B/R Aggro by Sam Tharmaratnam at Pro Tour Aether Revolt

Creatures (22)
4 Bomat Courier
3 Forerunner of Slaughter
4 Inventor’s Apprentice
3 Pia Nalaar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Weldfast Engineer

Non-Creature Spells (15)
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Heart of Kiran
4 Incendiary Flow
2 Shock
3 Unlicensed Disintegration

Lands (23)
4 Foreboding Ruins
10 Mountain
4 Smoldering Marsh
5 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Collective Brutality
3 Fatal Push
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Key to the City
4 Transgress the Mind


Going to Grand Prix Pittsburgh this weekend? Still don’t have a deck locked in? Want to hedge against the Mardu Vehicles deck that made up 75% of the Pro Tour Top 8? You’re in luck! Today we’re featuring B/R Aggro, which Sam Tharmaratnam piloted to an impressive 8-2 record in the Standard portion of the event. Unfortunately, his draft record wasn’t good enough to push him through to top 8.

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Throughout the Pro Tour weekend, announcers and players alike noted that the Mardu Vehicles deck was great at playing on the front foot, but struggled when it couldn’t get any traction. This B/R Aggro deck aims to put Vehicles on the back foot and make them stay there. Well-sized cards like Inventor’s Apprentice, Forerunner of Slaughter, and Scrapheap Scrounger start the beatdown early, Weldfast Engineer and Pia Nalaar offer some much-needed reach, and Unlicensed Disintegration, Shock, and Incendiary Flow double as removal spells and the last few points of burn you’ll need to finish the opponent off.

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Of course, we can’t be talking about an aggro deck without Heart of Kiran. Bomat Courier plays a very important role in this deck. The incremental points of damage that it deals for the low cost of 1 mana is excellent, and the card advantage it gains you late in the game is frequently back-breaking for the opponent. It also puts your opponent into a lose-lose situation if they are on the back foot. Either they block the Bomat Courier and take more damage, or they block a higher power creature and let the Courier gobble up more cards that will come back to bite them later in the game.

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In this metagame, this B/R Aggro deck is just about as well-positioned as it will be at any time. Mardu Vehicles is the clear best deck in the format, and this deck has a better than 50/50 matchup against it. It can struggle against some of the more removal-heavy decks that feature the likes of Winding Constrictor and Walking Ballista, but it also boasts a positive matchup against the Copycat decks. The combination of removal and pressure has proven to be the recipe for success against infinite cats. I would not be surprised at all to see this B/R Aggro deck put up an impressive result or two at Grand Prix Pittsburgh, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a deck to attack Vehicles at its own game.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Pia Nalaar

+1 Unlicensed Disintegration


-2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

-2 Collective Brutality

+2 Implement of Combustion

+2 Release the Gremlins

This is day 39 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 38 here, where we featured an innovative Sultai Control deck that found some success at the Pro Tour.

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