4-Color Vehicles by nashpeters on MtGO

Creatures (19)
2 Inventor’s Apprentice
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
3 Veteran Motorist

Non-Creature Spells (19)
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Declaration in Stone
3 Metallic Rebuke
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
2 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Heart of Kiran

Lands (22)
4 Aether Hub
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Plains
4 Spire of Industry
4 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard (15)
1 Canyon Slough
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Cut // Ribbons
2 Dusk // Dawn
2 Fatal Push
2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
1 Needle Spires
2 Negate
2 Transgress the Mind

Summary

It’s been a while since Mardu Vehicles wasn’t a tier 1 deck in Standard. During that time, the archetype evolved from base W/R splashing black to base W/B splashing red. However, older versions of the deck that debuted at Pro Tour Kaladesh that splashed blue as well for sideboarded (or mainboarded) counterspells. These versions fell by the wayside as that Standard format evolved, but with the rise and continued dominance of Temur Marvel, it may be time for this build of the deck to make a comeback.

Thraben Inspetor, Toolcraft Exemplar, Scrapheap Scrounger, and Veteran Motorist are the usual suspects in this build. Thraben Inspector and Toolcraft Exemplar let the deck get off the ground and attack quickly, while Scrapheap Scrounger and Veteran Motorist are good beaters in their own right, but are specifically excellent at crewing Heart of Kiran.

The other creatures in this deck are less standard. Inventor’s Apprentice saw play in many of the early versions of this deck, especially those that were around before the banning of Smuggler’s Copter. However, the Apprentice doesn’t crew Heart of Kiran, so it has only made a comeback now that Vehicles is forced to be more aggressive and low to the ground. Pia Nalaar provides enough power to crew Heart of Kiran on its own, but it’s the activated abilities of the card that makes it so appealing. Extra damage and a Falter effect all on one card is a great deal.

The inclusions of Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Unlicensed Disintegration, and Heart of Kiran should be no surprise to anyone. Declaration in Stone and Aethersphere Harvester, on the other hand, have been absent from many Mardu Vehicles lists, but look to make a comeback in this 4-Color version.

Metallic Rebuke is the big change that this deck makes to the traditional Mardu list. In a deck with clues from Thraben Inspector, small artifact creatures from Pia Nalaar, and even Scrapheap Scrounger or vehicles themselves, it’s not unreasonable to view Metallic Rebuke as a stronger Mana Leak in this deck. With Marvel’s dominance confirmed, having mainboard cheap counter spells helps massively to fight Aetherworks Marvel and keep the pressure on.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Inventor’s Apprentice

+1 Cultivator’s Caravan

Sideboard

-1 Canyon Slough

-2 Dusk // Dawn

-1 Needle Spires

+1 Transgress the Mind

+1 Cut // Ribbons

+2 Ceremonious Rejection

This is day 153 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 152 here, where we featured a Modern deck that looks to get early pressure on board and counter and burn its way to victory.

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