B/G Dino Constrictor by chiralane on MtGO

Creatures (27)
2 Deathgorge Scavenger
4 Kitesail Freebooter
3 Ranging Raptors
4 Ripjaw Raptor
2 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
4 Verdurous Gearhulk
4 Walking Ballista
4 Winding Constrictor

Non-Creature Spells (10)
2 Savage Stomp
2 Blossoming Defense
4 Fatal Push
2 Vraska’s Contempt

Lands (23)
4 Blooming Marsh
2 Evolving Wilds
8 Forest
2 Foul Orchard
7 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Vraska’s Contempt
2 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Duress
2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
2 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
2 Yahenni’s Expertise


Ixalan Standard will likely be filled with new and exciting archetypes made possible by Ixalan alongside some old favorites from the past Standard format that survived rotation and even got stronger with Magic’s newest set. The deck we’re featuring today stands firmly in the latter category, taking one of the most successful archetypes over the last year or so, B/G Constrictor, and bringing it to this new Standard format.

Much of this deck will look familiar to Standard players, and the power level is certainly still there. Winding Constrictor enables some crazy draws when combined with several other cards in this deck. When combined with Rishkar, Peema Renegade, it puts a 4/5 and 4/4 on the board as early as turn 3. With Walking Ballista, the counters both originally put on and put on through the activated ability is increased, allowing Ballista to pick of the small creatures in the set effortlessly.

Lastly, Verdurous Gearhulk is the game-ending creature that is a dream with Winding Constrictor. Getting to put 12 power and 12 toughness into play for just 5 mana makes Gearhulk arguably the most powerful card in Standard when Constrictor is in play. Kitesail Freebooter is one of the cards that has players excited from Ixalan. The 1/2 flyer nabs the best card out of the opponent’s hand, frequently putting their game plan behind until they deal with Freebooter. This tempo advantage can be taken advantage of in a board control deck such as this one.

Deathgorge Scavenger and Ranging Raptors supplement the 3 drop slot in this deck. Deathgorge Scavenger is sometimes a 4/3 for 3 when attacking, especially in a deck that uses kill spells to gain an advantage over the opponent. Ranging Raptors doesn’t have a terribly exciting body, but the triggered ability on it can cause you to gain a massive mana advantage for little to no cost. Ripjaw Raptor has a similarly powerful Enrage ability on it. However, Ripjaw has the advantage of being a sizable body. Both combo quite well with Walking Ballista. As getting an extra land into play or drawing a card for no mana cost is something that can bury the opponent if they cannot answer it.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-2 Deathgorge Scavenger

+1 Rishkar, Peema Renegade

+1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury


-1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury

-1 Duress

+2 Carnage Tyrant

This is day 274 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 273 here, where we featured the one deck that has many Standard players excited, R/G Dinos!

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