Arena Standard - [WAR]Izzet Wizards v1.1

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Hey everyone. Pyro here with another deck guide. I've always been a big fan of Wizards as a tribal (I thank Merchant for that). I liked playing around with Izzet Wizards and even flirted with Jeskai Wizards before WAR hit. Now I'm back to the good old Izzet list and it received some good cards in WAR. While I haven't gone through the entire Wizard list from WAR yet, two cards really stood out in my mind: [[Burning Prophet]] and [[Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor]]. Originally I was running a [[Chart a Course]] for card draw, [[Shock]] for early removal, and [[Niv-Mizzet, Parun]] for a late game closer, but I decided to switch gears to a more heavy aggro build by focusing on cantrips like [[Crash Through]] and [[Warlord's Fury]].

This deck is very good if you are on a budget. The only rares in the deck are the shock and check lands which can be replaced with basic and tapped lands if you are short some.

Version History:

v1.0 -- Deck created. Deck guide written.

v1.1 -- Removed 3x Chart a Course, 4x Shock, 2x Niv-Mizzet. Added 4x Crash Through, 4x Warlord's Fury, 1x Opt. Deck guide updated. Added Dreadhorde Arcanist and God-Eternal Kefnet to Maybeboard. Adjusted the Mountain to Island ratio.

The Wizards:

{{Adeliz, the Cinder Wind}} {{Burning Prophet}} {{Wee Dragonauts}}

3x [[Ghitu Lavarunner]] - Always a good staple for Mono R burn and Wizards. 2 instants or sorceries in the graveyard gets you +1/+0 and Haste.

4x [[Burning Prophet]] - I'm honestly not sure how I happened upon this one. I think I was looking over some Mono R burn decks when I saw this being played. It intrigued me and I wanted to give it a try. It's got more impact than you would think. 1/3 is a pretty decent blocker for 2 mana. On top of that, it'll get +1/+0 for every non-creature spell you cast (including Planeswalkers). However, what really intrigues me is the Scry 1 after that. If you cast something like [[Warlord's Fury]] or [[Opt]] while this is down, you will actually get to scry with Burning Prophet before those effects resolve. So it allows you to filter your deck once (or twice in Opt's case) before you draw your cards. This is very good!

3x [[Adeliz, the Cinder Wind]] - Wizard lord. +1/+1 to all wizards (including herself) whenever you cast an instant or sorcery. Also has Haste/Flying.

4x [[Wee Dragonauts]] - 1/3 for 3 mana with Flying. Gains +2/+0 anytime you cast an instant or sorcery on top of whatever buffs it gets from Adeliz.


{{Opt}} {{Crash Through}} {{Warlord's Fury}}

4x [[Warlord's Fury]] - Sorcery that gives all your creatures First Strike which is good for making your opponent more reticent when trying to trade with your things. Draws a card. There are a lot of times you will use this just for the card draw and wizard buffs.

2x [[Lava Coil]] - 4 damage to a creature and adds an exile effect if the creature was destroyed. Hits Enigma Drakes, Crackling Drakes, Arclight Phoenixes. Basically anything you don't want to see ever again *cough*Arclight Phoenix*cough*

4x [[Opt]] - Scry 1, Draw 1. Combined with Burning Prophet, it gives you Scry 1 and then another Scry 1 before drawing.

4x [[Crash Through]] - Sorcery that gives all your stuff Trample which kind of doesn't matter much. Matters more for the cheap card draw and the wizard buffs.

4x [[Wizard's Lightning]] - Turns into a cheap 3 damage burn spell when you have wizards on the board.

3x [[Wizard's Retort]] - Cheap counter anything when you have wizards on the board.


{{Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor}}

Her static ability is pretty cool. +2 CMC increase on any spells your opponent casts that target your creatures or Planeswalkers. Gives a little added insurance to your wizards and to her by forcing your opponent to really pony up the mana if they want to start getting rid of your stuff. Her only loyalty ability is a -2 for a 2/2 Wizard (Wizard synergy on a PW! YAY!) and a draw 1, discard 1.


{{Dreadhorde Arcanist}}

I was originally not sure whether or not I wanted this in my deck, but after being able to watch how it actually works, I think I will be working on getting at least a couple of these in my deck.

{{God-Eternal Kefnet}}

Honestly, I was rather meh about this card until I played it in Dimir. Now, I really like it. I think we're running enough spells here to get some value out of it even though it isn't a wizard, but I want to test it out more.


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Mainly because I don't have any, but I also don't know how I feel about it yet as well. As for Niv, I really like playing him. So I keep him around. :)
I´m also a fan of the new Wizards decks. Is there a reason for not to include Dreadhorde Arcanist here? I also think that Niv-Mizzet might more likely be a Sideboard Card. At Turn 6 you might prefer to get some Card Draw to boost your Adeliz or Wee-Dragonauts.
Last Updated: 15 May 2019
Created: 03 May 2019
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Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (21)
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Maybeboard - 2 cards (2 distinct)


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