Hello, my name is Bruhsiah, welcome back to Reflecting Pool. Today we will be reviewing our Izzet Phoenix deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream. I ended up playing fifteen matches on stream and none off stream. The goal of this article is to review what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know, and explain any changes to the decklist for Ranked Best of Three play with the stock list of Izzet Phoenix.
Arclight Phoenix: Arclight Phoenix is one of the main powerhouses of this deck, With twenty-five low-cost spells it is pretty easy to chain them together to bring back Phoenix from the graveyard. This is also fueled by having so many of these spells also discard a card.
Saheeli, Sublime Artificer: While not having an immediate reward, this card generates tokens fast due to our twenty-five lower-end CMC cards. The minus two effect is often overlooked but being able to turn your Servo into an Arclight Phoenix with Haste or a Crackling Drake with power equal to the number of spells in your graveyard is a huge bonus.
Finale of Promise: With the release of War of the Spark, Izzet Phoenix has seen a huge boost in viability due to Finale of Promise. This card effectively lets us bring Arclight Phoenix back for one card instead of three. This is a huge advantage and, considering Finale of Promise can target any of the spells in your graveyard, it can also have some devastating or game swinging effects even without recurring a Phoenix.
Goblin Electromancer: One of the best cards in the deck is Goblin Electromancer. While not always the longest lasting, just being able to have him out for a turn or two allows you to value-cast a few extra spells in one turn. Goblin Electromancer dies to every burn spell in standard right now so he usually gets sided out, but I truly think people undervalue this card when going into sideboards as Goblin Electromancer taking one for the team leaves one less burn/kill spell for your opponent to cast on your Arclight Phoenix.
Datasheet: The information is tracked on the datasheet I have linked
Meta Match Spread
These are a few of the decks I feel we should mostly be aware of in the current Ranked Best of Three meta based off of what I’ve run into over the last 15 matches.
Gruul Aggro (0-2): This match-up feels awful. Even though we do have burn spells, I don’t think there is an easy way for us to withstand the huge beaters that this deck is able to pop out so quickly. All decks have a bad match-up and It looks like this is ours.
Grixis Control (2-0): Just like all decks have bad match-ups, there is always another side of the coin. Grixis Control has a hard time dealing with how fast and efficiently we can flood the board. They usually side in more removal in games two and three but an easy game one allows us to stick to the plan and we were able to close it out 2-0 each match.
Mono Red (1-1): This match up feels like a truly 50/50 split. It seemed to come down to who had the better hand and not really about the plays we actually made. Match-ups like this always feel weird but are very common in today’s meta and should not be forgotten about while testing.
Mainboard – 60 cards (17 distinct)
|4 Goblin Electromancer|
|4 Crackling Drake|
|4 Arclight Phoenix|
|Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (25)|
|4 Chart a Course|
|2 Lightning Strike|
|2 Tormenting Voice|
|1 Discovery // Dispersal|
|4 Radical Idea|
|2 Lava Coil|
|2 Finale of Promise|
|4 Sulfur Falls|
|4 Steam Vents|
|2 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer|
Sideboard – 15 cards (10 distinct)
|1 Niv-Mizzet, Parun|
|2 Legion Warboss|
|1 Entrancing Melody|
|2 Spell Pierce|
|1 Beacon Bolt|
|1 Disdainful Stroke|
|2 Narset, Parter of Veils|
|2 Sarkhan the Masterless|
|1 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer|
I, personally, am a huge fan of this deck but I do feel like it is fairly below average in the current Best of Three Ranked Meta, which we can see with the 46.67% win-rate. I will be changing some cards around tomorrow on stream, as I have some great ideas for the sideboard that I think will help improve our weaker match-ups.
I will be tracking data on and discussing in my closing article for Izzet Phoenix for Fridays’ Reflecting Pool. You can catch me live at 8 AM PST six days a week on Twitch. You can also check out the VoD below to catch up on some of the gameplay from the current tracked games! If you have any tips or misplays you want to suggest for this article, feel free to leave a comment below.