Raise Your Standards – A Variety of Vehicle Decks

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Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  This week we’re going to take a look at a few decks with something in common.  They’re all decks featuring vehicles.


Mardu Vehicles

Let’s get started with the most played version, Mardu Vehicles.

Mardu Vehicles – (by spaceotterssey)Toolcraft Exemplar

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This is likely to be the version of a vehicle-based deck that you’ve seen the most.  Games usually play out by you casting some of your low-CMC creatures such as Bomat Courier or Toolcraft Exemplar and getting in a bit of damage by attacking.  Once you reach the mid-game, you should have out at least one vehicle that you can either continue attacking with thanks to it having evasion, or the game stalls out because you’re able to crew your vehicle as a blocker against most threats.  The game is usually won soon thereafter by your continued attacks with your flying vehicles, or by playing your removal and attacking with the team.

This deck has been around for quite a while and likely will continue to remain as a player in Standard until rotation this fall.


Black-Red Vehicles

The next vehicle deck I have for you is B/R Vehicles.  It’s pretty similar to the Mardu version.

B/R Vehicles – (by spaceotterssey)Glorybringer

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This deck is largely the same as the Mardu version except it swaps in Inventor’s Apprentice for the Toolcraft Exemplar and it trades creatures with lifelink for a more consistent mana-base.  If you’ve tried the Mardu version and want to play a deck that’s nearly the same without as much possibility of getting mana screwed, I’d recommend this deck for you.


Blue-Black Vehicles

The next deck I have for you is U/B Vehicles.  Let’s take a look at it.

U/B Vehicles – (by pro_para)Glint-Nest Crane

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This deck utilizes some of the best black removal spells in Standard alongside one of the best ways to search your deck for a much-needed vehicle, Glint-Nest CraneSkysovereign, Consul Flagship doubles as a powerful attacker and additional creature or planeswalker removal for you.

This deck also runs Walking Ballista, Torrential Gearhulk, and Scrapheap Scrounger, which all conveniently can be found by Glint-Nest Crane.  Who knew that such an unassuming bird could wield such power?


Mono-Green Vehicles

The final deck I have for you today is Mono-Green Vehicles.  Let’s take a look at it and see what sets it apart from the others.

Mono-Green Vehicles – (by hasa_west)Ghalta, Primal Hunger

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This deck combines the green portion of a G/R Monsters deck with the most powerful vehicles in Standard to create a wonderful deck.  Because of it being a single color and having many creatures that have Explore, you likely won’t ever be mana screwed when playing this deck.

This deck also runs a few copies of Ghalta, Primal Hunger.  Keep in mind that once you crew your vehicles, you can count their power when determining how much of a cost reduction you get when playing Ghalta.  Rhonas the Indomitable‘s activated ability will also help with this.  Because of those reasons, I would expect to see Ghalta on the battlefield quite a bit.


Wrapping Up

In my opinion, vehicles were a great addition to the game when they were introduced in Kaladesh.  As you can see, they can slot into different kinds of decks allowing them to be useful tools you can use for victory.  Do you have a favorite vehicle-based deck?  Let me know your thoughts on this deck by leaving a comment.  Or you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), or email me directly at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com.  And, don’t forget to like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MTGDeckTechs/) to be sure to be notified when a new article is posted.

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Be sure to join me back here next week for another installment of Raise Your Standards.  I’ll see you then!

Mike Likes

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Mike Likes

Mike started playing Magic back in 1994, but gave it up at the end of 1995. He came back to the game during the Lorwyn block and has been playing ever since. Around this time, he opened and ran his own comic & game store, while also raising his newborn daughter. After 8 years, he sold his business and moved to Wisconsin with his wife and daughter. With the debut of Kaladesh, his entire family became regular Magic players. He now has hopes of competing alongside his wife and daughter at a Grand Prix or similar event in the future. #MTGDad

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