We are less than a week away from the release of Jumpstart: Historic Horizons, and with so many new cards coming to the game, brewing new decks is going to be a really fun task. Today we have a spicy new combo deck created by Twitter user @WillErker, and he put together an Abzan Collected Company Aristocrats combo deck. He thinks that this deck might break Historic wide open, so we’ll break the deck down and predict how good this deck can be in Historic.
Our 2 card combo involves 2 copies of Vesperlark and Davriel’s Withering. If we can resolve 2 Davriel’s Withering on 2 different Vesperlarks, we can infinitely loop the two copies, getting an infinite number of enter the battlefield and death triggers. As long as we have another creature to grab in our graveyard to close the loop, we can stop the combo at any point in time.
Getting nearly infinite enter the battlefield and death triggers by itself doesn’t do us any good. We have a few different win conditions to help us win the game. We have infinite drain with the help of Blood Artist and Cruel Celebrant, and infinite life with Prosperous Innkeeper.
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Getting to the Combo
With the help of Collected Company and Fauna Shaman, we have a bit more consistency and reliability to find our combo, as well as our win conditions and ancillary creatures. Collected company hits all of our creatures, and Fauna Shaman will actually let us get a creature in the graveyard to stop our loop.
Our support cards are mostly ways to either sacrifice creatures to help our aristocrats plan, or are 1 power creatures that will allow us to help stop the loop, assuming we don’t just win the game. Davriel, Soul Broker is a powerful addition to the deck as a great removal option, but also his offers can help us get to our combo while his conditions are mitigated by the fact that we’re comboing off in one turn. Woe Strider helps us scry through our deck as well which can help us locate pieces of our combo a bit easier.
This combo deck seems quite powerful and I think that there’s some refining to be done here, but it’s really close. While this strategy folds to graveyard hate, we can build a sideboard to account for this. This could be a dead ringer for a top tier Best of 1 strategy, but that mostly hinges on if the rest of the metagame has graveyard strategies and if main deck graveyard hate is prevalent.
Jumpstart: Historic Horizons is a Magic Arena only set. The set will be only legal for the Historic Format. It releases on August 12, 2021 on Magic Arena and contains 782 cards, comprised of 31 new Arena Only cards. You can check out our preview gallery to stay up to date with all the cards!