Viability of Mono-Blue Spirits in Pioneer

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Posted on May 9, 2022, 10:57 a.m. by Guerric

Hi all! I play mostly commander and have played Modern and Standard a bit in the past, but I am potentially interested in a Pioneer deck. When I built my Modern deck I started with a deck I could build into the budget of since it was pricey, and over time built it to its best version. Mono-colored appeals to me in Pioneer, because I won't have to invest as much in the mana base upfront. Spirits appeals to me, and a colleague who plays almost every format actively told me mono-blue spirits can be a thing in Pioneer. What are your thoughts? I don't need a Tier1 deck to start, just a viable one I can win some games with. I could eventually build it into a multi-colored one down the road. I also talked with my colleague about how much I enjoyed mono-blue tempo from the days of Guilds of Ravnica through War of the Spark standard metas, and he said I might like this deck on account of that.

KL185 says... #2

I think youd be happy to know it is a popular thing. It occasionally has good league results.

May 9, 2022 4:51 p.m.

Argy says... #3

I play a successful mono blue Pioneer deck. It is aggressive in the early game, then gets unblockable damage through in the late game.

I have built quite a few good Pioneer decks that are outside the meta.

My advice with a mono blue deck would be to ignore a Spirits theme.

Go with two ideas - tempo, and unblockable. There are MANY great unblockable tempo and blue creatures, plus things like Whirler Rogue and Rogue's Passage

Interrupting your opponent's tempo will lengthen the game. Then you get all your unblockable damage through, across the course of the game.

If you build a deck like this, and want me to look at it, mention me in its comments.

May 10, 2022 9:46 a.m.

KL185 says... #4

Delver of secrets is in pioneer too! I made a shitty delver deck and I can post it here

May 10, 2022 9:51 a.m.

Guerric says... #5

KL185 Sounds great! I'll definitely take a look at it!

May 10, 2022 10:24 a.m.

rotimislaw says... #6

Definately good call for a Pioneer start. There are multiple viable Spirit deck options in Pioneer that differ in pricing, so it’s easy to start (budget mono-blue version, a.k.a. Blue Skies), space to improve theme (Azorious or even Collected Company Bant version)

Good luck!

May 11, 2022 3:08 p.m.

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