Ever since the banning of Faithless Looting, Modern deckbuilders have been hungry for a good spell-based looting effect. Options have been scarce, but Innistrad: Midnight Hunt contains a very exciting new fixed Faithless Looting – Faithful Mending.
While this costs two mana compared to Looting (which is a big increase), it’s instant speed and provides incidental life gain. I expect players to be surprised how good the incidental life gain is as they play and flashback four to six Mendings over the course of a game. While this card has a chance to help out Arclight Phoenix and Dredge decks, I expect the most obvious home for this card to be in reanimator strategies.
I’ve built a lot of reanimator decks in Modern post-Modern Horizons 2, and while I like the archetype, it’s felt like it’s one good enabler away from being a top deck in Modern. I think Mending is the enabler reanimator players have been looking for.
Here’s my first draft of Esper Reanimator with Faithful Mending. There’s a lot of ways to build the deck and I expect to try a lot of new things, but I think this is a good starting point.
3 Teferi, Time Raveler 4 Archon of Cruelty 4 Chalice of the Void 4 Faithful Mending 1 Swamp 4 Flooded Strand 2 Gifts Ungiven 1 Plains 2 Hallowed Fountain 2 Island 4 Persist 4 Polluted Delta 4 Prismatic Ending 1 Snapcaster Mage 4 Counterspell 1 Mystic Gate 1 Unburial Rites 4 Unmarked Grave 2 Watery Grave 2 Force of Negation 1 Sunken Ruins 2 Seachrome Coast 1 Castle Vantress 2 Drowned Catacomb Sideboard 3 Engineered Explosives 1 Damn 2 Gut Shot 1 Serra's Emissary 2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria 4 Vindicate 2 Sunset Revelry