SCG DC: New Blood for Standard

We’ve now had the first big tournament after Fate Reforged came out and I must admit there was much more diversity than I would have thought for both standard and modern. Throughout the tournament there were a number of standout decks that really caught my eye:

Temur Ascendancy Combo (37)
Arbor Colossus
Elvish Mystic
Genesis Hydra
Hornet Queen
Sylvan Caryatid
Temur Sabertooth
Voyaging Satyr
Boon Satyr
Courser of Kruphix
Eidolon of Blossoms
Polukranos, World Eater
Nylea, God of the Hunt
Temur Ascendancy
Lands (23)
Forest
Mountain
Frontier Bivouac
Wooded Foothills
Yavimaya Coast
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

Sideboard (15)
Hornet Nest
Hornet Queen
Nylea’s Disciple
Reclamation Sage
Whisperwood Elemental
Ranger’s Guile
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

This deck brought Matt Toepfnor to 11th place at SCG DC and it looks really sweet. You start with a green devotion shell with all of the stuff you expect to see. You then add Temur Ascendancy and Temur Sabertooth, which can make you infinite mana. How it works is if your devotion to green is 7 or higher you can activate Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, use the Temur Sabertooth to bounce a Voyaging Satyr, and then it has haste when you play it again due to Temur Ascendancy. Repeat as many times as you want, and now with infinite mana any creature with power 4 or greater lets you draw your whole deck (bounce and recast it over and over again, drawing a card thanks to Temur Ascendancy), then it’s just play Nylea, God of the Hunt to attack with infinite power.

G/B Constellation (37)
Elvish Mystic
Hornet Queen
Sylvan Caryatid
Courser of Kruphix
Doomwake Giant
Eidolon of Blossoms
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Frontier Siege
Hero’s Downfall
Murderous Cut
Commune with the Gods
Thoughtseize
Lands (23)
Forest
Swamp
Jungle Hollow
Llanowar Wastes
Temple of Malady
Windswept Heath
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
Bile Blight
Hero’s Downfall
Garruk, Apex Predator
Nissa, Worldwaker
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Read the Bones
Thoughtseize

Here we have a deck that was played by Brian Braun-Duin to 9th place, and was also played by Brad Nelson. This is similar to the G/B Constellation decks of before, but Frontier Siege adds a whole new level of ramp to the deck. I originally undervalued this card, but the fact that you can often get a “free” spell during your precombat main phase and then drop your main drop in the postcombat main phase is awesome. Or sometimes you just play an Eidolon of Blossoms before and then after combat, while still having mana open for something else. This deck being championed by multiple big name players led to a quick spike in the price of Frontier Siege, one that it will likely maintain especially as it saw prominent play in the Sultai Ramp deck that made 5th place.

Sultai Control (35)
Satyr Wayfinder
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
Garruk, Apex Predator
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Bile Blight
Dig Through Time
Disdainful Stroke
Hero’s Downfall
Murderous Cut
Sultai Charm
Crux of Fate
Interpret the Signs
Rakshasa’s Secret
Thoughtseize
Lands (25)
Island
Swamp
Llanowar Wastes
Opulent Palace
Polluted Delta
Temple of Deceit
Temple of Malady
Temple of Mystery
Yavimaya Coast
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
Rakshasa Deathdealer
Feed the Clan
Negate
Pharika’s Cure
Sultai Charm
Polukranos, World Eater
Silumgar, the Drifting Death
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Drown in Sorrow
Thoughtseize

Gerard Fabiano took this list to 1st place at SCG DC, and I’m a huge fan. Sultai Control is the deck I’ve been looking at playing, and I agree with most of the choices Gerard made. The main difference between this and what I had considered before is Satyr Wayfinder, and I must say that the change is a huge positive for the deck. We need to fuel our delve cards, and now we can while also making a chump blocker. I think the things I dislike about the deck is only 2 copies of Crux of Fate and the inclusion of Interpret the Signs and Rakshasa’s Secret. I expect to be running a very similar list to this for FNMs, but I plan to abuse Tasigur, the Golden Fang in the main deck.

Speaking of Tasigur, the Golden Fang: this card is the real deal and is rapidly becoming the most impactful card in the set. Sadly the window seems closed on getting them for cheap as after only a single event he has quadrupled in price to ~$14. I wouldn’t expect to see him drop any time soon, simply because the fact you get a 4/5 for 1 mana oftentimes that also has an activated ability is on par or even stronger than Tarmogoyf….

Chris Wendelboe

Chris is a level 2 judge from Ashland, New Hampshire. He enjoys Scapeshift, modern, and putting on the best events possible.