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Saliva of the Space-Aardvark

Standard Aggro Artifact Budget Combo Jank Mono-Red




The dankest creature in standard: Show

"They are non-sapient, six-limbed, vaguely ant-eater- or aardvark-like creatures that feed on Aether, dismantling artifacts to get it. Their saliva is corrosive, allowing them to breach through metal hulls to reach their food. When they feed they glow in a faint blue colour. As a side effect of their extremely messy feeding, much of the aether is liberated back into the environment."


"Gremlins breed during the warm season. Their youngs are called grubs."

My take on the mono-red gremlins deck for standard.

Trying to prepare for the next rotation so Battle for Zendikar and Shadows over Innistrad aren't included.

That being said, here are some maybes from Hour of Devastation so far:

"If an elf can dream it, a dwarf can build it, and a gremlin can eat it"

An ode to the dankest creature in standard. Keeping magic weird since this guy.

If you want to see my deck containing the dankest creatures in modern,

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Any suggestions are very welcome as it's been a while since I've played in the format and this is my first shot at brewing for standard. Pretty stoked to be able to get the whole deck for about 30 bucks too! Gotta love some budget jank.

Reached #1 on T/O, July 11, 2017!!

Thanks for the love everyone! Glad to know people appreciate the strangeness as much as I do.

If you liked my deck enough to put it in a folder, don't forget to

Thanks for stopping by and stay WEIRD !


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Playtested a bunch and have come across a build that I have really been pleased with. A lot more threats made it much more consistent. It's become not as cheap with the rise in Bomat Courier, Sweltering Suns, and Abrade which makes me sad but I guess if you snooze you lose.

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I've been using this deck since the end of July, and I really like it. Especially because it was so cheap at $15. One thing that I understand is the purpose of Key to the City, but I rarely see it used. The only time I see myself using it is in a rare case that I don't have a card for trample, or I need to sacrifice it. I'm not sure if you get the same results but a suggestion made was replacing Bomat Courier with Implement of Combustion. Instead of this why not replace Key to the City with it. That will leave an artifact cheaper to cast, and more useful when it does sacrificing.

Also, side note, what is the Ravenous Intruder + Fling combo, is it just flinging Ravenous when he builds up? I find myself attacking and winning anyway if Ravenous Intruder builds enough up.

August 7, 2017 3:52 p.m.

Thanks, woodwender! I'm so glad that you have been enjoying the deck. :) And yeah I agree with you about Key to the City. I tweak my list in paper and forget to change it here. I'm running just two at this point because it is pretty sweet to have your Ravenous Intruder be unblockable after eating a bunch of artifacts. It also has some card draw if the game gets stale. And Fling is in there so for some reach or getting in an attack with a pumped up Ravenous Intruder and then flinging it for maximum damage.

August 8, 2017 10:19 a.m.

It would be interesting to see how you play, I almost never discard with Key to the City, mainly because I feel like the unblockable is just a luxury. I also feel like Fling is counterintuitive to Key to the City. I almost always sacrifice it before it gets any uses.

August 8, 2017 6:11 p.m.

woodwender, I actually had a game last night where my opponent had 18 life and I had exact lethal by pumping my Ravenous Intruder to a 9/10, making it unblockable with Key to the City and finally Flinging it for the win. I like key at 2 because every once and a while it gives you that extra burst or can draw you a card if needed.

August 9, 2017 10:41 a.m.

Yes I am starting to realize the importance of Key to the City now as I play with it more. I find that the deck almost completely relies on a sacrifice outlet to function as intended, if there is any way of figuring out how to add more of those.

August 15, 2017 3:55 p.m.

Yeah I agree! I added some more threats in case you don't draw Ravenous Intruder which has helped a lot. :)

August 15, 2017 4:03 p.m.

I know this doesn't go along with the theme of the deck, but for other threats, Inventor's Apprentice or Pia Nalaar are viable options. For more passive damage, Reckless Fireweaver or Quicksmith Rebel could be great additions to the deck.

August 19, 2017 1 a.m.

I really like Reckless Fireweaver. Especially with Servo Schematic. I feel like it's tough to fit additional things in, and the 2-drop slot is pretty full. Thanks for the suggestions! :)

August 19, 2017 1:44 a.m.

Yeah it would be very hard to fit in, but it would be a nice addition

August 20, 2017 12:41 a.m.

Great Lord of the Rings reference. I'm upvoting the deck.

August 25, 2017 7 p.m.

Hey, thanks! Glad you appreciated it :)

August 26, 2017 12:42 a.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.17
Tokens 1/1 Servo
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-16 Mountain main
+2 Ornithopter main
-2 Abrade main
+2 Invigorated Rampage main
+4 Bomat Courier main
+16 Mountain main
+1 Key to the City main
-3 Fling main
+2 Scrap Trawler main
-2 Ornithopter main
+1 Shock main
-3 Brazen Scourge main
+2 Untethered Express main
-4 Servo Schematic main
+4 Brazen Scourge main
-2 Invigorated Rampage main
-4 Bomat Courier main
-2 Shock main
+4 Ramunap Ruins main
+4 Abrade main
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