Cube Archetypes – WR Aggro

The most aggressive archetype in the cube is red white. Red and white have the most one drop creatures (currently 6 in white and 8 in red), plenty of ways to get a blocker out of the way, temporarily or permanently, along with benefits to attacking with multiple creatures.

You do have the traditional problem of running out of steam if your opponent manages to stabilise but there are a few cards available that get you out of that.

Aggressive Creatures

The core of an aggressive deck are the cheap effective creatures. As mentioned one drops, especially two power one drops are a big deal for the deck with the bulk of your deck being at one, two and three CMC.

Soldier of the Pantheon is a good one to take in a cube as heavily multi coloured as this one. Firedrinker Satyr can be costly but has the benefit of being a one cmc creature that can trade up to take out a larger creature or a big toughness blocker. The life loss may become problematic but there are ways to mitigate that, especially in white such as Alabaster Mage and Nearheath Pilgrim for lifelink or just giving it first strike with Archetype of Courage.

At two mana the Battlecry creatures Accorder Paladin and Goblin Wardriver should be high picks when throwing your creatures at the opponent every turn. Firefist Striker is another one which benefits a beatdown strategy, keeping your opponents best blocker out of the game. Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit is another beneficial effect in a deck that has a lot of smaller creatures.

Boros Reckoner is another favourite card of mine. In Inn/RtR standard I ran it in a mono red deck with the good one drops, ash zealot, Hellrider etc. Blocking this guy is never fun. The hasty three drops Skynight Legionnaire and Viashino Firstblade also attack well on the curve.

Game Winners

Your top end bombs in this kind of deck are a lot lower on the curve than for other decks and you probably want fewer of them unless you go for a midrange build. Assemble the legion will eventually win pretty much any game given enough time. Aurelia, the Warleader usually wins the game the turn she hits the field. The big hasty dragons Stormbreath Dragon and Thundermaw Hellkite are good at ending a game quickly.

Although it lacks haste my favourite for this slot is probably Baneslayer Angel. It severely discourages attacking with anything less than huge the turn it comes down, has protection from a not insignificant selection of cards and keeps you in the game if the game drags on.

Staying Alive

This cube isn’t particularly big on combat tricks but there are a few good ways to keep your creatures alive through combat. Ride Down and Celestial Flare both get rid of a blocking creature. Ride Down obviously gives you more choice but in the early game removing the first creature your opponent blocks with is going to be significant. Flare also lets you remove a pesky attacker such as a creature with evasion if the game gets close.

Pyreheart Wolf and Iroas, God of Victory both give you evasion on all your creatures. Iroas also makes your creatures unkillable in combat so I can see games where I would intentionally not get to sufficient devotion to animate him if i think theres a good chance of a path/swords happening.

Legion’s Initiative is yet another of my cards I liked but never really found a use for (beginning to think the ideal format for me is “janky-ass casual 60 card constructed, a format which sadly was brutally murdered by commander). Wrath protection is pretty relevant in this cube between traditional wraths, red damage based sweepers, Black Sun’s Zenith, Deathbringer Regent etc there are a LOT of times you can hold a card up in the opponents hand by keeping Initiative on the table and two mana up. Re-triggering all of your enter the battlefield abilities is also relevant (re targeting a Banisher Priest or getting an extra card off of Abbot of Keral Keep are all on the plausible end of the scale…Extra attack steps with Aurelia are closer to magical christmas land, but it’s a nice place to visit)

A Sample Deck

This sample came out pretty much as you would expect. A pile of assorted cheap creatures, a couple of burn spells and a couple of top end cards (the top end being 4 or 5 in this case).

WR Aggro Tempo/Counters

Creatures (19)
Dryad Militant
Firedrinker Satyr
Goblin Guide
Mother of Runes
Accorder Paladin
Elite Inquisitor
Firefist Striker
Knight of Glory
Seeker of the Way
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
Banisher Priest
Fiend Hunter
Fiendslayer Paladin
Mentor of the Meek
Monastery Mentor
Hero of Bladehold
Baneslayer Angel
Archetype of Courage
Eidolon of Countless Battles

Non-Creature Permanents (3)
Sulfuric Vortex
Ajani Vengeant
Chandra, Pyromaster

Spells (2)
Lightning Bolt
Brimstone Volley

Land (16)
Plains
Mountain
Sideboard (21)
Archangel of Tithes
Archetype of Aggression
Bloodfray Giant
Bonesplitter
Celestial Flare
Chandra's Outrage
Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch
Gavony Township
Gideon Jura
Gideon's Lawkeeper
Goblin Chieftain
Halimar Tidecaller
Hellrider
Honor's Reward
Inferno Titan
Mulch
Ray of Revelation
Scorchwalker
Skaab Goliath
Vampire Lacerator
War Priest of Thune

When I first built the cube I was perhaps overly concerned with aggro strategies being too dominant. As it stands they are viable but not at too many per table which is about where I wanted it.