Dice Tower Con 2019
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That Spells Value


Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a sharp decline in the presence of Mardu Vehicles. Mardu was the deck of choice heading into Standard with Amonkhet, but Aetherworks Marvel quickly overtook it as the premier deck in the format. The problem is that the combination of Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Sweltering Suns, and Chandra is enormously difficult. So that leaves us with trying to explore new options that combine the aggressive potential of Mardu with more elements that interact with Marvel. In this week, we may be seeing progress on hybridizing those goals:

Scrapheap Scrounger
There’s a delicate balance that needs to be struck in order to try to play an aggressive deck in this format. You need enough pressure to keep up against Torrential Gearhulk decks, but you can’t be all-in or you’re just going to get crushed by Aetherworks Marvel valuing you out of the game. This deck ignores other aggressive decks. There are no copies of Shock, Galvanic Bombardment, or Unlicensed Disintegration to be found.

Instead, this deck leaning on Blue to shore up matchups against Torrential Gearhulk and Aetherworks Marvel. With Toolcraft Exemplar, Thraben Inspector, and Heart of Kiran, you still get fast starts that can keep opponents struggling to stay afloat. You still have access to Scrapheap Scrounger to keep the pressure up through sweepers. However, instead of removal spells, now you have access to Spell Queller and Metallic Rebuke to prevent opponents from resolving spells that matter. Your goal with this deck is to resolve threats on the first two turns and then sit back with your interactive elements up to make sure that your threats go the distance.

Sure, it’s painful for a deck that’s full of threats to pass the turn without adding anything powerful to the board, but you’ve got plenty of cycling lands, Cast Outs, and even Avacyns to make it less painful to pass the turn without casting any spells.

If you’re looking to beat down and still have game against opposing Vehicles decks as well as against Aetherworks Marvel, I think you’ll be hard pressed to do better than this as a starting out.

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