W/R Tokens by marxelo on MtGO

Creatures (20)
4 Adanto Vanguard
3 Ahn-Crop Crasher
4 Bomat Courier
3 Glory-Bound Initiate
3 Hazoret the Fervent
3 Pia Nalaar

Non-Creature Spells (17)
4 Servo Exhibition
1 Abrade
4 Lightning Strike
1 Cartouche of Solidarity
4 Legion’s Landing
3 Trial of Solidarity

Lands (23)
1 Aether Hub
4 Inspiring Vantage
5 Mountain
5 Plains
4 Ramunap Ruins
4 Shefet Dunes

Sideboard (15)
2 Abrade
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Glorybringer
3 Ixalan’s Binding
3 Kinjalli’s Sunwing
3 Rampaging Ferocidon

Summary

Standard has been undoubtedly dominated by Temur/4-Color Energy decks over the last several months. Simply, it’s very hard to fight on the same level as that deck or even try to be the control deck against it. However, players have been looking towards more and more aggressive decks as ways to combat the Energy menace. The deck we’re featuring today aims to do just that, using a go wide strategy along with powerful pump and good reach.

As with most aggressive decks, getting on the board early is critical for this deck. At one mana, it plays Bomat Courier and Legion’s Landing. Both of these cards add a 1/1 on the table and have some good applications in the late game, with Courier offering a grip of new cards once it’s outclassed on the board and Landing offering a great mana sink in the late game once it has flipped. At two mana, this deck plays Adanto Vanguard, Glory-Bound Initiate, and Servo Exhibition. Adanto Vanguard is extremely hard to kill for any deck looking to block it with midrange creatures, while Glory-Bound Initiate can be a 4 power lifelink attacker when needed. Servo Exhibition is a pretty mediocre card in most decks, but thanks to the pump effects in this deck, it’s quite an excellent inclusion.

Further up the curve, this deck plays both Ahn-Crop Crasher and Pia Nalaar at the 3 mana slot. Ahn-Crop Crasher helps to clear blockers out of the way, keeping the aggression flowing, while Pia Nalaar is a very flexible creature that can offer evasion, a Falter effect, and pump. Hazoret the Fervent has solidified itself as the go-to finisher for red aggressive decks in this format, and for good reason. It’s extremely hard to kill and punishes the opponent massively for being on the back foot, closing games out very quickly.

What separates this deck from many of the other aggressive decks in this format is that this deck wants to go wide. Trial of Solidarity is a big payoff in this regard, adding an extra two points of damage to the board for each creature you control, while having a nice interaction with the singleton copy of Cartouche of Solidarity that has found its way into this deck. Shefet Dunes is another go-wide payoff in this deck, and one that can pump turn after turn, thanks to the presence of Ramunap Ruins in this deck.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Aether Hub

-1 Legion’s Landing

+1 Abrade

+1 Scavenger Grounds

Sideboard

-1 Abrade

+1 Glorybringer

This is day 355 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 354 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that’s been a constant force in the format for the last several years.

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