Kaladesh Remastered has arrived on MTG Arena! Kaladesh brings with it some of the most powerful cards in MTG and will be sure to have a massive impact on the Historic format. Today we’ve got 8 new Historic decks for you to check out, click the hyperlinks in the deck titles for an exportable MTG Goldfish list. You can listen to episode 206 of our podcast HERE for a discussion of the decks in this article.
Kicking things off with a ghost of standard past: Mardu Vehicles.
Deck #1: Mardu Vehicles
Mardu Vehicles was a powerhouse in Standards past. This strategy features aggressive early creatures and hard to deal with threats like Scrapheap Scrounger and Heart of Kiran. Mardu picks up Historic staples like Thoughtseize and Bonecrusher Giant and tops off with the powerful 4 mana threats of Hazoret, the Fervent and Chandra, Torch of Defiance. I expect some aggressive vehicles strategy to be definitely be competitive in Historic.
Deck #2: BW Vehicles
Who says you need to be red to play vehicles? BW vehicles abandons red in favor of a cleaner manabase, more 3 power 2-drops, and Maul of the Skyclaves. Gideon Blackblade is an aggressive/cheap planeswalker that curves wonderfully with Heart of Kiran that is bound to put opponents on the backfoot. The curve in this deck tops off at 3 meaning you will have many opportunities to double spell early in the game to demand an answer from your opponent.
Deck #3: Scourge Burn
Scourge Burn is a strategy that almost entirely ports over from Pioneer, only losing access to Monastery Swiftspear. In its place we have Ghitu Lavarunner and Wizard’s Lightning to stay on the early aggression. Scourge of the Skyclave is going to get big quickly in this deck as you put on a lot of pressure early in the game while also chipping away at your own life total with shock lands and MDFCs. The one-two punch of Thoughtseize and Dreadhorde Arcanist is nothing to scoff at either. Lurrus fills the companion slot for this strategy and gives your opponent another thing to worry about. This is definitely a deck I’m very excited to try out.
Deck #4: RB Aggro
This deck may look familiar, it dominated Standard before Kaldesh and Dominaria rotated. The main deck is almost entirely the same as its Standard counterpart aside from the addition of Bonecrusher Giant,Shatterskull Smashing, and Embercleave. The mana skews heavily into red to support Goblin Chainwhirler which has the potential to be very good in Historic right now with the amount of 1-toughness creatures floating around. Thoughtseize is a huge pickup for the sideboard as well.
Deck #5: Abzan Counters
Abzan Counters is an archetype that can be taken in a few different directions. This build focuses on counters synergies and tops off with Vivien, Arkbow Ranger. Vivien gives you a way to punch through boards with your massive creatures and also allows you to tutor for creatures to help you get out of sticky situations. One notable omission is Llanowar Elves, I could definitely see it sliding into this list.
Here’s another take on the counters archetype:
Deck #6: Counters Company
This version drops Vivien, Thoughtseize, and Fatal Push from the maindeck in favor of Collected Company and a more diverse creature package. Unsure of which version is better but I’m leaning towards the version with Thoughseize and Vivien main.
Deck #7: Gruul Aggro
Gruul remains one of the best decks in the format, especially since the return of Burning-Tree Emissary. The only pickup from Kaladesh for Gruul is Chandra, Torch of Defiance, but this is a big one. It’s a must answer threat and acts as removal, card advantage, and mana acceleration; all things that Gruul Aggro is happy to have. There are a lot of difference ways you can build Gruul (including Collected Company builds) but I’m liking the look of this after playing a lot with Company Gruul earlier in the week.
Deck #8: Mono Black Aggro
This is another deck that almost entirely ports over from Pioneer. Losing Mutavault is huge, but we do have access to a similar-but-much-worse version of a creature land in Crawling Barrens. Bloodsoaked Champion is replaced with Gutterbones and we have ourselves an aggro deck! Finding room for a copy or two of Demonic Embrace would probably be my next step with this deck, but I think this is an excellent place to start in the new format.
Deck #9: Hidden Stockpile Procession
This deck closes out our list as a DWC favourite. We played a version of this deck years ago in Standard during the dominance of RB Aggro. The deck does some pretty absurd things with Hidden Stockpile and Anointed Procession and can gain a crazy amount of life with Anointer Priest. This deck functions as a prison deck and can be very challenging to play and a lot of fun.
That wraps up our deck dump for Historic featuring Kaladesh Remastered! Be sure to shoot our Twitch and YouTube channels a follow if you want to see these decks in action over the next few days. Also if you’re looking for a free Historic tournament to battle in for some stakes, the DWC “Take Our Money” series is returning on November 21st! Details and registration can be found HERE!