Vintage Temur Monkey Walkers – Deck Highlight


Vintage Temur Monkey Walkers by Yuta Takahashi



Since Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer is getting more and more popular in Modern and Legacy, people have been wondering – is it better than Deathrite Shaman? Yuta Takahashi took that question to another level and decided to play Ragavan side by side with Deathrite Shaman in the only format you’re allowed to – Vintage – and succeeded by winning the most recent Vintage Challenge on Magic Online with Temur Monkey Walkers.


Deathrite ShamanRagavan, Nimble PilfererBlack Lotus

Funnily enough, in his winning deck list, Yuta doesn’t even include Black Lotus, the most iconic (and probably most powerful) Magic card ever. It’s a technical choice and not just a meme. Black Lotus gives you a huge jump in mana but you have to use that mana immediately and the risk of having Black Lotus in this deck is that you’ll just two-for-one yourself or, even worse, just never use the extra mana.

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer in this format might even be better than it is in Legacy. You have four Moxes that’ll let you dash it on turn one and aim for the opponent’s Moxes and Ancestral Recall. On top of that, in Vintage, there’s a lot fewer removal spells and creatures, meaning that it’s very possible for your Ragavan to go unchecked as long as you’re dealing with the unfair threats your opponent throws at you.


Wrenn and SixOko, Thief of CrownsDack FaydenNarset, Parter of Veils

The deck’s name is Monkey Walkers, so other than the four Ragavan and four Deathrite Shaman, your main source of card advantage will be the planeswalkers.

Oko, Thief of Crowns is great at pressuring your opponent, while the other three (Wrenn and Six , Dack Fayden and Narset, Parter of Veils) are there to guarantee you various sources of card advantage via land destruction, artifact stealing or depriving your opponent of card advantage. 

It’s very nice to see a fair creatures-and-planeswalkers deck succeed in Vintage, the land of Mishra’s Workshop, Bazaar of Baghdad and Tolarian Academy


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