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Legendary Standard Decks


Hello everyone. Even though I don't play Commander much, I still love legendary creatures. I enjoy playing decks that feature legendary creatures, even in Standard. This week I have a few decks that you can play in Standard until rotation happens in a few weeks. Let's get started with our first deck.

5-Colored Tiamat's Dragons

As a big fan of the classic Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, I have a soft spot in my heart for Tiamat. Let's take a look at a deck featuring Tiamat alongside some other great Dragons.

When Tiamat enters the battlefield, you'll get to search your deck for up to five Dragon cards that have different names and are not named Tiamat. Those Dragons are then put into your hand, where you'll be able to cast them on future turns. Tiamat is also an incredible 7/7 creature with flying, so she is both a great attacker or defender. The only thing that could make her better would be if she had trample.

Getting up to five other Dragons to put into your hand means you'll have plenty of creatures to cast on future turns. And there are some great Dragons in this deck. Much has already been written about many of these Dragons, but there's one that doesn't see as much play as the others, even though I think it should: Adult Gold Dragon. Since Adult Gold Dragon has flying, lifelink, and haste, you'll often be able to catch up if you're behind. It's one of my favorite Dragons that will soon be leaving Standard.

One thing you'll probably notice is the high mana values of many of the Dragons in this deck. Luckily, this deck includes a variety of ways to help ramp up your mana production so these Dragons are more easily playable. Forsworn Paladin is able to create Treasure tokens for you to use. Kalain, Reclusive Painter also creates one when he enters the battlefield. Orb of Dragonkind adds an extra mana for you to cast Dragon spells or to activate Dragon abilities. Finally, even though it doesn't ramp you mana at all, Temple of the Dragon Queen helps make sure you have the correct color of mana you need to cast any of your Dragons.

Jinnie Fay's Tokens

Next, I have a deck featuring Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second utilizing her ability to create tokens. Let's take a look at the deck.

Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second
While you have Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second on the battlefield, if you create any tokens, you can change those tokens to be either a 2/2 Cat creature token with haste or a 3/1 Dog creature token with vigilance instead. This is a great way of upgrading small 1/1 creature tokens or changing other types of tokens, such as Treasure tokens, into creatures that you can use for both offense and defense.

To make sure you have enough tokens to be upgraded, there are a variety of token makers in this deck. Wedding Announcement // Wedding Festivity and Join the Dance both create 1/1 Human creature tokens. Gala Greeters is able to create a tapped Treasure token repeatedly as other creatures enter the battlefield. Sanctuary Warden offers the ability to create a 1/1 Citizen creature token. Finally, Titan of Industry is able to create a 4/4 Rhino Warrior creature token, however, you probably won't want to use the replacement effect Jinnie Fay offers on it.

In addition to the token theme this deck has, it also features a +1 /+1 counter theme as well. Luminarch Aspirant provides a +1/+1 counter for one of your creatures at the beginning of combat on your turn. Gala Greeters can add a +1/+1 counter to itself each turn, as long as another creature enters the battlefield under your control. Finally, Katilda, Dawnhart Prime has an activated ability that will add a +1/+1 counter to each creature you control. With all of these tokens and counters, your opponent won't stand a chance against you.

Vexing Aggro

The final deck I have for you this week features Blex, Vexing Pest // Search for Blex alongside a bunch of other Snakes and Insects. Let's check it out.

Blex, Vexing Pest // Search for Blex

Blex, Vexing Pest // Search for Blex takes center stage in this deck. Its ability to provide a +1/+1 bonus to Insects and Snakes (in addition to some other creature types not found in this deck) make all of your other non-token creatures more formidable. While that means that Blex will likely be targeted by your opponent's removal, Blex will grant you four points of life when it dies, making its death a little more tolerable.

Weaver of Harmony is another creature in this deck that helps boost up some of your other creatures. While the +1/+1 bonus Weaver of Harmony provides is only granted to other enchantment creatures you control, you'll still be able to boost over half of the creatures in this deck. Remember that each Saga that gets transformed becomes an enchantment creature.

This deck also includes a pair of uncommon artifact creatures that provide a lot of value, even after their death. First is Halo Scarab. For two mana, you get a 2/1 Insect, however once it dies, you can pay an additional two mana to exile it from your graveyard and create a Treasure token. You also have Circuit Mender that gains you two points of life when it enters the battlefield. When it leaves the battlefield, through being destroyed, exiled, or bounced, you get to draw a card. That's great value all around.

Wrapping Up

We'll soon be returning to Dominaria, a place with lots of legendary creatures. Until that happens, enjoy trying out these decks or others that showcase the specialness of legendary creatures.

What do you think of these decks? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below. 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

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