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Mono-Color Decks for Lost Caverns Standard


Hello everyone. If you're struggling to get wins as a Magic player, sometimes the best thing to do is to change the deck you're playing. When I'm struggling, I'll often switch to playing a mono-colored deck for a while, because I know the mana base will be simpler and won't give me as many problems. This week, I have five decks for you, one for each color, that you can use if you're struggling. Let's get started.


We'll start this week with a Mono-White deck that leans to the aggressive side. Let's take a look at it.

Kellan, Daring Traveler
Kellan, Daring Traveler offers you a lot of extra creatures that you'll be able to play throughout the game. Since every creature in this deck has a mana value of three or less, you'll always be able to put any creature you reveal from your library when Kellan attacks into your hand, providing you with a lot of potential attackers throughout the game.

One of the best creatures you'll be able to play is Regal Bunnicorn. This Rabbit Unicorn's power and toughness are each equal to the number of nonland permanents you control, and since your creatures are all pretty cheap and easily accessible, thanks to Kellan, your Regal Bunnicorn can get some pretty impressive stats.


The next deck I have for you is Mono-Blue. It features a number of artifacts that help ramp your mana. Let's take a look at the deck.

While you have Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh on the battlefield, the first activated ability of an artifact you control that you activate each turn costs two mana less to activate. This can help you find artifacts from your library easier when you activate Thran Spider.

One of the best artifacts you can find is Cityscape Leveler. While this Construct does cost eight mana to cast (or unearth), you'll get an 8/8 creature that has trample, so you're likely to deal some direct damage to your opponent when it attacks. It also allows you to destroy a nonland permanent when it is cast and when it attacks. By destroying your opponent's biggest threats you can eventually turn them to your side with the help of Portal to Phyrexia, defeating your opponent with their own cards.


Aclazotz, Deepest Betrayal // Temple of the Dead

This deck is a control deck at heart, but does have a couple of great creatures that can help you achieve victory. First is Aclazotz, Deepest Betrayal // Temple of the Dead. By pairing this creature with Liliana of the Veil, you can quickly run your opponent out of cards in their hand. If that happens, and your opponent is unable to discard a card, Aclazotz will let you draw a card, providing you with more options.

Drawing those extra cards will be beneficial if you have the other creature in this deck on the battlefield, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse. Sheoldred has already proven herself to be a Standard all-star, and the extra damage she provides when your opponent draws a card will help you finish them off even more quickly than usual.


Next, we come to my most-played color, Red. The Mono-Red deck I've chosen is an aggressive build, which should come as no surprise. Let's check it out.

Ojer Axonil, Deepest Might // Temple of Power

Both Lightning Strike and Play with Fire are respectable spells that can deal direct damage to your opponent, but they get even better while you have Ojer Axonil, Deepest Might // Temple of Power on the battlefield. The same is true of the damage that Voldaren Epicure and Voldaren Thrillseeker are capable of dealing outside of combat.

You can have all of these sources deal even more damage by enchanting Ojer Axonil with Etali's Favor, which grants a +1/+1 bonus plus trample to the creature it is enchanting. Or you could give a +3/+1 bonus by casting Monstrous Rage on Ojer Axonil (which includes the bonus from the Monster Role token enchantment). Finally, Ojer Axonil can gain a +1/+1 counter if you cast it the turn following casting Kumano Faces Kakkazan // Etching of Kumano as your first creature spell.


The final deck I have for you features a toxic subtheme, providing an alternative route to victory. Let's take a look at the deck.

Tyrranax Rex
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan provides a pair of powerful mana accelerators for this deck. Ixalli's Lorekeeper is a 1-drop that can be tapped to provide you with one mana of any color that can be used to cast a Dinosaur spell or to activate an ability of a Dinosaur. Intrepid Paleontologist costs an extra mana, but can be tapped to provide mana to cast any spell you'd like. She can also exile and cast Dinosaurs from graveyards, allowing them to have a second chance to see glory.

As I mentioned before the decklist, this deck features a toxic subtheme, so you can often defeat your opponent by poisoning them. Tyrranax Rex, Venerated Rotpriest, Bloated Contaminator, Branchblight Stalker, and Tyrranax Atrocity all have toxic. My favorite of these is Tyrranax Rex, the most costly of these creatures. It has a veritable soup of keywords that will definitely give you an advantage over your opponent.

Wrapping Up

By playing a mono-colored deck, you'll be able to take a little bit of the mental load off that Magic can become. That doesn't mean that these decks are simple or easy, but you won't have to worry about getting mana screwed. Since Magic is such a complex game, it can be nice to play a deck that isn't quite as mentally demanding as the decks you usually play.

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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