Reckoner is a rattlesnake for aggro decks for sure. I have a feeling someone is going to break the Domri Rade
and Reckoner deck this weekend. For our purposes, Searing Spear should probably be the absolute last resort to deal with Reckoner. It just ends up being a 2 for 1 for them against you too often. I've thought about Nightbird's Clutches
as a possibility. It's not great, and exceptionally cute, but could be enough to get there. And as long as we're on the cute fast-track, Avacynian Priest
could be an extremely niche solution as well. Some number of maindeck Volcanic Strength
is probably the right direction though, I think. I've been experimenting with Tomoharu Saito's latest R/G list, and the card does seem fine as a maindeck option. He's even got redudancy on Strength with maindeck Madcap Skills
as well. I'm not sure I'm willing to ride that far onto the crazy train just yet, but he knows a lot more about deckbuilding than I do so who knows?
I'm still not sure how I feel about the Boros Elite
vs Experiment One
debate. I've seen a few lists running both as full sets for 12 total one drops which seems bad to me. Thragtusk decks just present too many headaches at that point. Gore-House Chainwalker/Hamlet Captain are the worst cards in this deck though, so maybe I'm wrong there. I'd be more inclined to cut them for some maindeck Volcanic Strength.
It seems like people are torn between the traditional 23 land, Avacyn's Pilgrim
, Huntmaster of the Fells
, and Restoration Angel
midrangey version of Humans and this newer version of deck. I'm obviously partial to this version, but it seems like both decks have pros/cons. But I'm smitten with Burning-Tree Emissary
. A Frogmite
that fixes mana? Yes please.