Standard Temur Treasures by Mogged
I’m really enjoying Standard right now. Every weekend, a completely unexpected deck has a success story to tell. This format doesn’t stop changing and it keeps on surprising me. Two players, Mogged and O_Danielakos, made the Top 8 of both Standard Challenges on Magic Online playing Temur Treasures last weekend. They met in the finals on Sunday, with Mogged ending up taking the trophy. On Saturday, they placed fifth and eighth respectively.
Temur Treasures made the finals of the World Championship in the hands of MPL member Jean-Emmanuel Depraz last year. Since then, the deck has fallen off the radar, not seeing any major success or much play on the ladder or in tournaments. To be fair, the deck hasn’t received many improvements lately, with Fable of the Mirror-Breaker being the most recent addition. An issue with Temur Treasures has always been drawing the wrong half of your deck, whether it’s too many early plays like Jaspera Sentinel, Prosperous Innkeeper or Magda, Brazen Outlaw or too many late game haymakers without ways to ramp into them. The red Saga fills up the curve nicely and provides you with that much needed card selection to smooth out your draws or get rid of dead cards in the later stage of a game.
Three main deck Negate gives Temur a very effective card versus the sweepers out of Esper and Orzhov. The last time a Standard Challenge weekend was dominated by a deck, it was GW Tokens and that turned out to be one of the best decks in the format. Can Temur keep up on winning or was it just a one-hit wonder?