Welcome to my first brewing article for Brainstorm Brewery. For those who haven’t read my brewing articles in the past, I try provide a glimpse at what I feel is possible in Standard. Since I obviously can’t test all of these decks, though, I don’t build complete 75-card decks. Instead, I provide four cards to heavily consider when building your sideboard. This will be the first of two Born of the Gods brewing articles. Today I will primarily cover aggro decks, and the second part, coming very soon, will cover a wider range of decks.
Mono-green holds a special place in my heart, as I qualified for Pro Tour Return to Ravnica with Dungrove Stompy, and this deck feels quite a bit like it. The card that likely pushes this deck over the top is Aspect of the Hydra to deal an insane amount of damage for just one mana. The only downside to Aspect of the Hyda is that it doesn’t give the creature trample, but hopefully Nylea, God of the Hunt and Enlarge will do that just fine.
Selesnya Aggro is currently a small-time player in the Standard metagame, but now it gets the uber powerful Brimaz, King of Oreskos to launch cats at your opponents face and Temple of Plenty to make the mana signifigantly better. It may look like a straightforward aggro deck that just makes dudes and attacks, but it has plenty of tricks up its sleeve for the technical player.
Burn decks just want to do twenty damage to their opponents as quickly as possible—the problem is having to throw some burn at those pesky creatures your opponent controls that are trying to kill you. The introduction of Satyr Firedancer means you never have to throw a burn spell at your opponent’s creature as long as Satyr is in play, freeing up your burn to finish your opponent while incidentally killing his creatures. The creature compliment of this deck is unified in getting the most out of your burn spells so you don’t have to worry about your opponent getting ahead very often.
Quick and painful is how Gruul Aggro likes to kill the opposition. With this version, turn four wins can happen quite often, which will make your opponent think twice about tapping out. Borborygmos would be proud to lead an army so efficient at crushing the opposition.
Stampede! Here come the minotaurs to pillage the battlefield. This decks might not quite be there, but it is certainly fun to play lots of hasted pumped minotaurs trying to find out. And to back them up they brought a Pack Rat army to clean up the corpses.
Mono-Red Devotion is almost as fast as Gruul Aggro, but a little more consistent. Fanatic of Mogis sees red, and he’ll set everything on fire to see more of it with the help of his new friend Searing Blood. With Mono-Red Devotion, it’s all or nothing in an attempt to overwhelm your opponent as quickly as possible.
We have definitely seen a lot of Dark Confidant imitations over the last few years, and Pain Seer is the closest one yet. This little guy happens to be backed by some dark new firepower in Bile Blight and death from above in Herald of Torment, but sadly no scry land as of yet. I look for this deck to get better the less Mono-Black Devotion is around.
Has Satyr Wayfinder given us the missing piece of the puzzle to make Reanimator a reality in Standard again? I’m rooting against it, but with twelve ways to dig deep into your library I wouldn’t count it out just yet. Bringing Blood Baron of Vizkopa back repeatedly against Mono-Black Devotion could be just what they fear the most.
[/card]Imposing Sovereign[/card]’s falvor text reads, “Some are born to rule.The rest are born to bow before them.” [card]Brimaz, King of Oreskos[card], is definitely born to rule. That means we had better bow before our new cat overlord. He does a very good [card]Hero of Bladehold[card] impersonation while still getting to block and keep adding more cats to the board, so it’s no wonder he is currently the chase mythic of Born of the Gods.
This deck needs some reach to stay competitive, and [card]Pain Seer[card] backed by [card]Mogis, God of Slaughter[card], may be just what it’s looking for. Combine that with [card]Bile Blight[card]to fight [card]Pack Rat[card]s and this might just be a winning combination. I can see this deck being quite popular as a way to fight Mono-Black Devotion if it remains a huge force in Standard.
That’s all I have for this time, but I’ll be back soon with more brews. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them for me and I will try to get back to everyone.
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