Battle for Zendikar – Casual Deckbuilding 1

While I don’t often get to play standard (I have a nice casual draft I like to go to on Fridays) I still cant help having the odd brewing session. Today I’m looking at some decks which are distinctly on the “filthy casual” end of the standard spectrum.

Sideboards on these are EXTREMELY placeholderey and in a lot of cases contain cards I just generally like. If you want to use any of these…well you know your metas better than I do.

BW Warriors

This one is probably the closest thing to competitive here (the pre rotation version of this got me 4 wins at a GP). Thankfully the deck didnt lose too much to rotation (the main hits were Hero’s Downfall and Temple of Silence) and what we did lose pretty much got a 1:1 replacement.

The creatures are solid, and in this version I’ve upped Arashin Foremost to 4 as he really was the best card in the deck back at the GP and I only ever wanted more. Brutal Hordechief has been demoted to sideboard and also the first card to remove should you want to slot in something for your meta.

Extra copies of Blood-Chin Rager and Mardu Strike Leader reside in the sideboard, the former for creature heavy matchups, the latter for control.

The removal is still pretty solid. Valorous Stance is still great, Ruinous Path does the job (it’s just here as unconditional removal, the awaken is pretty unlikely to happen very often in this deck) and Ultimate Price/Murderous Cut are pretty flexible between main and side depending on what you expect to play against more.

With Thoughtseize gone I’ve opted for Despise. I found this decks downfall being things like multiple Siege Rhinos or Dragonlord Atarka more than control.

BW Warriors - October 2015

Creatures (26)
Arashin Foremost
Mardu Strike Leader
Chief of the Edge
Seeker of the Way
Battle Brawler
Blood-Chin Rager
Bloodsoaked Champion
Mardu Woe-Reaper

Removal (6)
Ruinous Path
Ultimate Price

Utility (6)
Secure the Wastes
Valorous Stance

Land (22)
Shambling Vent
Caves of Koilos
Sideboard (15)
Murderous Cut
Utter End
Sorin, Solemn Visitor
Blood-Chin Rager
Mardu Strike Leader
Brutal Hordechief

UG Morph/Manifest

This one a little further towards the silly end of the scale. It uses Whisperwood Elemental and Temur War Shaman to get extra creatures on the board, then uses their “turns face up” abilities for various effects.

The deck lacks any traditional hard removal but there are some flexible options in Temur War Shamans fight ability and Fleetfeather Cockatrices bounce. You also have some anti control options in Scatter to the Winds and Stratus Dancers counterspell abilities and Mistfire Weaver to protect a key creature.

The win conditions are either getting a face up Sagu Mauler, chipping in with your flyers or flooding the board through Whisperwood Elementals.

The sideboard adds some more counter options, some more Sagu Maulers and Mistfire Weavers.

GU Morph/Manifest - October 2015

Creatures (30)
Den Protector
Rattleclaw Mystic
Stratus Dancer
Icefeather Aven
Deathmist Raptor
Mistfire Weaver
Whisperwood Elemental
Temur War Shaman
Sagu Mauler

Enchantments (4)
Secret Plans
Trail of Mystery

Spells (2)
Scatter to the Winds
Lands (24)
Lumbering Falls
Yavimaya Coast
Thornwood Falls

Sideboard (15)
Ainok Survivalist
Silumgar Sorcerer
Kheru Spellsnatcher
Mistfire Weaver
Sagu Mauler
Disdainful Stroke
Scatter to the Winds

RUG Midrange

This is a less competitive and less expensive (read less hangarback walkerey) version of some of the temur decks floating around at the moment.

The land base is a bit on the pricey end but theyre good cards to be getting.

The ramp is…worse than we’d like but w cant always have Birds of Paradise.

RUG Midrange - October 2015

Creatures (26)
Frost Walker
Whisperer of the Wilds
Rattleclaw Mystic
Savage Knuckleblade
Yasova Dragonclaw
Thunderbreak Regent
Icefall Regent
Surrak Dragonclaw
Dragonlord Atarka

Planeswalkers (4)
Kiora, Master of the Depths
Sarkhan Unbroken

Enchantments (2)
Temur Ascendancy

Spells (4)
Crater's Claws
Exquisite Firecraft
Lands (24)
Cinder Glade
Frontier Bivouac
Lumbering Falls
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
Radiant Flames
Stubborn Denial
Temur Ascendancy
Harbinger of the Hunt
Heir of the Wilds
Dig Through Time