R/G Dinos by turkeyturkey on MtGO

Creatures (22)
2 Carnage Tyrant
4 Deathgorge Scavenger
4 Drover of the Mighty
4 Otepec Huntmaster
4 Regisaur Alpha
4 Ripjaw Raptor

Non-Creature Spells (14)
2 Samut, the Tested
4 Commune with Dinosaurs
4 Savage Stomp
4 Abrade

Lands (24)
10 Forest
6 Mountain
4 Rootbound Crag
4 Sheltered Thicket

Sideboard (15)
2 Carnage Tyrant
2 Blossoming Defense
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Magma Spray
2 Rampaging Ferocidon
2 Scavenger Grounds
2 Vance’s Blasting Cannons

Summary

Ixalan is out in full force on MtGO, and Standard players have been brewing up the next big deck and battling with Pirates, Merfolk, and Dinosaurs. The deck we’re featuring today is an archetype completely facilitated by Ixalan, R/G Dinos! The deck aims to be an aggressively-slanted midrange deck that features powerful synergies made possible by support for Magic’s newest tribe.

While Dinosaurs tend to cost more mana than most tribes, this deck relies heavily on its 2 mana creatures to hold the ground until the more costly creatures can gain control of the board. These creatures are Drover of the Mighty and Otepec Huntmaster. Drover of the Mighty is nearly always a 3/3 for 2 mana, but it’s really played in this deck for the extra mana that it provides turn after turn, allowing the Dinosaurs to be cast on earlier turns than normal. Otepec Huntmaster similarly provides extra mana, although the “extra mana” requires that you’re casting a Dinosaur with it. Additionally, the haste lets your Dinos hit harder and earlier than normal.

Further up the curve, Deathgorge Scavenger, Ripjaw Raptor, and Samut, the Tested occupy the 3 and 4 mana slots. Deathgorge Scavenger is a sizable threat that grows to a 4/3 turn after turn in this deck as spells are cast and cycling lands are cycled. Ripjaw Raptor is an incredibly well-sized creature for mana that heavily punishes engaging in combat with it, as well as damage-based removal. Samut, the Tested has seen little play since release, but its ability to remove opposing creatures while adding significant damage to each attack.

At the top end of the curve, Regisaur Alpha and Carnage Tyrant pull the weight. Regisaur Alpha is being called one of the most powerful cards in the new set by many, and for good reason. 8 power and 8 toughness across 2 creatures for 5 mana is a ridiculous rate, let alone the haste that 3 power of that has, and the haste that the Alpha grants the rest of your Dinosaurs. Carnage Tyrant can be a little slow against the format’s faster decks, but it has undeniable power against the slower decks of the format, being a decently sized creature that’s nearly impossible to remove for much of the format.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-4 Abrade

+4 Lightning Strike

Sideboard

-2 Blossoming Defense

+2 Vance’s Blasting Cannons

This is day 273 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 272 here, where we featured a Legacy colorless deck that looks to produce a lot of mana and cast big spells.

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