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Synergistic BUG aggr/tempo deck. Just won a GPT at London with it. Very, very happy with how it works!
Main plan - aggro with some nice tricks and counters - spell rupture is awesome with green critters, usually X = 3 or 4.
Zameck Guildmage keeps undying critters alive, whilst drawing cards. Which is excellent.
Duskmantle Seer pushes the final bits of damage through.
I can go heavy removal, tempo against other aggro decks, or counters and Garruk vs Control. Midrange is hardest to deal with, particularly Naya, as all their creatures are 1-1 better than mine, but the Seer is good here, and Downpour can get that final damage through.
Any thoughts most welcome.
Edit1: Taken out 2x snapcaster and put in sideboard. + 1 Unsummon and + 1 Dimir Charm in mainboard.
Edit 2: -1 Dimir Charm and Aetheize and + 2 Glaring Spotlight.
this deck is awesome!! ive been trying so hard to figure out my build of choice for BUG (my favorite color combo) and this definitely looks like something worth trying. Ill playtest on cockatrice and see what I think to change. I really want to see lotleth trolls in here is my only thing off the bat. The guild mage + lotleth troll = discard a card, draw a card. Then discard a dreg mangler or something and scavenge it. Or play deathrite shaman and recycle. I may be too hopeful in those finding a place in the deck. I know youre going for aggro here and they arent quite that. But i say playtest with a lotleth troll or two. You might like it
This list looks right solid. Only thing off the top of my head would be to recommend glaring spotlight over downpour in the sb. It gives you an answer to the hexproof decks, allowing you to unsummon their guyss (quite devastating to an auras deck), and gives you true alpha strike ability, albeit at the cost of 4 rather than 2. I could be wrong, but it bears looking into.
This is great. I've been working on many iterations on a BUG list, and it's so hard to get the synergy right.I had the main staples, the Strangleroot, Dreg Mangler, Zameck, Rancor, etc. My iterations use all of these cards, but not in the way you have them..
Some of had Ulvenwald Tracker and Predator Ooze in them. Another tried the Young Wolf, Zameck, Cloudfin Raptor synergy. Another went more midrange and used Evil Twin, Zegana, and Deadbridge Goliath (that one worked surprisingly well).
I had almost completely given up on BUG aggro, but this is exciting to see. I can't wait to try it or something similar.
I'm super impressed by this deck ... looks like an insane amount of synergy. So what are you going to put in to replace the snapcasters? I'd kinda like to see more Abrupt Decay s maindeck and maybe some Rapid Hybridization to help deal with some of the midrange problems? Imagine if a midrange opponent thinks they're safe to attack into you, you hybridize a strangleroot with an experiment one on the board... Suddenly you went from a 2/1 + 1/1 to a 3/2, and two 3/3's ... Combine with Zameck for more sick combat tricks. In general, that card is a 2 for 1 for you anyway OR could be used to pop problem fatties.
Also, what do the Garruks do? Are they both mostly to generate card advantage? Relentless through the sac/draw outlet and Primal for the -3? If so, its a little bit of a nombo with Duskmantle, as they bring the curve up a lot compared to maindeck. What about more Dimir Charm and Curiosity for card draw or to control what you or your opponent 'Bobs' from Duskmantle?
Vs. control, I kinda like the perfect split between Appetite for Brains and Abrupt Decay . Why take out the appetite for brains now? I kinda like them better than Glaring Spotlight OR Downpour because you already have gotcha-hexproof from simic charm and plenty of spot removal/tricks to get past blockers for final push.
I'm playing something similar to this right now, and while I like most of the synergy and agree with you about Snapcaster Mage s being underwhelming, I also absolutely hate Young Wolf . It is literally never what I want to cast, either turn 1 or later. I'm going to try running Quirion Dryad s or Lotleth Troll s instead, as mentioned.
I imagine the Garruks come in against control decks and the Seers come out, as hitting one off the trigger is going to do a lot more harm than good. I'm also going to try running Devour Flesh against control mirrors instead of the Spotlights.
@LootPinata - what about Gyre Sage in place of your Quirion Dryad s or Lotleth Troll s. I agree that Young Wolf is just terribly underwhelming. I've been thinking of actually maindecking 4 Deathrite Shaman s just to have another 1-drop in its place. Added benefit that it will evolve Experiment One and provides crazy utility in general .....