Khans of Tarkir Gameday at Meeplemart

Playmat
THE MOST AMAZING GAMEDAY PLAYMAT EVER PRINTED. EVER.

A few months ago we celebrated M15 Gameday and I won my first playmat ever. I mean, I have a stack of playmats. I have enough playmats to outfit every supporter of the Sultai clan (12 playmats total), but this M15 Gameday playmat was the first one I ever WON. That means a lot to me. I like trophies. I want to be buried with every trophy I’ve earned in my life. They’re all coming with me.

Rabblemaster
Who wouldn’t want to sleeve-up four of this dude?

Two weeks ago was Khans of Tarkir Gameday and I had my mind set on playing mono-red again, like I always do. It’s a fun deck to pick up and play, the lines of play are not always as straight-forward as most people believe, but they are still easy enough for me to understand. Then that stupid Abzan deck won the Pro Tour and that’s the deck I can’t beat with mono-red. I had to assume the field at Meeplemart’s Gameday would be made-up of mostly Abzan decks since it proved its strength just one week earlier. Luckily, the only other deck I could build with the cards I owned was the aggressive version of the Abzan deck, so I decided to go with it. This is the list of 75 that I chose to run:

“Annette Deck” by Myles McInnis

I know it's never been done before, but I thought I'd build a deck that makes use of this completely underrated card.
I know it’s never been done before, but I thought I’d build a deck that makes use of this completely underrated card.

Creatures (25):

4x Elvish Mystic

4x Sylvan Caryatid

4x Fleecemane Lion

3x Rakshasha Deathdealer

3x Courser of Kruphix

4x Siege Rhino

1x Reaper of the Wilds

1x Polukranos, Astronomical Glutton

1x Wingmate Roc

I'm never upset to draw one of these. I really want to run four instead of three.
I’m never upset to draw one of these. I really want to run four instead of three.

Instant (6):

3x Abzan Charm

1x Heroes Downfall

2x Utter End

 

I've heard this sometimes sees play in fringe decks. Thought I'd give it a try.
I’ve heard this sometimes sees play in fringe decks. Thought I’d give it a try.

Sorcery (3):

3x Thoughtseize

Hornet Queen is better, but I don't want to live in a world where I'm "on colour" and not playing this card.
Hornet Queen is better, but I don’t want to live in a world where I’m “on colour” and not playing this card.

Planeswalkers (3):

2x Ajani Steadfast

1x Garruk, Apex Predator

 

This land is my land.
This land is my land.

Lands (23):

3x Forest

1x Plains

4x Temple of Plenty

3x Temple of Silence

1x Temple of Malady

2x Caves of Koilos

1x Llanowar Wastes

1x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

3x Windswept Heath

3x Mana Confluence

1x Sandsteppe Citadel

This is the Sideboard card that has blown out the most opponents. Three in the board is the perfect number.
This is the Sideboard card that has blown out the most opponents. Three in the board is the perfect number.

Sideboard (15):

1x Duneblast

3x Drown in Sorrow

3x Setessan Tactics

2x Hornet Nest

1x Hornet Queen

1x Reclamation Sage

1x Nyx-Fleece Ram

1x Bow of Nylea

1x Suspension Field

1x Deicide

Thanks to Eric for taking this picture. I actually look  kinda smug when I play. I should change that.
Thanks to Eric for taking this picture. I actually look kinda smug when I play. I should change that.

I’m not going to go over every round I played, but I will say that I played against Jeskai Ascendancy, Mono-white outlast/Phalanx Leader shenanigans, Temur Mid-range tempo (twice) and Jeskai Wins (twice). Out of all of those matches I had the most trouble with the Jeskai Wins deck. The Jeskai player, Andrew, was able to take advantage of my ‘land-heavy’ draw by playing a couple Mantis Riders and then slapping me around with burn for my dome. My sideboard plan for that deck was to bring in Nyx-Fleece Ram and Bow of Nylea for lifegain as that Jeskai Wins deck has a lot of direct damage in the form of Lightning Strikes, Jeskai Charm, Stoke the Flames and sometimes even Magma Jet. The only creatures I needed to watch out for in that deck were Mantis Riders and Goblin Rabblemasters. One could also argue that it is correct for that player to board out the Rabblemasters as creatures like Fleecemane Lion, Rakshasha Deathdealer, Siege Rhino and Courser of Kruphix outclass the Rabblemasters by a large margin.

Siege Rhino, Courser and Caryatid are all really good, obviously – they are the reasons why the deck itself is so oppressive. Courser can get boarded out if you feel like you’re safe to go full aggro, but if you are worried about Drown in Sorrow, Anger of the Gods or getting out-aggro’d yourself, then you want to keep your Coursers in the deck. I’m open to getting rid of the Elvish Mystics, but turn two Courser or turn 3 Rhino/Polukranos/Reaper are all so fantastic that I want to be able to do that as consistently as possible. Caryatids can accelerate into my fourth turn drop as well, but if I want to be able to do it more often I need the four extra mana-creatures.

I LOVE MY NEW TROPHY!
I LOVE MY NEW TROPHY!

I got lucky and won!

Overall, this is the deck I want to play in Standard. I played it at a GPT a week later and got crushed. CRUSHED. So I don’t think it is unbeatable by any stretch of the imagination. It just has a lot of fun cards in it and the deck is very competitive. In the end, it’s not for the Pro Tour, it’s for weekday Magic tournaments at my local store. I think it’ll do the trick  until Fate Reforged comes out.

The guy on the right is Ryan, he runs awesome Magic events at Meeplemart!
The guy on the right is Ryan, he runs awesome Magic events at Meeplemart!

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