Pioneer RB Anvil – Deck Guide

In a surprising and exciting turn of events, WOTC has recently announced that the Pro Tour is returning, and the first Pro Tour format will be Pioneer. This has reignited my interest in the format after taking an extended break. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days sinking my teeth into the format and so far I’ve found it to full of possibilities for brewing and innovation. Most importantly, the format has been fun.

There’s a handful of decks that I’ve been finding success with, but the most promising has been RB Anvil. RB Anvil is a deck that tries to chip away at their opponent’s life total over time using a lot of synergistic pieces that can ping opponents turn after turn. You might enjoy this archetype if you like artifacts, decks with lots of decisions or decks that accrue lots of value over the course of a game. I’ve had a lot of fun brewing around Oni-Cult Anvil in Modern and most of the best enablers for the card in Modern (Experimental Synthesizer, Witch’s Oven, Cauldron Familiar, Voldaren Epicure, Shrapnel Blast) are also available to play with in Pioneer. 

There’s certainly lots of different directions to go with the Anvil deck, but across all variants there is what I’m considering “the core engine” of the deck which  is composed of…



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