Temur Energy Emerge by Michael Brierley at Pro Tour Amonkhet – 111th
It’s been a long while since Temur Emerge strategies have been viable in Standard, but Michael Brierley has great success with it at Pro Tour Amonkhet. A 111th place finish may not indicate it, but Brierley went 8-2 with it, and his limited record of 1-5 didn’t allow him to finish higher. With the Standard format developing into a 2 or 3 deck format, Temur Energy Emerge could very well be the solution that players want.
The core of this deck is the mana development options. Attune with Aether is the element that bring consistency to the green, energy-focused decks of the format. Servant of the Conduit and Channeler Initiate offer mana ramp and good creatures for emerge fodder later on. Channeler Initiate specifically is an excellent addition to this archetype. Early on it adds mana, then once the game has progressed past needing extra mana, it is a 3/4 attacker which is a sizable threat in this format.
The payoff cards for the mana efficiency in this deck are Bristling Hydra, Elder Deep-Fiend, and Glorybringer. Bristling Hydra continues the energy theme in this deck, making it one of the hardest to interacting with threats in the format. Glorybringer is one of the most exciting cards from Amonkhet. It hits harder in the air than just about every other creature in the format and it kills creatures with ease. The one card tempo shift that this card offers makes it an extremely impactful card and even better in multiples. Elder Deep-Fiend ties the room together. It can bring you back from a losing position, disrupt the opponent for a full turn on a 5/6 body, or cement your advantage when you’re in front.
The sideboard of this deck is diverse, but specifically targets Marvel, Control decks, and Zombies. Kozilek’s Return is a valuable option against Zombies, especially when Elder Deep-Fiend plays such an important role in the deck. Negate is great at helping you get ahead and disrupt against Marvel. Lifecrafter’s Bestiary is good againts other midrange decks and control decks. However, with the format developing to exclude those decks more or less, Bestiary may be relegated from the sideboard for the time being.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
+1 Magma Spray
-1 Magma Spray
This is day 135 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 134 here, where we featured a Pro Tour top 8 deck that surprised everyone.
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