Deck Guide of the Day: 4 Color Energy Aggro

A 4 color aggro deck is not something we’re accustomed to. This wasn’t really a popular idea even when mana bases were full of fetchlands that could easily fetch out 4 colors. Suffice to say, this format’s mana is nowhere near that level of consistency. We’re just a single set into seeing the energy mechanic and already we’ve seen wonderful things.

And now we just have value aggro.

Servant of the Conduit is a big reason why. A 2/2 for 2 isn’t the most aggressive threat, but it will quickly accelerate you to being able to cast multiple threats, or your bigger weapons. It’s also a nice source of extra energy when you’re getting aggressive since that 2 energy will sit in your reserve until needed.

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The other 2 drop energy creatures are much more aggressive. Voltaic Brawler is simply a 4/3 trample for 2 mana when it’s attacking in an energy deck. That rate is something we haven’t seen since Putrid Leech, and Brawler is better in many ways. Longtusk Cub is the perfect card for a deck that can easily stockpile energy. The threat of pumping the Cub gives it a sort of evasion, and when it goes unblocked, it only adds fuel to the fire, increasing your energy count to use with the Cub later or on any future spells you may cast.

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Tireless Tracker, Spell Queller, and Reflector Mage completely ignore all things energy, but completely embrace all things value. These are great tempo plays, good both early and late, and creatures that attack fairly well. These carryovers from past Bant decks fit the curve nicely.

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Whirler Virtuoso is a new one. A 2/3 creature that brings along a 1/1 flyer for 3 mana, and with much more upside, is a pretty solid deal. The fact that this deck is perfectly capable of stockpiling energy and creating a bunch of Thopters just when the time is right is a great early and late game plan.

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The biggest payoff from playing more colors in your aggressive deck is Tamiyo, Field Researcher. This card is busted in any creature deck that can cast it. If you’re able to play a 4 mana planeswalker that ticks up to 5 loyalty and draws you 2 cards, you’re going to win a ton of games of Magic. Being able to lock down opposing creatures or just gain a bunch of life, tempo, and cards if you don’t have the best board presence are all excellent. If you’re on the board early, your opponents will struggle to deal with Tamiyo.

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The top end of the deck features Woodland Wanderer and Verdurous Gearhulk. Both are massive, but Wanderer may struggle a bit in a world filled with Reflector Mages and Spell Quellers. With the rise of U/W Flash, you may need a creature that plays slightly better than a 4 drop that doesn’t do anything when it enters the battlefield, but it’s definitely massive.

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Attune with Aether is getting the spotlight it deserves. With enough green mana, this is a great fixer for a multicolor deck. Getting 2 energy to use later, which tends to mean pumping your creatures or creating Thopters, is a great bonus on a solid card. Harnessed Lightning is an obvious choice to shoot down opponent’s creatures because of how well it plays in a deck full of energy matters cards.

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Here’s the full list:

Creature (29):

4 Longtusk Cub
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Voltaic Brawler
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Reflector Mage
4 Spell Queller
3 Whirler Virtuoso
4 Woodland Wanderer
2 Verdurous Gearhulk

Spells (9):

3 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
4 Attune with Aether
2 Harnessed Lightning

Lands (22):

1 Evolving Wilds
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
3 Inspiring Vantage
3 Spirebluff Canal
4 Forest
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Mountain

Sideboard (15):

2 Tireless Tracker
1 Reflector Mage
2 Harnessed Lightning
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Blossoming Defense
2 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
3 Negate
3 Ceremonious Rejection

This 4 color energy aggro deck shows that you can really do whatever you want in this new Standard format. I, personally, would love to see Blossoming Defense make the main deck, but this deck proves that you can win with all sorts of awesome brews.

Thanks Everybody for reading,

Andreas

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