Pioneer Deck of the Week: Pyre Near and Dear

TobiH

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Pioneer decks among recent results. It still isn't entirely clear where humanity is headed, but turning up the heat and sacrificing the tribe's weakest members to maximize gains looks increasingly popular!


pyre - witness - champion

What's the single most important card for Human tribal strategies in Pioneer? What gives them the boost to compete on raw power? What do people most often pray to hit when they cast Collected Company?

Thalia's Lieutenant.

So how about we stop looking and start finding? Pyre of Heroes has seen more and more play over the past weeks, and one deck in particular took the implementation to its logical extreme. It all starts with a good deal of one-drops. Well, it actually starts with Secluded Courtyard and Unclaimed Territory, which are quite the necessity when even the one-drops require three different colors. Bloodsoaked Champion, Thraben Inspector, and Unlucky Witness make excellent Pyre fodder because they all replace themselves. Deploying a bunch of creatures early also makes Lieutenants better, of course.

No Pyre? No problem! In the absence of the artifact, the little ones don't need to go to waste either. Priest of Forgotten Gods can use some gruesomely too. Though the deck has its best moments when Pyre works its full magic and creates some epic chains: sacrifice Lieutenant to get Extraction Specialist, return Charming Prince, blink Specialist, return Lieutenant—for example. It's not quite Birthing Pod, but the invasion of the pod people, snatching bodies and replicating Humans, sounds a lot like the plot of a science-fiction novel!



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