Hello, everyone! Throne of Eldraine was physically released a few days ago, but it was released digitally before that. As such, the digital world has already been making strides in creating new decks featuring these new cards. This week, we'll take a look at some of the decks doing well on Magic Online (MTGO). Let's get started.
The first deck I have for you features two of my favorite things -- a Boros color scheme and the Knights tribe. Let's take a look at the deck:
Boros Knights | Eldraine Standard | MATUFFINO, (5-0) MTGO
- Creatures (31)
- 3 Skyknight Vanguard
- 4 Acclaimed Contender
- 4 Fervent Champion
- 4 Inspiring Veteran
- 4 Venerable Knight
- 4 Venerated Loxodon
- 4 Weaselback Redcap
- 4 Worthy Knight
- Enchantments (3)
- 3 Conclave Tribunal
Worthy Knight was my promo card a couple of weeks ago at my local Throne of Eldraine prerelease event. After playing a couple of games with it, I knew I wanted to try out a deck that included a full playset. The fact that you create a 1/1 Human creature token every time you cast a Knight spell, regardless of whether it resolves or not, can lead to some pretty wild battlefields. With the lone copy of Icon of Ancestry in this deck, if you happen to play it, consider choosing Human as your chosen creature type. While it might be tempting to choose Knight, doing so means that the 1/1 Human tokens you create with Worthy Knight will be relegated to being chump blockers most of the time. Choosing Human boosts the majority of your creatures and turns your token Humans into credible threats.
I mentioned that the majority of creatures in this deck are Humans, but there's a couple that aren't. Weaselback Redcap is a Goblin Knight that has the potential to attack for a ton of damage if unblocked. It's better kept back for defense, as it can take down foes much larger than itself. The other non-Human is Venerated Loxodon. Not only is it not a Human, but it's also not a Knight, so there's no way that Venerated Loxodon will normally gain a bonus from Icon of Ancestry. This Elephant Cleric is included in this deck as a means to make other creatures bigger while also acting as a big body itself.
I mentioned earlier how you might want to hold Weaselback Redcap back for defense. That line of thinking changes if you have Embercleave in play. By equipping it to Weaselback Redcap, you'll give it a +1/+1 bonus as well as double strike. Thanks to double strike, the ability to increase the power of Weaselback Redcap makes it a threat that must be dealt with quickly. Since it doesn't have some sort of evasion, unless your opponent has a way to create unlimited chump blockers, you'll be able to take out one of their blocking creatures with each attack, forcing them to make a big move quickly or lose their entire team.
The next deck I have for you attempts to use the power of Artifacts to win games. Let's take a look at it:
Azorius Artifacts | Eldraine Standard | KURUKURU, (5-0) MTGO
- Creatures (22)
- 2 Arcanist's Owl
- 4 Gingerbrute
- 4 Inquisitive Puppet
- 4 Locthwain Gargoyle
- 4 Stonecoil Serpent
- 4 Steel Overseer
- Planeswalkers (2)
- 2 Gideon Blackblade
- Instants (4)
- 4 Gods Willing
- Enchantments (4)
- 4 All That Glitters
While playing in the Throne of Eldraine prerelease, I was pleasantly surprised at how good Gingerbrute was. As a Red player, I should have realized that a 1/1 creature with haste is generally pretty good in aggressive strategies. Gingerbrute also has a form of pseudo-evasion, allowing it to attack without fear of being blocked a lot of the time. In addition, for those times where a 1/1 creature is simply outclassed, you can always sacrifice it to gain three life. Gingerbrute is a very versatile creature and I expect to see it included in aggro decks for the near future.
In theory, enchanting Gingerbrute with All That Glitters could end games quickly against the right opponent. If you know your opponent doesn't have any creatures with haste, you'll be able to attack for a ton of damage. Alternatively, you could enchant Arcanist's Owl instead. Arcanist's Owl has another form of evasion, flying, and against many decks, attacking with this Bird a few times while enchanted equals game over for your opponent. However, to get the most out of All That Glitters, you'll probably want to enchant Stonecoil Serpent with it. Giving a huge power bonus to a creature with trample is a no-brainer. The fact that Stonecoil Serpent has protection from multicolored means that your opponent might be limited in the number of creatures they have that can block this Snake. Fewer blockers means more trample damage going straight through to the opponent's life total.
The final deck I have for you is a control deck that wants nothing more than to play all of its cards on the opponent's turn. Let's take a look at the deck:
Izzet Instants | Eldraine Standard | GERSCHI, (5-0) MTGO
- Planeswalkers (2)
- 2 Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Brineborn Cutthroat has the potential to become absolutely huge during the course of a game. You'll generally want to flash it in at the end of your opponent's turn and then start countering their spells and destroying their creatures with your Instants on their turn.
There's only two spells that you'll need to consider casting on your own turn. Bonecrusher Giant can be cast to give you a back-up creature in the event that Brineborn Cutthroat gets destroyed. Generally, you'll cast it from exile after you've already cast Stomp, though. Bonecrusher Giant can act as a resilient threat thanks to its ability to deal two damage to the player that targets it with a spell.
Chandra, Awakened Inferno is the other threat you'll need to cast on your own turn, and what a threat she is. She starts at a whopping six loyalty, and you'll likely want to use her +2 loyalty ability every turn unless you're in trouble and need to destroy your opponent's creatures. By using her +2 loyalty ability, you'll create an emblem that will deal a point of damage to your opponent every turn during their upkeep. You can create multiple emblems, which really puts a ticking clock on your opponent as their life slowly drops, turn after turn.
These decks are but a small sampling of the new decks that Throne of Eldraine has made possible. It's always an exciting time the first few weeks after a new set is released, as new decks seem to pop up everywhere. Do you think any of these decks have what it takes to compete with Field of the Dead decks?
What do you think of these decks? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, feel free to share this article with your friends anywhere on social media. And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in Standard. I'll see you then!
- Mike Likes