Hello! I’m going to continue sharing the Standard decks I’ve playtested with in the first week of Throne of Eldraine Standard. You can find part 1 here.
4 Opt (DAR) 60
7 Mountain (XLN) 273
2 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer (WAR) 234
4 Steam Vents (GRN) 257
4 Crackling Drake (GRN) 163
4 Irencrag Pyromancer (ELD) 128
4 Discovery // Dispersal (GRN) 223
7 Island (XLN) 265
4 Thrill of Possibility (ELD) 146
4 Shock (M19) 156
4 Scorching Dragonfire (ELD) 139
4 Temple of Epiphany (M20) 253
4 The Royal Scions (ELD) 199
4 Dreadhorde Arcanist (WAR) 125
7 Island (335) 4 Steam Vents 7 Mountain (343) 4 Temple of Epiphany 4 Crackling Drake 4 Irencrag Pyromancer 4 Dreadhorde Arcanist 4 Opt 2 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer 4 Discovery/Dispersal 4 Thrill of Possibility 4 Shock 4 Scorching Dragonfire 4 The Royal Scions
The Royal Scions starts with a lot of loyalty, making if very easy to survive, and the Ironcrag Pyromancer will then come down to Bolt some creatures or finish a 4-toughness creature with a Shock. 4-toughness creatures have definitely been a problem for this deck, and we could run Lava Coil over Scorching Dragonfire–I was just too worried about Narset, Parter of Veils but maybe I just should just rely on Fry in the sideboard.
Dreadhorde Arcanist is sweet with The Royal Scions, as you can flashback 2-drops after pumping it. Saheeli, Sublime Artificer is also solid with The Royal Scions, giving you bodies to pump in case you are not interesting in looting or drawing some extra cards. I was super impressed by The Royal Scions, I’m sure we’ll see more of it–maybe in my old Jeskai Control deck!
4 Kethis, the Hidden Hand (M20) 211
2 Forest (XLN) 277
3 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253
3 Temple of Silence (M20) 256
3 Oath of Kaya (WAR) 209
2 Vraska, Golgari Queen (GRN) 213
3 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves (WAR) 224
2 Trostani Discordant (GRN) 208
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
4 Incubation Druid (RNA) 131
3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
4 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
3 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman (ELD) 191
4 Temple of Malady (M20) 254
4 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
4 Godless Shrine (RNA) 248
1 Swamp (XLN) 269
1 Plains (XLN) 261
2 Legion’s End (M20) 106
2 Forest (347) 3 Fabled Passage 4 Overgrown Tomb 3 Temple of Silence 4 Temple of Malady 4 Temple Garden 4 Godless Shrine 1 Swamp (339) 1 Plains (331) 3 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves 2 Trostani Discordant 4 Paradise Druid 4 Incubation Druid 3 Questing Beast 4 Murderous Rider/Swift End 4 Kethis, the Hidden Hand 3 Oath of Kaya 2 Vraska, Golgari Queen 3 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman 2 Legion’s End
I’m a sucker for midrange decks, and I wanted to build a deck that could curve Kethis, the Hidden Hand into Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves into Garruk, Cursed Huntsman. I’m not sure if this is the place to be, but at least it’s a starting point.
The strength of decks like this is in its early drops: we play 8 mana dorks and 2 Legion’s End. I could see Oath of Kaya getting replaced by some other early removal, but the combination with Kethis, the Hidden Hand and Vraska, Golgari Queen is too good to pass up. I loved to have Vraska, Golgari Queen in play, cast Garruk and then sacrifice the token.
I could easily see playing Nissa, Who Shakes the World in this deck too, but then I would need to cut some other expensive card and I wouldn’t know which one to. I’m pretty sure there is a way to build a Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves + Garruk, Cursed Huntsman deck, and I’ll do my best to find it.
1 Expansion // Explosion (GRN) 224
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Stomping Ground (RNA) 259
4 Arboreal Grazer (WAR) 149
4 Cavalier of Thorns (M20) 167
4 Leafkin Druid (M20) 178
4 Omnath, Locus of the Roil (M20) 216
4 Risen Reef (M20) 217
4 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim (M20) 226
4 Field of the Dead (M20) 247
3 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
1 Castle Embereth (ELD) 239
1 Plains (ELD) 250
1 Island (ELD) 254
1 Swamp (ELD) 258
1 Mountain (ELD) 262
3 Forest (ELD) 266
4 Beanstalk Giant (ELD) 149
4 Escape to the Wilds (ELD) 189
4 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Breeding Pool 4 Stomping Ground 4 Field of the Dead 3 Temple of Mystery 1 Castle Embereth 1 Plains (331) 1 Island (335) 1 Swamp (339) 1 Mountain (343) 3 Forest (347) 4 Arboreal Grazer 4 Cavalier of Thorns 4 Leafkin Druid 4 Omnath, Locus of the Roil 4 Risen Reef 4 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim 4 Beanstalk Giant/Fertile Footsteps 1 Expansion/Explosion 4 Escape to the Wilds 4 Fabled Passage
This decklist comes from the streamer Yomen5, who I played against during my Early Access Stream. His list was super cool and I decided to try his deck and I was immediately hooked. Beanstalk Giant is the new Elvish Rejuvenator and Escape the Wilds provides card advantage and gets ahead on the board. The Elemental package is there to interact with your opponent and get some card advantage. The mana curve might seem very high, but you do have a lot of ramping. Field of the Dead isn’t the only plan here, unlike many Golos decks.
I’ve also been very impressed with Castle Embereth, which you can tutor with Golos and you can use to pump your Zombies to one-shot your opponent the turn you start going off with the Field of the Dead. We all know how good Fabled Passage is already, but in a Field of the Dead deck is even better because it produces double the amount of Zombies!
3 Bond of Revival (WAR) 80
4 Fae of Wishes (ELD) 44
4 Agent of Treachery (M20) 43
4 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
4 Watery Grave (GRN) 259
8 Island (XLN) 265
2 Doom Whisperer (GRN) 69
8 Swamp (XLN) 269
4 Thought Erasure (GRN) 206
2 Dismal Backwater (M20) 245
4 Tomebound Lich (M20) 219
4 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
2 Connive // Concoct (GRN) 222
4 Drakuseth, Maw of Flames (M20) 136
2 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
1 Witch’s Vengeance (ELD) 111
1 Bond of Revival (WAR) 80
1 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
1 The Elderspell (WAR) 89
1 Ritual of Soot (GRN) 84
1 Epic Downfall (ELD) 85
1 Disfigure (M20) 95
1 Swamp (XLN) 268
1 Command the Dreadhorde (WAR) 82
1 Witch’s Vengeance (ELD) 111
1 Enter the God-Eternals (WAR) 196
1 Unmoored Ego (GRN) 212
1 Duress (M20) 97
1 Reave Soul (ELD) 103
1 Cry of the Carnarium (RNA) 70
1 Creeping Chill (GRN) 66
4 Watery Grave 8 Island (335) 4 Fabled Passage 8 Swamp (339) 4 Fae of Wishes/Granted 4 Agent of Treachery 4 Murderous Rider/Swift End 2 Doom Whisperer 4 Drakuseth, Maw of Flames 2 Brazen Borrower/Petty Theft 3 Bond of Revival 4 Thought Erasure 2 Dismal Backwater 4 Tomebound Lich 2 Connive/Concoct 1 Witch's Vengeance Sideboard 1 Bond of Revival 1 Noxious Grasp 1 The Elderspell 1 Ritual of Soot 1 Epic Downfall 1 Disfigure 1 Swamp (339) 1 Command the Dreadhorde 1 Witch's Vengeance 1 Enter the God-Eternals 1 Unmoored Ego 1 Duress 1 Reave Soul 1 Cry of the Carnarium 1 Creeping Chill
This is the coolest deck I’ve got. It isn’t the best one, but it’s the most fun for sure. Fae of Wishes is a great card for best-of-one matches, and its ability to allow you to pitch Drakuseth, Maw of Flames and Agent of Treachery is a great bonus, much like Mastermind Acquisition.
Ideally you can attack on turn 5 with Drakuseth if you have a starting hand of Fae of Wishes, Drakuseth and 5 lands–that’s why I jokingly call this deck Flash Hulk! You play Fae of Wishes on Turn 2, you then return it to your hand on Turn 3, discarding Drakuseth, and on turn 4 you go get Bond of Revival from the sideboard and your 11 damage to opponent + sweeper is ready to happen! I got the idea of this deck from Sam Black on The Pro Points Podcast and tried to make it work.
I’ve played this deck quite a lot (maybe too much!) and I’ve changed the sideboard many times. I think having cheap spells is the best, because you want to be able to cast anything impactful the same turn you cast your Tutor. Even the Swamp is great because sometimes you have the combo ready and all you need is the fifth untapped land. Doom Whisperer at high life is sometimes a one-card combo, as you can surveil until you mill Drakuseth and draw Bond of Revival.
Agent of Treachery is a nice Plan B, whereas I don’t like Blood for Bones. It’s only good with Agent as I don’t want to reanimate Drakuseth and then pass the turn to let my opponent bounce it or kill it at sorcery speed. Brazen Borrower has been solid because it’s cheap interaction plus damage in the air–sometime the damage matters as you’re often a midrange deck, but of course it isn’t anything irreplaceable.
Someone pointed out that with Lotus Field I can cast the Drakuseth, though that seems too cute for me and I’d rather only have Swamps and Islands since I don’t want to mulligan a 2-land hand with a Thought Erasure because one of the lands was a Lotus Field.
That’s it for me. I hope you’ll have fun with all the Throne of Eldraine decks, and I’ll be back for more Standard articles in the very near future!