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Can Faithful Mending Make Modern Reanimator Top Tier?

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 

 

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