B/R Madness by diefi00 on MtGO

Creatures (20)
4 Bloodrage Brawler
4 Bomat Courier
4 Dread Wanderer
4 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Scrapheap Scrounger

Non-Creature Spells (18)
4 Alms of the Vein
4 Fiery Temper
2 Shock
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
4 Key to the City

Lands (22)
4 Foreboding Ruins
7 Mountain
4 Smoldering Marsh
7 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
2 Shock
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4 Lay Bare the Heart
2 Lightning Axe
2 Release the Gremlins
1 Sweltering Suns
2 Trespasser’s Curse

Summary

When Hazoret the Fervent was spoiled, its power level was highly debated. A 5/4 indestructible haste for 4 mana is obviously an incredibly efficient rate, but the condition that needs to be met for it to attack or block is certainly a stumbling block. However, it may have found a home in a semi-successful Standard deck from the last few formats, B/R Madness.

Bomat Courier and Scrapheap Scrounger are certainly familiar to many Standard players, and the non-creature spine of the deck, featuring the likes of Fiery Temper, Unlicensed Disintegration, and Key to the City, creates an incredibly powerful, synergy-focused core for the deck. It’s true strength is its ability to shift game plans. Scrapheap Scrounger + Unlicensed Disintegration is a 1-2 punch aggressive punch that’s hard to recover from for most decks, and Key to the City is a powerful turn-after-turn discard and draw engine that turns Fiery Temper into Lightning Bolt.

Most of the additions to this deck from Amonkhet come in the creature package. Bloodrage Brawler is an extremely aggressively-costed creature (Heart of Kiran without flying, anyone?) that also helps the deck’s graveyard shenanigans get online. It applies the beatdowns early and lets the deck take the position of aggressor in almost every matchup. Dread Wanderer is another aggressive creature that this deck can utilize, but its recursive ability sees it filling multiple slots in this deck: a powerful and aggressive turn 1 play, and an excellent target for your discard. Of course, this all helps facilitate a turn 4 Hazoret the Fervent, which completes the deck’s most powerful aggressive draws.

 

Quick shoutout to Alms of the Vein. Nothing quite states your intention as strongly as a Bloodrage Brawler discarding a madness’d Alms of the Vein. It’s almost as much of a bold statement of intent as a turn 1 Lightning Bolt pointed at your opponent’s face. “Let’s tango,” you say, writing down life total changes on your life pad with a cheeky grin on your face. Your opponent just got Alms’d, and you’ve never felt more alive. In all seriousness, Alms of the Vein is a pretty terrible card in any context outside of exactly this one, which definitely gives this deck a unique vibe to it.

I’ll be changing the sideboard up a lot, and for good reason. Trespasser’s Curse is no longer needed after the banning of Felidar Guardian, and Lay Bare the Heart, despite having probably the best name in the entire set, is likely worse than Transgress the Mind. The only cards that Lay hits that Transgress doesn’t are efficient removal spells and cheap creatures, and neither matchup is really where you want discard spells. Swelting Suns also seems a little questionable in this deck’s sideboard. Despite having the ability to bring back creatures from the graveyard and grind on that angle, this deck would much prefer to have its board stay intact for several turns.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Shock

-1 Key to the City

+2 Lightning Axe

Sideboard

-4 Lay Bare the Heart

-1 Sweltering Suns

-2 Trespasser’s Curse

+3 Transgress the Mind

+1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

+1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

+1 Release the Gremlins

+1 Magma Spray

This is day 118 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 117 here, where we featured an exciting new control deck that strongly features an Amonkhet god!

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