Welcome back for Brewing With <i>Fate Reforged</i>! Unfortunately, this set didn’t lend itself to a lot of diversity for me, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the lists I did come up with. Also, I must apologize for my lack of content lately—I did not do quite as well as I had hoped at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu and have not done well at anything larger than a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier since then. In my eyes, my performance at the Pro Tour was so poor and I made so many mistakes that I just couldn’t bring myself to write about it. But I did have a very good run last year, making top eight in 17 of the 47 events I played in, winning a PTQ along the way.
As usual I’m only providing some sideboard suggestions, as I don’t have time to tune all these decks and test the matchups. Hopefully I’ve come up with something you’ll like.
Get to the Lists, Josh
This is the first list I thought about creating. I liked the idea of being able to cast Crackling Doom every turn, and also the ability to sideboard into Thoughtseize. Burn decks with Soulfire Grand Master and Monastery Mentor should be quite strong for much of Standard,
Wild Slash gives the red decks something it’s been missing for a while now: a turn-one burn spell that can go to the dome. With the extra burn spell in the mix, it is now easier to burn your opponent out.
Red Deck Wins
While you probably won’t be buying Treasure Cruise back much, you may find yourself spamming Jeskai Charm to overwhelm your opponents. The blue splash over the black splash seems like it might not be as powerful, but it does open up other options that black doesn’t have access to. Beware though, Jeskai was a very popular deck for much of the season, and people love to run those colors.
Gruul Aggro is already a fairly known quantity in the format, but I think it gets access to quite a few new potent cards like Yasova Dragonclaw, Flamewake Phoenix, Shaman of the Great Hunt, and Shamanic Revelation. This version may be what is needed to keep up once all the burn decks flood the format.
Boros Burn seems like it will be very good for a while. Being able to run a lot of high-impact, low-investment creatures, means you’ll get quite a few wins from just resolving a creatures and burning your opponent out from there. One cards that this deck gets to make great use of is Collateral Damage, since it pumps out a ton of tokens on the way to victory.
This deck gained access to a couple of new toys that may or may not push it into competitive range, the biggest is Brutal Hordechief, which is very reminiscent of Hellrider, which was very good when it was Standard legal. Another key card this deck gained is Mardu Woe-Reaper, which is a great one-drop that fights against the decks that abuse their graveyards. And the final cog is Harsh Sustenance, which acts as removal or a way to kill your opponent through a board stall.
Orzhov Tokens may look more like just a creature deck, but it has more permanent ways to generate tokens like Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Monastery Mentor. I could easily see a deck like this making life difficult for the multitude of burn decks that show up this season. The only real issues I see are that it doesn’t have enough to do in the early game.
That’s all I have for now, I’ll hopefully see you again for Brewing With Dragons of Tarkir. If you have any questions of comments, pleases feel free to leave them below and I will do my best to answer them.
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