Raise Your Standards – Three More Fun Dominaria Decks

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  As we get closer to the release of M19 (the Magic 2019 Core Set), the number of new and innovative decklists from Magic Online (MTGO) begins to diminish.  With that being said, I was still able to find a few decks this week that include cards not normally seen or strategies that have the potential to shine in our current Standard environment.  If you’re looking for something new to play at your local FNM for the next couple of weeks, you might find what you’re looking for below.


B/W Knights & Angels

The first deck I have for you is a riff on the typical B/W Benalia deck.  Let’s have a look at it.

 

B/W Knights & Angels – (by DARSHIK)Gideon of the Trials

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Aryel, Knight of Windgrace is a card that I think has a lot of potential.  It’s a great way to create a small army for you if the game goes long, as well as helping increase your ability to destroy an opponent’s creatures even when you’re low on spells.  As a 4/4 for a converted mana cost of 4, she’s definitely playable and the fact that she had vigilance means that she helps catch you up if you’ve fallen behind on the battlefield.

This deck also features a host of angels as well.  Shalai, Voice of Plenty helps your team stay alive longer.  When you add Lyra Dawnbringer into the mix, you’ve got a great source of lifelink which is another way to catch up if you’ve taken a pounding in the early game.  Angel of Sanctions acts both as removal for whatever nonland permanent your opponent controls that is giving you the most trouble, as well as being a recurring threat if it should die.


Mono-Red Flame

The next deck I have for you features The Flame of Keld.  Let’s take a look at it.

 

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

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This is your typical mono-red aggro deck, but with a twist.  By playing The Flame of Keld you get an explosive turn once the third lore counter is placed on it.  The deck plays a full playset of Bomat Courier, so even though The Flame of Keld forces you to discard your hand, you still have access to potentially a lot of cards to play when the damage can be doubled.  Since all of the spells in this deck can be pointed directly at your opponent’s life total, you can possibly win the game even if your opponent still has 10+ life points remaining.


W/U Historic Midrange

The final deck I have for you this week is a fun looking midrange deck that gains an advantage by casting Historic spells.  Let’s take a look at W/U Historic Midrange.

 

W/U Historic Midrange – (by CRAZYKLICKER)Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage

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At its heart, this is simply a typical W/U midrange deck that leans a little towards the control side.  You have many ways to interact with your opponent’s creatures while still having a sizeable force of your own creatures.  It’s considered a Historic deck because every creature you play is either legendary or is an artifact, or has flash on its own.  Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage is the glue that holds everything together by granting all of your Historic spells flash, which can cause all sorts of problems for your opponent.  Combat becomes a real nightmare when your opponent has creatures with flash, as you never know when your attack will be thwarted by an unexpected blocker.  This is one deck I hope I get the chance to try out before M19 releases.


Wrapping Up

With all eyes on the next set to be released, Standard still shows us there’s a bit of innovation to be found.  Which of these decks 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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