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Dark Ascension Deck Possibilities

Dark Ascension has brought forth quite a few solid deck archetypes. While normal deck types like Mono Red and Delver will remain relatively unchanged, there are other decks that have become far more viable now, mono black no longer has to rely on infect, and yes, the emergence of Sorin of Innistrad has brought forth a new deck entirely. Let's take a look at what this set has brought forth in standard.

RG Werewolves

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Red
Green
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Gold7
Green19
Land24
Red11
Converted Mana Cost
18
216
37
46
Type
Basic Land12
Creature29
Instant8
Land12
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Wolfbitten Captive
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Firstly, the Werewolf archetype has FINALLY arrived. While it's still no the most viable deck out there, it has become usable with the addition of Wolfbitten Captive, Immerwolf, and Huntmaster of the Fells (who is easily one of the top 5 cards in the set). Wolfbitten Captive is a pretty sick 1-drop, Immerwolf as a lord is awesome added onto Mayor of Avabruck and Instigator Gang, who are just great, and finally, the huntmaster hmakes for an awesome sort of Kitchen Finks creature. Moonmist is an easy decision, and as for the last 4 spots, normally I'd give them to brimstone volley, but after play-testing it ended up being too expensive to use, so I changed it to Incinerate. Lastly, in the sideboard, to counteract Tempered Steel, 4 Ancient Grudges are in there, 4 Full Moon's Rises are put in to counteract mass removal,  4 Whipflares are in there to counteract the inevitability of BW Tokens (I'll talk about that later) and lastly, there are 3 Dismembers to fight infect decks and large creatures. This deck excites me because I wanted to build a deck with this mechanic earlier on, but it was definitely not viable before these new releases. It's not the greatest deck in standard, but it should be somewhat viable, and a ton of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Post Dark Ascension Mono Black

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Black
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Artifact4
Black32
Land24
Converted Mana Cost
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28
38
48
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Basic Land24
Creature24
Instant8
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Next is the fact that there is a mono black deck aside from infect now, with a few awesome new releases. The deck is going to be centered around zombies, whereas in the last standard it was mainly focused on vampires. Unlike the last standard though, this one has 2 really good 1-drops in Diregraf Ghoul and Gravecrawler, who is currently being called the new Bloodghast. He may not be as good, but he's still a solid 2/1 who gets the job done. The deck is somewhat this at the 2-Drop space where the only creature worth using is Highborn Ghoul, and even he's not that spectacular, but in the 3 and 4-drop areas, this deck really shines. In the 3-Drops you have cemetery reaper, who not only gives your zombies a power boost but also gives you more zombies, but you also get one of the most exciting cards of the new set, Geralf's Messenger, who in the context of a mono black deck, is a superior version of Kitchen Finks. And of course, in 4-drops, you have Obliterator and Lashwrithe. In the sideboard, you have removal substitutions and Mental Misstep to counteract Nihil Spellbomb and other 1-drops, and lastly Black Sun Zenith to counteract the BW Token deck which, again, I'll discuss later. Lastly though, I'd like to talk about Tragic Slip, or as I'd like to call it, THE BEST REMOVAL SPELL IN STANDARD. Many are going to say it's not that good due to its conditional nature, but my 2 points are that 1. There are plenty of 1 toughness creatures worth noticing in standard anyway and 2. Conditional natures didn't keep Brimstone Volley from being awesome. I think this or something like this will become one of the top 5 decks in standard, and is worth checking out.

Lastly, there is the inevitable BW Token Deck that will come about with the release of Sorin. I haven't made a build for it, but trust me when I say it will emerge as one of the bigger name decks. While this will happen though, I think its strength will be short lived. Decks will start side-boarding against it like crazy, using mass removal spells like Whipflare, Slagstorm, Day of Judgement, Black Sun's Zenith, the list goes on. And while even then I still think it will be a solid deck, I doubt it will become the top deck in standard.

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