Arena Standard - Judith's Pirates

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Main 60 cards (16 distinct)
Creature (27)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (11)
Land (22)
Side 15 cards (5 distinct)

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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
  • 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

There are multiple ways to go about building a Rakdos deck. You could go monored with a slight splash of black, it might be better than a pure monored deck but we cannot call it a true Rakdos deck if it is only a splash. I tried to make a more midrange deck with [[Angrath, the Flame-Chained]], while it might be a fun build I think it will be one of the weaker midrange decks. While making a tier1 deck is not the goal I would prefer a deck that I do not consider dead out of the gates. Another approach is going the burn or discard route, very tempting but what caught my attention was a Rakdos Pirates deck from /r/spikes by user PapaLoki.This deck is built with BO3 in mind.

The New Pirate Lord

{{Judith, the Scourge Diva}}

With pirates, we have access to a lot of low-curve aggressive creatures and we also get a pirate lord now with [[Judith, the Scourge Diva]]. This deck makes it very easy to curve out with creatures and get that extra reach by finishing off with burn spells. You can refill your hand with cards like [[Rix Maadi Reveler]] and [[Ruin Raider]], there is also [[The Flame of Keld]] for refilling and extra reach.

{{Daring Buccaneer}}

You might remember this card back at the beginning of MTGA beta when Monored pirates were a thing. Well, she is back and with 20 Pirates in the deck her coming down at a discount is even more likely now than last time. Having 2 toughness is also key against cards like [[Chainwhirler]].


{{Fanatical Firebrand}} {{Grasping Scoundrel}} {{Dire Fleet Daredevil}}

Against mono-red you have to be careful and not commit too many of these on the board in respect [[Chainwhirler]]. You do not want to lose multiple cards to that guy so be very careful with overcommitting against mono-red and try to get out some 2 toughness creatures. While [[Judith, the Scourge Diva]] acts as the pirate lord in this deck, she does not offer any additional protection. 


{{Rix Maadi Reveler}}

You want to play this card for its spectacle cost to refill your hand. A very powerful tool giving us access to the extra reach for finishing off resilient opponents. While this guy is mainly for refilling, it can also fix your hand and help you curve out, making it good as a 2-drop too.

{{Ruin Raider}}

Another card refiller, not very excited for a 3 cost card but a 3/2 body with card draw and pirate synergy makes it worth having 2 of them in the deck. Remember that you can play this after you have attacked and get the effect of the card!

{{The Flame of Keld}}

There are only 6 cards in this deck that does not trigger this card, [[Grasping Scoundrel]] and [[Ruin Raider]]. Also with our highest CMC in the deck being only 3 we till be out of cards quick and this is perfect for refilling and also giving us extra damage for the reach.

 {{Unclaimed Territory}}

A forgotten card that is very useful in a tribal deck with this. Instead of 8 dual land sources, you now have access to 12!



Other useful cards to take a look at:

{{Buccaneer's Bravado}}

While I am not a big fan of combat tricks in constructed, not many people play around cards like this and it might be reasonable to replace a [[Skewer the Critics]] or two with it.




Vs Aggro
Replace [[Skewer the Critics]] with [[Fiery Cannonade]] for a potential one-sided boardwipe.

Vs Midrange
Out with [[Skewer the Critics]] and in with [[Lava Coil]]

VS Control
Remove [[Skewer the Critics]] and [[Dire Fleet Captain]], replace with [[Kitesail Freebooter]] and [[Duress]].



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Last Updated: 27 Mar 2019
Created: 12 Jan 2019
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Have to say this seems like a legit deck... thank you for your work explaining your deck process.