Temur Aggro at Grand Prix LA

Posted in Daily Deck on October 31, 2014

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.

If we're talking about players at Grand Prix Los Angeles, we can't overlook Brian Kibler. He missed out on the Top 8 by a single win, ending up in the Top 16 with this Temur Aggro build. His deck is notable for its handle on tempo.

It contains cards we haven't seen much in the new Standard, like Heir of the Wilds and Ashcloud Phoenix, both of which can force a one-to-one trade with cards that have higher mana costs, and Crater's Claws, which can deal more damage than their mana would normally permit (assuming you can meet the ferocious condition).

Another feature of this deck is its willingness to treat anything as a disposable resource—a philosophy represented well with the inclusion of Boon Satyr. Kibler's focus on tempo is so honed, he's even electing to play without his trademark Dragons, leaving Stormbreath Dragon on the bench.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is not to add, but to subtract. Sounds simple, but it's easier said than done.

Brian Kibler's Temur Aggro

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