Following up yesterday’s Life gain deck . . .

I got a lot of good feedback from people on the life gain deck build, and I wanted to release another build of it. I decided to do so in a separate post because most people would check back to the first article if I just edited it in there. While I said that I wasn’t too keen on going the aggro route with the life gain deck, my friends had some good advice and made me take a look at the build one more time.

Draw. Life. CRUSH.  

Creatures (20)

  • 4 Cathedral Sanctifier
  • 4 Centaur Healer
  • 4 Rhox Faithmender
  • 2 Craterhoof Behemoth
  • 2 Thragtusk
  • 4 Elvish Visionary

Spells (17)

  • 4 Azorius Charm
  • 3 Saving Grasp
  • 2 Sphinx’s Revelation
  • 4 Heroes’ Reunion
  • 4 Chalice of Life

Land (23)

  • 2 Plains
  • 1 Island
  • 3 Forest
  • 4 Temple Garden
  • 4 Hallowed Fountain
  • 3 Glacial Fortress
  • 4 Sunpetal Grove
  • 2 Hinterland Harbor

Sideboard (15)

  • 2 Natural End
  • 4 Dramatic Rescue
  • 2 Elixir of Immortality
  • 4 Fog
  • 3 Rootborn Defenses

The new build does relatively the same thing, but it switches out cards like Mind Sculpt and Think Twice for a more aggro strategy. Four Elvish Visionary and 4 Azoriuos Charms sneak their way into the deck, along with Thragtusk which I SAID was too slow last time. The added creatures give you more of a boar presence, and with 2 Craterhoof Behemoths you can end the game later on when you’re just sitting back gaining tons of life.

This strategy is much more explosive than milling your opponent and also makes the deck less susceptible to cards like Slaughter Games. I’m still not sure on which mana to use, so if you can help me to fix it up, I’d appreciate it. In the sideboard I decided to go with Rootborn Defense since countering a Supreme Verdict is impossible, and I also threw in Natural Ends to deal with cards like Detention Sphere that could take out my Chalice of Life/Death against a control opponent.

So what do you think? Would the Mill strategy work better, or the Craterhoof Behemoth one? Please vote below or leave a message to let me know what you think.

I also want to note that the deck is still incredibly cheap, coming in at around $270 or so, if not cheaper.