My Favorite Decks from Pro Tour Magic Origins

Wow, I expected red, but not this much of it. I like how [card]Abbot of Keral Keep[/card] really had a good outing. Its not [card]Snapcaster Mage[/card], but the fact that its in the same conversation should be a pretty good hint that you should be playing this card.

Gladly, I bought mine when they didn’t have any value…

Anyhow, here’s some other decks I liked. I’m going to keep away from the top 8 decks. Everyone has seen those and there’s some depth in there…

[deck title=Temur Aggro by Philip Arcuni]
[creatures]
3 Stormbreath Dragon
4 Savage Knuckleblade
3 Elvish Mystic
3 Rattleclaw Mystic
3 Courser of Kruphix
4 Thunderbreak Regent
3 Boon Satyr
1 Arbor Colossus
1 Polukranos, World Eater
[/creatures]
[spells]
4 Crater’s Claws
2 Roast
2 Anger of the Gods
3 Stubborn Denial
[/spells]
[lands]
3 Mana Confluence
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Forest
2 Mountain
4 Frontier Bivouac
3 Temple of Abandon
3 Temple of Epiphany
2 Yavimaya Coast
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Stubborn Denial
2 Roast
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Den Protector
3 Disdainful Stroke
2 Feed the Clan
3 Destructive Revelry
[/sideboar]
[/deck]

Of course, aggro being quite relative in an environment where Red Deck Wins and U/R Artifacts start hitting very hard from the second turn onwards. Still, a tight curve is a sign of wanting to put your mana to good use, every turn. It does have quite a few comes-into-play-tapped lands, which does probably slow it down, but potential second turn [card]Savage Knuckleblade[/card] is still pretty good against the deck relying on [card]Monastery Mentor[/card]

[deck title=GW Constellation by Kyle Boggemes]
[creatures]
4 Eidolon of Blossoms
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Herald of the Pantheon
4 Nyx-Fleece Ram
[/creatures]
[spells]
4 Kruphix’s Insight
2 Starfield of Nyx
3 Sigil of the Empty Throne
4 Banishing Light
4 Silkwrap
2 Frontier Siege
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Windswept Heath
4 Blossoming Sands
4 Temple of Plenty
8 Forest
5 Plains
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Sigil of the Empty Throne
4 Suspension Field
4 Boon Satyr
2 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Nissa, Worldwaker
3 Plummet
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

Didn’t think [card]Silkwrap[/card] would make it here, but then again, why not? I would have liked to see this in action a little bit more.

[deck title=Jund Delve by Luke Mulcahy]
[creatures]
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Reaper of the Wilds
1 Herald of Torment
4 Flamewake Phoenix
1 Kolaghan, the Storm’s Fury
1 Dragonlord Kolaghan
[/creatures]
[spells]
4 Commune with the Gods
4 Gather the Pack
4 Languish
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Temple of Malady
4 Llanowar Wastes
3 Mountain
3 Swamp
3 Forest
[/lands]
[sideboard]
2 Herald of Torment
2 Crux of Fate
1 Fleshbag Marauder
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Seismic Rupture
1 Whip of Erebos
4 Bloodsoaked Champion
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

This one is probably my favorite. Look for a creature with delve and get it quickly into play. Most of the creatures are big enough to live through the [card]Languish[/card] and it also features the great, but forgotten [card]Reaper of the Wilds[/card], a card I definitely have fondness for.

[deck title=BG Company by Zach Mandelblatt]
[creatures]
3 Warden of the First Tree
4 Rakshasa Deathdealer
4 Den Protector
2 Herald of Torment
4 Deathmist Raptor
4 Liliana, Heretical Healer
4 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
[/creatures]
[spells]
4 Thoughtseize
4 Collected Company
4 Hero’s Downfall
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Temple of Malady
3 Jungle Hollow
4 Llanowar Wastes
6 Swamp
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
5 Forest
[/lands]
[sideboard]
2 Merciless Executioner
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Ultimate Price
3 Bile Blight
2 Murderous Cut
1 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Duress
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

I worked on something similar before Origins. Never could get it to work, but I’m still fond of the color combination and many of the cards here. The curve is pretty bad, but the its probably worth it to get the most out of the Companies.

[deck title=Hardened Gw by Ken Yukihiro]
[creatures]
4 Abzan Falconer
4 Honored Hierarch
2 Servant of the Scale
4 Avatar of the Resolute
4 Managorger Hydra
4 Hangarback Walker
[/creatures]
[spells]
2 Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
4 Dromoka’s Command
2 Gods Willing
3 Citadel Siege
4 Hardened Scales
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Temple of Plenty
4 Windswept Heath
3 Mana Confluence
7 Forest
5 Plains
[/lands]
[sideboar]
1 Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
3 Valorous Stance
1 Ajani Steadfast
2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
3 Hornet Nest
3 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
2 Hallowed Moonlight
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

This one should get some kind of a reward for using the most cards not on anyone’s radar (except mine, but even though I’ve considered or played pretty much every card on this list, even I didn’t think to put them together). I mean look at that creature base. Sure, [card]Hangarback Walker[/card] was one of the breakout cards from the set, but this is a pretty unique way to utilize it. Ah, the synergies…

[deck title=Sultai Pact by Daniel Fournier]
[creatures]
4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
3 Satyr Wayfinder
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
3 Den Protector
[/creatures]
[spells]
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
3 Languish
3 Thoughtseize
1 Dig Through Time
1 Murderous Cut
2 Silumgar’s Command
2 Sultai Charm
3 Hero’s Downfall
3 Disperse
4 Demonic Pact
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Opulent Palace
3 Temple of Mystery
2 Temple of Malady
1 Temple of Deceit
3 Llanowar Wastes
2 Yavimaya Coast
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
3 Polluted Delta
2 Swamp
1 Island
2 Forest
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Sultai Charm
1 Disdainful Stroke
2 Treasure Cruise
2 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
2 Ultimate Price
2 Drown in Sorrow
1 Duress
1 Negate
3 Feed the Clan
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

Well, if you don’t see from the list why this particular deck made it here, you didn’t pay attention.

There was actually another deck playing [card]Demonic Pact[/card], but Antonio del Moral Leon didn’t do well enough to get his list published, so I couldn’t get it. It cut the blue and its main way of getting rid of the Pact before losing to it was [card]Woodland Bellower[/card] into [card]Invasive Species[/card].

GP London is in less than two weeks, so here’s some good alternate options, if you’re looking to go deeper than the obvious.

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