Mardu Aggro snuck on MtGO

Creatures (27)
4 Bomat Courier
1 Hope of Ghirapur
4 Inventor’s Apprentice
1 Pia Nalaar
3 Reckless Bushwhacker
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Selfless Spirit
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Toolcraft Exemplar

Non-Creature Spells (11)
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Servo Exhibition
2 Cartouche of Solidarity
3 Trial of Solidarity

Lands (22)
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Needle Spires
2 Plains
2 Ramunap Ruins
4 Shefet Dunes
4 Spire of Industry

Sideboard (15)
1 Pia Nalaar
2 Selfless Spirit
2 Abrade
2 Aethersphere Harvester
2 Lay Bare the Heart
2 Outnumber
2 Painful Truths
2 Repel the Abominable


Aggro decks in the past few iterations of Standard have had little variations, with Mardu Vehicles far and away the most successful archetype. However, Hour of Devastation has shaken up this Standard format, and an entirely new set of decks are staking their claim as top dog in this format. The deck we’re featuring today takes the Mardu archetype and makes it significantly more aggressive, featuring a heavy “go wide” theme.

This deck wants to start the beatdown as early as possible, and has several 1 mana creatures to do just that. Those creatures are Bomat Courier, Hope of Ghiarpur, Inventor’s Apprentice, Thraben Inspector, and Toolcraft Exemplar. Bomat Courier and Thraben Inspector are great sources of damage and card advantage at one mana, while Inventor’s Apprentice and Toolcraft Exemplar are both excellent aggressive cards that take advantage of this deck’s already existing suite of artifacts.

At 2 mana, this deck plays Scrapheap Scrounger, Selfless Spirit, and Servo Exhibition. Scrapheap Scrounger can be brought back from the graveyard over and over again and is an excellent card against all control decks, while Selfless Spirit is a very valuable source of evasion and has built-in protection against sweepers. Servo Exhibition may only make 2 power and 2 toughness for 2 mana, but it makes valuable artifacts for the relevant creatures in this deck, and makes multiple creatures, which get better with the pump effects in this deck.

At the top end, this deck plays Pia Nalaar and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Pia Nalaar is two bodies in one, and has two very relevant activated abilities for this type of deck. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is arguably the best card in the format, so its inclusion in this deck makes a lot of sense, despite it being the most expensive card in the deck.

To take advantage of this deck’s ability to flood the board with creatures, this deck plays Trial of Solidarity and Reckless Bushwhacker. Trial of Solidarity pumps every creature in play +2/+1, which usually approximately doubles the damage output you have in play. With Cartouche of Solidarity included in the deck, it’s very possible to pump with Trial several times in one turn, almost always killing the opponent. Similarly, Reckless Bushwhacker pumps the entire team, and is a haste creature itself, providing unrivaled burst damage.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Hope of Ghirapur

+1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar


-2 Abrade

-2 Repel the Abominable

+2 Lay Bare the Heart

+2 Outnumber

This is day 208 of’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 207 here, where we featured a Standard sacrifice deck that used to be a favorite of the format, and looks to make a comeback.

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