U/R Flyers by slapjackson on MtGO

Creatures (20)
4 Glorybringer
2 Hope of Ghirapur
4 Maverick Thopterist
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Siren Stormtamer
4 Whirler Virtuoso

Non-Creature Spells (16)
4 Lightning Strike
2 Shock
4 Aethersphere Harvester
2 Heart of Kiran
4 Favorable Winds

Lands (24)
2 Ipnu Rivulet
8 Island
4 Mountain
4 Ramunap Ruins
2 Spire of Industry
4 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard (13)
2 Shock
4 Abrade
4 Negate
3 Scavenger Grounds

Summary

With Standard starting to settle into a rhythm, players have been looking for new decks that can possibly be a solution to the somewhat stagnating format. With various Energy builds, Tokens builds, Ramunap Red, and God-Pharaoh’s Gift all running around, it may be hard to “solve” the format. However, the deck we’re featuring today takes advantage of this format’s noticeable weakness to flying creatures.

This deck is very keen on getting a tempo advantage in the early game, especially starting from turn 1. At one mana, this deck has Hope of Ghirapur and Siren Stormtamer. Hope of Ghirapur has little application outside of being a 1 mana 1/1 flyer, but Siren Stormtamer is an excellent way of getting in damage in the early game and protecting a creature in the late game. At two mana, this deck plays Heart of Kiran to keep the pressure on, as well as Favorable Winds, which is arguably the biggest payoff for building a deck in this way. Its ability to aid flying strategies that like to go wide like this one makes it a very narrow yet powerful card if built around.

Whirler Virtuoso and Maverick Thopterist may not be flyers themselves, but the multiple flyers they create are boosted tremendously with Favorable Winds. For Whirler Virtuoso, this isn’t where you normally see it, but even just getting one token off of it (there are only 4 total other Energy cards in the 75) is above rate. Maverick Thopterist has started to see more and more play in the last several weeks, with Improvise a great way of being more mana efficient that many of the slower decks in the format. Here, it’s not pumped out as quickly as in dedicated Improvise decks, but it still does a good job and is almost always worth the cost of admission.

 

Unlike most decks with vehicles in them, this deck is much more keen on Aethersphere Harvester. The 3 mana vehicle is very hard to block, offers mainboard hate against Ramunap Red, and takes advantage of all the smaller creatures lying around. The presence of Glorybringer is hardly a surprise in this deck, as the dragon has proven itself as a format all-star, finding its way into almost every deck that can afford to cast in. In this deck, it gets even better thanks to Favorable Winds and the tempo game that this deck looks to play.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Scavenger Grounds

+2 Fiery Cannonade

+1 Jace’s Defeat

This is day 318 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 317 here, where we featured a Standard aggro deck that looks to take the established Ramuanp Red deck and make it more midrange-focused.

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