This Holiday season I’m spending time with my family, eating some delicious food, drinking hot cocoa, and working on brewing decks for a new Standard format. About three months ago, I talked about an exercise where the idea is to create decks that highlight powerful cards that never quite got there, or were missing some pieces to really shine. Today I want to highlight some of my first, very rough ideas, and I’ll try to incorporate some of the spoiled Ravnica Allegiance cards in these brews!
Illustrated by Jonathan Kuo
If you were paying attention to every 5-0 deck dump, then in early November you would have encountered a Dimir Quasiduplicate deck. It dumped cards into its graveyard with Stitcher’s Supplier, and tried to make an army of Doom Whisperers or Dream Eaters with Quasiduplicate. A few weeks later, everyone’s favorite brewer SaffronOlive wrote an article about his QuasidupliDrake deck, which copied Crackling Drake over and over. These decks are awesome and definitely form the baseline for a deck idea that is near and dear to my heart:
Have you ever copied a Regisaur Alpha? I have, many times. When Saheeli Rai was in Standard, I copied many Regisaur Alphas, and there’s nothing quite like it. Attacking for 14 damage and keeping the token was some of the most fun I’ve had in Magic recently. So, it goes without saying that I am quite excited to get access to Breeding Pool and Stomping Ground so I can get back to making copies of gigantic dinosaurs.
Also featured in this deck is the newly spoiled Incubation // Incongruity, a card that finds a threat or is an all important removal spell in these green based decks.
Illustrated by Svetlin Velinov
Those familiar with how deathtouch works may already know where this is going. With the addition of Blood Crypt and Stomping ground to Standard, it will be easier than ever to pull off a 2-card, 4-mana, 1-sided board wipe. Goblin Chainwhirler is obviously one of the pieces, and this time the one-time Standard standout is joined by Status // Statue. I’m not entirely sure what the rest of the deck should look like, but ultimately it will be a “Mono Red Jund” deck, looking to play some efficient removal and the best creatures red has to offer. I’d start with something like this:
Rix Maadi Reveler shows up here, as it is a decent play on turn 2 and an amazing play on turn 4+. I’m hoping that it is as easy as I think it will be to trigger Spectacle, but with Fanatical Firebrand alongside the other aggressive red creatures, I think we’ll be in a good spot. Between Rix Maadi Reveler and Runaway Steam-Kin, the two drop slot in an almost Mono Red deck is just about as good as it was before Guilds of Ravnica, which should make any red mage’s mouth water. The New Year will be the perfect time to dust off and sleeve up your Goblin Chainwhirlers.
That’s all I’ve got for you today, but I hope it was enough to at least get you all excited to start brewing. We just experienced one of the best Standard formats ever, and I cannot wait for what Ravnica Allegiance will bring to the table.