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The Core of a Brew

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Hello, everyone! Now that Core Set 2020 is releasing, it's time to take a look at some new decks featuring these new cards. When a new set is released, the first place I usually see new cards being used is in tribal decks. This week I have a few tribal decks to share that all feature some new cards. Let's get started.

Temur Elementals

The first deck features a tribe that has major support from Core Set 2020, Elementals. Let's take a look at the deck:


Risen Reef
Risen Reef pulls double duty in this deck. Half of the time, it will ramp you; while the other half, it will be a form of card drawing. Since all of the creatures in this deck are Elementals, you should be able to trigger this card quite a few times. The benefits are multiplied if you have multiple copies of Risen Reef in play.

As I mentioned earlier, all of the creatures in this deck are Elementals. Because of this, you'll be able to make every creature you control more powerful when you have Creeping Trailblazer in play. The same thing also holds true when you have Chandra, Novice Pyromancer on the battlefield. These bonuses should allow you to attack for a ton of damage, or to defend yourself against almost any attacking creatures your opponent may have.

Initially, the only changes I would make to this deck would be in the mana base. All of the lands in this deck come into play tapped, which can be a huge drawback, even if many of them will gain you a point of life when you play them. Simic Guildgate could easily be replaced with Breeding Pool, Izzet Guildgate could be replaced with Steam Vents, and Gruul Guildgate could be replaced with Stomping Ground. That would help speed this deck up some and make it less vulnerable to fast, aggressive decks.

Dimir Vampires

The next deck I have for you takes a tribe from Ixalan and gives it a Core Set 2020 update. Let's take a look at it:


Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
This is another deck where all of the creatures are from the same tribe. As such, Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord works wonders with all of your creatures. His -3 loyalty ability allows you to put any creature from your hand onto the battlefield. You can gain a ton of value if you're able to get The Haunt of Hightower into play as early as turn three, absolutely free. You can then begin adding +1/+1 counters to it the following turns by using Sorin’s first loyalty ability, making it a must-be-dealt-with threat.

Nightveil Predator is another great creature to target with the first loyalty ability of Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord. Since Nightveil Predator has hexproof, you can turn an already formidable 3/3 with flying and deathtouch into an evasive, killing machine.

The rest of the deck acts as a typical control deck. The majority of the Instants are counterspells of various types. Essence Capture works wonderfully by countering an opponent's creature spell while keeping up with the +1/+1 counter synergy mentioned earlier. The rest of the spells in this deck are focused on making your opponent discard cards, which works well with The Haunt of Hightower.

Selesnya Wolves & Walkers

The final deck I have for you is a combination Super Friends / Wolf tribal deck. Let's take a look at it:


Nightpack Ambusher
Nightpack Ambusher gives all of your other wolves and werewolves get +1/+1. When you combine that bonus to the wolves you create with Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves, Ferocious Pup, and Arlinn, Voice of the Pack, you're able to create a pack that can deal out some serious damage. Nightpack Ambusher also has the ability to create its own Wolf tokens at the expense of not casting any spells during your turn. You won't generally want to hold back from casting spells too often to create a Wolf, but there will be times that making a Wolf will help you win the game.

The Planeswalkers in this deck also help make your creatures more formidable. Ajani, the Greathearted can put multiple +1/+1 counters onto your creatures (as well as adding loyalty to your other Planeswalkers). Gideon Blackblade can make one of your creatures indestructible, which can act as creature removal, or give them lifelink, which can help you stay alive against aggressive decks. Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter both grows your creatures in size as well as giving them a way to accelerate your mana production. Yanggu also works very well in conjunction with Leyline of Abundance. This Leyline also helps offer you a way to utilize your mana so you can create a wolf token with Nightpack Ambusher.

Wrapping Up

Tribal decks always seem to be the first place people begin brewing when a new set is released. The three decks I've shown you are just scratching the surface of the new tribal decks created with Core Set 2020 cards.

What do you think of these decks? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), or email me directly at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com. 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