R/W Aggro by dannycord on MtGO

Creatures (28)
3 Ahn-Crop Crasher
4 Bomat Courier
2 Captain Lannery Storm
2 Earthshaker Khenra
4 Glory-Bound Initiate
2 Glorybringer
3 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Honored Crop-Captain
4 Toolcraft Exemplar

Non-Creature Spells (9)
3 Lightning Strike
1 Magma Spray
4 Shock
1 Solemnity

Lands (23)
4 Inspiring Vantage
14 Mountain
5 Plains

Sideboard (14)
1 Ahn-Crop Crasher
1 Captain Lannery Storm
1 Lightning Strike
1 Magma Spray
3 Solemnity
4 Aerial Responder
2 Rampaging Ferocidon
1 Sky Terror

Summary

Red decks in Standard have been a staple for the last several months, including surviving and thriving since rotation and the introduction of Ixalan into Standard. However, certain new decks have dovetailed off of Ramunap Red to find their own niche in the format. The deck we’re featuring today is R/W Aggro, which takes the best of Ramunap Red and adds more explosiveness with white.

Just like Ramunap Red, the 1 mana creatures are crucial to the success of this deck. Bomat Courier has proven itself as a top card for these strategies, getting in chip shots turn after turn while it preps the deck for the late game, offering a burst of cards that let the deck play the long game. Toolcraft Exemplar is an incredibly powerful option in aggressive decks that can support it, and this deck aims to do just that. A 3/2 attacker for 1 mana quickly puts this deck out on the front foot and gets in for a hefty amount of damage.

At the 2 mana slot, this deck keeps the Earthshaker Khenra game plan that has made Ramunap Red successful, but relies heavily on white at this spot, including a full playset of both Glory-Bound Initiate and Honored Crop-Captain. Glory-Bound Initiate fluctuates between a 3/1 for 2 mana, a solid rate, and a 4/4 lifelink for 2 mana (when needed), which is significantly above expectations for this mana cost. Honored Crop-Captain takes advantage of the go wide strategy of this deck, taking this deck’s several small creatures and making them each important threats.

Ahn-Crop Crasher, Glorybringer, and Hazoret the Fervent are all holdovers from Ramunap Red, pushing through damage, hitting hard in the air, and being a hard to remove threat that puts a clock on the opponent, respectively. Captain Lannery Storm is a new inclusion in this deck, and it does just enough to warrant a spot. In simple terms, it’s a 3/2 for 3 with haste, which isn’t terribly exciting, but it can get out of hand fairly quickly when left on the board. Additionally, it is an artifact-producer for Toolcraft Exemplar, making it have enough synergy with the rest of the deck to find its way into this deck.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Solemnity

+1 Lightning Strike

Sideboard

-1 Captain Lannery Storm

-1 Lightning Strike

+3 Sky Terror

This is day 291 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 290 here, where we featured a Standard Esper Control list that takes the best of U/W and U/B and adds some of the most exciting cards the format has to offer!

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