Mono-Black Aggro by isolating on MtGO

Creatures (25)
4 Bone Picker
4 Dread Wanderer
2 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Night Market Lookout
4 Ruin Raider
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
3 Vicious Conquistador

Non-Creature Spells (15)
3 Walk the Plank
4 Fatal Push
3 Supernatural Stamina
1 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Heart of Kiran

Lands (20)
4 Ifnir Deadlands
16 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
2 Gifted Aetherborn
2 Aethersphere Harvester
1 Supernatural Stamina
1 Walk the Plank
4 Duress
2 Harsh Scrutiny
1 Key to the City
2 Lost Legacy


Aggressive decks in Ixalan Standard come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ramunap Red, which was widely considered to be top dog of Hour of Devastation Standard, is still around, but is putting up less exciting finishes. Black, on the other hand, has proven itself as a viable base color for aggressive decks in this format. The deck we’re featuring today forgoes red (and any other color) to focus on black’s aggressive nature in this format.

What really separates this deck from Ramunap Red is that this deck is considerably lower to the ground, and that can be seen when looking at its 1 mana creatures. Dread Wanderer is usually a vanilla 2/1 attacker (which is a good rate) but can be brought back from the graveyard in the late game after this deck has dumped its hand on the table. Night Market Lookout and Vicious Conquistador do not have this recursive ability, but both of them effectively attack for 2, even pushing damage through blockers in the late game.

At 2 mana, this deck plays Scrapheap Scrounger and Gifted Aetherborn. Gifted Aetherborn is the less exciting of the two, as it only attacks for 2 damage, and the lifelink and deathtouch is less exciting in this deck than it normally is. Scrapheap Scrounger‘s inclusion is almost a given in aggressive decks with access to black mana, as it’s a well-sized attacker that becomes a nightmare for decks looking to remove it. This deck also plays the full playset of Heart of Kiran, which gives it some much needed evasion on a cheap body that hits hard.

This deck curves out fairly low, with Ruin Raider providing a stream of cards that allows this deck to compete with any deck in the late game. Bone Picker serves as a cheap evasive threat that is easy to “turn on” thanks to the removal spells this deck plays. Supernatural Stamina has seen almost no Standard play, but it slots in perfectly to this deck, having multiple “modes” that are each relevant. The +2/+0 on the 1 mana instant allows it to get more damage on the opponent on an unblocked creature, or have that creature trade with an imposing blocker. The regeneration clause allows Stamina to act as a counter spell for targeted removal as well as a removal spell for annoying blockers.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


No changes.


-1 Walk the Plank

-1 Key to the City

+2 Arguel’s Blood Fast

This is day 298 of’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 297 here, where we featured an innovative Modern Humans deck that takes the “traditional” archetype and makes it go all out!

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