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Four Typal Decks for Thunder Junction Standard


Hello everyone. Decks that feature a specific type of creature are some of my favorite decks to play. When I dip my toe into the Modern scene, I enjoy playing an Elf typal deck. The synergy that these typal decks offer can be a lot of fun. This week, I have four typal decks that you can use at your local Standard events. Let's get started.

Selesnya Angels

We'll start this week with a deck featuring one of Magic's most popular creature types, Angels. Let's take a look at the deck.

Angels abound in this deck. The only non-Angel creature found here is Aven Interrupter, however it's a pretty good inclusion for this deck as it provides you a way to temporarily counter an opponent's spell. Aven Interrupter also fits in well alongside the other Angels in this deck due to the fact that it has flying, so each and every creature found here is an evasive threat to your opponent.

Like the additional mana required from your opponent to cast spells from graveyards or exile that Aven Interrupter adds, Invasion of Gobakhan // Lightshield Array also hinders your opponent from casting spells easily. When this battle enters play, you get to choose a spell from your opponent's hand to exile, requiring your opponent to spend two extra mana to cast it. If you flip Invasion of Gobakhan, your attacking creatures will get stronger and stronger, plus you'll have the means of protecting them if you should need it.

Izzet Pirates

The next deck I have for you features a crew of rowdy Pirates. Let's check it out.

Malcolm, the Eyes
Breeches, the Blastmaker

This deck has a pretty low mana curve, topping out at 3 mana. That makes it fairly easy to utilize the abilities of two of the most notorious Pirates in this deck. First, there's Malcolm, the Eyes. Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, you'll get to investigate. That Clue token can then be utilized to draw a card, helping to ensure that you can cast two spells on a future turn.

There's also Breeches, the Blastmaker in this deck. While Breeches is on the battlefield, when you cast your second spell each turn, you can sacrifice an artifact, which then allows you to flip a coin. If you win that coin flip, you get to copy that second spell. If you lose the coin flip, Breeches will deal damage to any target equal to the mana value of that second spell. If you don't mind a little randomness, this can be a lot of fun, as both results are considered 'winning' in my book.

Dimir Faeries

Up next, I have another deck that wins via flying creatures, but is of Faeries, not Angels. Let's take a look at the deck.

Likeness Looter
Likeness Looter is a key player in this deck. It has a couple of abilities that you can use to your advantage throughout the game. First is its ability to tap itself to draw a card, and then discard a card. Having the right cards in your hand helps you immensely, and this ability allows for that. You can also use its other ability to become a copy of any creature in your graveyard. While it loses the looting ability when this happens, activating this ability opens up so many options for you.

Likeness Looter works very harmoniously alongside Faerie Vandal. Since Faerie Vandal gains a +1/+1 counter whenever you draw your second card each turn, it can grow quite large over the course of the game. However, don't fret if you don't have Likeness Looter and Faerie Vandal on the battlefield at the same time, as there are numerous other ways of drawing additional cards in this deck. These include Consider, Gruesome Realization, and Winged Portent, to name just a few.

Mono-Black Skeletons

The final deck I have for you this week focuses on Skeletons and is Mono-Black in color. Let's take a look at the deck.

Tinybones, the Pickpocket
Tinybones, the Pickpocket is the face of this deck. This Skeleton Rogue might be tiny, but since he has deathtouch, your opponent might not want to block him. If they don't, though, and Tinybones deals combat damage to them, you'll be able to cast any nonland permanent card from your opponent's graveyard using mana of any type. In the late game is where this ability truly shines, as you're more likely to have unspent mana waiting to be used.

To make sure there is something worthwhile in your opponent's graveyard for you to cast, this includes a number of creature removal spells. Cut Down, Go for the Throat, and Bitter Triumph are just a few ways you can destroy your opponent's threats. There's also Locthwain Scorn, the adventure side of Virtue of Persistence, that can be used. This will allow you to later cast Virtue of Persistence itself as another means of returning any creature from a graveyard to the battlefield under your control. there's no better feeling than defeating your opponent with their own creatures.

Wrapping Up

Angels, Pirates, Faeries, and Skeletons are just a few of the creature types currently in Standard that you can build a typal deck around. I'll keep my eyes peeled for other typal decks I can share with you in the future.

What do you think of these decks? 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

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