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Amonkhet Remastered had a tremendous effect on the Historic format. What would happen if an even more powerful block got the remastered treatment? Kaladesh block has a lot of energy behind it, to say the least. Kaladesh is a combo inventor’s paradise, and I couldn’t be more excited for it. Today, I’ll take a look at some decks that may have some game with new Kaladesh Remastered cards!
Aetherworks Marvel is responsible for my only Pro Tour top 8, and I’m curious to see what it can do in Historic. There’s no Emrakul this time around, but there’s still Ulamog and a number of other sick options. Here’s my first take on what a Marvel deck might look like.
Historic Aetherworks Marvel Deck List - Matt Nass
The DFC mythics are absolutely huge here as turning what are normally whiffs (lands) into solid big spells is a big gain. Waker of Waves is another flexible card that can help you find Marvel and is also a great hit off Symbiosis. It wouldn’t be too expensive to splash red for Harnessed Lightning and Whirler Virtuoso, but I was curious how straight blue green would play out, and it seems like there are plenty of playables.
“Mono Brown” decks have been popping up in Historic since the printing of Forsaken Monument. Kaladesh Remastered offers a couple new goodies to the archetype. First, Paradox Engine is a great way to combo off with Mystic Forge and a bunch of mana rocks. Second, masterpiece Sculpting Steel wasn’t exactly in original Kaladesh, but it was an Invention and it’s officially back in Kaladesh Remastered. Conveniently, you can pick up some copies of the Steel in bigger pack bundles. The Steel can copy Powerstone Shard, as well as other sick artifacts. When you’re comboing off you’ll also need a win condition, and there are non better for a mono brown deck than Aetherflux Reservoir. Inventor’s Fair is also a great way to tutor up these key pieces, as well as giving you a bit of a life cushion. Here’s what a combo oriented mono brown deck might look like with Kaladesh in the mix:
Historic Artifact Deck List - Matt Nass
Once you have Paradox Engine + Mystic Forge out, it’s pretty easy to combo off. Each spell you cast should be positive on mana, and when you’re stuck with a land on top you can simply use the Forge’s tap ability (it will untap with each spellcast anyway) and go through most of your deck. At some point, Karn can tutor up a Reservoir, and you can throw 50 damage your opponent’s way.
Gate to the Afterlife is another card that has always been near and dear to my heart. While current versions of Gate decks have to slant more midrange-y because of how difficult it is to find Gate, Kaladesh offers some solutions. Trophy Mage is a great way to find Gate that also keeps your creature count high. Minister of Inquiries also offers another way to self mill. The long time best GPG target Angel of Invention is also conveniently in Kaladesh Remastered. Here’s what a Kaladeshed UB Gate deck might look like:
Historic UB Gate Deck List - Matt Nass
This deck has absolutely insane milling, as well as my favorite historic card Phyrexian Tower. One huge benefit of the Tower is that you can curve Trophy Mage into Gate + activate when you have it. I expect a lot of turn 4 GPG + Angel of Inventions out of this list.
Another of my favorite archetypes from Standard’s past is Hardened Scales. While the Scales itself isn’t legal in historic, Conclave Mentor and now Winding Constrictor are. Verdurous Gearhulk is also an absolute house when it comes to distributing counters. Here’s an attempt at what a Historic Scales deck may look like:
Historic Scales Deck List - Matt Nass
Having 8 scales effects to Company into is pretty sick. The absolute biggest threat with Scales is Voracious Hydra. Through some crazy rules interactions, an x=1 Hydra can become a 5 / 6 with a Scales effect out if you choose to double its stats. Luminarch Aspirant and Scute Swarm are also cool additions to this style of deck. Overall, I think there could really be something here.
In addition to these additions that may spawn new archetypes, there are also a number of Kaladesh cards that are simply really powerful and will slot into existing decks. Here’s my top 10 cards I’m most excited to try in existing Historic decks:
If you’re as excited for Kaladesh Remastered as I am, you can preorder the set starting right now and get a bunch of goodies. Here’s a quick list of your potential haul:
- New Avatar
- New Card Sleeves
- 10 Booster Packs
- 3 Draft Tokens
- 4 Aether Hubs with the card style
Kaladesh Remastered will release with both sealed and draft events on 11/12. I enjoyed Kaladesh limited the first time around, and the newer curated experience should be even more fun! Until next time, enjoy the inventor’s paradise!