The Reason I am writing this is to help you. I want you to share my ideas and thoughts on this upcoming season while helping you become a better magic player. If I can help you become a better player then you can help me become better with just as little as your input. So while that first statement may be a little missleading this is honestly here for you. That is, if you are someone that wants to win more at the game of Magic.
The first deck I am about to show you is very similar to a deck that I placed 1st with a week before Gatecrash was realesed. I was running R/G agro. I had been working on this gem for a couple months while I was playing URW Flash. I was always tinkering with a R/G agro deck on the side, carefully analyzing every aspect of the decks arctype. The idea was to prepare for the next set, gatecrash, and I am definetly not disapointed on what gatecrash adds to R/G deck.
The idea is to have so much end game that control just doesn’t have enough… well control. While agro just gets beat by better creatures, Mid-range gets out raced. All of this I will explain in great detail though. None of these opponents should be faced the same.
4 Legion Loyalist
4 Lightning Mauler
4 Burning Tree Emissary
4 Mayor of Avabruck
4 Ghor-Clan Rampager
4 Dormi Rade
4 Bonfire of the Damed
I would definety call this the nucleous of the deck. While you can win without this card, Domri Rade can preform exceptionally well in almost all senarios. The first aspect is card advantage. In this deck you should at least have a 1 in 2 chance of revealing a creature to put into your hand. Against Agro or mid-range you have cycled for a creature to replace Domri with while wasting an attack phase from your opponent. Also against control you should be able to block or stop their small creatures with yours and keep up with card advantage if you cant beat them before they establish themselves.
I would call this a god send. Everyone loves when a card is good early in the game as well as late. Having a very agro start will let you pump your creatures over a blocker while keeping your small guys chipping away presious life. The closer your opponent is to 10 before you can play your first real threat the better. But who says Ghor-Clan Rampager is not a real treat? ;)
Synergy anybody? I absolutely love everyone of these cards and boy oh boy do they work well together. Hitting for 4 on turn two should be a common occurance. If your opponents plan is to farseek on turn 2 then sneaking in a quick victory is not too far fetched. Here is a breakdown of a nut draw this deck is compable of:
Burning-Tree, Lightning Mauler (paired)
Mayor of Avabruck
With the above example all your creatures would have first strike and trample starting on turn 2 because of Battalion. Are you on board yet? I hope so because I truly beleave this is THE agro deck.
Why only ONE one drop?
Because the idea of this deck is not to win with small creatures but to chip them away at first and then finish with a ruthless brigade of Hellriders, Rampagers, and wolf run pumped thragtusks. I wanted the early creatures in the deck to be worthy of making your oponents trade their removal and be stuck with no answers once the big guns arrive.
Why not splash in another color?
This one is simple. I think that consistancy is key in a deck that is this commited to agro. If I were to splash in another cover I would need mana fixers such as far seek or borderland ranger. Both of these options are simply to slow for this build.
Where’s the removal?
The removal is the creatures. I am forcing my oponent to block because of the amount of damage that they are taking in the early game can be game ending. There is built in removal however, Domri’s second ability is spot removal and bonfire will do the trick if you draw it late enough. You can use Ghor-clan Rampagers bloodrush ability to take care of large blockers. I am also planning on running plenty of burn in the sideboard if they are bringing enough creatures to give me trouble.
Next week I plan on talking about playing on the draw and sideboarding. I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my weekly arcticles. This deck is going to be crazy and I want to go over every aspect of it in complete details. Please send any questions or comments to email@example.com. Thanks again for reading and good luck.