Raise Your Standards – Mono-Colored Dominaria Decks

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  In my article on GatheringMagic.com this week, I wrote about 5 mono-colored decks that have all gone 5-0 in leagues on Magic Online.  At the end of that article, I said I might revisit mono-colored decks again before the Magic 2019 Core Set comes out.  So, that’s what I’m going to do with this week’s article.  Here are 5 more examples of mono-colored decks for you to consider.


Mono-Black

The Mono-Black deck I have for you is a control deck that’s looking to take advantage of The Eldest Reborn.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

Mono-Black Control – (by AR_)

PlaneswalkersLiliana, Death's Majesty

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The Eldest Reborn is potentially the strongest saga from Dominaria, especially in multi-player games.  It forces each opponent to sacrifice a creature or planeswalker and discard a card.  Then you get to get whichever creature or planeswalker you choose from any graveyard (including your own) and put it into play.  This deck also includes plenty of other creature removal, so if you’re able to limit the creatures your opponent has on the battlefield with those removal spells, you can force your opponent to sacrifice something worthwhile.  Just be careful not to exile something you might want to get back with Vraska’s Contempt or Doomfall.

Also, remember that Liliana, Death’s Majesty has an ability that allows you to put the top two cards from your library into your graveyard.  If you happen to ‘mill’ a creature or planeswalker with this ability, it’s just another potential target for you to bring back with The Eldest Reborn.


Mono-Red

The Mono-Red deck I have for you makes good use out of Skirk Prospector.  Here it is.

 

Mono-Red Goblin Celebrant Gift – (by JJKBB2005)

PlaneswalkersGoblin Chainwhirler

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So this deck uses its complement of goblins as both a way to gain mana to cast God-Pharaoh’s Gift and as a way to fill up your graveyard with creatures to return to the battlefield.  Goblin Skirk is a piece of this plan that allows you to sacrifice your goblins for mana.  In my opinion, this is one of the most streamlined decks currently in Standard.  There are no ways in the main deck to interact with your opponent outside of blocking, which you’ll likely want to do liberally until you’re able to get the God-Pharaoh’s Gift up and running.  Hit ’em hard and hit ’em fast!


Mono-Green

Mono-Green decks seem to be masters of the midrange game, and the deck I have for you is no exception.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

Mono-Green Midrange – (by NIEDZWIEDZ)

CreaturesSteel Leaf Champion

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This deck hopes to land a Llanowar Elves on turn one to let the ramping begin.  Doing so enables Steel Leaf Champion to be cast on turn three which can make Ghalta, Primal Hunger not far behind.  The deck also uses vehicles as a way to offer more evasive ways of attacking in the event you can’t get Ghalta onto the battlefield.

Thrashing Brontodon has become one of the most important creatures in Standard today.  It acts as a way to have a Naturalize-like effect if you need it, or a creature if you don’t.  Versatility is what it’s all about.


Mono-White

Is getting lots and lots of permanents into play your thing?  If so, you’ll like the Mono-White deck I have for you.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

Mono-White Ascend – (by DRRANDYMARSH)

CreaturesShalai, Voice of Plenty

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There are numerous ways to create Knight and Vampire tokens in this deck which helps build your permanent count towards that magic number, 10.  The deck also has Benalish Marshal which helps those tokens stay alive by increasing their toughness (as well as their power).  Shalai, Voice of Plenty does her part as well by offering everyone else (including yourself) hexproof, which increases the likelihood that your creatures will remain on the battlefield longer.  And finally, this deck has plenty of removal which does a good job doubling as a permanent on the battlefield for you, increasing your permanent count for Ascend.


Mono-Blue

The final deck I have for you today is Mono-Blue Artifacts.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

Mono-Blue Artifacts – (by SCHOTT)

PlaneswalkersKarn, Scion of Urza

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Metallic Mimic offers this deck a way to buff its constructs primarily.  Don’t make the mistake of choosing djinn, as the additional +1/+1 counters are especially good when you’re able to play a Walking Ballista.  Also, keep in mind that Karn, Scion of Urza can make a Construct token, which would then receive the additional buff.

One additional thing to remember is that Scrap Trawler can return to your hand an artifact from your graveyard that has a converted mana cost (CMC) lower than that of any artifact that goes to the graveyard (including itself).  Utilize this to return your Walking Ballistae as often as possible so that you can recast them for additional value.  Just remember, Walking Ballista has a CMC of 0, so when it dies, Scrap Trawler won’t return any artifact to your hand.


Wrapping Up

Mono-colored decks offer a ton of consistency and can be loads of fun to play.  With the release of Dominaria, there are multiple ways to build mono-colored decks of all types.  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 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 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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