James Jenkins' Red-Green Aggro at StarCityGames Invitational

Posted in Daily Deck on April 9, 2015

By Shuhei Nakamura

Shuhei Nakamura is a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, former Player of the Year, and is one of just six players with more than 400 lifetime pro points.

Red-Green Aggro is another deck that has gone through a huge improvement with the addition of a single card. Mono-Red Aggro was already a thing during Fate Reforged Standard, and I predict that it will continue to have an influence in the form of mono-red, splashing green, aggressive decks. Why splashing green?

Atarka's Command isn't just a 3-point burn spell. When I first saw the card, I wondered why the last mode, giving all your creatures +1/+1 and reach wasn't trample instead of reach. Now I understand that it would be too good with trample.

The red aggro decks in the format have a large number of token generators with Goblin Rabblemaster, Hordeling Outburst, and Dragon Fodder. A red deck that goes wide and pumps its whole team is scary. Letting three Goblin tokens through could lead to 2*3+3=9 points of damage.

This strategy is effective in the present Standard format because many decks depend on creatures that are strong by themselves, like Abzan Aggro.

The only solution these deck have against a suddenly huge army of tokens is Bile Blight. However, many Abzan decks are likely moving away from Bile Blight with the addition of Ultimate Price and Dromoka's Command. I think this deck might just be a thing.

Red-Green Aggro by James Jenkins

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