with a primer, that is what this has more or less become.

What's your average turn kill? Very impressed with how this deck has developed.

@dr-j that’s a good question, never tracked it. I know I’ve done it on 3 a ton, and on 2 more than once. It is not uncommon to create a 2-3 turn clock on 1 though.

I would love for someone to do this deck justice with a primer. Go for it!

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@wfain I would consider lotus petal over 1 of the Elvish Spirit Guides.


  1. Any color of mana, opens a lot more turn 1 options.
  2. Lowers damage probability on Dark Confidant. 3 damage versus 0 is an obvious difference.


  1. Affected by sphere and null rod/stony silence.
  2. Can't be searched for via Survival, not sure if relevant tho?

Also, maybe I missed something posted earlier, but why is there no wheel of fortune? Seems absolute bonkers possibilities turn 1. From Anger, and Venges discarded into a handful of Hollow Ones? Or just a simple refill after dropping a handful of mana dorks? At the worst its free Baskings. Seems better than Frantic for sure.

@serracollector I agree, Wheel is better than Frantic, but I’m not playing that. I had Wheel in the version I went 5-0 with, but I literally never wanted to cast it 🤷🏻♂️.

The thing you’re missing on ESG is that it is a 2/2 and it can help you rebuy VV if required. I’m seeing people go deeper into trying to rely on VV/SotF/Bazaar- imo the opposite approach is more valuable- have as many different lines as possible while still remaining consistent in your opening hands.

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  1. Can't be searched for via Survival, not sure if relevant tho?

also relevant of course is the other side of that equation; it can't be discarded to survival

I'm a huge fan of "engine" style decks and basking rootwalla so I was immediately intrigued by this deck. I've played a few leagues and it has been really powerful. (cashed every league, one 5-0, one that was 4-1 where my "loss" was a split with someone else) Blue matchups are definitely favorable and hating on shops, dredge, and PO out of the board is a solid plan.

I really like the Bob plan for this deck as it's easy to spew cards and he can fuel some value bazaar activations. Spirit guide has also been clutch as a dude to pitch, a target to grab when you need another discard for hollow one (mana neutral, 1 extra creature in hand is discarded), or just to fuel a powerful turn 1. I also put a thalia in the maindeck to possibly power out on turn 1 or at a bullet to search for and i've been pleased with her.

I'm wondering how important faithless looting is for the deck. It's definitely the weakest enabler and it was my cut to slot in Thalia, but it's probably still necessary in some number for the deck to function.

@kaluma I’ve been experimenting with no Faithless and just 4 Bazaar/SotF. I’m not sure if I like it yet or not? 🤷🏻♂

@wfain cool. I'd be very interested in what your opinions are after more testing! I might go for a build with more fast mana sources (spirit guide #2-3) and something like sylvan library as another consistency enabler/ threat to power out on turn 1.

I had a copy of sylvan before, it was really good, I think Bob is slightly better being a creature but I suppose 3-1 split might be better than 4-0

@hierarchnoble I like it! Have you tried Bob at all? I’m in favor at this point. Also- if you want to be better against Shops more Flux and more ESG seem to be the way to go imo

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