R/G Samut Pummeler by James Stevenson at GP Portland – 4th

Creatures (22)
4 Bristling Hydra
4 Electrostatic Pummeler
4 Longtusk Cub
2 Samut, Voice of Dissent
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Voltaic Brawler

Non-Creature Spells (17)
4 Attune with Aether
4 Blossoming Defense
2 Harnessed Lightning
4 Invigorated Rampage
1 Larger Than Life
2 Samut, the Tested

Lands (21)
4 Aether Hub
6 Forest
4 Hashep Oasis
2 Mountain
4 Rootbound Crag
1 Sheltered Thicket

Sideboard (15)
1 Abrade
3 Cartouche of Ambition
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Duress
2 Glorybringer
2 Harnessed Lightning
1 Struggle // Survive
1 Swamp

Summary

The results of this weekend’s action are in, and there are two main conclusions that can be drawn from them: Temur Energy is really, really good, and Ramunap Red is likely contender #2 in the format. At Grand Prix Portland, 4 of the top 8 were Temur Energy variants, 3 were Ramunap Red, and 1 was R/G Samut Pummeler, which is the deck we’re featuring today.

Electrostatic Pummeler decks have been looking to break into tier 1 status for several months now, and for good reason. Electrostatic Pummeler itself is constantly threatening lethal with one or two pump spells combined with energy, something that’s very easy to come across in this format. To supplement this combo theme, this deck plays cards that would make it look more like a R/G Energy Aggro deck, including Voltaic Brawler, a consistent 4/3 attacker for 2 mana, Bristling Hydra, which is remarkably difficult to kill in this format, and Longtusk Cub, which many have called the “Tarmogoyf” of this format, as it grows larger and larger as the game goes on and very frequently dominates every board it’s on.

As for pump spells, this deck plays slightly fewer than previous versions, which lets it play a more fair game when not combo-ing. Blossoming Defense is certainly the best pump spell in the format, as it’s incredibly mana efficient and protects important creatures against removal spells, which can be the undoing of an “all-in” strategy. Invigorated Rampage is a similarly excellent rate for mana, and gives creatures trample, something that helps this deck invalidate chump blockers. Despite it being a sorcery, which is disappointing, Larger Than Life is sometimes exactly what the doctor ordered, helping this deck get through impressive amounts of damage.

The main innovation in this deck comes in the form of the two Samuts, Samut, the Tested and Samut, Voice of Dissent. Samut, the Tested gathered a lot of hype around it when it was spoiled, as the +1 ability is extremely impactful in aggressive-midrange decks. However, it’s seen little play. In this deck, it’s a dream, as double strike acts as another pump spell and lets this deck one-shot very frequently. Samut, Voice of Dissent is a very powerful creature in its own right. While expensive, it’s a great combat trick on defense and a powerful attacker that loves to receive pump spells.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Struggle // Survive

-2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

+1 Abrade

+2 Glorybringer

This is day 324 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 323 here, where we featured Esper Approach, which is looking to become top control dog in the format.

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