Standard Black-Green Aristocrats

Posted in Daily Deck on November 25, 2015

By Melissa DeTora

Melissa is a former Magic pro player and strategy writer who is now working in R&D on the Play Design team.

Magic Online's second Standard League is coming to a close, and we now have access to the 5-0 decklists. One of the more fun-looking decks I found while going through results was a Black-Green Aristocrats deck that wins by attacking with a gigantic unblockable Nantuko Husk. You can do this by sacrificing your creatures for value and then using Rogue's Passage to make Nantuko Husk impossible to block.

The great thing about this deck is that most creatures in it are secretly two creatures. We have Blisterpod, Carrier Thrall, and Sultai Emissary, which create tokens or manifests when they die. These extra creatures do some pretty cool things, such as pump your Nantuko Husk an extra time, draw you more cards with Grim Haruspex, or make your Bone Splinters and Merciless Executioner have very little downside.

Another cool thing about this deck is that you don't even need to attack to win. Zulaport Cutthroat does a great job of draining life from your opponent, and when you have multiples of those in play, they scale pretty nicely. When you combine them with cards such as Blisterpod and Carrier Thrall, you can get double triggers provided you have a sacrifice outlet.

Catacomb Sifter is the glue that holds this deck together. It allows you to sift through your deck to find the pieces you need. Eldrazi Scions can be sacrificed for mana and a scry, but with a Husk in play you can scry as many times as you want as long as you have the creatures to sacrifice. Drawing either a Nantuko Husk or a Zulaport Cutthroat is crucial for this deck, so having a way to find them is really important.

It can be really hard to get into Magic Online, especially for newer players who don't have a Standard collection. This deck contains mostly commons and uncommons, which makes it very easy to build. It's a strong deck, and the 5-0 record speaks for itself. Congratulations to bigcat24 on the finish!

Bigcat24's Black-Green Aristocrats

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