Temur Midrange by baronvonfonz on MtGO

Creatures (19)
4 Glorybringer
1 Greenwarden of Murasa
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
2 Naga Vitalist
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Servant of the Conduit
2 Walking Ballista
1 Whirler Virtuoso

Non-Creature Spells (19)
4 Kiora, Master of the Depths
4 Crush of Tentacles
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
4 Harnessed Lightning
4 Oath of Nissa

Lands (22)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
6 Forest
1 Game Trail
2 Island
2 Lumbering Falls
1 Mountain
1 Sheltered Thicket
1 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard (15)
2 Disallow
2 Dissenter’s Deliverance
2 Magma Spray
3 Negate
1 Pulse of Murasa
2 Radiant Flames
3 Tireless Tracker

Summary

With the banning of Aetherworks Marvel, Standard looks fresh and new again, with loads of new and interesting decks populating MtGO. While Temur Marvel is now completely removed from the format, the color combination is not. The Temur Energy deck that looked promising while Aetherworks Marvel was still legal is now a viable option, as well as more midrange-focused Temur decks, like the one we’re featuring today.

The core and perhaps most important element of this deck is the mana development. The easiest way for this deck to gain a massive edge in the early turns is leveraging its mana advantage. This comes in the form of Servant of the Conduit and the slightly less exciting Naga Vitalist. At 3 mana, we have the usual suspects of Rogue Refiner and Whirler Virtuoso. The 4/1 split here indicates that this deck isn’t necessarily a deck looking to gain advantage of energy, but rather one that wants to play a longer game and dig through its deck.

There are several great cards that cost 4+ mana in this deck, and each of them are excellent when being ramped out. Kiora, Master of Depths is a good source of mana ramp, card advantage, and a powerful delirium enabler as well. This deck ideally wants to cast Kiora every game, and it demands an answer. Glorybringer has proven itself to be an excellent creature at 5 mana, and it combos well with Kiora’s +1 to turn into a 4/4 flyer plus creature kill spell every turn.

Crush of Tentacles is an interesting card in this deck. While it may sound a little ridiculous to put 4 Crush in a deck that wants to jam powerful creatures, it’s actually quite good in this deck. After gaining some value, a surged Crush of Tentacles forces the opponent to deal with the 8/8 while you redeploy the threats that were bounced to your hand. This includes value-producing creatures like Greenwarden of Murasa and Ishkanah, Grafwidow, which are 1-ofs in the deck that can be searched out through Traverse the Ulvenwald.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Crush of Tentacles

+1 Naga Vitalist

Sideboard

-2 Dissenter’s Deliverance

-1 Pulse of Murasa

+3 Manglehorn

This is day 167 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 166 here, where we featured an innovative Standard deck that looks to flood the board with tokens and grind the opponent out.

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