inding new and exciting lists along a stretch where there is no rotation or bannings can often be quite the chore. The first few weeks are easy, but then you begin to get a lot of repeats entering the mix. Of course, avoiding talking about those repeats is usually a good move, as people want to see new and exciting stuff. That said, just because an archetype shows up twice does not mean there is nothing to be learned, nor that the brewer did not come up with some cool technology of his or her own. After all, Standard only contains so many cards, so some things are bound to pop up in more than one place.
A few weeks ago, we talked about a Tezzeret list that took advantage of the new artifact engine, Trading Post. Well, today, Tyler Bennet brings us another Tezzeret build, but one that might look a little different than we are used to. Sure, there is still a single copy of Trading Post to find and abuse, but this list almost looks pre-sideboarded. One of the cool things about a card like Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas is that it allows you to include more silver bullets in your deck because finding them is easier when Tezzeret is digging five cards deeper each turn. This means one-ofs are much more acceptable, but it also means that powerful niche effects are as well.
If you look at Tyler's list, you can see quite a few cards that we tend to think of as sideboard material found in low quantities in the main deck. Nihil Spellbomb is there for the random graveyard blowouts in certain match ups and cycles everywhere else. Torpor Orb is a potent weapon against Birthing Pod and Ramp decks but can be turned into a card via Trading Post or a 5/5 creature via Tezzeret. Grafdigger's Cage provides additional support against the graveyard as well as Birthing Pod and Green Sun's Zenith. Tyler has extra copies of most of those in the sideboard to shore up said matchups, but because some number are in the main deck, you can catch certain archetypes completely off guard and end up with a pretty good finish under your belt, as Tyler can attest to.
Tyler Bennett's Blue-Black Tezzeret
Standard – Top 16, TCGplayer Open 5K, Atlanta