Deck of the Day – B/R Graveyard

The metagame is starting to look fairly established. We have our gauntlet, and it also looks like U/W Flash, B/G Delirium, and various incarnations of R/W Vehicles are the decks to beat. So now it’s time to try to find the little edges.

Capable of various shenanigans with Haunted Dead, Scrapheap Scrounger, and Prized Amalgam, the B/R Graveyard decks have seen some success, but not to the level you might have expected.

Haunted Dead can return from your graveyard over and over again, but the cost of discarding multiple cards makes that not always the best proposition.

Prized Amalgam is what really makes these decks work. This is a card that you can’t even hard cast if you want to, but with plenty of ways to get it into the graveyard, that’s not a big deal. You actively want it in your graveyard, and only in your graveyard, so focusing on getting it there is key. From there, you just need to draw your enablers to get it back.

Scrapheap Scrounger is very aggressive and can keep coming back for more. Triggering Amalgam puts it over the top, but this is already one of the most played cards in aggressive strategies, and R/W Vehicles decks are splashing black for both this activated ability and the raw power of Unlicensed Disintegration.

Unlicensed Disintegration is an excellent removal spell and gives B/R decks with artifacts some reach. Coupled with Fiery Temper, you can burn people out while also interacting with creatures.

The newest tech I’ve seen for this strategy is Ovalchase Daredevil. This deck is very focused on the graveyard and is heavy on discard outlets. Discarding cards to get your Haunted Dead back or to dig deeper with your Cathartic Reunions is paramount to the strategy. Your first choice will always be Amalgams to get back, and getting Deads and Scroungers into your graveyard is great, but Daredevil gives you even more gas. In a deck that’s very centered on bringing back Scroungers over and over, especially with a ton of ways to get them into your graveyard, getting that raw card advantage back is awesome.

Ovalchase Daredevil can closely resemble Squee, Goblin Nabob when combined with Scrapheap Scrounger. It gives you another dimension to be able to force raw card advantage in the late game out of a deck that’s often sorely lacking that.

Also, there’s Smuggler’s Copter. It’s really, really really good in every deck with creatures, but on another level with madness cards and graveyard nonsense.

The other really interesting piece of technology comes from the sideboard. Ghirapur Orrery is not a card you see often, but in a deck that can very quickly empty its hand, it gives you the opportunity for incredible value. You want to churn through your deck quickly? The Orrery could be perfect for you. Giving you an advantage for emptying your hand is massive in a variety of matchups that will closely mimic the power of Fevered Visions. It’s not for every matchup, but can really shine against the control decks looking to keep their hands stocked.

B/R Graveyard is a great deck that is full of neat synergies, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be innovated. Looking for new cards in this format to put you over the top can still give you an edge over the competition.

B/R Graveyard

TOASTXP, 5-0 in an MTGO Competitive League


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