B/W Discard Aggro by skyfly22 on MtGO

Creatures (13)
4 Adanto Vanguard
3 Dreamstealer
4 Kitesail Freebooter
2 Ruin Raider

Non-Creature Spells (23)
3 Harsh Scrutiny
3 Heartless Pillage
2 Torment of Hailfire
3 Fatal Push
2 Settle the Wreckage
2 Treasure Map
3 Cartouche of Ambition
2 Legion’s Landing
3 Raiders’ Wake

Lands (24)
4 Concealed Courtyard
2 Field of Ruin
3 Ifnir Deadlands
4 Plains
1 Shefet Dunes
10 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
3 Authority of the Consuls
2 Crook of Condemnation
1 Dispossess
3 Duress
3 Ixalan’s Binding
2 Lost Legacy
1 Solemnity

Summary

Standard has had very little variation over the last several months, with Temur/4-Color Energy decks dominating the format. However, with Rivals of Ixalan right around the corner, we’ve started to see a few new and exciting decks, including the deck we’re featuring today, which uses aggressive creatures and an impressive amount of discard to get on the board quickly and disrupt the opponent’s game plan.

Adanto Vanguard is a powerful attacking threat that is arguably the best 2 mana creature when on the front foot but a rather poor one on the back foot. However, this deck is primarily interested in having an aggressive creature on the board that puts a meaningful clock on the opponent so the disruptive elements of this deck can take effect. Ruin Raider supplements this game plan by adding a decently sized threat to the board as well as a triggered ability that is very easy to trigger every turn.

Dreamstealer and Kitesail Freebooter are both creatures that have discard effects attached to them. Dreamstealer is an incredibly powerful option against control decks, which need to answer it to survive, thus creating an even bigger problem once Eternalize is activated. Kitesail Freebooter doesn’t necessarily deal with cards altogether, but it’s a good evasive creature that is a lightning rod for removal, letting other creatures survive and gain an advantage. Harsh Scrutiny, Heartless Pillage, and Raiders’ Wake are other discard spells available to this deck, with Raiders’ Wake being a powerful enchantment to stick on the board and gain value from discard spells that are drawn in the late game, something that discard spells tend to struggle with.

Despite this primarily being an aggressive deck, it certainly has the ability to have a powerful late game. Torment of Hailfire is a powerful finisher that is particularly powerful in this strategy that is excellent at getting cards out of the opponent’s hand. Treasure Map lets this deck filter through some cards in the mid game and set up additional draws in the late game. Similarly, Legion’s Landing is a good way of getting on the board in the early turn of the game, and provides an endless stream of 1/1 creatures in the late game.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Cartouche of Ambition

-1 Raiders’ Wake

+1 Ruin Raider

+1 Fatal Push

Sideboard

-2 Crook of Condemnation

-1 Dispossess

+2 Scavenger Grounds

+1 Solemnity

This is day 361 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 360 here, where we featured a unique Legacy Delver deck that looks to play as many lands as possible to facilitate a powerful 1 mana Cat.

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