Last time, we examined the “Fate” deck from the Magic 2015 Clash Pack, and found some replacements from the Theros block and Magic 2015 that made the deck far more solid. Today, we’ll be doing a deck tech for the “Fury” deck from that same Clash Pack, and see how we can improve upon it.
1 Hydra Broodmaster (FOIL)
4 Elvish Mystic
2 Generator Servant
2 Voyaging Satyr
1 Nessian Courser
2 Reclamation Sage
1 Courser of Kruphix
2 Ill-Tempered Cyclops
3 Karametra’s Acolyte
3 Nylea’s Disciple
3 Nessian Game Warden
1 Arbor Colossus
2 Nemesis of Mortals
1 Genesis Hydra
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Previously, we’ve discussed that Hydra Broodmaster is a fun card. In a deck based around Green Devotion, it will likely become pretty big. A single copy can remain. The playset of Elvish Mystic will also remain. The Voyaging Satyrs will go, despite being useful ramp cards, to be replaced by two more copies of Generator Servant. They simply do more for the aggressive theme.
Nessian Courser comes right out, as we’ll need that deck slot later. Courser of Kruphix will gain three more friends. The Karametra’s Acolytes, while nice cards, will be replaced by Sylvan Caryatid, and the Nessian Courser that was removed earlier will also be replaced by a Caryatid.
Ill-Tempered Cyclops will be replaced by better cards, as well. Nylea’s Disciple can gain you a good chunk of life, but we have an easy replacement for these, as we also have replacements for the Nessian Game Wardens. Arbor Colossus is solid enough to stay. The Nemesis of Mortals are nice, but won’t fit the theme we are going for here, so they’ll go. The one Genesis Hydra will also stay in.
The three new copies of Courser of Kruphix will replace the Nylea’s Disciples. The Nessian Game Wardens will be replaced by 3 Polukranos, World Eater. As you may notice, we’re lowering the mana curve considerably. We’ll be replacing the Ill-Tempered Cyclops with two copies of Fanatic of Xenagos. As good as Reclamation Sage is, they will come out for two more copies of the Fanatic since we need more aggressive creatures. The two Nemesis of Mortals will be swapped with two copies of “Xenagod” himself, Xenagos, God of Revels.
For the non-creature spells, there are some pretty obvious fixes. The two copies of Plummet come out of the main deck for two more copies of Lightning Strike. Boulderfall isn’t very good in Constructed and it will come out for a new card from Magic 2015, Stoke the Flames. We’ll also cut the 16th forest for another Stoke the Flames. The Font of Fertility and Fated Intervention also are kind of throw-ins at this point. We could replace them with two copies of a new Magic 2015 Convoke card, Nissa’s Expedition, which will help us ramp up to our bigger creatures faster, using our smaller creatures to help us Convoke it. With all of the green mana available to us through the Caryatids and Mystics, it will be easy to cast the 4G ramp spell.
As this deck is still primarily green, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx will be a valuable card. We’ll bring it up to three copies, cutting a two Forests. We’ll also cut two more Forests and two more Mountains to add in a play-set of Temple of Abandon.
The list will now look like this:
1 Hydra Broodmaster
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Generator Servant
4 Sylvan Caryatid
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Fanatic of Xenagos
3 Polukranos, World Eater
2 Xenagos, God of Revels
1 Arbor Colossus
1 Genesis Hydra
The deck is still heavy on the Green Devotion, which will be quite useful for both Xenagos, God of Revels and the Nykthos lands. There is now plenty of mana ramp in the deck, whereas before you were depending on Voyaging Satyrs to untap your lands and the Karametra’s Acolytes to gain you mana equal to your devotion. In a deck that needs to hit hard and fast, a four-drop needs to be aggressive, which the Acolytes are not. Add to that the Sylvan Caryatids have Hexproof and you have much more durable mana “dorks” to rely on.
We also needed some creatures that could be aggressive. There are now four copies of Fanatic of Xenagos in the deck. Being a 3/3 with Trample isn’t bad for 3 mana but the Tribute ability can be quite relevant. It gives your opponent the choice of a 4/4 with haste until end of turn, or a 3/3 with a +1/+1 counter on it. Either is good for you, as the trample is there no matter what. He is, of course, perfect when combined with Xenagos himself.
The deck also needed some creatures that could hit hard, and who better than Polukranos, World Eater as a 5/5 for 4 mana with a potentially very useful Monstrosity ability? You still also have the Arbor Colossus, Genesis Hydra, and Hydra Broodmaster as your heavy top-end hitters.
Now the deck also has a top end finisher in Xenagos. His ability to have a creature double its power and gain haste is extremely relevant in this sort of deck. Plus, seven devotion to red and green shouldn’t be too hard to get in this deck, and he’s probably going to be a creature a good amount of the time that he’s around.
In the non-creature spells, we added a bit more in the direct damage department, adding 2 more copies of Lightning Strike and the two Stoke the Flames, which late game can deliver the final damage to finish an opponent.
If you’re willing to put a little more money into the deck, another option is to substitute in the planeswalker, Xenagos, the Reveler.
The pre-God version of Xenagos is pretty decent. He’s a 3 loyalty planeswalker for 2RG. His +1 gives you some free mana, and his 0 gives you a 2/2 creature with haste. His “ultimate” ability for -6 exiles the top seven cards of your library and allows you to put any number of creatures and/or lands from among them onto the battlefield.
To fit him into the deck, you could drop the Arbor Colossus, the Genesis Hydra, and the Hydra Broodmaster. The Genesis Hydra would probably be the best to keep of the three, but three copies of this planeswalker could go a long way towards making the deck a bit more consistent. Whether you run one, two, or three copies, he’d make a good fit in one of those slots.
Red/Green aggro is a fun archetype to play, and it looks to still be quite strong when Theros becomes the primary block in Standard come October 2014. Obviously, Khans of Tarkir could bring some enhancements to this deck, but until then, if you’re just breaking into Standard, this new list seems like a pretty good shell to build around.
Let me know what you think and how you might alter the list. Keep in mind that this is an exercise purely meant to improve upon the pre-constructed version with only the most recent sets. If you play other formats and are wondering what you could go after, please feel free to comment below and I’ll see what I can do to help.
Until next time,
– Elspeth for the Win
The Magic 2015 Core Set Clash Pack and foils from the decks are available on Amazon.com.