Wandering With the Wolves

Posted in Feature on August 7, 2013

By Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

Green-blue aggro is not the most popular archetype, at least not since the days of Green-Blue Madness (which was more on the side of aggro-control, anyways). This list from a Magic Online Daily Event is light on the finesse and heavy on the aggro, leaving no doubt as to what the game plan is: cast resilient threats and Giant Growth them.

Wandering Wolf

With twelve one-drops and twelve two-drops, as well as seventeen(!) pump effects, this deck goes for the throat. It's almost a hybrid of Mono-Red and Bant Hexproof, as it combines approaches from both decks into a slightly different angle than either.

Like Mono-Red, it has a million cheap creatures, and even has Burning-Tree Emissarys. Giant Growths are also dangerously similar to burn spells, particularly when combined with Rancor. The clock this deck presents may even be faster, with Wandering Wolf being a big part of that.

Speaking of wolves, the Bant Hexproof part of this deck lies in its resilient and hard-to-block creatures. Experiment One regenerates, there are eight undying creatures, and Wandering Wolf is nigh-impossible to defend against. It trades the invulnerability of hexproof for vastly better stats and lower casting costs, going for speed over protection.

Against a field of aggressive decks, I actually like this deck a lot. It doesn't fare quite as well against removal, but it doesn't have a problem racing, and it even is better against Supreme Verdict than Hexproof due to all the undying guys.

Finesse's UG Aggro

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