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Hey guys, I got in a few events at GenCon with Oath. I'm not going to do a full report, but here are the highlights.

Here's what I played:
Saheeli Oath

4 Oath of Druids
3 Saheeli Rai
2 Sun Titan

1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Brainstorm
1 Ponder
3 Preordain
1 Dig Through Time
1 Treasure Cruise
2 Sensei's Divining Top
2 Dack Fayden
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
2 Mana Drain
1 Flusterstorm
1 Balance
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Beast Within
1 Detention Sphere

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
4 Forbidden Orchard
2 Tropical Island
2 Volcanic Island
2 Tundra
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Strip Mine

2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Flusterstorm
1 Ancient Grudge
3 Nature's Claim
4 Tormod's Crypt
2 Null Rod
1 Wasteland

Overall I felt really good about Sun Titan being my monster. Whether you're just establishing dominance by recurring threats or you're winning the game outright, there's no mana cost to doing so. Plan B is hard-casting the titan, which I did several times. This version of the deck is also much better against Dredge than most other versions because Titan typically comes into play with a crypt - you start locking down your opponent right away. Either that or Elesh Norn just tears their board apart and requires a bounce spell.

The GenCon metagame is always heavier on Oath and Shops, and lighter on blue-based control. I'm not sure exactly why that is (pretty sure I'm part of the problem, though) - that's why the Wasteland was in my board and that's also why I didn't consider cutting a Forbidden Orchard. I could imagine cutting one orchard in a meta with no other Oath decks, but that wasn't going to happen here.

I loved most of what Sun Titan had to offer, but I kind of hated Detention Sphere. I didn't cast it once, and I was never in a situation where I thought to myself "Man, I really wish I had a detention sphere right now." It costs a ton of mana and the target is pretty narrow. I think I'd rather play a Seal of Primordium, maindeck Null Rod, try to find a way to get Pernicious Deed into the deck, or otherwise get creative with that slot. I was glad to never have drawn Memory's Journey, but there were a couple games where playing it would have really come in handy. Still not sure how I feel about that card in a deck that already has too many "necessary evils."

Overall, the deck ran well. It plays a control game first and resolves an Oath when the coast is clear. It's got great game against Shops and Eldrazi due to the way it tries to win, and the match-up against other blue decks is no worse than it would have been. I'll also say that I never wished I had drawn Punishing Fire or Life from the Loam either, and I would have been really grumpy if any of my lands had been a Grove of the Burnwillows instead of a blue source. I feel like Titan is the way to go, and this deck is probably at least a little better than its current tournament result history. It's hard to say what's going to happen on Monday with any real specificity, but the metagame will still include colorless taxing decks, blue decks, and dredge. This is still going to be a good choice.

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@nba84 The plan of "I'll just win by casting my dude" is much stronger. Griselbrand is too hard to cast and Salvagers don't go anything without Lotus and something else. With Titan you won't combo out to win on the spot, but you've got a big body and you're likely to get significant additional value.

In general, I don't think you can play Oath without a viable plan B. Show and Tell isn't as good anymore because of the popularity of Containment Priest. So I want to go another direction, and I think Sun Titan is one of the better options. The Salvager/Griselbrand deck doesn't have a viable backup plan without playing more black tutors than most builds typically can without decimating their own mana bases. It can just Oath straight into Grafdigger's cage, but it needs removal against other forms of hate. That's not as strong of a plan because hate can appear in duplicate or triplicate and you therefore need just as much removal - a much tougher situation than just casting one good spell.

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I’d be all over it! There’s also a guy who’s been running a few events in the Rockford area - might want to talk to him too so you can complement each other somehow.