Temur Energy Aggro by l1x0 on MtGO

Creatures (24)
3 Bristling Hydra
3 Glorybringer
2 Greenbelt Rampager
4 Longtusk Cub
2 Rhonas the Indomitable
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Voltaic Brawler
2 Whirler Virtuoso

Non-Creature Spells (14)
4 Attune with Aether
2 River’s Rebuke
3 Blossoming Defense
4 Harnessed Lightning
1 Spell Pierce

Lands (22)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Forest
1 Island
2 Mountain
4 Rootbound Crag
3 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard (15)
1 Greenbelt Rampager
3 Abrade
2 Appetite for the Unnatural
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Chandra’s Defeat
1 Magma Spray
3 Negate
2 Nissa, Steward of Elements

Summary

Temur Energy is at the top of the Standard pyramid right now, with no deck claiming to being able to consistently defeat the midrange menace. One way that players have been attempting to beat Temur is by being the aggressor, taking advantage of the tendency of the Energy deck to play big to combat the mirror. The deck we’re featuring today takes the more traditional Temur Energy deck, and slants it towards being aggressive.

 

One way that the Temur Energy deck can steal games is through Longtusk Cub, which provides an early creature to the board that can get out of control very quickly. This game plan is also in this deck, but is supplemented by Voltaic Brawler, which, when given enough Energy, presents 4 damage every turn for a measly 2 mana. Greenbelt Rampager is another creature that is looking to use up Energy. While it demands some help to be worth it, a 1 mana 3/4 is nothing to scoff at, especially in a format where Lightning Strike is a widely played removal spell.

 

A little up the curve, this deck looks similar to a traditional Temur Energy deck, allowing it to play the game that made Temur popular to begin with. Rogue Refiner is very effective every time it is cast, adding Energy, which is particularly important to this deck, and replacing itself with a draw, keeping the engine going. Whirler Virtuoso is yet another Energy payoff card in this deck, producing flying attackers or blockers as needed. Bristling Hydra and Glorybringer remain as the powerful game-ending creatures in this deck, as both can push damage through and gain value when on the board.

Rhonas the Indomitable is a powerful, yet somewhat inconsistent, 3 mana creature that lets this deck remain very aggressive. An indestructible 5/5 for 3 mana is certainly above rate, but turning it on can be somewhat of a challenge, especially in this deck, which has a number of 2 and 3 power creatures at its core. Blossoming Defense is usually used in aggressive decks like this one as a way to both protect important creatures and push through damage. Here, it’s a dream card, as this deck is constantly interested in both of those effects. Additionally, it would be a mistake to not at least make mention of the two mainboard River’s Rebuke. Now that’s a powerful finisher!

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Spell Pierce

+1 Glorybringer

Sideboard

-1 Greenbelt Rampager

+1 Magma Spray

This is day 340 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 339 here, where we featured A DECK IT WAS GOOD

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