"Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you."

- Edward Teach

Hello, and welcome to the newest episode of standard bannings™!

Due to a recent banning of Rampaging Ferocidon, Ramunap Ruins, Attune with Aether, and everyone's favorite value card Rogue Refiner, standard finds itself in a spot where anyone, I mean anyone, can take the crown as the deck to beat! Let's take a look at our latest contestant!!!

Out of all the tribes introduced and still standing * cough * zombies * cough *, pirates felt like uncharted territory. Going off that hunch, I decided to build what I believe is the optimal color scheme and build for the scallywags. Let's hop ship and get right into it.

Painty the Pirate Who lives on the fringes of standard mtg, Pirates! Aggressive, consistent and fun as can be Pirates! If nautical nonsense be something you wish Pirates! Then go drop some cash and purchase this mess! Pirates! READY Pirates Pirates Pirates Piraaaates! AH AHH AHH AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHH... *flute riff*

All right, the focus of this deck is to press the opponent with aggressive and versatile threats. This can be accomplished via aggressive one-drops like Daring Buccaneer and Rigging Runner, your menacing two-drops, and Dire Fleet Neckbreaker.

Cards like Deadeye Tracker, Fathom Fleet Captain, and Forerunner of the Coalition help us to stay in it for the long game.

The versatility of the deck, I believe, is one of its strong points. It is an aggro deck, but some of the cards in the main... and a ton in the sideboard make games two and three feel much more balanced.



  • Captain Lannery Storm presents an hasty threat, with ramp/pump abilities slapped on
  • Daring Buccaneer is a value-oriented creature, being he has a low cost and high atk/def
  • Deadeye Tracker removes problem cards from graveyards at a low price (caveat being he needs 2 cards)
  • Dire Fleet Captain is a bear that pumps when attacking with other pirate scum
  • Dire Fleet Neckbreaker provides an attacking anthem for the team in order to close out games
  • Fathom Fleet Captain floods the board with menacing pirates (don't forget he needs nontoken pirates to activate!!!)
  • Forerunner of the Coalition grants the ability to search for a silver bullet and drains the opponent
  • Kari Zev, Skyship Raider has two relevant keywords and creates another attacking creature
  • Metallic Mimic is a lord we should all know about now, but its ability is not to be trifled with, just ask the guy getting attacked by four 3/3 menace pirates guy - "it sucks!"
  • Rigging Runner is our other aggressive one-drop with first-strike and a counter-adding raid trigger


  • Claim recurs most of our fleet for , while its second-half Fame gets in for a bit more damage lategame
  • Cut presents a decent (but slow) removal card and a possible finisher in Ribbons
  • Fatal Push pushes things off tall buildings, 'nuff said
  • Unlicensed Disintegration is a very time-consuming way of saying "creature ded, take 3"



this is where deviation is most likely to occur since there are so many options to choose from. These are my choices for best rakdos lands


Here's where everyone will pick me apart the most, but I'll still go through it.


And that concludes today's broadcast of standard bannings™! I truly hope you all had a wonderful time. Until next time, and don't forget HAPPY TAPPING OUT!

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Date added 8 months
Last updated 23 hours

This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.38
Tokens 2/2 Pirate
Folders Interesting Standard Decks, Uncategorized
Top rank #14 on 2018-02-22
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-3 Deadeye Tracker main
+3 Dire Fleet Poisoner main
-3 Dire Fleet Poisoner side
+3 Deadeye Tracker side