Raise Your Standards – M19 Decks from Week 1

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  With M19 being legal on Magic Online (MTGO) for the past week new cards are beginning to see play in Standard.  This week I’ll be bringing you a few of these new decks that you can use with hopefully good results at your local Friday Night Magic.


Mono-Red Flame

The first deck I have for you this week is very similar to the budget deck that Kevin Hamilton brought to you earlier this week in his first article from his ‘Magic on a Budget’ series.  Let’s take a look at Mono-Red Flame.

 

Mono-Red Flame – (by RADIANTFORCE)The Flame of Keld

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As you can see, this deck is built to be low to the ground and blazingly fast.  Viashino Pyromancer is the sole card from M19 in the main deck, and it’s a great addition to this style of deck since it’s able to be both a creature and a burn spell all in one.  The plan of attack is to get in a few rounds of early damage, then use your burn spells to either remove key blocking creatures from your opponent, or just to direct those burn spells directly at your opponent’s life total and knock them out that way instead.

The sideboard includes a couple of other ‘new’ cards  from M19Guttersnipe is a great way to force through those last, few points of damage needed to know your opponent out.  The best thing is that the damage is causes happens simply by casting a spell.  The spell doesn’t even have to resolve in order for you to deal the 2 points of damage.  The other ‘new’ card is Banefire, which is another great way to finish the game from out of nowhere.  It’s especially good against an opponent that relies on Settle the Wreckage as their mass removal spell of choice, as those extra lands help make Banefire uncounterable and unpreventable.


Grixis Control

The next deck I have for you is home to a couple of M19‘s new planeswalkers.  Let’s take a look at Grixis Midrange.

 

Grixis Midrange – (by FEYALL)Sarkhan, Fireblood

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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager is a creature/planeswalker that I expect to see played a lot in our new Standard.  He’s the sole reason for the Blue splash in this otherwise Black/Red deck.  He is worth it, though, as he’s a difficult creature to deal with easily, and if you happen to transform him into Nicol Bolas, the Arisen you’re likely close to victory.

The deck also runs a few copies of Sarkhan, Fireblood.  This is mostly for the ability to rummage with his +1 loyalty ability, but he can also help ramp out Nicol Bolas, the Ravager if needed.  Once you’re able to use his -7 loyalty ability, your opponent will be in real trouble.  This deck is a great home for him to show that he’s not simply suited to be in a deck dedicated to playing a lot of dragons.


Mono-Green Steel Leaf Stompy

The final deck I have for you this week is an updated iteration of the Steel Leaf Champion deck.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

Mono-Green Steel Leaf Stompy – (by TANNERBANANER)Gigantosaurus

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The combination of Llanowar Elves into Steel Leaf Champion has proven itself in Dominaria-Standard.  Then, the follow-up play would be casting Ghalta, Primal Hunger as soon as possible.  The latest take on this replaces Ghalta, Primal Hunger with Gigantosaurus.  When it’s all said and done, there’s not much difference between a 10/10 and a 12/12, however Gigantosaurus is considerably easier to cast when you have no other creatures in play than Ghalta, Primal Hunger is.

This deck also utilizes Vine Mare which can be difficult to remove one it resolves due to its hexproof.  The hexproof also makes Vine Mare a good target on which to place the auras in this deck.  Cartouche of Strength combined with Blanchwood Armor can allow Vine Mare to hit like a ton of bricks.  Also, since M19-Standard looks to have a decent Zombie deck shaping up, it’s a great card to have against that deck.


Wrapping Up

The decks I’ve shown you today are just a handful of the new decks that are popping up with M19 enhancements.  Which one is your favorite?  Let me know 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 week on GatheringMagic.com.  My article there is now being posted on Friday.  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 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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