Dragons of Tarkir Brews, pt. 3 – GW Aggro

What’s the most expensive card besides the planeswalkers in Dragons of Tarkir right now? As of this writing (according to MagicCardMarket) its this thing:


Beating seven mythics thusfar in the MCM database from the set.

I’m guessing people have some idea on what they want to do with the card. I don’t know what they are thinking about, because its clearly a format where cards like [scryfall]Siege Rhino[/scryfall] and [scryfall]Whisperwood Elemental[/scryfall] rule, kind of trumping two three drops on fourth turn.

… but on the other hand, control decks are quite popular. This card is an instant, so you can get two creatures on board after a wrath. And there’s plenty of cheap, pushed creatures. For example (and I’m limiting these to green and white and only the ones I thought I might want to use):

And Dragons of Tarkir brings some more (Arashing Foremost, the new Anafenza, Hidden Dragonslayer, maybe Deathwish Raptor). It should be easy enough to put together a deck from these.

Supposing Sultai planeswalker control decks are the vogue of the future (not sure why I’d think this, but anyhow), your build might look like this:

4 Soldier of the Pantheon
4 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Fleemane Lion
4 Heir of the Wilds
2 Anafenza, Spirit of the First Family Tree
4 Hidden Dragonslayer
4 Boon Satyr
2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
2 Hushwing Gryff
4 Collected Company
4 Valorous Stance
4 Temple of Plenty
4 Blossoming Sands
4 Windswept Heath
2 Mana Confluence
4 Plains
4 Forest

[scryfall]Heir of the Wilds[/scryfall] is a bit weak here, because you can’t ever trigger the ferocious, but its a two-drop with deathtouch. Not bad. I put less legendary creatures in the list then I usually would, just because when I look at the six with [scryfall]Collected Company[/scryfall], I don’t want to see two copies of the same legendary creature and nothing else. Maybe this is unjustified, but there’s a pretty good mix of creatures here.

More evasion would be nice, although Company does bring a sort of pseudo-evasion, if your opponent taps out for an attack and you can swing back with a [scryfall]Boon Satyr[/scryfall] and a [scryfall]Brimaz, King of Oreskos[/scryfall].

I was also thinking about using black. That would bring us two very powerful options: [scryfall]Anafenza, the Foremost[/scryfall] and [scryfall]Rakshasa Deathdealer[/scryfall]. However, it would also make the mana very awkward. There’s plenty of creatures that require double white or green, so bringing in a third color would be difficult, but not impossible. I just wouldn’t do that in an aggressive deck.

[scryfall]Valorous Stance[/scryfall] is pretty much a placeholder. It could be something else. I would definitely think about something like [scryfall]Roar of Challenge[/scryfall] just to let your other creatures attack freely.

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