Explorer UR Phoenix by Martin Juza
If you’re a fan of the UR Phoenix deck from the Historic format, it’s pretty easy to convert it into Explorer.
I thought losing Dragon’s Rage Channeler, Unholy Heat and Faithless Looting would make this deck too slow and unreliable at putting Phoenix in your graveyard, but thanks to Ledger Shredder, Chart a Course and Lightning Axe, you have plenty of ways to do that.
Speaking of Lightning Axe, I feel that it is one of the absolute best removal spells in the format. It kills Winota, Joiner of Forces and Greasefang, Okiba Boss for just one mana at instant speed while helping you ditch Phoenix in your graveyard.
The sideboard is still a work in progress, but so far I’ve been very happy with graveyard removal, Ox of Agonas and planeswalkers for some grindy matchups.
Don’t sleep on Ledger Shredder. It’s hard to kill, helps you set up your draws and even triggers when your opponent plays two spells!