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Brewing With Oath of the Gatewatch

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Welcome back for Brewing With Oath of the Gatewatch. After an insane thirty decks last time, we have a much more reasonable ten decks for Standard. These decks only have “Sideboard Suggestions” other than the Atarka Red list, which is where I plan to start when the set is released.

This had been the scariest deck in Standard for a few months due to being able to deal nearly twenty damage in one turn. Now it gets another creature to help with burst damage when you can’t try to combo.
I’m still trying to figure out how to fit Nissa, Voice of Zendikar somewhere in the deck, but I’m not sure I can manage it.

I call it “Big Red”, but it will play like a control deck most of the time. Every creature is a value creature, making it very difficult for your opponents to really gain an advantage in the game.

This deck got a huge bump from the Eldrazi spells from this set. I expect to see a lot of this as people try to figure out the format. It is a little low on power, but can just grind out the game with incremental card advantage.

This deck just wants to live the dream of casting the same spells over and over again. This deck will likely be good, but I expect it to end up as four colors for a more diverse array of spells.

Abzan got a lot of great cards to replace some of its already really good cards. It will be the most heavily played deck again, especially since it got better ways to deal with the Rally decks. I’ll be glad when Siege Rhino rotates out of Standard.

This is another deck that got some great new toys. Fortunately most of them are just sideboard cards, but some could end up being huge in the main in the right meta. I expect to see a lot of this deck in the near future, and I may even end up playing it myself.

This deck is a lot like the G/W Aggro decks from a few months ago that got hated out of the format. The new toys it got may push it back into being competitive again, but either way it looks like a lot of fun to play.

Now we have an update of my Enchantress list I was running a while back. The worst card was always Suspension Field, and a very good replacement is Oath of Chandra which in long games could end up being recurred every turn to kill a creature. This deck is really good as long as Esper and R/G Ramp aren’t seeing a lot of play, as they are terrible matchups.

With the printing of Monastery Swiftspears big brother Stormchaser Mage a U/R Tempo decks seems like it could be a thing again. I’m very excited about the card myself, but am not sure it is competitive at the moment.

This is the likely home for Goblin Dark-Dwellers, and being backed by a ton of lifegain will be hard to race. I expect a lot of Abzan players to make the leap to this if only to have an edge in the mirror.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll see you again for Brewing With Shadows Over Innistrad. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below and I will do my best to answer them.

Thanks for reading,

Josh Milliken

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  1. Jason Alt

    If you have any suggestions for changes or ideas about how you want to take one of the decks forward, leave it here!

  2. Josh

    I made Top 8 of a 5k this weekend with Atarka Red.

    After seeing the top finishing decks from the SCG Open, here’s where I’m taking the deck for next week.

    [deck title= Atarka Red]
    [Creatures]
    4 Monastery Swiftspear
    4 Zurgo Bellstriker
    2 Lightning Berserker
    4 Abbot of Keral Keep
    3 Reckless Bushwhacker
    [/Creatures]
    [Spells]
    3 Fiery Impulse
    4 Titan’s Strength
    4 Dragon Fodder
    4 Atarka’s Command
    3 Temur Battlerage
    4 Become Immense
    [/Spells]
    [Land]
    2 Cinder Glade
    4 Bloodstained Mire
    4 Wooded Foothills
    2 Windswept Heath
    1 Forest
    8 Mountain
    [/Land]
    [Sideboard]
    2 Rending Volley
    4 Roast
    2 Arc Lightning
    2 Exquisite Firecraft
    3 Hordeling Outburst
    2 Outpost Siege
    [/Sideboard]
    [/deck]

  3. taemo

    No list for BW Midrange/Control? -.-

    1. Josh

      Not this time. Maybe I’ll come up with something in the next one, when the format isn’t so focused on 3-4 color decks.

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