Welcome to Part 2 of my series of brews involving New Capenna’s Riveteers family. Last time, I built a deck around Vivien on the Hunt. Since then, plenty of new cards have been previewed, and I’ve had more time to develop my thoughts about the new format. In this installment, I’m going to cover what I see as the most “obvious” way to use the black/red/green color combination. In other words, the one that I think has the highest chance of being competitive on day one of the set’s release. It’s Riveteer Treasures.
The beauty of this one is that it combines new with old. Treasure is abundant in New Capenna. At the same time, incorporating existing powerhouses like Esika’s Chariot and Goldspan Dragon raises the floor on how badly things can go. It’s difficult to have a bad deck when you’re working with a good curve of creatures and removal, topping out with Kaldheim’s all-star Dragon.
Specifically, R/G-based Treasure decks have already passed the test of competing at the highest level in Standard. Jean-Emmanuel Depraz placed second in last year’s World Championship with Temur Treasures. Lately, similar decks have been crushing the Magic Online Standard events, and routinely place highly in my Standard Power Rankings.
Structuring a new brew in the mold of an existing deck is a good thing. It gives you a head start when designing your mana curve and overall strategy. It means you’re not shooting in the dark. So without further ado, I give you my day one New Capenna Standard deck.