Modern Deck Guide: Omnath Stoneblade

Kelvin Chew

Kelvin Chew

Introduction

Today I will be talking about the Omnath Stoneblade list which I have posted on Twitter and glad to see the deck making it to the top 8 of the Mana Trader event.

The deck came about when I was pairing 《Wrenn and Six》 with 《Cosima, God of the Voyage》 but later found that 《Cosima, God of the Voyage》 underperform and is only good in the early game and also a bad top deck in the late game and having to survive 1 whole turn to start gaining card advantage can be a liability in this format.

Wrenn and SixOmnath, Locus of Creation

The red cards have certainly felt impressive in my testing, 《Wrenn and Six》 and 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》 proven to be strong with the stoneblade package. 《Wrenn and Six》 has always been a good card advantage engine especially when our deck can make use of the excess land. 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》 is just an unfair card that can quickly turn the game to our advantage with just a fetchland.

This is the current decklist I have been playing now.

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Damping SphereAshiok, Dream RenderSkyclave Apparition

With the rise of Tron and lesser graveyard decks, I have added 《Damping Sphere》 and remove 《Rest in Peace》 in the sideboard. 《Ashiok, Dream Render》 can act as our graveyard hate if needed. I have also added 《Skyclave Apparition》 as it is more useful in the various matchups. The sideboard cards can be tuned according to the meta you expect. I have also cut a 《Snow-Covered Forest》 for 《Waterlogged Grove》 as I want an additional land to return with 《Wrenn and Six》.

Addressing Issue

The Removal Package

Path to ExileOn Thin Ice

As we are just a bant deck splashing for red, 《Lightning Bolt》 might not be viable as our removal suite as it can make fetching awkward and we might take too much damage from our mana base especially in this aggressive metagame. I prefer 《Path to Exile》 over 《On Thin Ice》 as our main removal partly due to it being an instant removal spell and it also allows us 《Path to Exile》 our 《Spell Queller》 in response if we want to remove the exile spell forever.

We can also 《Path to Exile》 our own creature to trigger 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》 third ability. Multiple 《On Thin Ice》 can be bad against a deck that has 《Blast Zone》 or 《Engineered Explosives》.

The Flex Slot

Teferi, Hero of DominariaElder Gargaroth

I choose to play 1 《Teferi, Hero of Dominaria》 in this slot as the top end as this should be the best 5 mana spell you can cheat with 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》. You can choose to play 《Elder Gargaroth》 or another card depending on the meta you expect.

To 《Ice-Fang Coatl》 or Not?

Ice-Fang Coatl

If we play 《Ice-Fang Coatl》 in this deck, we have to fetch basic land most of the time in order to consistently enable death touch which can be hard in our 4c mana base. It can certainly be good if the format is more midrange to control but for now, Izzet Prowess, Burn, Death Shadow, and Hammer Time form a large part of the meta which makes a 2 mana can trip a hard pass.

《Steam Vents》 as an Additional Red Source?

Steam Vents

So far I don’t have much issue with the mana base, having too many shockland can make the mana base bad against the aggressive deck.

Tips and Tricks

Path to ExileSpell QuellerTeferi, Time Raveler

We can 《Path to Exile》 our 《Spell Queller》 in response with the ability on the stack to permanently remove the spell forever. This is useful if you think they have a removal spell and you do not want them to get back the spell you exile. Also with 《Teferi, Time Raveler》 in play, they do not get back the spell you exile with 《Spell Queller》 even if they kill it.

Misty RainforestPath to ExileOmnath, Locus of Creation

If Opponent has multiple planeswalkers in play or is at 4 life, we can use 《Path to Exile》 on our creature to trigger 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》 third ability if we have a fetchland.

Stoneforge MysticBatterskull

If we have a 《Stoneforge Mystic》 and 《Batterskull》 in play, activate 《Stoneforge Mystic》 ability first before 《Batterskull》 so if an opponent has have a removal spell on our 《Stoneforge Mystic》, we can still safely put our 《Batterskull》 into play

Tireless TrackerOmnath, Locus of Creation

Sometimes it is right not to crack your fetchland if you have enough mana in play as it make future 《Tireless Tracker》 and 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》 much better.

Raugrin Triome

The first land to fetch if we do not have a turn 1 play is usually 《Raugrin Triome》 as it solves most of the color requirement the deck needs unless you do not have a green source.

Sideboard Guide

Izzet Prowess

Game 1 can be hard if we did not draw enough removal especially if we are on the draw. After the sideboard, we have access to 12 removals for the creatures which make the matchup a favor for us. I kept 《Wrenn and Six》 after sideboard as I prefer it over 《Noble Hierarch》 which just die to 《Lava Dart》 and 《Wrenn and Six》 also provide us enough land for 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》.

vs. Izzet Prowess

Out

Noble Hierarch Noble Hierarch Noble Hierarch Noble Hierarch
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria Sword of Feast and Famine

In

Aether Gust Aether Gust Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice

Boros Burn

BatterskullOmnath, Locus of Creation

Burn has a hard time beating 《Batterskull》 and 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》, just make sure not to take unnecessary damage from our mana base. We have 《Force of Negation》 after sideboard which makes protecting our 《Stoneforge Mystic》 and 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》 way easier.

vs. Boros Burn

Out

Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Wrenn and Six Wrenn and Six Wrenn and Six
Sword of Fire and Ice Sword of Feast and Famine

In

Aether Gust Aether Gust Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
Force of Negation Force of Negation Force of Negation
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice

Rakdos Death’s Shadow

Death's ShadowScourge of the Skyclaves

Save our removal for 《Death’s Shadow》 and 《Scourge of the Skyclaves》 unless they have multiple 1 drops. Try not to take damage from fetch if they do not have 1 drop as this prevent them from resolving 《Scourge of the Skyclaves》 if they do not have 《Lightning Bolt》. Some version play 《Blood Moon》 in the sideboard so do take note whether they reveal 《Lurrus of the Dream-Den》 as their companion.

vs. Rakdos Death’s Shadow

Out

Noble Hierarch Noble Hierarch Noble Hierarch Noble Hierarch
Sword of Fire and Ice Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

In

Veil of Summer Veil of Summer Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice

Mono Green Tron

Game 1 is bad if they are able to set up early Tron with multiple threats. We have to try and resolve an early threat and end the game as fast as possible.

vs. Mono Green Tron

Out

Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice Sword of Fire and Ice

In

Damping Sphere Damping Sphere Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
Force of Negation Force of Negation Force of Negation

Hammer Time

Giver of RunesColossus HammerSigarda's Aid

If they have 《Giver of Runes》 in play and flash in 《Colossus Hammer》 with 《Sigarda’s Aid》 ability, we can 《Path to Exile》 the creature in response with 《Sigarda’s Aid》 equip ability on the stack so if 《Giver of Runes》 give protection from white to the creature, the equip ability get fizzle.

vs. Hammer Time

Out

Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Omnath, Locus of Creation Omnath, Locus of Creation Omnath, Locus of Creation
Sword of Feast and Famine Wrenn and Six

In

On Thin Ice On Thin Ice Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
Force of Negation Force of Negation Force of Negation
Ashiok, Dream Render Ashiok, Dream Render

Heliod Company

Spell QuellerMana Leak

Save your 《Spell Queller》 and 《Mana Leak》 for 《Heliod, Sun-Crowned》 and 《Collected Company》 as most of their creatures are not impactful without 《Heliod, Sun-Crowned》 in play. 《Omnath, Locus of Creation》 can be too slow and we do not really want to tap out much as we are playing the control role in this matchup.

vs. Heliod Company

Out

Omnath, Locus of Creation Omnath, Locus of Creation Omnath, Locus of Creation
Sword of Feast and Famine Teferi, Hero of Dominaria Teferi, Time Raveler

In

Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
Aether Gust Aether Gust
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice

Azorius Control

Stoneforge MysticSword of Feast and Famine

《Stoneforge Mystic》 has always been in favor of the Control variant. I usually find 《Sword of Feast and Famine》 in this matchup especially if I have 《Noble Hierarch》 into 《Stoneforge Mystic》 as this force them to have the removal spell immediately.

Skyclave Apparition

I boarded in 《Skyclave Apparition》 as they might have 《Monastery Mentor》 and it is also useful against resolved 《Teferi, Time Raveler》 and 《Jace, the Mind Sculptor》.

vs. Azorius Control

Out

Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice Omnath, Locus of Creation

In

Veil of Summer Veil of Summer Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
Force of Negation Force of Negation Force of Negation

Dredge

BatterskullForce of NegationAshiok, Dream Render

Game 1, we have to resolve an early 《Batterskull》 to have a chance to win. After sideboard, we have 《Force of Negation》 as well as 《Ashiok, Dream Render》 against them. If this deck gets popular, we can put 《Rest in Peace》 back on our sideboard.

vs. Dredge

Out

Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice Sword of Feast and Famine

In

Ashiok, Dream Render Ashiok, Dream Render Aether Gust Aether Gust
Force of Negation Force of Negation Force of Negation

Death and Taxes

Ghost QuarterFlickerwisp

Be careful not to put all your 《On Thin Ice》 on 1 snow basic land as they have 《Ghost Quarter》 and 《Flickerwisp》.

vs. Death and Taxes

Out

Mana Leak Mana Leak Mana Leak Mana Leak

In

On Thin Ice On Thin Ice Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition

Amulet Titan

Primeval TitanDryad of the Ilysian Grove

Although 《Path to Exile》 give them an extra land, but it is the only way that allow us to get rid of 《Primeval Titan》 or 《Dryad of the Ilysian Grove》 at instant speed if they threaten lethal with the 《Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle》.

vs. Amulet Titan

Out

Omnath, Locus of Creation Omnath, Locus of Creation Omnath, Locus of Creation Teferi, Time Raveler
Wrenn and Six Wrenn and Six Wrenn and Six Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
On Thin Ice On Thin Ice Sword of Fire and Ice

In

Aether Gust Aether Gust Skyclave Apparition Skyclave Apparition
Damping Sphere Damping Sphere Ashiok, Dream Render Ashiok, Dream Render
Force of Negation Force of Negation Force of Negation

Conclusion

Omnath, Locus of CreationStoneforge Mystic

That marks the end of my article! Hope you have fun with Omnath Stoneblade. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them via Twitter. Thanks!

Kelvin Chew (Twitter)

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Kelvin Chew Kelvin Chew is one of the great player from Singapore. He has 2 GP top8s with his favorite format Modern, but he is like an all-arounder and top 8ed three more times with different formats. He took his first trophy with super impressive "Cartouche Strategy" at GP Beijing 2017 (Limited). He then reached 4th place at World Championship 2017 and became one of the world best for everybody. Read more articles by Kelvin Chew

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