Scrambled Eggs is widely considered the hardest deck to pilot correctly. There are a lot of small interactions going on at the same time and a lot of math of involved. With all that being said, it is the kind of deck I love to play. One of the more interesting cards in Magic 2013 is Faith’s Reward which is kind of like a one sided Second Sunrise, the main card of the Scrambled Eggs deck. I figured I can build a Scrambled Eggs in Standard.
There are a lot of obstacles. First off there are no good cantrip artifacts that net you mana or at the very least don’t cost a mana to cycle. There is also no replacement for Lotus Bloom so you need to look elsewhere to net mana after each Faith’s Reward. Fortunately you can still do the Ghost Quarter trick, where you Ghost Quarter you own land so you can get both back later. Abundant Growth works well with this trick while fixing the very fragile mana base.
Someone is going to try the Scrambled Eggs deck in Standard with artifacts but again there aren’t many ways to net mana and draw cards to keep chaining Faith’s Rewards. After scouring Gatherer I think found a replacement for all the cantrip artifacts. Heartless Summoning with cheap cantrips creatures. It makes the small cantrips creatures all cost one mana and it kills them at the same time. Elvish Visionary and Oculus are perfect and Priest of Urabrask is my Lotus Bloom. I would love to squeeze in Viridian Emissary to speed up the combo and thin out the deck but slots are at a premium. I have to play around with the deck to see if that is the right choice. Ponder and Faithless Looting is the cheapest ways to cycle through the deck the first couple of turns to get all the pieces together. I may eventually cut Faithless Looting for something else if the mana base is too shakey.
As for the win condition, Laboratory Manic is the easiest way to go and one many Scrambled Eggs players opt for in the Modern version. But after running scenarios in my head, it is way too risky without Conjurer’s Bauble. I played around with a bunch of options and I found Blood Artist the best way and the quickest to boot. Without further ado, here is a rough decklist.
4 Faithless Looting
4 Abundant Growth
4 Faith’s Reward
4 Noxious Revival
4 Heartless Summoning
4 Priest of Urabrask
4 Elvish Visionary
3 Blood Artist
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Autumn’s Veil
4 Mental Misstep
4 Feeling of Dread or Wall of Tanglecord
1 Laboratory Manic
Sideboarding is tough for this deck since basically you need every card for it to chain consistently. But you can side out one to three Blood Artists perhaps for a Laboratory Maniac (you need a win condition), cut a Oculus and cut a Forest. That give you four slots to play around with. Autumn’s Veil is a must against anything deck with counters. Most of the hate against the deck cost one mana like Surgical Extraction so Mental Misstep is an option. Feeling of Dread or Wall of Tanglecord can buy you time against aggro decks. Finally, Smelt deals with problematic artifacts like Torpor Orb, Grafdigger’s Cage and Nihil Spellbomb.
This is a deck that would probably take months to fine tune but unfortunately I got only three months to play with it unless Wizards prints another creature like Priest of Urabrask and maybe another cantrip creature or two. So I guess I am going to throw this deck head first in my FNMs. I am going to lose a ton but hopefully I can figure a right mix to go off consistently turns 4 or 5 in the coming weeks. At the very least, it is going to be a lot of fun to play and it is definitely a deck that makes your opponent go WTF.
I am open to any suggestions and next time for MTG Brewer I got an insane Battle of Wits deck.