The deck aims to cycle heavily during the early to mid-game, keep control of the board with strong area of effect clears such as Volcano and Lightning Storm, and then assemble their combo and begin their burst phase in the late game. One of the deck's strengths is in its ability to use its burst options as spot removal, allowing it to contest aggression fairly easily in the meta.
The combo is accomplished in three different ways: Malygos is brought out with either Ancestor's Call or Eureka!, which is followed up with low-cost direct damage spells including Lightning Bolt, Totemic Smash, Frost Shock, and Crackle. Alternatively, Emperor Thaurissan is used to discount Malygos and all the damage spells once they are in your hand.
The following cards are usually in the deck.
The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:
The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:
Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:
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