4 Vizier of Remedies Decks

by Lee Shi Tian on 21 April 2017, Friday

Lee Shi Tian

4 Vizier of Remedies Decks


Hi all,

The full Amonkhet spoiler has been released for a while. Besides all the great cards that were previewed beforehand, some hidden gems did not receive the same spotlight. Felidar Guardian is one of the biggest examples and in the case of Amonkhet, I believe there was a sleeper: Vizier of Remedies.


Vizier of Remedies Devoted Druid

In case you never heard about the interaction between Vizier of Remedies and Devoted Druid, here is a brief summary.

The cost of untapping Devoted Druid is putting a -1/-1 counter on it. Vizier of Remedies will reduce the number of -1/-1 counter to be put on Devoted Druid down to zero. Now, we can untap Devoted Druid for free! As a result, curving out Devoted Druid into Vizier of Remedies means you have infinite mana by turn three!

Now we have infinite mana, we still need a win condition and the rest of the deck. Today, I would like to go through some shells that can easily fit in this combo. 

With both creatures costed only 2 mana, it won't be surprising that they will be best fit into some Collected Company decks. Also, Chord of Calling is one of the best tools for tutoring the combo as Devoted Druid on turn 2 can power out a turn 3 Chord of Calling for 2 by itself.

Deck #1: Elves



Collected Company Ezuri, Renegade Leader

Devoted Druid fits perfectly into Elves. Ezuri, Renegade Leader is a very neat win condition pairing with the combo. You can pump Devoted Druid to 10000/10002 and trample away at your opponent.

Also, if you manage to get 2 Devoted Druid in play, you can go off without Vizier of Remedies as each Overrun will get you additional 6 toughness among 2 Devoted Druid and it will only spend you 5 -1/-1 counters to untap and activate Ezuri again!

While playing full set of Devoted Druid is fine in Elves, Vizier of Remedies is not really good when we are not combo-ing. Therefore, I would like to play only one as a target for Chord of Calling.

Decks without interaction like Tron is one of the biggest problem for Elves as it is a turn 4 to 5 deck most of the time. The infinite mana combo provides us a higher chance against pure goldfishing matchups.




Deck #2: Abzan Company



Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit Melira, Sylvok Outcast

Vizier of Remedies is a natural replacement for Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit and Melira, Sylvok Outcast in Abzan Company because it can also prevent the -1/-1 counter to be put on Persist creatures. However, it looks like we don't actually need Devoted Druid to combo off unless we are overloaded with Collected Company or Chord of Calling.


Duskwatch Recruiter

To make the combo worth playing for, I would like to try Duskwatch Recruiter as it can help you draw your entire deck of creatures, while also not being embarrassing when the board gets stalled or you are not able to commit more to the board.

Also, I love the fact that our opponent is often forced to kill Devoted Druid.

If we follow up Devoted Druid with Vizier of Remedies, removal for Vizier of Remedies is not good enough to stop the combo as we can respond and untap Devoted Druid for infinite times. So, if your opponent have a way to stop the combo, why would they not killing Devoted Druid and give you the potential mana for Collected Company?


Renegade Rallier

If killing Devoted Druid is the default action, Renegade Rallier will be a very powerful tool for us. We can overload our opponent's removals and keep rebuying it. This leads me to another idea.




Deck #3: Kiki-Chord


Restoration Angel Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker


In this version, we can Chord of Calling for an Eternal Witness and rebuy the Chord of Calling. We then chord into Restoration Angel, blinking Eternal Witness to rebuy Chord of Calling once again for Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to go infinite. This can turn our Chord of Calling into a win condition when we go infinite mana.


Viscera Seer Greater Gargadon

We do not have the black sacrifice outlet, yet Greater Gargadon can do the same trick with Vizier of Remedies and Kitchen Finks. Additionally, we can also attack with a 9/7 after gaining infinite life.

Unlike the traditional value-based Kiki Chord with lots of Wall of Omen and Eternal Witness to grind through the whole game, this build is about continually recurring Devoted Druid and demand answers from our opponent.

If you want to go further with infinite combo, how about some Cats?


Deck #4: Saheeli-Chord


Saheeli Rai Felidar Guardian

Saheeli Chord is one of the latest decks in Modern. Felidar Guardian replaced Restoration Angel so that we can still have the kill with Chord of Calling.

With the mana dorks, you can always threaten for a quick Copy Cat kill as well. I like Oath of Nissa here as card manipulation where traditional chord decks do not have. Besides that, it have a relatively same toolbox package as most Chord deck does.

Is the combo too strong?

Sram, Senior Edificer

I believe not. We saw Cheerios being one of the second tier deck since printing of Sram, Senior Edificer. It is capable of killing by turn 3 consistently. I believe decks like this forced interaction in the format.

The Vizier of Remedies and Devoted Druid combo is more resilient and flexible. Therefore I believe it can be applied to lots of decks and it will possibly be a Tier 1 deck. Despite its strength, I think it will not draw the banhammer on itself because there is still lots of players playing Fatal Push, Lightning Bolt and even Tarfire.

Next week I will talk about cards potential making impact in Modern from Amonkhet. See you next week!


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