Looking Towards Pro Tour Dominaria

With the Pro Tour getting ever nearer, this week let’s take a look at some of the Big Players in the current Standard. 


BR Vehicles


This has been one of the breakout decks of Dominaria Standard. The deck runs a very high red density to allow for the playing of Goblin Chainwhirler. It’s one of the most powerful cards in the current meta, and is certainly something worth limiting your colours for. This flavour of Vehicles wants to come out of the gates quickly and uses Heart of Kiran to fly over tricky board states and finish off games.

BR Heart is another name for this deck since most of the time the only actual Vehicles in this deck are three copies of Heart of Kiran.

BR Vehicles, Simon Nielsen: GP Birmingham 1st Place

Artifacts (3)
Heart of Kiran

Creatures (19)
Glorybringer
Goblin Chainwhirler
Pia Nalaar
Rekindling Phoenix
Scrapheap Scrounger
Soul-Scar Mage
Walking Ballista

Planeswalkers (4)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Karn, Scion of Urza

Instants (9)
Abrade
Magma Spray
Unlicensed Disintegration

Lands (25)
Aether Hub
Canyon Slough
Cinder Barrens
Dragonskull Summit
11 Mountain
Spire of Industry
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Glorybringer
Karn, Scion of Urza
Chandra’s Defeat
Doomfall
Fiery Cannonade
Release the Gremlins
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Angrath, the Flame-Chained
Cut // Ribbons
Duress
Heartless Pillage
Vraska’s Contempt

 

WB Vehicles


The other vehicle-based deck in this list relies more heavily on the power of Toolcraft Exemplar. This version of the Vehicles deck is far closer to a midrange deck than it’s counterpart, utilising Planeswalkers such as Gideon of the Trials and Karn, Scion of Urza to gain incremental advantage. This also allows the deck to use the hidden mode on Heart of Kiran to make crewing just that little bit easier.

White brings several other advantages too, such as access to versatile removal such as Cast Out and stand alone threats like Lyra Dawnbringer and History of Benalia.  All in all, this is a powerful deck, but by slowing down you become more venerable to control strategies.

WB Vehicles: 3rd Place PPTQ Roanke

Artifacts (4)
Heart of Kiran

Creatures (16)
Walking Ballista
Toolcraft Exemplar
Knight of Malice
Scrapheap Scrounger
Lyra Dawnbringer

Planeswalkers (5)
Gideon of the Trials
Karn, Scion of Urza

Instants (3)
Fatal Push

Enchantments (8)
History of Benalia
Thopter Arrest
Cast Out

Lands (24)
Concealed Courtyard
Ifnir Deadlands
Isolated Chapel
Plains
Scavenger Grounds
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Duress
Fatal Push
Fragmentize
Sorcerous Spyglass
Doomfall
Forsake the Worldly
Settle the Wreckage
Angel of Sanctions
Fumigate

 

UW Control


Here we have a classic archetype doing what it does best.

UW has gained two crucial pieces from Dominaria; Seal Away and Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. These two have really pushed UW ahead of UB in recent weeks. The deck looks to play a normal control game, but relies heavily on sweepers like Fumigate and Settle the Wreckage. This can lead to a bad Vehicles match up due to their natural resilience to mass removal. Should vehicles once again dominate the meta, it’s likely that we’ll see the Esper variants with Fatal Push perform far better than straight UW decks.

As far as winning the game goes, UW has a few options right now. Torrential Gearhulk is always a good option, as shown by Shota Yasooka and Carlos Romao who both reached the final with control back on Kaladesh. Since then we’ve seen Approach of the Second Sun be a force to be reckoned with. Even more recently, we have seen Leo Lahonen pave the way with a Win-Conless UW deck, using Teferi to lock out the opponent and then loop himself for ever.

UW Control: GP Birmingham 2nd Place

Planeswalkers (5)
Gideon of the Trials
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Instants (18)
 Blink of an Eye
 Commit // Memory
 Disallow
 Essence Scatter
 Pull from Tomorrow
 Settle the Wreckage
 Syncopate

Sorceries (2)
Fumigate

Enchantments (8)
Cast Out
Seal Away
Search for Azcanta

Lands (27)
 Field of Ruin
 Glacial Fortress
 Irrigated Farmland
 Island
 Meandering River
 Memorial to Genius
 Plains

Sideboard (15)
 Gideon of the Trials
 Fumigate
 Aether Meltdown
 Authority of the Consuls
 History of Benalia
 Invoke the Divine
 Negate
 Sorcerous Spyglass

 

UW GPG


Sticking with the Azorius guild we have one of the most popular “combo” decks currently available. Here we look to reanimate a God-Pharaoh’s Gift with Refurbish and start making 4/4 creatures. For a while, after the most recent bannings, Gift was the deck to beat online. It hasn’t just found success online however, as Pascal Maynard took it to the finals of the most recent Standard Pro Tour back in Ixalan.

The fear with this deck is that with the resurgence of Vehicles it could fall victim to high densities of Artifact hate in the Sideboards

UW God-Pharaoh’s Gift: Pro Tour Ixalan 2nd Place

Artifacts (4)
 God-Pharaoh’s Gift

Creatures (16)
 Minister of Inquiries
 Sacred Cat
 Angel of Invention
 Champion of Wits

Instants (2)
Opt

Enchantments (4)
 Cast Out
 Search for Azcanta

Sorceries (12)
 Chart a Course
 Refurbish
 Strategic Planning

Lands (22)
 Glacial Fortress
 Irrigated Farmland
 Ipnu Rivulet
 Island
 Plains

Sideboard (15)
 Fairgrounds Warden
 Angel of Sanctions
 Negate
 Jace’s Defeat
 Fumigate
 Hostile Desert
 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
 Authority of the Consuls

 

Mono Red Aggro


Yes, this deck is still here. Go quickly and turn it sideways, just like a classic red deck would want to.

People have been playing with the concept of a red aggro deck since Amonkhet, and it proved to be the real deal when it took down Pro Tour Hour of Devastation in the hands of Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa.  Since then the deck has changed and evolved to suit whatever environment Standard has found itself in.

To beat this deck you need to be about a turn bigger than it. Take the red deck’s curve and shift everything up one notch, that’s how you build to beat mono Red.

Ramunap Red: Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa, 1st Place Pro Tour Hour of Devastation

Creatures (26)
 Ahn-Crop Crasher
 Hazoret the Fervent
 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
 Village Messenger
 Bomat Courier
 Falkenrath Gorger
 Earthshaker Khenra

Planeswalkers (2)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Instants (8)
 Abrade
 Shock

Lands (24)
 Scavenger Grounds
 Ramunap Ruins
14  Mountain
 Sunscorched Desert

Sideboard (15)
 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
 Sand Strangler
 Pia Nalaar
 Savage Alliance
 Chandra’s Defeat
 Glorybringer
 Aethersphere Harvester
 Oath of Chandra

 

Mono Green Stompy


Another one of the breakout decks from Dominaria, Mono Green has shown it is something to be taken seriously. Llanowar Elves and Steel Leaf Champion are what really pushed this deck into contention. A Turn two 5/4 that’s hard to block is hard to argue with.

This deck is particularly well suited to the current Standard meta. Artifact Creatures and Enchantment Based Removal are everywhere, so if you can maindeck Thrashing Brontodon then you’re probably in quite a good place.

Mono Green Stompy: Bgoose321, 2nd Place MTGO Standard MOCS, 19/05/2018

Artifacts (4)
Heart of Kiran

Creatures (29)
Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Greenbelt Rampager
Llanowar Elves
Merfolk Branchwalker
Rhonas the Indomitable
Scrapheap Scrounger
Steel Leaf Champion
Thrashing Brontodon

Instants (3)
Blossoming Defence

Lands (24)
Blooming Marsh
13 Forest
Hashep Oasis
Woodland Cemetary

Sideboard (15)
Aethersphere Harvester
Crushing Canopy
Hour of Glory
Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
Nissa, Vital Force
Thrashing Brontodon
Vraska, Relic Seeker

 

That’s me for this week, no sideboard this time. But, as usual, if you enjoyed the article be sure to share it on Facebook and all the other social media sites, but also let folk at your LGS know. If you want regular updates on my articles be sure to check me out on Facebook right here. I’ll see you guys next time.