Whenever Magic: The Gathering players choose decks, they often stray towards their playstyle. I am no stranger to this. During Theros block I dominated my local metagame with Jund Monsters in the beginning, and GW Aggro in the end. I have yet to find my stride in the Khans block of Standard. With such a vast array of strategies and decks currently being played at the moment, I decided to give a few decks a go.
So let me tell you a little bit about who I am as a magic player. My favorite colors are green and white, sometimes with a splash of red or black. I only own one commander deck. My commander is Karador, Ghost Chieftain (I wrote about my list last week). I do not own Tarmogoyfs, so I do not play green or white in Modern. I chose to pick more unique decks for Modern and fool around with Delver some. I play Affinity and RG Tron in Modern, with the occasional Grixis Delver binge here and there (Tasigur, the Golden Fang was pretty good to my deck). I like to race in almost all of my matches (the inner Affinity player in me) and I also like to play huge creatures and planeswalkers (the inner RG Tron player in me). In legacy, I play Oops! All Spells! because I hate the idea of constantly trading resources and would rather win on turn one. If I was ever going to invest in another Legacy deck, I would totally pick Maverick (Green and White dudes!). My favorite creatures are Voice of Resurgence, Gaddock Teeg, Sheoldred, Whispering One, and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn (flying spaghetti monsters are fun). I name my decks weird things (Affinity = Apache Attack Choppers) and I enjoy crushing my opponents with awesome creatures.
When I decided to play standard again after failing to have fun with UB control and Abzan Midrange, I began to home-brew instead of net-deck. This article will show you my process for brewing decks and how I came up with my final list of cards.
STEP 1: IDENTIFY FAVORITE CARDS
I started to pick out the cards I love in the current standard and listed them. This is the exact list I made:
A Few of My Favorite Things
So obviously two cards stick out as oddballs. Sorin and Icefall Regent didn’t make the decklist because they are my “fluke” cards. Now, I am obviously in Naya colors. So what type of deck do I want to play? I settled on a tempo type of strategy that would rely heavily upon Fleecemane Lion and Seeker of the Way in the early game so that I can finish strong with Rabblemaster, Sarkhan, or the Deathmist-Den Protector combo. I needed a list so that I could start building.
Step 2: Creating a List
The first few deck lists I came up with simply weren’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to use the Commands with Seeker of the Way! So I started with a basic shell:
I knew I wanted to play that. But what were the exact numbers of the rest of my cards? After playing around with ideas I finally settled on this list:
What a list! Oh it looks beautiful to me. Naya Aggro with all the goodies! Not too much Den Protector nonsense, not too much Deathmisting, but lots of Commanding and Fleecemaning. Perfect for my playstyle.
You can see that I added cards like Valorous Stance and Roast to the mix. Those are metagame calls. I see lots of Whisperwood Elementals and Dragonlord Atarka in my local meta. Valorous Stance is for the Atarka and Whisperwood Elementals, and Roast is for anything that gets in my way on the ground (Die Anafenza die!).
Now that we have what it takes to compete, lets playtest.
Step 3: Playtesting
Boy is this deck really strong against control and midrange strategies. It is common knowledge that midrange really struggles with beating Deathmist Raptor and Fleecemane Lion, as they are so much better than their cmc (if you get what I mean). The life we can gain from Seeker is astronomical. We could be at around 40 or 50 by turn 5 if we are relying on Valorous Stance and the commands. Now, how do we beat the decks that give us trouble? I can answer that. I struggled with dealing with the heavy creature decks (like RG Dragons and Naya Dragons). What cards destroy Atarka? I started off with that.
Act of Treason seems really good in a lot of matches right now, especially in the games where people tap out to cast Dragons. If we can manage to take a Dragonlord Atarka in the late game we may just win outright. I started off the sideboard with 3.
Display of Dominance was just built to destroy Hero’s Downfall and the like. I’m running 3 because there is a significant amount of control in my meta. You can just blank a Silumgar with this card. It is insane.
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker is pretty good against control. We want to bring in a third for the control matches. That is all.
Glare of Heresy is awesome in the Abzan match-ups. I play 3 in my sideboard. Boom.
Arc Lightning is really really good against Atarka Red and Jeskai Tokens. I am playing 2 in my sideboard. Once an Atarka Red player witnesses the hosing this card can do to their deck they will never forget it.
Citadel Siege is a three-of in my board. God this card is really good against midrange and control. Tapping creatures down during combat is always good and buffing creatures is even better. This card can be unexpected out of the board as well due to the fact that we aren’t running any enchantments in the main. We want this card!
Step 4: Having fun
Now that I have made this deck I can play it and have lots of fun doing it! I am excited to see where this new deck takes me and I could not be happier sitting down and thrashing people with my home-brew.
I hope this article has been of some help to you. I recommend this deck to anyone that identifies with the type of magic player I am. Until next time, happy brewing!
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