B/R Aggro by _megafone_ on MtGO

Creatures (26)
4 Dread Wanderer
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
3 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Night Market Lookout
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Vicious Conquistador
3 Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Non-Creature Spells (11)
1 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
4 Fatal Push
4 Lightning Strike
2 Aethersphere Harvester

Lands (23)
4 Aether Hub
2 Canyon Slough
4 Dragonskull Summit
1 Mountain
12 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
2 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
2 Doomfall
4 Duress
4 Gifted Aetherborn
2 Unlicensed Disintegration
1 Vance’s Blasting Cannons

Summary

New Ixalan decks are in, both in real life and through MtGO, and it looks like we might be shaping up for a very healthy and diverse format. Some old decks have seen success in the format, but new and exciting decks have appeared on the edges of the format and have been picking up traction. The deck we’re featuring today is B/R Aggro, which aims to out-speed the format.

Like most aggro decks, the 1 mana creatures in this deck are extremely important as they set the tone for the game. This deck has Dread Wanderer, Night Market Lookout, and Vicious Conquistador in this slot. The common thread between the 3 of these creatures is that they all effectively have 2 power for 1 mana. Night Market Lookout and Vicious Conquistador don’t engage in combat very well, but they get the job done, while Dread Wanderer is a recurrable threat that puts the pressure on early.

At 2 mana, this deck plays Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and Scrapheap Scrounger. Scrapheap Scrounger is the more aggressive of the two options, offering another recurrable threat that has good attacking stats on it. Glint-Sleeve Siphoner offers some evasion in this deck, as well as a good steady stream of extra cards that lets this deck compete into the mid and late game. Both of these cards have proven themselves to be Standard all stars in the previous format, so it’s no surprise to see them once again appearing in Standard decks.

At the top of the curve, this deck plays Yahenni, Undying Partisan and Hazoret the Fervent, the latter of which being half of the mainboard red splash. Yahenni, Undying Partisan is an aggressive-leaning threat that rewards you for killing opponent’s creatures, while making use of the outclassed creatures that sit on the board. Hazoret the Fervent is an extremely powerful card in these types of aggressive decks, as it serves as a 5/4 indestructible haste threat for just 4 mana with positive text. Much of the issue with most aggressive decks is that their draws in the late game are mediocre, but Hazoret allows this deck’s topdecks to be at minimum 3 mana deal 2 damage to the opponent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Bontu’s Last Reckoning

+1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

Sideboard

-2 Doomfall

+2 Vance’s Blasting Cannons

This is day 278 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 277 here, where we featured an Ixalan Standard deck that gets aggressive and goes wide.

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