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Good morning Magic Megalomaniacs! Hope your day is running well. Vacation week for me this week, and while I should be working on my online course on academic vocabulary in a classroom setting, with War of the Spark set to drop tomorrow (for those lucky enough to do the pre-prerelease 50 dollar bundle) I figured I had to throw some ideas out there in regards to deck design with the upcoming set. As I mentioned in yesterday's deck post, I am looking forward to War with a ferocious anticipation and seeing Merchant and MTGJeff with their privilege of playing the set before it is released, I am very much frothing at the mouth to get my hands on these new cards. One of the archetypes that I think has stood the test of time has been Mono U and the concept of it is simple: get tiny creatures down as soon as possible, keep everything else off the opponent's board, and swing in with a big beefy creature as your finisher. In this Meta, Mono U is not just the preferred weapon of choice by many pros but also with many amateurs as well. This deck suits my style as well as it is aggressive yet flexible. With the new set coming in, the planeswalkers we have access to are going to make this deck pop even more I think.
So let's dive into my Mono U Evolved build: [[Siren Stormtamer]], [[Pteramander]], and [[Mist-Cloaked Herald]] are our one drops along with the prerequisite [[Curious Obsession]]. [[Dive Down]] is a must, I mean this card is just a game-saver on many occasions. [[Merfolk Trickster]] can flash in and totally disrupt an aggressive build (slap one down in your opponent's end step then slap an Obsession on it and you've got a potent weapon). [[Wizard's Retort]] gives us counterspell access. Now here is where we go a bit off the beaten path, not necessarily the jungle though. [[Drowned Secrets]]. One of the things I do not like about Mono U is the lack of library/graveyard manipulation and this card gives us some options to really throw a wrench in our opponent's plans (now if they're playing Golgari this deck works against us, but c'est la vie). Aggro decks I tested against performed terribly with this card on the field. After playing around with [[Saheeli, Sublime Artificer]], I found that [[Ashiok, Dream Render]] works so much better, especially against graveyard dependent builds. I mean, this card really makes this deck sizzle and it is not as clunky as Saheeli. Pair this with the Secrets and this deck is just boss. Sideboard gives us options for counterspells and card draw, so depending on the deck you are facing, swapping out the Retort or even Secrets for [[Essence Capture]] or [[Essence Scatter]] against aggro builds or [[Negate]] vs control/burn builds gives us flexibility. [[Contentious Plan]] could even be a maindeck card in place of the Obsession.
ADVANTAGES: 1) It's Mono U, so by nature it's fast and flexible 2) the addition of Ashiok and Secrets gives us options to disrupt and mill plus... 3) it is cheap compared to other Mono U builds.
DISADVANTAGES: 1) This deck needs good initial hands to be successful and it takes some getting used to playing since it is not really the Tempo deck that you may be used to 2) we are not running as many mainboard counters as a usual Mono U deck and 3) mass removal tanks us.
Overall, this deck has the potential I think to really make some waves in the meta with the addition of these planeswalkers. I am psyched! Until next time, may all your draws be God-like and may all your spells hit the board. Enjoy your day!
Married father of two, middle school history/English teacher with a passion for games.
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