Temur Aggro Counters by beast_with_2_backs on MtGO

Creatures (23)
3 Avatar of the Resolute
4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Experiment One
4 Narnam Renegade
4 Strangleroot Geist
4 Young Wolf

Non-Creature Spells (18)
2 Chart a Course
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Pongify
4 Rapid Hybridization
2 Spell Pierce
2 Vapor Snag

Lands (19)
3 Botanical Sanctum
2 Breeding Pool
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Forest
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Stomping Ground
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
1 Abrade
3 Ancient Grudge
3 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dispel
3 Life Goes On
1 Magma Spray
2 Unified Will

Summary

Zoo style decks have fluctuated in popularity and viability in Modern over the last several years, and it turns out that the unbanning of Wild Nacatl wasn’t enough to push these decks into tier 1. However, aggressive innovations in Modern are still possible, as shown by the deck we’re featuring today, which looks to get aggressive and take advantage of +1/+1 counters and undying creatures.

As an aggressive deck, this deck is looking to get on the front foot very quickly, especially on turn 1. Cloudfin Raptor and Experiment One, while on their own unexciting, turn into world beaters as the game goes on, taking advantage of the Evolve mechanic combined with increasingly large creatures, turning these turn 1 plays into 3 power creatures with ease. Narnam Renegade is another turn 1 play that can put a good amount of power on the board with little effort, as this deck is flush with fetchlands.

The one critical part of this deck that separates it from pretty much every other aggressive deck we’ve ever seen in this format is its aim of taking advantage of Undying creatures combined with Pongify or Rapid Hybridization. The Undying creatures, Young Wolf and Strangleroot Geist, are somewhat unimpressive on their own, are both very solidly sized creatures when their Undying is triggered. Pongify and Rapid Hybridization have been used in the past as cheap blue removal, but in this deck you nearly always want to aim it at your own Undying creatures, as it puts a significant amount of power on the board for just 1 mana.

Avatar of the Resolute is the one creature in this deck that can really be described as a “finisher”. At 2 mana, it’s tied for the most expensive creature in this deck, but it can singlehandedly put games away. Every other creature in this deck has the ability to easily have at least one +1/+1 counter on it, meaning that Avatar frequently has a +1/+1 counter on it for each other creature you have in play. To help with this aggressive, all-in game plan, this deck plays Lightning Bolt as a way of removing blockers or getting through the last points of damage to the opponent, Vapor Snag to remove blockers and deal a point of damage, and Spell Pierce to protect against sweepers.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Abrade

-1 Magma Spray

+2 Unified Will

This is day 348 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 347 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that’s looking to bring Miracles back to the top of the format.

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