B/R Vehicles by bishop989 on MtGO
Vehicles in Standard has been a dominant archetype since the release of Kaladesh. Even a banning couldn’t take it down! Now with Ixalan in the mix, Vehicles is looking to re-establish itself as a tier 1 deck. One of the deck’s main downfalls was its manabase, which frequently left the player wanting more consistency and aggression, which is exactly what the Vehicles variant we’re featuring today does.
This deck is much more interested in early game aggression than the traditional Mardu Vehicles decks. This variant uses Bomat Courier and Dread Wanderer to get on the board early. Bomat Courier offers good aggression in the early game, a good crew creature for Vehicles in the mid game, and a burst of cards in the late game. Dread Wanderer outside of Zombie-synergy decks (which are gone from the format) is a 2/1 for 1 that can recur itself in decks that like to get their hands on the table quickly, which this deck certainly falls into.
The vehicles being used in this deck should be very familiar to anyone who has played Standard over the last few years. Heart of Kiran was the obvious replacement after the banning of Smuggler’s Copter, and it has proven itself to be just as good as the Copter. Despite the high crew cost, a 4/4 flyer with vigilance is nothing to shake a stick at, and it puts immediate pressure on the opponent. Aethersphere Harvester has similarly cemented its spot in the format, as both a good option for midrange decks to gain life with evasion, and Vehicles decks as their secondary vehicle.
Scrapheap Scrounger isn’t going away any time soon in this deck, as it is a hard to (fully) deal with 2 mana artifact creature with 3 power, making it slot perfectly into this deck. Dhund Operative is a little less expected, but it fills a slot in this deck that it needed. It’s a 3 power creature for 2 mana, crewing Heart of Kiran, that can get aggressive even without the vehicle in play. Hazoret the Fervent has played a small role in the success of Vehicles up until this point, but this much more aggressively-slanted version we’re featuring today is very happy to see the red God. Its ability to get aggressive and get in the final points of damage to finish off the opponent makes it the ideal finisher for this deck.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
+1 Pia Nalaar
-1 Pia Nalaar
+2 Lost Legacy
This is day 293 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 292 here, where we featured a Standard deck that looks to adapt an old favorite for the new format.
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