Deck Highlight: Standard Abzan Adventures

Standard Abzan Adventures by Igor marinho Borges

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3 Binding the Old Gods
2 Bloodchief's Thirst
3 Branchloft Pathway
4 Brightclimb Pathway
1 Castle Locthwain
1 Darkbore Pathway
4 Edgewall Innkeeper
2 Elspeth Conquers Death
3 Fabled Passage
4 Forest
3 Giant Killer
3 Indatha Triome
1 Kaya the Inexorable
3 Kazandu Mammoth
4 Lovestruck Beast
4 Murderous Rider
1 Plains
1 Polukranos, Unchained
2 Scavenging Ooze
3 Shepherd of the Flock
3 Swamp
2 Temple of Malady
2 The Great Henge
1 Vivien, Monsters' Advocate

2 Agonizing Remorse
1 Bloodchief's Thirst
1 Chainweb Aracnir
2 Elspeth Conquers Death
2 Elspeth's Nightmare
2 Heartless Act
1 Questing Beast
3 Skyclave Shade
1 Vivien, Monsters' Advocate


All eyes are on Standard. Abzan Adventures is a cool deck that I found while browsing tournament results from the first weekend of Kaldheim’s release. This deck mixes old and new into a high-power and effective midrange shell.


Edgewall Innkeeper


Let’s start with “the old.” Throne of Eldraine is foundational to the Standard format and will continue to be until its rotation. There’s no reason to throw out the best existing cards just because we’re excited to try out something new. Since many of the adventure creatures are great standalone cards, Edgewall Innkeeper is a valuable card advantage engine in a deck like this.


Lovestruck BeastKazandu Mammoth // Kazandu ValleyPolukranos, UnchainedThe Great Henge


Lovestruck Beast continues to be one of the best creatures available, and the combination of Beast, Kazandu Mammoth and Polukranos Unchained makes The Great Henge very affordable (and very game-winning).


Darkbore Pathway // Slitherbore PathwayBinding the Old Gods


Moving to “the new,” you have a color combination that’s made both more possible and more appealing by new printings in Kaldheim. Darkbore Pathway is just what a Golgari-centric deck needs to match the consistency of Standard’s other top archetypes.

Binding the Old Gods is one of the best removal spells in the new set, and further solidifies the mana base since it can find you an Indatha Triome. This is one of the few decks I’ve seen which will actually benefit from the third chapter of this Saga. Alternatively, you can reset it with Shepherd of the Flock for double value. 


Kaya the Inexorable


Finally, there’s Kaya the Inexorable, who is a powerful new planeswalker waiting to find the right home. Her +1 ability is excellent with adventure creatures, since returning them to your hand means an extra chance at both the spell and the creature. You can even return Murderous Riders to your hand! If you plan on doing this on Magic Arena, I recommend unchecking “auto order triggered abilities,” that way you can manually return the Rider to your hand before it winds up on the bottom of your library.

Any time you get as far as playing Edgewall Innkeeper and Lovestruck Beast, you’re going to have a good deck. I also love that Abzan Adventures is a great home for both Binding the Old Gods and Elspeth Conquers Death, which I find to be two of the most appealing cards in the format. 

If I were to make changes to this deck list, I’d start with the mana base. I’ll cut people slack for being week one of the new format, since both information and Arena wildcards can be limiting factors. I’d look for a way to fit a fourth Indatha Triome, a fourth Fabled Passage and more copies of Darkbore Pathway.



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