Brewer's Paradise - Battle for Zendikar Standard [Edward Eng]

I mentioned in my latest MTG financial article that I already have some ideas for the new Standard. So I'd like to share them with you now.

To follow up on the point about the new lands allowing for awesome manabases, the first deck that came to mind was Rhino Cruise. Abzan will be able to pretty easily access a fourth color thanks to fetches and the new lands. So why not add something powerful like Treasure Cruise? I've been playing Abzan Aggro for quite a while now, and I noticed that sometimes it runs out of gas against decks that have tons of removal. I think Treasure Cruise could be a pretty great card to help the deck refuel when it gets a bit low on resources.

Here's an initial build that I've jotted down.

Rhino Cruise - Edward Eng

Creatures (20)
4 Anafenza, the Foremost
3 Heir of the Wilds
Rakshasa Deathdealer
4 Siege Rhino
Warden of the First Tree
Hangarback Walker

Spells (14)
4 Abzan Charm
Dromoka's Command
2 Valorous Stance
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Treasure Cruise 


It's possible that this isn't the right way to go with the deck. And maybe Treasure Cruise fits better in something like Red Aggro. And on the contrary to what some people have already said about Red getting worse, I think it actually gets better. Yes, Red loses things like Eidolon of the Great Revel, Lightning Strike, and Stoke the Flames. But you also have to keep in mind that the format loses Drown in Sorrow and Bile Blight.

So something like this might be quite powerful right out of the gates.

Temur Cruise - Edward Eng

Creatures (14)
3 Zurgo Bellstriker
4 Monastery Swiftspear
Abbot of Keral Keep
Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh

Spells (24)
4 Wild Slash
2 Roast
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Atarka's Command
4 Hordeling Outburst
4 Exquisite Firecraft
2 Treasure Cruise

Lands (22)
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Shivan Reef
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Forest
1 Sunken Hollow


What you think about these brews? What brews do you have?

Peace, love, and have fun…

Edward Eng


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