Hello Everyone! Today, I’m going to take a look at the deck that took second place in Pro Tour Origins, Mike Sigrist’s U/R Scissors! This deck is new to Standard, as many of the key cards came from Magic Origins. It was played by two people in the Top 8, and by many more below the Top 8, so it’s not exactly a fringe deck, but it’s a new one that never existed before Origins. Well, that’s not exactly true, some people played Scissors decks even before Origins, but Origins was exactly what Standard needed to make it a competitive archetype. Anyways, onto the deck.
Ensoul Artifact is a great card, and it’s the card that this archetype is named after. In case you don’t know, it’s two mana and turns any artifact into a 5/5. Yes. A 5/5. A turn 2 5/5. This deck can easily get that turn 2 5/5. Mike Sigrist usually mulliganed until he got one of his Ensouls, and on turn two, one of his usual plays was to turn a Darksteel Citadel, an indestructible artifact land into a indestructible 5/5 on turn 2. Great play. In another game, he led off turn one with a Ghostfire Blade and two Ornithopters. Also Great. The ability to get a 2/4 flier on turn two by equipping a Ghostfire to a Ornithopter was also magnificent. This deck had four Hangarback Walkers, which are great Thopter generators. Four Chiefs of the Foundry to power up Ornithopter and the Thopters, overall this deck is really great and has lots of interesting card interactions.
In his sideboard, Sigrist had some counterspells and burn to use against slower decks, and also three Thopter Spy Networks, which I don’t think he brought in at all during the Finals. His deck didn’t have a big alternate plan in the sideboard, as some decks do.
This deck is great, and I might make a budget version as one of my new Standard decks. If you want me to do a budget version of the deck, tell me in the comments! Hope you enjoyed!
- 4x Darksteel Citadel
- 1x Foundry of the Consuls
- 6x Island
- 1x Mana Confluence
- 1x Mountain
- 4x Shivan Reef
- 4x Temple of Epiphany