Posted in Feature on April 10, 2013

By Sam Black

Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013.

Davi Cisne became the first member of the Brazilian National team by winning his country's World Magic Cup Qualifier with an exciting new green-blue-black aggro deck that uses evolve, undying, and even scavenge to assemble a +1/+1 counter theme, which it exploits with Zameck Guildmage.

At its core, Davi's deck is an aggressive deck with Rancor and eight creatures with haste supporting seven one-mana creatures (plus two Rapid Hybridizations, which should generally target his undying creatures). After Davi gets his initial pressure down, he has a smattering of counterspells to stop the opponent from taking control, as well as Duskmantle Seer to literally go over the top of opponents' blockers, beating the most common flying blocker, Restoration Angel, in a fight, and punishing opponents for the high casting costs we regularly see in Standard.

This deck has access to all the best tools against the incredibly popular BGW Reanimator strategies in Deathrite Shaman, Duskmantle Seer, Evil Twin, and Memory's Journey, as well as Rancor to let its cheap creatures attack into any blockers the opponent might play, since the "trade" that will follow isn't so bad when your creatures have undying.

Speaking of undying, the mechanic is outstanding against opposing aggressive creature decks, and Zameck Guildmage can reset those undead creatures while drawing a card to create a consistent blocker that can halt some aggressive decks' offense and ultimately let this deck overwhelm them.

Against control decks, this deck doesn't fear effects like Supreme Verdict that will only make its creatures stronger, and it can follow up with more hasty attackers anyway. Spell Rupture should stop any big plays, like Sphinx's Revelation, from allowing them to catch back up.

I love everything about this deck, from the simple fact that it's just a new and successful deck; to the fact that it uses the well-loved, but underutilized Duskmantle Seer; to its inclusion of a personal pet card of mine, Young Wolf.

I don't know if Davi is the designer of this deck, but if he is, he's earned my sincere respect and congratulations. This is some great work.

Maybe this is a deck you should try out, possibly to prepare for your own World Magic Cup Qualifier on April 20–21. Even if it's not for you, it still shows that there's always room for innovation in Magic in general, and in this Standard format in particular.

Davi Cisne's BUG Aggro

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