You read that title right. You're about to read about playing 5 C Staxx in 2019.
5C Staxx has a long and distinguished history. I'm too lazy to find it but I'm pretty sure it top 8'd at least one Vintage Champs.
5C Stax 2005
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In 2008, my best friend opened a game store. That first Friday, I played my first sanctioned Magic event. This lead to me building my first competitive Magic deck, Bant Aggro in Shards of Alara Standard. As soon as I experienced my first rotation, I knew that rotating formats were not for me. I built my second competitive deck ever, and my first Vintage deck, 5C Staxx. We have had long and torrid love affair ever since.
Since a Vintage scene formed in Houston a few years ago, I've toyed with a more modern version of the deck. Here's my most recent build.
5C Staxx 2018
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The last time I played this deck, I posted a picture of the deck. A friend who had very recently said that they needed to take a break from Magic asked for a deck tech because of how fun the deck looked. But I'm very lazy.
So last night, I got two friends to podcast with me. One of them plays a lot of Workshops and the other plays a lot of EDH and wacky brews. I surprised them with our subject and asked them to discuss the deck with me as well as brewing a more up to date version. The conversation went a lot of directions and I had to look up a lot of cards. Listen if you'd like more info but here's the sketch we ended up with:
5C Staxx 2019
Lone Star Lhurgoyfs
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I'm too lazy to write in full English sentences so here's a non-exhaustive list of cards that are in this deck and cool things they can do and/or reasons that they've been chosen.
The following cards were moved to the side so that Karn can act as an addition four copies of those cards.
- Crucible of Worlds
- Ratchet Bomb (Could also be Engineered Explosives)
These cards were put directly into the side
- Mycosynth Lattice - Combo, duh
- Chalice of the Void - With the spread of mana costs in this deck, Chalice isn't great. Grabbing it with Karn makes it much less of a liability to draw.
Oh, also Null Rod main is okay.
This is a not-at-all thorough list of sweet things you can do with Welder.
- If your Shops opponent has an X/X in the yard, it says T:Destroy target artifact an opponent controls
- Force an opponent to sac to Smokestack, then weld it out so it doesn't affect you. If you weld in another, you can add a counter to it, effectively making Smokestack one sided.
- Exchange Sundering Titan back and forth to blow up lands repeatedly.
- Turn a mox into a Lotus
- Recur Triskelion to shoot things (this is why Trike is in the deck instead of Walking Ballista)
Quick Bullet Points
- Sundering Titan - We're trying to be hateful. Sundering Titan is hateful as can be and is also a quick wincon. This is the Tinker bot to play. I will fight you.
- Dack Fayden - Filters cards, the downside of discarding is significantly reduced by Welder and Crucible
- Balance - Read this card.
- Chromatic Lantern - Makes everything easier to cast
There's a lot more to be said but I think the decklist speaks for itself. Feel free to ask questions or tell me my ideas are terrible.
I know this deck isn't going to be the best but I also know that you'll have a hell of a lot of fun.