R/G Discard Aggro by Isara Thanakit at SCG Cincinnati – 48th

Creatures (23)
4 Hollow One
3 Bloodrage Brawler
2 Glorybringer
4 Honored Hydra
4 Noose Constrictor
3 Hazoret the Fervent
3 Rhonas the Indomitable

Non-Creature Spells (16)
2 Key to the City
3 Abrade
4 Fiery Temper
4 Cathartic Reunion
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald

Lands (21)
7 Forest
7 Mountain
3 Cinder Glade
4 Game Trail

Sideboard (15)
4 Earthshaker Khenra
1 Glorybringer
3 Prowling Serpopard
1 Abrade
2 Hour of Devastation
4 Sweltering Suns

Summary

The results of SCG Cincinnati are in, and players such as myself are diving deep through the results to see what we can learn about the Standard format going forward. While it’s important to look at the decks that made top 8, it’s equally as important to look further down the standings to try to uncover some hidden gems. The deck we’re featuring today finished 48th at the Open, but looks powerful enough that it might just be a force to be reckoned with in this format.

The main aim of this deck is to take advantage of the powerful discard creatures in this format, effectively negating any drawback that discarding a card would bring. The creatures that discard cards are Bloodrage Brawler, Noose Constrictor, and Hazoret the Fervent (although to a lesser extent). Bloodrage Brawler as a 4/3 for 2 mana is certainly above rate, and Noose Constrictor is extremely difficult to block, as it uses your hand as pump spells. Both of these 2 mana creatures put the pressure on the opponent early, and help to facilitate graveyard and discard synergies that this deck is filled with. Hazoret the Fervent is more of a late game option, but it operates both as a discard outlet and a payoff card, making it a valuable addition.

To take advantage of the discard that the above cards bring, this deck plays several impactful cards. Honored Hydra becomes a 4 mana 6/6 (certainly above rate), while Fiery Temper becomes Lightning Bolt, which has proven itself to be too good for Standard. The main draw to this deck, however, is Hollow One, which is very happy to see you discarding cards. With one discard, it is a well-costed 3 mana 4/4, but with any more than that it is far better than anything at its mana cost. And with multiples, the discard effects all of them, giving this deck arguably the most powerful early turns possible in this format when things go right.

The rest of the deck is filled out by powerful creatures, more discard outlets, removal, and Traverse the Ulvenwald, which functions as a land search and a late-game creature search. Glorybringer and Rhonas the Indomitable don’t add much value to the synergies of this deck, but are both very strong beaters that make the deck incredibly hard to deal with when playing from behind. Cathartic Reunion and Key to the City are the additional discard outlets. Reunion helps you sift through your deck quickly, while Key to the City frequently acts as a 1 mana card advantage engine that punishes players for playing from behind. Abrade is the last card in the deck. While not exciting, it is needed to get the job done against cheaper creatures and troublesome artifacts.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Rhonas the Indomitable

-1 Honored Hydra

+1 Bloodrage Brawler

+1 Glorybringer

Sideboard

-1 Glorybringer

-2 Hour of Devastation

+3 Lifecrafter’s Bestiary

This is day 201 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 200 here, where we featured another successful deck from SCG Cincinnati that uses cheap creatures and powerful, efficient spells.

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