I’ve been a big fan of [casthaven]Oath of Nissa[/casthaven] since it was spoiled.  When Aaron pointed out what a great combo it is with [casthaven]Cloudpost[/casthaven] I was instantly intrigued.  Have you ever felt like you needed to play a card? I felt like I needed to play [casthaven]Oath of Nissa[/casthaven].  The idea of casting lots of Planeswalkers for colorless mana is just too appealing.  So Aaron and I played around and he brewed this deck for me.

Walker Texas Ranger AKA Postwalker Control

Lands (29)
Maze of Ith
Misty Rainforest
Scalding Tarn
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Tropical Island
Volcanic Island

Creatures (3)
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Kozilek, the Great Distortion
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Spells (34)
Candelabra of Tawnos
Chandra, Flamecaller
Crop Rotation
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Oath of Jace
Oath of Nissa
Pithing Needle
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sorin, Grim Nemesis
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Sideboard (15)
Bojuka Bog
Force of Will
Krosan Grip
Pyrostatic Pillar
Teferi’s Response

We chose to go RUG for several reasons.  The green was obviously necessary, for running the [casthaven]Oath of Nissa[/casthaven]. We decided that [casthaven]Oath of Jace[/casthaven] really helped give us extra dig and to smooth out our draws once we resolve a Planeswalker or two, so blue was needed too.  The decision to have blue also gave us access to [casthaven]Force of Will[/casthaven] and [casthaven]Brainstorm[/casthaven], cards the deck really needed to be able to fight combo as well as stay consistent. Lastly we splashed red because sideboard [casthaven]Pyrostatic Pillar[/casthaven] along with access to cast [casthaven]Chandra, Flamecaller[/casthaven] without an [casthaven]Oath of Nissa[/casthaven] in play which really helped round out the deck.

The first time I played this list I went 3-2 with it.  It’s an interesting deck because it really changes the types of problems that typically come with twelve post decks.  You’re not worrying about [casthaven]Blood Moon[/casthaven] because you can cast your bombs (the Planeswalkers) with any color mana as long as [casthaven]Oath of Nissa[/casthaven] is out and most decks don’t run great enchantment removal so your engine is pretty solid.  You are still extremely weak to [casthaven]Wasteland[/casthaven] but you have four [casthaven]Pithing Needle[/casthaven] and two sideboard [casthaven]Teferi’s Response[/casthaven] to deal with that problem.  You are still running the Eldrazi, but those are really a backup plan.  It’s easy enough to close the game out with a [casthaven]Chandra, Flamecaller[/casthaven] or a [casthaven]Sorin, Grim Nemesis[/casthaven].

After that first night I was really determined to cut the list down so I moved the pair of [casthaven]Ugin, the Spirit Dragon[/casthaven] to sideboard and took out the three [casthaven]Candelabra of Tawnos[/casthaven].  This was a terrible mistake.  I didn’t win a single round that night.  Part of the reason was there are just several things the deck is inherently weak to, such as combo and aggro, something 12 post is traditionally weak against anyway.  Another part was I was still learning—the deck is very complex and has a decent sized learning curve.  Lastly, it really needs the candlabras to remain consistent.  You need to ramp as fast as possible if you’re trying to win a game with Planeswalkers, you have no early blockers so you need something.  The 66 card list is genuinely significantly more efficient.

The deck definitely still needs some work.  The Planeswalkers could possibly use some fine-tuning. I did try running a copy of [casthaven]Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker[/casthaven] in the last version but never had the chance to cast it.  The deck also probably needs sweeper effects in the board such as [casthaven]Kozilek’s Return[/casthaven] to better deal with creature decks.  Overall though I really enjoyed playing the deck and I think it has potential. I’m going to keep working with Aaron on this and hopefully report back with some success. I also am thinking about trying a Nic Fit build—I will find you a home Nissa!!

Kate hails from Worcester MA and also does a bit of Card Altering. Check her Stuff out on Facebook! She mainly plays legacy and modern though will occasionally find herself playing EDH. She has recently succumbed to MTGO.

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