Sultree Deck

It’s a play on the word sultry, okay? I couldn’t help myself. I’m here to talk a little bit more about the oddity that is my Sultai Seasons Past deck modification attempt. I love weird combos and was a huge fan of Hedron Alignment when the Delve mechanic was still standard legal. Now that it’s not in standard, however, it’s way too much work to get a Hedron Alignment into exile so I’ve (sadly) moved on.

Instead, I’ve been jamming the old Sultai Seasons Past lists with some odd changes: -4 Jace, VP and -2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / +3/4 Tree of Perdition, +2 Tainted Remedy)

If you’d like to learn more then read on…

So let’s start with the list:

1 Dragonlord Silumgar
4 Sylvan Advocate
1 Den Protector
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Seasons Past
2 Languish
2 Read the Bones
3 Dark Petition
2 Ruinous Path
2 Transgress the Mind
1 Pulse of Murasa
3 Grasp of Darkness
2 Ultimate Price
1 Silumgar's Command
4 Sunken Hollow
2 Llanowar Wastes
2 Yavimaya Coast
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Hissing Quagmire
1 Choked Estuary
4 Forest
4 Swamp
1 Island
4 Tree of Perdition
2 Tainted Remedy
1 Nissa's Renewal

//Sideboard
SB: 2 Summary Dismissal
SB: 2 Infinite Obliteration
SB: 4 Negate
SB: 2 Dispel
SB: 1 Seasons Past
SB: 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
SB: 2 Duress
SB: 1 Hedonist's Trove

It’s an odd ball deck, for sure, but it’s stumped a lot of good players in my area (mostly, I think, because they spend most of game 1 trying to figure out what the hell I was thinking when I built the deck). Particularly funny has been my matchups against the UR Machinegun decks – which this list has routinely crushed. I actually offer a potentially faster kill (T4 Tree -> T5 Grasp/Languish my own Tree and activate -> T6 Tainted Remedy, activate Tree to win), and their removal can basically never kill my tree. If the bother to Unsubstantiate my tree that’s okay by me as I’ll likely drop a Kalitas or Sylvan Advocate and then ride that to victory. The Den Protector + Pulse of Murasa combo or just a plain Nissa’s Renewal is also likely to take me out of burn range as well.

Having access to Infinite Obliteration out of the sideboard makes the GB Delirium and Temur Emerge matchups much easier as well. 3 Dark Petition + 2 Infinite Obliteration + 2 Transgress the Mind means it’s unlikely they’re keeping their big threats around for long. I’ve even won through two Emrakul castings before which as fun.

I’ve been considering trying to find room for 2 Assault Formations in the list as well just to keep the Janky theme going. It not only allows my tree to activate for the win but also to potentially attack for enormous amounts. I was playing against the prison deck a few weeks ago and they didn’t have an Engulf the Shores in hand late game which allowed me to turn my tree into a 0/120-something creature and drain them for 110-something life in one turn 🙂

There’s just not a lot of removal that efficiently answers the tree right now. Ultimate Price is one, Murder (which isn’t seeing a ton of play yet) is another, and then there’s Ruinous Path and Anguished Unmaking. There’s not a lot else that really gets the tree off the field easily (obviously -x/-x spells and damage are extraordinarily difficult and inefficient).

I wouldn’t claim that this deck is competitive – but it’s been a hell of a lot of fun and I haven’t lost with it much (and the few games I’ve dropped have repeatedly been due to keeping a two-lander on the draw and just never drawing a 3rd – or sometimes 4th – land).

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