Historic Post-Ban Tainted Pact Combo – Deck Highlight


Historic Post-Ban Pact by Martin Juza

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They just banned Thassa’s Oracle in Historic, does that mean the Tainted Pact combo is done for? I don’t think so!


Thassa's OracleJace, Wielder of Mysteries

Just like in Pioneer, we can try to win with Jace, Wielder of Mysteries instead of Thassa’s Oracle now. 

What does this mean for the deck? 

  • It loses Lurrus of the Dream-Den as a companion, which is a pretty big deal because it was a huge part of the deck. 
  • At the same time, you now aren’t limited with Lurrus’s “less than two mana value” restriction, which means being able to put cards like Narset, Parter of Veils into the deck
  • While Thassa’s Oracle was almost always a bad card on it’s own if you just naturally drew it without the other side of the combo, Jace is a perfectly reasonable card that lets you play a normal Dimir Control game. There’s a lot of possible removal and sweepers you can play to protect it. 
  • It’ll now be harder to get a turn four win because you either have to Pact at the end of your opponent’s turn three, which you usually don’t have enough time for. You’ll often have to wait for turns five or six.
  • The deck will want a couple more blue sources. I already replaced Agadeem’s Awakening with Sea Gate Restoration, but you probably want to also add a few more Dimir duals like Dismal Backwater

Overall, Tainted Pact Combo definitely gets worse, but I think it will still be a pretty reasonable contender.



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