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Rotation Proof Decks - Pt. 2

Arena Standard Standard 
By: MTG_Joe - 02 Aug 2019
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Back with part 2 of my look at some “Rotation Proof” deck shells, seeing which cards or themes could potentially have an impact post rotation. To preface, I am not claiming the below decks will be tier 1 in the new Fall Standard, as we are still expecting a big shakeup from the new set which will account for about 20% of the card pool. What I am looking to do is offer up some decks that people can feel safe crafting in some variant at the present moment without having to worry about the cards becoming obsolete in the next few months. This also provides us with a thought exercise in seeing what constraints certain decks may have with the departure of less flashy cards like Cast Downimage as a 2 drop removal spell. Finally, we can see which current decks have little to no shakeup after rotation, or decks that will not be a thing come the Fall (looking happily at you Nexus).

Rotation Proof - Simic Nissa Ramp

Main 60 cards (16 distinct)
Creature (24)
$3.87€2.67
$22.73€19.95
$0.36€0.16
$9.49€6.54
$0.20€0.07
$1.49€0.80
$1.71€0.90
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (5)
$1.31€0.46
$1.90€1.54
Land (24)
$17.85€11.91
$2.47€1.66
$0.14€0.06
$0.15€0.04
Planeswalker (7)
$5.88€3.71
$1.77€1.20
$3.80€3.20
Side 15 cards (6 distinct)
$7.59€7.07
$4.76€3.05
$0.25€0.12
$0.15€0.06
$3.00€1.48
$4.25€3.80

Simulating MTG Arena Best of 1 starting hand
(Simplified, true algorithm in MTGA not revealed by Wizards yet)

DeckHub DeckHub Twitch Extension

The DeckHub Twitch extension is used by Twitch streamers to display their currently played deck in the video overlay. After a quick install you can select any public deck on AetherHub to be displayed in your overlay, here is how you set it up:

How to install

Open your Aetherhub Profile editor
  • Select "My Account" top right corner, then "Edit Profile". Click the "Copy" button where it says "Twitch Secret"
Install DeckHub Twitch extension on Twitch.tv
  • Install DeckHub on Twitch by clicking this link
Configure App
  • After install click the app and select "Configure" put in Aetherhub Username and the Twitch Secret, click "Connect".
  • Make sure the Extension is active! Go back to Extensions, you will see a list of your installed extensions. Set it is set as an Active Component overlay and put it on the far left side and on the top for the best experience. If you only use one extension you can set it as Overlay 1 instead of Component
You are done!
  • Clicking the Twitch button on any public deck will now set it as your current Deck in the extension

Simic Ramp Gameplay

This first deck is building around Nissa, Who Shakes the Worldimage generating huge amounts of mana. Simic or Bant ramp variants have seen a number of variations in the current standard format, with the deck only really losing Llanowar Elvesimage in the main. Gameplay of the deck consists of getting down early ramp to ideally cast a turn 3 Nissa, then refill our hand with a big Hydroid Krasisimage. Leyline of Abundanceimage serves dual purpose in the deck; allowing even faster early ramp and a late game mana sink to make our dorks larger. Although the deck loses Entrancing Melodyimage as a mind control effect, it retains Mass Manipulationimage which can really swing games. I liked having a couple copies of Tamiyo, Collector of Talesimage to help dig for relevant cards or get multiple casts of key cards like Mass Manipulation.

I wanted to test out a couple utility cards in the deck, hence why some of the numbers are odd. Voracious Hydraimage has the flexibility to be both removal or worse case just a massive beater. Vivien, Arkbow Rangerimage was mainly in for the reoccurring fight effect, with the upside of putting counters on our smaller creatures. Overall, I was disappointed with her and would cut her as our big threats already have trample. Finally Cavalier of Thornsimage is a nice top end ramp effect that can return a card upon it dying. Going forward I would go – 1x Voracious Hydra, -1x Vivien, +1 Leyline of Abundance, +1 Cavalier of Thorns.

Out of the 8 decks I’ve played, this deck felt the most powerful. An early unchecked Nissa just wins games, while Hydroid Krasis gives us long game value. The largest Krasis I got off was 19/19, but it is not unreasonable to be able to go larger. Further options for the deck include adding in white for Teferi, Time Ravelerimage along with some more hard removal such as Prison Realmimage or a sweeper in Time Wipeimage.

Rotation Proof - Dimir Control

Main 60 cards (17 distinct)
Creature (9)
$0.24€0.13
$7.59€7.07
$3.50€3.07
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (20)
$1.00€0.42
$1.00€0.65
$0.15€0.06
$0.95€0.71
$0.32€0.17
$0.88€0.73
$0.24€0.11
Land (24)
$0.15€0.05
$14.41€11.04
$0.14€0.06
$0.19€0.07
Planeswalker (7)
$4.25€3.80
$3.57€2.98
$13.88€13.00
Side 15 cards (7 distinct)
$3.26€2.92
$0.36€0.16
$2.50€1.25
$0.25€0.12
$0.15€0.06
$0.25€0.13
$1.00€0.80

Simulating MTG Arena Best of 1 starting hand
(Simplified, true algorithm in MTGA not revealed by Wizards yet)

DeckHub DeckHub Twitch Extension

The DeckHub Twitch extension is used by Twitch streamers to display their currently played deck in the video overlay. After a quick install you can select any public deck on AetherHub to be displayed in your overlay, here is how you set it up:

How to install

Open your Aetherhub Profile editor
  • Select "My Account" top right corner, then "Edit Profile". Click the "Copy" button where it says "Twitch Secret"
Install DeckHub Twitch extension on Twitch.tv
  • Install DeckHub on Twitch by clicking this link
Configure App
  • After install click the app and select "Configure" put in Aetherhub Username and the Twitch Secret, click "Connect".
  • Make sure the Extension is active! Go back to Extensions, you will see a list of your installed extensions. Set it is set as an Active Component overlay and put it on the far left side and on the top for the best experience. If you only use one extension you can set it as Overlay 1 instead of Component
You are done!
  • Clicking the Twitch button on any public deck will now set it as your current Deck in the extension

Gameplay for Dimir Control

One of the most requested Guilds to build off the Arena Subreddit cross-post was Dimir Control. We have seen Dimir be the base colors for many 3 color control builds thanks to solid mana and the ability to destroy troublesome permanents like enchantments and artifacts. With the rotation of the checklands (ex. Glacial Fortressimage), the smoother mana of Dimir may become more appealing. For this build, I have opted to go more tap-out control, not playing any mainboard counterspells. A signature Dimir card in Thought Erasureimage helps disrupt our opponent's early turns along with Narset, Parter of Veilsimage to turn off opponent’s card draw. Removal package consists of ways to deal with early threats with Disfigureimage + tyrant’s scorn, while Ob Nixilis’s Cruelty and Enter the god Eternals cleans up the bigger threats.

In terms of closing out the game, the deck packs a mix of God-Eternal Kefnetimage and Cavalier of Galesimage. Both are large flyers, which upon death get shuffled back into our library. This means that we have resilient threats that can be used defensively early, yet large enough to close out the game when needed in a few turns. Both also provide us card advantage either upon entering the battlefield or at our upkeep. My favorite thing to do with the deck is while Kefnet is out, we get to copy Drawn from Dreamsimage for 2 UU mana, effectively creating a replica Dig Through Timeimage.

The deck does miss flexible answers like Vraska’s Contempt, which were live in almost all matchups, while having the added benefit of life gain. If aggro is very prevalent, Sorin's Thirstimage can serve as a replacement for Moment of Cravingimage.

Rotation Proof - Mono Red Cavalcade

Main 60 cards (12 distinct)
Creature (19)
$4.23€3.86
$0.24€0.10
$0.15€0.05
$0.25€0.09
$0.15€0.05
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (17)
$1.42€1.13
$3.29€2.01
$0.72€0.27
$0.31€0.08
$0.15€0.06
Land (20)
$0.15€0.05
Planeswalker (4)
$6.21€4.83
Side 15 cards (6 distinct)
$0.50€0.34
$1.42€1.13
$0.50€0.26
$0.15€0.05
$1.86€1.61
$0.40€0.16

Simulating MTG Arena Best of 1 starting hand
(Simplified, true algorithm in MTGA not revealed by Wizards yet)

DeckHub DeckHub Twitch Extension

The DeckHub Twitch extension is used by Twitch streamers to display their currently played deck in the video overlay. After a quick install you can select any public deck on AetherHub to be displayed in your overlay, here is how you set it up:

How to install

Open your Aetherhub Profile editor
  • Select "My Account" top right corner, then "Edit Profile". Click the "Copy" button where it says "Twitch Secret"
Install DeckHub Twitch extension on Twitch.tv
  • Install DeckHub on Twitch by clicking this link
Configure App
  • After install click the app and select "Configure" put in Aetherhub Username and the Twitch Secret, click "Connect".
  • Make sure the Extension is active! Go back to Extensions, you will see a list of your installed extensions. Set it is set as an Active Component overlay and put it on the far left side and on the top for the best experience. If you only use one extension you can set it as Overlay 1 instead of Component
You are done!
  • Clicking the Twitch button on any public deck will now set it as your current Deck in the extension

Gameplay for MonoR Cavalcade

With this deck, we are exploring a mono color deck that has seen some amount of play in the current format. The deck is built around exploiting Cavalcade of Calamityimage, where we utilize a variety of 1 power creatures to get extra damage in. Chandra’s Spitfire has the interesting interaction where any triggers from cavalcade resolve prior to combat damage so spitfire gets +3/+0 for each instance.

Legion Warbossimage and Chandra, Acolyte of Flameimage serve as a token generation engine to keep a steady supply of attackers going. The deck can also easily trigger spectacle to take advantage of the reduced casting cost of Light Up the Stageimage and Skewer the Criticsimage.

After playing some games with the deck, it did feel a bit like a glass cannon. I found the deck itself would either kill on turn 4-5 or fizzle out. I think the deck would benefit from having 3-4 Experimental Frenzyimage to keep up with more of the midrange/grindy decks. Overall the deck is fairly budget friendly with only 13 Rares between the main and side boards, however it does feel much less powerful than current mono red.

Rotation Proof Rakdos Sacrifice

Main 60 cards (17 distinct)
Creature (26)
$2.03€1.38
$0.56€0.40
$1.79€1.33
$0.16€0.06
$3.68€2.51
$0.22€0.11
$0.99€0.49
$3.12€2.39
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (6)
$0.18€0.06
$0.53€0.37
$0.20€0.08
Land (23)
$0.15€0.09
$0.15€0.06
$12.45€8.66
$0.15€0.04
Planeswalker (5)
$13.88€13.00
$6.21€4.83
Side 15 cards (6 distinct)
$0.15€0.08
$0.50€0.34
$0.25€0.13
$0.50€0.26
$1.86€1.61
$0.40€0.16

Simulating MTG Arena Best of 1 starting hand
(Simplified, true algorithm in MTGA not revealed by Wizards yet)

DeckHub DeckHub Twitch Extension

The DeckHub Twitch extension is used by Twitch streamers to display their currently played deck in the video overlay. After a quick install you can select any public deck on AetherHub to be displayed in your overlay, here is how you set it up:

How to install

Open your Aetherhub Profile editor
  • Select "My Account" top right corner, then "Edit Profile". Click the "Copy" button where it says "Twitch Secret"
Install DeckHub Twitch extension on Twitch.tv
  • Install DeckHub on Twitch by clicking this link
Configure App
  • After install click the app and select "Configure" put in Aetherhub Username and the Twitch Secret, click "Connect".
  • Make sure the Extension is active! Go back to Extensions, you will see a list of your installed extensions. Set it is set as an Active Component overlay and put it on the far left side and on the top for the best experience. If you only use one extension you can set it as Overlay 1 instead of Component
You are done!
  • Clicking the Twitch button on any public deck will now set it as your current Deck in the extension

Gameplay for Rakdos Aristocrats

Rakdos Sacrifice or better known as Aristocrats looks to benefit from sacrificing our creatures for value. This is another deck that has a few variants that have seen some level of success as a more aggressive option. Priest of the Forgotten Gods is the main engine of the deck, forcing the opponent to sacrifice a creature, lose life, while drawing us a card and netting 2 black mana. Priest also synergizes incredibly well with Chandra, Acolyte of Flameimage which creates 2 creatures each turn that can be sacrificed to Priest. This nets us further advantage if we have Mayhem Devilimage out which let’s us ping any target for damage.

Dreadhorde Butcherimage and Knight of Ebon Legion can provide really aggressive draws that punish the opponent's slower/clunkier draws. God-Eternal Bontuimage, Rix Maadi Revelerimage, Liliana, Dreadhorde Generalimage and Theatre of horrors all serve as various forms of card advantage for the deck to help grind against midrange mirrors.

This is another deck similar to Simic ramp that doesn’t lose that many key cards come rotation. The most notable cards rotating are Fanatical Firebrandimage as an early aggro threat that has upside of sacrificing and Dragonskull Summitimage which is a key, enter the battlefield untapped land.

Rotation Proof Izzet Phoenix

Main 60 cards (17 distinct)
Creature (12)
$0.15€0.06
$0.34€0.23
$21.28€19.76
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (22)
$0.24€0.10
$1.29€0.49
$0.19€0.07
$0.50€0.34
$10.76€10.07
$0.18€0.06
$0.15€0.06
Land (21)
$13.45€10.23
$12.45€8.66
$1.92€1.59
$0.14€0.06
$0.15€0.05
Planeswalker (5)
$1.00€0.80
$6.21€4.83
Side 15 cards (6 distinct)
$1.37€1.13
$0.25€0.12
$0.25€0.10
$0.50€0.26
$35.00€0.00
$0.88€0.58

Simulating MTG Arena Best of 1 starting hand
(Simplified, true algorithm in MTGA not revealed by Wizards yet)

DeckHub DeckHub Twitch Extension

The DeckHub Twitch extension is used by Twitch streamers to display their currently played deck in the video overlay. After a quick install you can select any public deck on AetherHub to be displayed in your overlay, here is how you set it up:

How to install

Open your Aetherhub Profile editor
  • Select "My Account" top right corner, then "Edit Profile". Click the "Copy" button where it says "Twitch Secret"
Install DeckHub Twitch extension on Twitch.tv
  • Install DeckHub on Twitch by clicking this link
Configure App
  • After install click the app and select "Configure" put in Aetherhub Username and the Twitch Secret, click "Connect".
  • Make sure the Extension is active! Go back to Extensions, you will see a list of your installed extensions. Set it is set as an Active Component overlay and put it on the far left side and on the top for the best experience. If you only use one extension you can set it as Overlay 1 instead of Component
You are done!
  • Clicking the Twitch button on any public deck will now set it as your current Deck in the extension

Gameplay for Izzet Phoenix

The final deck, Izzet Phoenix, is one that was quite requested from the Part 1 Article. This deck was a bit harder to work through as a number of key pieces to the deck are rotating out, without a comparable alternative existing. Optimage, Chart a Courseimage and Tormenting Voiceimage will all be rotating, with the closest card draw options being Radical Ideaimage and Discovery / Dispersal. I also tried out some number of Winged Wordsimage, which in theory should be a 2 mana draw two considering we should often have out a flyer or Goblin Electromancerimage, but in reality, this frequently just ended up being a divination.

In lieu of losing some of the key enablers for a faster turbo phoenix variant, I added in some planeswalkers. Ashiok, Dream Renderimage has a number of functions for this deck. The minus ability can self mill 4 cards, while exiling the opponent’s graveyard, which is great against Command the Dreadhorde decks or other graveyard strategies. The static ability of Ashiok also shuts down Scapeshift decks from searching for lands. Chandra, Acolyte of Flameimage in this deck is used more for the minus ability to flashback our spells where needed. There is the benefit that against an unchecked board her token producing ability puts a good amount of pressure on the opponent.

After playing 3 matches the deck felt a lot more clunky without the key card draw spells. There could potentially be some form of Izzet spells deck, focused around Electrostatic Fieldimage and Saheeli, Sublime Artificerimage, but the all in phoenix plan needs some support from the new set.

 

Let me know if there are any further archetypes you think may have legs post rotation. I’ll be back with the budget build series come the release of Throne of Eldraine. In the meantime, you can catch any of my brews on my YouTube Channel while decklists are posted here.

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I am a part time content creator on YouTube playing everything from budget brews to Tier 1 lists. I enjoy focusing on build guides and explaining strategy through my videos to help our newer and returning players. I am also very engaged in the Arena Subreddit community, also happy to chat MTG.

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Ral
Okay cool
MTG_Joe
Grixis might be a bit tough with the mana base in the new format. May need to be Dimir splash red for Nicol Bolas. Will take a shot at it, going to start working on a few more decklists this week hopefully.
Ral
can you make a Grixis control or mi