Arena Standard - Greathearted Curve

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Aggro

Blakeizen's Greathearted Curve

and it curves hard.

Hello Spellslingers! Blakeizen with the weekly Saturday morning build for you. Last week was a Jeskai control list, so this week we're changing gears again. Today we're aiming to go wide, but somehow also get tall. . . ish.

Starting off, there are some nutty plays that happen with this deck. When you curve [[Skymarcher Aspirant]] into [[Dauntless Bodyguard]] x2 or [[Saproling Migration]], into [[History of Benalia]], into [[Ajani, the Greathearted]], mark that one down as a dub.

RDW is everywhere. However, you have a reasonable amount of tools to ease this matchup. Saprolings and Benalia tokens give you a lot of bang for your buck, slowing down their plan of 1 for 1 removal with dudes on board. If they are attacking, you should be blocking. Do everything you can within reason to stop easy Spectacle activations. I don't want to focus on the RDW match up too hard, but it did lead me to my next inclusion-

{{Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves}}

I expect many of you to be similar to me in this regard, I do not have a vast collection of rares. I thought this dude was a bad card. Why would you ever play this over [[Trostani Discordant]]? He was sitting in my collection, 3 copies even.  I tossed him in as a two of just to see if I could use him for [[Mobilized District]] synergy, and I was impressed. 

Make two 3/3s? Relevant. Smack a [[Goblin Chainwhirler]] or [[Thief of Sanity]] down? I'm in. Gain 3 life in the process? Lol, do you ever feel like flexing on RDW just because you can? Tolsimir is like Green / White [[Enter the God-Eternals]]. They both do extremely similar things. Seriously, they're related. 

In a control matchup, you are hoping to see [[Unbreakable Formation]], [[Gideon Blackblade]], and my favorite land card, [[Mobilized District]]. A quick aside, in an aggro matchup, if you don't have anything to do on turn 3 but have 3 dudes on board, Unbreakable Formation is a solid play leading into turn 4 with Ajani especially. If you have any feeling whatsoever about [[Kaya's Wrath]] coming down, the biggest decision to make is either beat it clean with Formation, or let them tap out and hit History of Benalia the following turn. You're going to shed a tear when you see [[Cry of the Carnarium]] but that card gets super weak after turn 4 or 5 for us. Gideon and Mobilized District dodge both of those, and Dauntless Bodyguard helps even further. 

So what about [[Ajani, the Greathearted]]? Four copies? Really? On turn four when he hits the board, he buffs some dudes +1/+1 and gives them vigilance. Don't forget about his +1 "Gain 3 Life" since this also puts him at 5 Loyalty. It's rare that you want/need to do this but it will happen. -cough-RDW-cough- On turn 5? Ajani -2, play new Ajani, -2. 

Oh by the way, activate [[Mobilized District]] before [[Ajani, the Greathearted]] -2 whenever possible. Read the District carefully and plan your mana, the auto tapper is awful for cards like this. If you have a combination of 4 legendary creatures and planeswalkers the activation is free. It has vigilance. It can also be used as a blocker. Easily one of my favorite cards in the set.

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This deck is a flexible aggro variant that feels fairly strong in the current meta. You still want to go wide and turn your dudes sideways, but you don't mind the board stalling very much at all. This deck is somewhere between White Weenies and Selesnya Tokens, though it just plays like White Weenies.

Add me on Discord! Blakeizen#8657. I would love to get some games in!

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Blakeizen
Last Updated: 27 May 2019
Created: 18 May 2019
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Mainboard - 60 cards (16 distinct)

Creature (17)
$0.35€0.16
$0.33€0.15
$0.27€0.14
$0.20€0.09
$0.42€0.19
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (13)
$0.20€0.07
$3.80€3.37
$0.91€0.59
$0.22€0.10
Land (23)
$4.10€3.25
$7.00€5.06
$0.90€0.45
$0.15€0.07
$0.15€0.06
Planeswalker (7)
$13.37€12.50
$1.38€0.75

Sideboard - 15 cards (6 distinct)

$0.62€0.45
$10.50€7.55
$3.49€3.03
$2.50€1.72
$0.91€0.59
$0.22€0.10
Main/Sideboard Rarity Count
19 15 19 7 0
0 1 9 5 0

Mainboard - 60 cards (16 distinct)

4 Adanto Vanguard
4 Skymarcher Aspirant
4 Dauntless Bodyguard
2 Hunted Witness
3 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves
4 Saproling Migration
4 History of Benalia
2 Unbreakable Formation
3 Prison Realm
4 Sunpetal Grove
4 Temple Garden
2 Mobilized District
9 Plains
4 Forest
3 Gideon Blackblade
4 Ajani, the Greathearted

Sideboard - 15 cards (6 distinct)

4 Tocatli Honor Guard
3 Lyra Dawnbringer
4 Knight of Autumn
2 Trostani Discordant
1 Unbreakable Formation
1 Prison Realm

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