Bring Historic RG Aggro to the Arena Qualifier!


Historic RG Aggro by Martin Juza




There’s a Historic Arena Qualifier coming up this weekend and with Teferi, Time Raveler coming back into the format, I expect Azorius-based control decks to be among the most popular and most successful. 

They run a lot of anti-creature cards, but most of them are sorcery speed. Portable Hole, Divine Purge, Anger of the Gods, Day of Judgment, Wrath of God – all of those cards are great answers, but if you build your deck with a lot of haste creatures, you’re always at least going to get in for some damage before they get dealt with. 

This would be my recommended RG Aggro list for this weekend. Every Historic Arena Open, I see multiple people do well with RG Aggro and I always regret not playing it myself. I think this time around it could actually be a great choice for the metagame.

If you choose RG Aggro, here’s some sideboard tips against some of the popular decks of the format.

Sideboard Against Control

Out: 3 Embercleave, 2 Scavenging Ooze
In: 3 Collected Company, 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Bring in two Reclamation Sage for two Bonecrusher Giant as well against UW if you think they’re on four Portable Hole and possibly other enchantments like Search for Azcanta (they should board that out against you though) and cards like Baffling End, Seal Away or Cast Out

Sideboard Against Golgari Food

Out: 1 Collected Company
In: 1 Embercleave

Sideboard Against Arcanist

Out: 3 Embercleave, 3 Questing Beast
In: 2 Scavenging Ooze, 3 Collected Company, 1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Sideboard Against Heliod Company

Out: 2 Scavenging Ooze, 2 Ahn-Crop Crasher, 1 Collected Company
In: 3 Magma Spray, 2 Abrade


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