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Creature Type Matters in The Aftermath


Hello everyone. I really enjoy playing decks that are focused around a specific creature type. They're both flavorful and fun. In many instances, they can also be very powerful decks that feature a lot of synergy between cards. This week I have four decks for you that are focused on a specific creature type. Let's get started.

Knight Burn

We'll start off by looking at a deck that features two things I like, Knights and burn spells. Let's take a look at the deck.

Invasion of New Phyrexia // Teferi Akosa of Zhalfir

With the exception of Narset, Enlightened Exile, all of the creatures in this deck are Knights. That means that having Marshal of Zhalfir on the battlefield will be able to pump up the majority of creatures you will have in play. That includes the Knight creature tokens you can create when you cast Invasion of New Phyrexia // Teferi Akosa of Zhalfir. If you're able to defeat this Battle, you can create multiple copies of the emblem that Tefiri Akosa of Zhalfir creates when you activate his -2 loyalty ability. This emblem gives each of your Knights +1/+0 and ward 1. This extra power can go a long way when combined with the trample that Tori D'Avenant, Fury Rider can provide.

Narset, Enlightened Exile serves an important role in this deck, even if she is off-brand. Whenever she attacks, you'll be able to cast a copy of a noncreature, nonland card from your graveyard, exiling that spell in the process. This is a terrific way to get an additional use out of your Lightning Strike and Play with Fire. Since both of these burn spells can damage any target, this can be a great way to deal the final few points needed to bring their health total to zero.

Selesnya Angels

Next, we'll take a look at a deck that's nearly Mono-White, splashing just a hint of Green for a powerful Angel. Let's take a look at the deck.

Sigarda, Font of Blessings
Sigarda, Font of Blessings is a great reason for an Angel themed deck to splash Green. While Sigarda is on the battlefield, all of your other permanents have hexproof. That will naturally make Sigarda a target for your opponent's removal spells, but her 4/4 stats can sometimes be difficult to deal with. She also lets you look at the top card of your library at any time, so you'll always know what's coming up. Plus, you can cast Angel and Human spells from the top of your library, which is like having extra cards in your hand.

Skrelv, Defector Mite assists with keeping Sigarda safe from removal spells. With Skrelv on the battlefield, you can tap him and either pay one White mana or two points of life (whichever is easiest at the time) to provide hexproof from a specific color to another creature you control for the turn. This is a great way to protect Sigarda from spells that will otherwise outright destroy or exile her from the battlefield.

Battle Zombies

The next deck I have for you features Zombies alongside a pair of Battles that greatly benefit them. Let's check it out.

Geralf, Visionary Stitcher
Following the trend of the previous decks, only one creature in this deck isn't a Zombie. Geralf, Visionary Stitcher is able to create Zombie creature tokens, though. He also provides all of your Zombies with flying, enabling you to attack with less chance of being blocked. This ability pairs nicely alongside Bladestitched Skaab, who provides a +1/+0 boost to all other Zombies you control.

This deck also features a full playset of two Battles, Invasion of Amonkhet // Lazotep Convert and Invasion of Innistrad // Deluge of the Dead. Both of these Battles can provide you with additional Zombies when they are defeated. You can either attack these Battles to remove their counters, or use the battlefield entry effect of Cemetery Desecrator to help with this. Additionally, there is a pair of Render Inert spells in this deck, which can also remove counters from these Battles.

Mono-Red Dragons

The final deck I have for you this week is focused on Dragons. Let's take a look at it.

Kolaghan Warmonger
While this is a Dragon themed deck, there are only 11 actual Dragon creature cards in this deck. However, there is a playset of Kolaghan Warmonger, which allows you to put a Dragon from the top six cards of your library into your hand when it attacks. This can allow you to deal a fair amount of damage when Invasion of Tarkir // Defiant Thundermaw enters the battlefield. You'll likely want to deal that damage to any potential blockers, destroying them in the process. Then, you can do the same once the Battle is transformed into Defiant Thundermaw, keeping the skies clear of blockers so you can push through your Dragon's damage.

Adding to the potential damage that your attacking Dragons can do are the Dragon Illusion creature tokens created by Manaform Hellkite. While Manaform Hellkite is on the battlefield, every time you cast a noncreature spell, you'll create a temporary Dragon Illusion token that has flying and haste. You should attack with this token, as it will be exiled at the beginning of the next end step. Since your opponent might not want to trade their creature for a token that's going to disappear, they might decide not to block it. That's like dealing free damage for you.

Wrapping Up

Playing decks that focus on a single creature type is always a blast. These decks always feel so much more thematic than simply playing a deck filled with 'the best' creatures that have nothing in common with each other. When playing decks like these, they might emphasize the fun, but they also bring the power and synergy that can often lead to victory. I hope you have as much fun with these decks as I will.

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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