U/R Fevered Emerge by kanister on MtGO

Creatures (16)
3 Advanced Stitchwing
4 Elder Deep-Fiend
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Stitchwing Skaab
1 Wretched Gryff

Non-Creature Spells (21)
4 Cathartic Reunion
3 Fiery Temper
4 Kozilek’s Return
3 Lightning Axe
4 Tormenting Voice
3 Fevered Visions

Lands (23)
2 Highland Lake
5 Island
5 Mountain
3 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard (15)
1 Baral’s Expertise
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Disallow
3 Dispel
1 Fevered Visions
1 Fiery Temper
1 Lightning Axe
2 Nahiri’s Wrath
2 Negate

Summary

At Grand Prix Pittsburgh, while seemingly the whole tournament was playing one of three archetypes, B/G Constrictor, Mardu Vehicles, or Copycat, Pro Tour-winner Steve Rubin was piloting something a little unorthodox. He brought U/R Emerge to the table, a deck that created an unstoppable engine through discard outlets, creatures that come back from the graveyard, beefy emerge threats, and Fevered Visions to tie the room together. This deck’s strength comes not from its quality of card, but rather from its resilience. If any deck is trying to interact with it and suppress it, they will come up short. However, the draws need to come together for the deck to function optimally, so it can sometimes be ran over if it stumbles.

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Cathartic Reunion, Lightning Axe, and Tormenting Voice indicate that the deck wants to put cards in its graveyard and put them there quickly. Advanced Stitchwing, Stitchwing Skaab, Prized Amalgam, Fiery Temper, and Kozilek’s Return all gain value when they are either put in the graveyard or discarded. That leaves the only non-land cards left as well as Elder Deep-Fiend and Wretched Gryff, which take advantage of the recursion of Advanced Stitchwing and Stitchwing Skaab, and Fevered Visions which lets the deck keep up on cards while frequently single-handedly closing the door on some games.

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The sideboard contains more cards that let the deck play the removal-control game against Mardu Vehicles and counterspells to protect itself and attack on that axis against control decks. However, I think some of the numbers and card choices in the sideboard are significantly less impactful than what we want out of the sideboard in this deck. Baral’s Expertise, for example, is amazing when it comes off against decks like B/G Constrictor, but the question should be asked as to whether or not it is actually needed.

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This deck was particularly well-positioned for the GP Pittsburgh metagame, as B/G Constrictor was the most popular and best-performing deck, and Snake & Friends Inc. has a tough time dealing with Fevered Visions. Going forward, I would expect B/G Constrictor to remain a large part of the metagame, and so U/R Fevered Emerge will likely be a fringe player that pops up with a great result here and there for the entirety of this Standard format.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-2 Kozilek’s Return

+1 Lightning Axe

+1 Fevered Visions

Sideboard

-1 Lightning Axe

-1 Fiery Temper

-1 Baral’s Expertise

-1 Fevered Visions

+1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

+1 Kozilek’s Return

+2 Brutal Expulsion

This is day 48 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 47 here, where we covered a Modern prison-style deck that is sure to get groans from every opponent you face.

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