Raise Your Standards – Final Thoughts On Aether Revolt Standard


Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  As the spoilers for Amonkhet keep coming, I’d like to use this article to take one final look at a few innovative decks in Standard that aren’t the big three (Copycat, Mardu Vehicles, or B/G Constrictor) decks.  While the latest tournament reports have been chock-full of these big three decks, there have still been a few alternative decks that have been doing fairly well.  If you’re only interested in winning a tournament, I would suggest playing Mardu Vehicles, but if you want to have fun while still having the potential to win it all as an underdog, you might want to give one of these decks a try.

Let’s start by taking a look at B/R Aggro.


B/R Aggro – by trukanshii

CreaturesOlivia, Mobilized for War


LandsRuins of Oran-Rief



Finally, a deck that can utilize Olivia, Mobilized for War.  I also like the Ruins of Oran-Rief which you can use to add a +1/+1 counter to your Thought-Knot Seers and Walking Ballistas in addition to other colorless creatures you have as well as any vehicles that you crew the turn they are played.

The next deck that has a ton of potential is W/R Humans.


W/R Humans – by Dopie

CreaturesThalia's Lieutenant


LandsMetallic Mimic



This deck looks to be a nice aggressive deck.  Every creature in it is a Human, so the synergy with Thalia’s Lieutenant is incredible.  Even the tokens produced by Hanweir Garrison are Humans.  The only thing that would make the deck better is if somehow the Ragavan token could somehow evolve into a Human.  This deck looks like it’s a lot of fun.

Next, let’s take a look at a deck called U/R Visions.


U/R Visions – by CrazyCranium

CreaturesFevered Visions


LandsElder Deep-Fiend



Here’s a deck that attacks on two fronts.  It can either beat you with Fevered Visions as indicated by the deck name, or it can overwhelm you with creatures that return to the battlefield from the graveyard and emerge creatures.  This deck has been around the entire time that Aether Revolt has been in Standard, and it’s always been right at the edge of being a break-out deck.

The next deck I’d like to look at is Jund Smasher.


Jund Smasher – by Itou Motoaki

CreaturesReality Smasher


LandsVerdurous Gearhulk



While this is a take on the B/G Constrictor decks, I’m showcasing it here because of its innovative use of Reality Smasher.  This card can be devastating to your opponents when played on turn 4 thanks to Rishkar, Peema Renegade.  Also, if you manage to stick it on the battlefield, when you begin adding +1/+1 counters to it thanks to your Verdurous Gearhulks, it’s likely to be game over for your opponent if they can’t find a way to remove it within their next turn.

The final deck I’d like to look at today is W/B Odric.


W/B Odric – Kevin Crimin


I feel that Odric, Lunarch Marshal is a very underrated card.  His ability can be back breaking for your opponent.  The good thing about this deck is that it’s not dependent on having Odric, Lunarch Marshal in play in order to be good.  I’ll admit, the deck is definitely better when he is in play, but all of the creatures in the deck are very playable on their own.

That’s going to do it for my article for this week.  Hopefully one of these decks will give you some enjoyment in these last few weeks of the current Aether Revolt Standard.  Please let me know if you have a fun deck that you’re playing during the end of this season.  Next week I plan on taking a look at some cards that are currently in Standard that will hopefully get a boost once Amonkhet releases.  And don’t forget, I’ll have my Amonkhet Review once the entire set is spoiled.  Thanks for joining me this week and I hope to see you back here again next week.


Mike Likes

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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