I’m going to be building a lot of black, red, and green decks across a variety of formats in the next month or so. That’s a promise.
Before getting into that, allow me to share two parts of our mission statement here at CFB Pro. First, we want to be on the cutting edge of MTG content. Whenever possible, we want our readers to be able to find the best strategies here first, before they show up in force on the Arena ladder or the Magic Online leagues. This sometimes makes it hard for me to wait until I’ve tried 10 different ideas and verified which one is the best. Particularly when we’re dealing with cards that haven’t been released yet!
Second, we want transparency and honest journalism. If we tell you something is the best deck in the format, we want it to be true, and not just something we’re hyping up for the sake of the article. So again, I can’t pretend that every new deck list is fire forged and battle hardened at this point in preview season.
Start with these two ideals, and add the fact that much of my recent content has been focused on how to brew decks. It seems to me that the best course of action will be to walk together through my whole process from preview season, to full spoiler, to trying decks, to tuning for a competitive metagame.
Along those lines, this will be part one of an I’m-not-sure-how-many part series of mastering the Riveteers cards from Streets of New Capenna. You’ll get the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not every idea will work out, but that offers the opportunity to learn how to adapt ideas, and give up on things that simply aren’t cutting it.
Before you start pouring ingredients into the bowl, it’s a good idea to pick a recipe. By reading through the cards previewed up to this point, it’s possible to isolate a few “build-around” themes that exist in these colors.
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary looks so powerful that a player could devote themselves fully to exploring opening sequences involving this planeswalker. It wouldn’t be time wasted, and I won’t be surprised if the best versions of Riveteer decks wind up featuring Ob Nixilis.
We’re going to have no shortage of Ob Nixilis-related content here on the website. In fact, we have some of our best people on the case right now! So I won’t make Ob Nixilis the main focus of this particular installment.