Raise Your Standards – Four More Dominarian Decks

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  In just two short weeks, Pro Tour Dominaria will be upon us.  When that happens, we’ll find out what deck the pro players believe is the best deck in Standard.  But until then, I’ll keep scouring the Magic Online (MTGO) decklists and other tournament reports to bring to you the decks that are quality performers that also show innovation.  This week I have four different decks for you, so let’s get started.


Black/Green Constrictor

The first deck I have for you is a B/G Constrictor deck that recently went 5-0 in a MTGO League.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

B/G Constrictor – (by MISPLACEDGINGER)

PlaneswalkersWinding Constrictor

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This is a typical Winding Constrictor deck that we’ve seen good things from ever since that creature was released in Aether RevoltWinding Constrictor, of course, combines well with the creatures in this deck that provide +1/+1 counters, such as Jadelight Ranger, Rishkar, Peema Renegade, Verdurous Gearhulk, and Walking Ballista.  It also helps provide additional energy for Glint-Sleeve Siphoner to utilize.

This deck also uses Adventurous Impulse to great effect by helping to cycle through your library so that you can find your Walking Constrictor faster.  The only other ‘new’ card from Dominaria is Woodland Cemetery which greatly helps with mana consistency for this deck.

I like that this deck runs Thrashing Brontodon in the main deck.  This is a great card to use to eliminate any pesky Heart of Kiran that your opponent may put into play.


Esper Control

The next deck I have for you is Esper Control.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

Esper Control – (by COTECA83)

PlaneswalkersTeferi, Hero of Dominaria

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As long as this deck doesn’t get overrun by a speedy aggro deck, it has all of the tools needed to take control of the game and ultimately achieve victory.  Lyra Dawnbringer, The Scarab God, and Torrential Gearhulk are all some of the most powerful creatures in Standard and each of them play a role in this deck.  Lyra Dawnbringer provides lifelink, which can be much needed in order to stabilize against an aggressive deck.  The Scarab God provides a means of unrelenting pressure, returning any creature to the battlefield from any player’s graveyard.  Torrential Gearhulk offers a means of card advantage, allowing you to play a copy of a card drawing spell for an additional time from your graveyard.  It also provides you with an additional use of one of your kill spells that you’ve already played.

The newest tool for this deck is Teferi, Hero of Dominaria.  He provides redundancy for both card drawing and creature removal.  Also, the fact that his +1 loyalty ability that offers you the card drawing effect also untaps up to two lands means that you can always have the potential to play a counterspell of some sort on your opponent’s turn.  Even if you don’t have one in hand, the threat of you playing a counterspell can cause some opponents to play less than optimally.  you can certainly use that to your advantage.


Green/White Tokens

The next deck I have for you is looking to flood the battlefield with threats.  Let’s take a look at G/W Tokens.

 

G/W Tokens – (by ADVA)

PlaneswalkersHuatli, Radiant Champion

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History of Benalia, Legion’s Landing, Servo Exhibition, and Sram’s Expertise all make tokens for you when they are cast.  This will allow you to gain an advantage on the battlefield quickly, and as long as your opponent isn’t casting huge dinosaur-sized threats, the game should slow down long enough for you to begin buffing up those tokens.  Shalai, Voice of Plenty is amazing in this situation, as she will put a +1/+1 counter on every creature you control, including tokens.  And the hexproof she provides is a great bonus as well.  Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy can become huge as well in a deck like this one.

Huatli, Radiant Champion can quickly become a source of card advantage for you simply due to the fact that you can make multiple emblems with her -8 loyalty ‘ultimate’ ability.  However, if you haven’t won by the time you’re ready to make the second emblem, your opponent is likely to be playing a deck similar to yours and neither of you are being very aggressive.


Mardu Vehicles

The final deck I have for you this week takes and existing deck and infuses it with impressive cards from Dominaria.  Let’s take a look at Mardu Vehicles.

 

Mardu Vehicles – (by MROUNDS1216)

PlaneswalkersKarn, Scion of Urza

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Goblin Chainwhirler is a great addition to this deck, as he is able to crew any vehicle in this deck singlehandedly.  In doing so though, you do miss out on his first strike ability.  The Chainwhirler pairs nicely with Soul-Scar Mage, enabling you to permanently shrink each of your opponent’s creatures with a -1/-1 counter.  Soul-Scar Mage also works nicely with Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and Chandra, Torch of Defiance in a similar fashion.

This deck’s mana base also got a nice upgrade with Dominaria.  Without having access to Clifftop Retreat, I’m not certain it would be feasible to play Goblin Chainwhirler in this deck.  Thanks to the current abundance of duel lands in Standard, it’s become relatively easy to splash off-color cards or cards that require multiple types of specific-colored mana in the same deck.  Enjoy it while it lasts, because when rotation happens this fall decks will need to evolve back to styles that generally only run two colors of mana, at least for a while.

Wrapping Up

With the Pro Tour looming in the near future, now is the perfect time to try out new decks and strategies.  Once the pros tell us what they believe the ‘best deck’ in Standard is the creativity will typically begin to dwindle.  What is your favorite deck to play currently in Standard?  Let me know your thoughts 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.

Also, be sure to check out my articles every Thursday on GatheringMagic.com.  If you like the innovative decks I write about here each week, you’ll want to check out my articles there as well.

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 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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