B/R Pod Aggro

Standard*

iNighthawk Score: 1

Updates

Round 1: U/B Zombies

This was a tough matchup, and one I'm not experienced with. The U/B Zombie builds offer consistency, while my build had insane draws. Game 1 I saw two lands, with the rest of my hand being 4-drops. Sad face me. Moving to game two, I did a bit more here, but was outran and outgunned by better board control. That tends to happen when you get hit by double Tragic Slip. Overall, just a matchup where I don't have a lot of experience - oh well. It was good.

0-1

Round 2: A Weird MBC

I saw a weird menagerie of stuff - Obliterators, three different Swords, and not much of what I was expecting from MBC. Though my opponent played double Mutilate G3, I survived by rebounding with Falkenrath Aristocrat into Hellrider. This was an uneventful round - Blood Artist + pressure did all the work.

1-1

So far, a usual night - good players, bad players, and the usual crowd. This night was kind to me, though...

Round 3: G/W Pod

This got off to a weird start. Game 1 I win by Mikaeus into Aristocrat with 5 other dudes and my opponent at 10. Game 2 was grindy, but my opponent won off a Champion of Lambholt - and a lot of Restoration Angel triggers. Game 3 I boarded in two Falkenrath Nobles, and seeing one of them paid off here. Two Blood Artists + Noble ended the game, alongside a handy Messenger. That's one stellar guy for R/B Aggro.

2-1

Round 4: Talrand Delver

My opponent was borrowing this deck, and didn't have as much experience playing the deck. Despite winning the round 2-0, he gave me a great run for my money. While I don't think Talrand is great in Delver, it still has a place, as the creature is a solid haymaker. One of the tokens became a 9/2 thanks to a Pike. The champion card for me was Skinrender. That guy is stellar, and is also a Zombie to boot.

3-1

Round 5: Naya Pod

By this time, my opponent was unconcerned with FNM. This match was kinda a free win into the Top 8. Game 1 was fast, with Huntmaster/Strangeroot Geist ending it fast. Games 2 and 3 I got in and hit faster. This matchup is the least interactive (for the most part). It's a race to 20 - not very entertaining to watch, but that's what happens when 45/50% of the field is aggro.

4-1

Having a 4-1 record and good tiebreakers got me into the Top 8. I didn't do as well here, mostly due to relying on draws to smooth out hands. I got it handed to me swiftly and brutally paid for that mistake. Nonetheless, making T8 was pretty sweet.

So, thoughts are:1. Olivia is REALLY GOOD! She flies, she kills mana dorks, and Mind Controls dudes who are too valuable to kill. This card will continue to be a part of my future R/B Aggro builds.

  1. Sphere of the Suns was pretty good for me. With the number of 4-drops I have, slamming with a T3 Aristocrat, casting the Olivia, or even just having four mana is good. This is going to stay for now.

  2. Sideboard needs work. Thinking of dropping Drivers for Smelt/Red Hero. That much is certain. It will take some more testing, but most of the cards did something, which is positive.

That's my spiel. Thanks for reading!

Comments

snotskie says... #1

I really like this deck. I playtested against it (two playtest tabs open on chrome, one for your deck, one for mine), going 12 turns and only winning with 2 life because of I kept drawing into Sheltering Word . It's very different from Glissa's Gravedigger, I must say!

August 2, 2012 6:10 p.m.

Please login to comment


Date added 2 years
Last updated 2 years
Legality

This deck is not Standard legal.

Show illegal cards in boards
Illegal cards Fume Spitter , Skinrender , Sphere of the Suns , Birthing Pod , Blackcleave Cliffs , Entomber Exarch
Cards 62
Avg. CMC 3.08
Views 1269