Guilds of Ravnica is upon us and while there is only just a few cards spoiled yet, I find some of them very exciting. In other words, its brew time!
Before we get into some decklists, I would like to talk about a card that I believe is quite good, but sadly I could not find a home for yet.
This is no Thoughtseize, however, in a format like Standard, giving up a mana for 2 life and a scry is certainly a deal I’m okay with. I believe that the only thing that will keep this card from seeing lots of play is the fact that it is two colors.
The rotation is taking away all the other reasons to pair blue with black. Champion of Wits, The Scarab God, Torrential Gearhulk, Fatal Push, and Glint-Sleeve Siphoner all leaving force a complete redesign of the Blue-Black midrange deck.
Honestly, I just don’t know what to put in a Blue/Black deck outside of Thought Erasure and Vraska’s Contempt. Hopefully the Dimir guild will provide enough cards for the archetype to survive.
These two cards scream Red/White Aggro and they happen to pair very nicely with two of my favorite M19 cards, Goblin Instigator and Heroic Reinforcements, which I have never cast yet, but both looks awesome to play with.
4 Leonin Vanguard
4 Skymarcher Aspirant
4 Adanto Vanguard
4 Boros Challenger
4 Legion Warboss
4 Rigging Runner
4 Goblin Instigator
2 Legion’s Landing
2 Pride of Conquerors
4 Heroic Reinforcements
2 Conclave Tribunal
4 Sacred Foundry
4 Clifftop Retreat
4 Unclaimed Territory
While looking to fill my curve, I realized that Leonin Vanguard, Skymarcher Aspirant, Adanto Vanguard, Boros Challenger and Legion Warboss were all Soldiers. That should smooth our mana thanks to Unclaimed Territory.
Rigging Runner is unlikely to be the perfect card for the remaining slots, hopefully the new set has some better options. As it stands, Dauntless Bodyguard could be a card that replaces it, or if we wanted to go a bit bigger, History of Benalia could be reasonable.
The spells that you decide to play is entirely dependant on the metagame of course, but if you want food for thought, Lightning Strike or Shock could totally be in there.
In this specific build, I decided that I could play basically half and half of red and white cards thanks to Unclaimed Territory, but you could totally change the creature base and try either a white based approach with Benalish Marshal, or red with Goblin Chainwhirler.
Speaking of Goblin Chainwhirler, let’s hope it doesn't dominate Standard like it did in the previous format, because this deck does not want to face it.
4 Llanowar Elves
2 Snubhorn Sentry
4 Emmara, Soul of the Accord
4 Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy
4 Mentor of the Meek
4 Militia Bugler
2 Tendershoot Dryad
4 Conclave Tribunal
4 Legion’s Landing
4 Song of Freyalise
4 Temple Garden
4 Sunpetal Grove
2 Memorial to Glory
If you haven't played with Song of Freyalise before, I suggest you do. It’s a blast and my only experience with it was in limited where all I did was cast more creatures with it and attack with underwhelming creatures. Imagine going off with Mentor of the Meek, Militia Bugler and getting a free token off Emmara, Soul of the Accord!
Conclave Tribunal is another way to trigger Emmara and honestly I would be surprised if there was not another Convoke cards that we would want once the set is fully spoiled. If that’s the case, I think Emmara will become a staple in Standard.
Snubhorn Sentry and Tendershoot Dryad are two very unconventional cards that we have only seen fringe play from. Militia Bugler can find both but also one drops make Song of Freyalise much better.
Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants and Huatli, Radiant Champion were considered, but ultimately I just want to max out on creatures because of Militia Bugler, Mentor of the Meek, Song of Freyalise and Conclave Tribunal.
Shalai, Voice of Plenty almost made the cut, but again, Militia Bugler was my reason to cut it. It's possible that it could still be a sideboard card however.