Rathi's Gifts Rock

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I posted this in general because I don't really have the time to make a full primer thread, and I really want some feedback on this list.

Here's what I have so far. You'll notice it's really 4-color, but it's very stable and has an incredible late-mid game.

I only saw one gifts rock on deckcheck, and it was a terribly subpar list, so I was curious to see if I could do better. Without further to do, here's the list:

// Lands
    1 [MR] Plains (1)
    2 [DIS] Breeding Pool
    1 [GP] Godless Shrine
    2 [DIS] Hallowed Fountain
    4 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
    3 [ZEN] Misty Rainforest
    1 [BD] Swamp (1)
    1 [ALA] Forest (3)
    2 [RAV] Temple Garden
    1 [7E] Island (2)
    3 [RAV] Overgrown Tomb
    1 [TSP] Academy Ruins

// Creatures
    2 [CFX] Knight of the Reliquary
    4 [FUT] Tarmogoyf
    1 [ARB] Qasali Pridemage
    3 [SHM] Kitchen Finks
    3 [FD] Eternal Witness
    3 [RAV] Dark Confidant
    1 [LRW] Doran, the Siege Tower
    4 [CHK] Sakura-Tribe Elder

// Spells
    2 [M10] Garruk Wildspeaker
    3 [ARB] Maelstrom Pulse
    3 [V09] Gifts Ungiven
    1 [RAV] Life from the Loam
    1 [BOK] Umezawa's Jitte
    2 [8E] Mana Leak
    3 [ARE] Duress
    2 [CFX] Path to Exile

// Sideboard
SB: 1 [ALA] Relic of Progenitus
SB: 2 [PS] Meddling Mage
SB: 2 [PLC] Extirpate
SB: 2 [CHK] Cranial Extraction
SB: 1 [10E] Pithing Needle
SB: 2 [RAV] Loxodon Hierarch
SB: 2 [8E] Mana Leak
SB: 1 [ARE] Duress
SB: 2 [TSB] Tormod's Crypt


Changes I need to make:

I need artifact hate. Preferably krosan grip for the split second against thopter foundry. Possibly shattering spree too.

I run a pretty decent board of sweepers, and the hierarchs are in the SB to beat heavy aggro matchups.

Gifts definitely works like a charm, and mana leak in a rock deck is a godsend in a lot of situations.


Other considerations:

treetop canopy, more removal (especially mass removal like damnation or wrath/judgement).


As much as I want to fit all of this in, I have limited space, and still need to do some more testing on the stuff that's weakest and can be cut. Let me know what you think!
Shouldn't Raven's Crime and Worm Harvest be in there somewhere?
Shouldn't Raven's Crime and Worm Harvest be in there somewhere?



A singleton of both would be ideal. I'm thinking about getting rid of steve, but I'm not sure whether or not the loss of speed will be worth the extra slots.

Should I cut those mana leaks and keep gifts as the only blue card in here?
I would want some engineered explosives in the 75 somewhere.  Looks cool though, I might test it now that exams are finally over.
// Lands
    1 [DIS] Breeding Pool
    2 [MR] Plains (1)
    2 [BD] Swamp (1)
    2 [ALA] Forest (3)
    2 [RAV] Overgrown Tomb
    1 [GP] Godless Shrine
    2 [ZEN] Misty Rainforest
    2 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
    3 [ZEN] Verdant Catacombs
    1 [TSP] Academy Ruins
    1 [DIS] Ghost Quarter
    1 [DIS] Hallowed Fountain
    2 [RAV] Temple Garden
    1 [7E] Island (2)

// Creatures
    2 [RAV] Loxodon Hierarch
    3 [SHM] Kitchen Finks
    1 [PS] Meddling Mage
    4 [FUT] Tarmogoyf
    3 [FD] Eternal Witness
    2 [CFX] Knight of the Reliquary
    1 [ARB] Qasali Pridemage
    4 [CHK] Sakura-Tribe Elder

// Spells
    1 [EVE] Worm Harvest
    1 [EVE] Raven's Crime
    1 [RAV] Life from the Loam
    1 [PLC] Damnation
    2 [ARB] Maelstrom Pulse
    2 [CFX] Path to Exile
    1 [FD] Engineered Explosives
    1 [A] Wrath of God
    1 [ZEN] Day of Judgment
    3 [CHK] Gifts Ungiven
    3 [LRW] Thoughtseize

// Sideboard
SB: 2 [RAV] Loxodon Hierarch
SB: 1 [SHM] Kitchen Finks
SB: 2 [TSB] Tormod's Crypt
SB: 2 [REW] Putrefy
SB: 1 [EVE] Worm Harvest
SB: 2 [10E] Pithing Needle
SB: 2 [ARE] Duress
SB: 1 [TSP] Krosan Grip
SB: 2 [FD] Engineered Explosives

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So when UR Delver came out to win a GP, did Christian Calcano email/call you and thank you personally, or was there just a mutual understanding?
Legitimately laughed at this...haha
No kidding. +1 internets for a hidden gem in the standard deck help.
Sexy list enig. It looks a lot like my current list, which is this:


// Lands
    1 [MR] Plains (1)
    2 [DIS] Breeding Pool
    1 [GP] Godless Shrine
    2 [DIS] Hallowed Fountain
    4 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
    3 [ZEN] Misty Rainforest
    1 [BD] Swamp (1)
    1 [ALA] Forest (3)
    2 [RAV] Temple Garden
    1 [7E] Island (2)
    3 [RAV] Overgrown Tomb
    1 [TSP] Academy Ruins

// Creatures
    2 [CFX] Knight of the Reliquary
    4 [FUT] Tarmogoyf
    1 [ARB] Qasali Pridemage
    3 [SHM] Kitchen Finks
    3 [FD] Eternal Witness
    3 [RAV] Dark Confidant
    1 [LRW] Doran, the Siege Tower

// Spells
    2 [M10] Garruk Wildspeaker
    3 [ARB] Maelstrom Pulse
    3 [V09] Gifts Ungiven
    1 [RAV] Life from the Loam
    1 [BOK] Umezawa's Jitte
    3 [ARE] Duress
    2 [CFX] Path to Exile
    1 [A] Wrath of God
    1 [PLC] Damnation
    2 [FD] Engineered Explosives
    1 [EVE] Raven's Crime
    1 [EVE] Worm Harvest

// Sideboard
SB: 1 [ARE] Duress
SB: 1 [ALA] Relic of Progenitus
SB: 2 [PS] Meddling Mage
SB: 2 [PLC] Extirpate
SB: 1 [10E] Pithing Needle
SB: 2 [RAV] Loxodon Hierarch
SB: 2 [TSB] Tormod's Crypt
SB: 2 [MR] Chalice of the Void
SB: 2 [TSP] Krosan Grip

My biggest changes are the addition of a mass removal suite, worm harvest, raven's crime, the removal of mana leak, and removal of sakura tribe elder. I still can't tell if Garruk is going to be effective in this deck, and I'm excited to test it in our current tournament (I'm going to take a bit of a risk and play this over dredge).
This is my list that I've been having really good success with:
// Lands
    1 [DIS] Breeding Pool
    2 [MI] Plains (1)
    2 [BD] Swamp (1)
    2 [ALA] Forest (3)
    2 [RAV] Overgrown Tomb
    1 [GP] Godless Shrine
    2 [ZEN] Misty Rainforest
    2 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
    3 [ZEN] Verdant Catacombs
    1 [TSP] Academy Ruins
    1 [DIS] Ghost Quarter
    1 [DIS] Hallowed Fountain
    2 [RAV] Temple Garden
    1 [7E] Island (2)

// Creatures
    3 [SHM] Kitchen Finks
    4 [FUT] Tarmogoyf
    3 [FD] Eternal Witness
    2 [CFX] Knight of the Reliquary
    1 [ARB] Qasali Pridemage
    3 [RAV] Dark Confidant
    3 [LRW] Doran, the Siege Tower

// Spells
    1 [EVE] Worm Harvest
    1 [EVE] Raven's Crime
    1 [RAV] Life from the Loam
    1 [PLC] Damnation
    3 [ARB] Maelstrom Pulse
    2 [CFX] Path to Exile
    2 [FD] Engineered Explosives
    1 [A] Wrath of God
    3 [CHK] Gifts Ungiven
    3 [LRW] Thoughtseize

// Sideboard
SB: 2 [RAV] Loxodon Hierarch
SB: 2 [FD] Engineered Explosives
SB: 2 [TSB] Tormod's Crypt
SB: 1 [TSP] Krosan Grip
SB: 3 [PLC] Extirpate
SB: 1 [ARB] Meddling Mage
SB: 2 [M10] Pithing Needle
SB: 2 [7E] Duress

I'm probably gonna test cutting the dorans and just running knight's though, since they fit the same role, but are better.
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