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5 Queues: Hardcore Chromanticore!

Written by LegitMTG Staff on . Posted in Competitive Magic, Standard

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of 5 Queues here on Legitmtg.com! I’m really excited about Born of the Gods finally coming to the Magic the Gathering: Online client! While those of you who play paper events have gotten their chance to play with the new cards in Prereleases, Pro Tour Qualifiers, Open events and Friday Night Magics, we’ve been cursed with a few extra weeks of a dead Standard format. The online client finally got around to having prereleases during the Valentine’s Day weekend, and it’s a good thing that I am single, because I really would have upset my significant other with the amount of Magic that I played!

Honestly though, I did not play in many Prereleases on MTGO. The payout is not very good, and I needed to save up for my last Force of Will more than I wanted to actually play in the new limited format. Besides there will be months of the limited to play, and I’m looking forward to that!

Born of the Gods has been regarded as a set that did not add too much to the Standard format. Sure Bile Blight,Drown in Sorrow, and Brimaz, King of Oreskos look like exciting cards to play, but it’s just been panned by a large majority of players in regards to its contributions to Standard. Are these people right? Who knows! The format is still young, and the last two big events were won by Mono Blue Devotion. That may be a testament to how strong that deck may be.

While every one else was watching streams to Grand Prix Paris or Mexico City, I was sitting around scanning my Twitter account for any hot new tech to come out of Standard events over the weekend. The 5k in Flint over the weekend did not really show off anything ground breaking (There is this neat Rakdos Aggro deck though.) and the Starcity Open was cancelled, despite a lot of objections from the local players in the area. Snow is beautiful, but it’s going to beat a van that can not pull out of the driveway! Later on in the day on Saturday decks started to trickle in, and two of them caught my eye. Both of them featured Courser of Kruphix which I think is a very good Magic card, and they both featured a card that a lot of people mocked when it was first spoiled, Chromanticore.

I fell in love with both lists. I’ve had quite the history with five color Standard decks, playing such hits as 5 Color Green in the long long ago, and a deck that featured Bringer of the Blue Dawn and Clearwater Goblet. Most recently I have been on the Maze’s End deck in Standard! Much like a Reanimate strategy or a Fog strategy I am drawn to five color like a moth to flame, though strangely enough I did not actually play 5 color control in Lorwyn block, for some reason me and Silvergill Adept were best friends and that is a friendship that lasts to this day thanks to Legacy and Modern!

Where was a I going? Oh yeah, Chromanticore is the card that I have been looking most forward to playing with since the set was spoiled. This Aura creature is pretty neat, and has a lot of splashy abilities to justify its five mana casting cost. It reads like a small Akroma, Angel of Wrath but trades the protection text for Bestow, which makes this guy surprisingly robust against cards like Supreme Verdict. Getting the body after a board wipe or removal spell is nice, and leaves you with a must answer threat! I challenged a friend of mine to a brew contest using the card, but sadly it’s not going to happen, because the Chromanticore deck that I am running is not of my own design. It’s a rather spectacular looking list from an event that happened over the weekend.

Had I not been on Twitter though, I would have missed it.


That was sent out Saturday night with a note that it had finished in 5th place out of 92 players in an event. I favorited the tweet and went to work building the deck, I did not need much, and my buddies at MTGOtraders.com were able to help me out a ton! Let’s take a look at the list, because I know it is hard to see in the attached tweet!

The deck, at its core looks like a Red Green Monsters deck. You’ve got a lot of similarities there thanks to Courser of Kruphix, Polukranos, World Eater, Xenagos, the Reveler, and Stormbreath Dragon. Alongside those cards are a lot of really good mana fixers, Sylvan Caryatid, Manaweft Sliver, Lay of the Land and Peregrination all serve the purpose to help you actually cast your spells! With those cards added in we found room for some of the best removal in Standard. Dreadbore, and Far // Away help us control the board and rounding it up are some bullets against control. Rakdos’s Return is a fearsome card against UW Control, and Sin Collector gets to exile their best sorcery or instant!

I’m taking a different format to 5 Queues tonight, so bear with my please. I really enjoy how well Compulsive Research comes out, so this article will be biting the style of MrScottyMac, with his permission of course! I recently streamed the deck in action so we should take a look!

Chromanticore Stream!

Watch live video from JoshuaClaytor on TwitchTV

So we went 4-4 during the course of the stream. We defeated two red based aggro decks just off the back of Chromanticore alone. We also beat up two Mono Black devotion decks which was really nice because before the stream I was getting rolled by the deck. Our losses were to Esper Control, Red Aggro, and two mono black decks.

All I learned from this is I hate Sin Collector. I want to cut those guys badly! I am considering removing them for a fourth copy of the following cards: Courser of Kruphix, Polukranos, World Eater, and Stormbreath Dragon. At that point though I am not entirely sure if we are better off playing this deck:

This deck finished in the top 8 of an IQ and you can read about it here!

Which version do you all think is better? Is it worth even playing with Chromanticore or should I just go back to RG monsters?

I want to thank you all for checking out the article! I hope you all like the format of it, and if not make sure to let me know in the comments section here on Legitmtg.com!

Thanks for reading!


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