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Explorer4, spicy!

Explorer4, spicy!

4spicy explorer decks!

Welcome to a new article for ATtournament and today we will be looking at 4 lists of MTGA Explorer, the format of which was the last qualifier and which, in general opinion, is the most fun format of magic arena.

Unfortunately the lack of internet and time meant that I couldn’t play the qualifier, although I spent a lot of time testing it and to see that the results in general are not far from what I thought, leaves me calm.

First let’s start with what I was going to play:

Deck (60)
Burning-Tree Emissary
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
Bonecrusher Giant
Anax, Hardened in the Forge
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Embercleave
Kumano Faces Kakkazan
14 Mountain
Castle Embereth
Den of the Bugbear
Ramunap Ruins
Soul-Scar Mage
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Runaway Steam-Kin
Falkenrath Pit Fighter
Reckless Rage
Fanatical Firebrand
Sideboard (15)
Reckless Rage
Pithing Needle
Unlicensed Hearse
Fry
Tormod’s Crypt
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Goblin Chainwhirler
Rampaging Ferocidon
Hazoret the Fervent

Simple and straightforward mono red aggro, list by the great Frank Karsten ( hall of fame and great mathematician ). Although I could not play, I saw that not only he entered playing the play-in on Friday, but also did day 2 in the qualifier, unfortunately he did not do well on day 2 but the list is pretty solid.

Now, which were the decks that did have a good day 2 in the qualifier?

These were:

Rakdos Sacrifice (6-1)

Companion (1)
Jegantha, the Wellspring

Deck (60)
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
Cauldron Familiar
Unlucky Witness
Voldaren Epicure
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Mayhem Devil
Fatal Push
Village Rites
Deadly Dispute
Claim the Firstborn
Witch’s Oven
Mountain
Swamp
Castle Locthwain
Blightstep Pathway
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Den of the Bugbear
Haunted Ridge
Blood Crypt
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Sideboard (15)
Tenacious Underdog
Jegantha, the Wellspring
Noxious Grasp
Kolaghan’s Command
Duress
Thoughtseize
Claim the Firstborn
Unlicensed Hearse

A similar list is going around in pioneer, the combo “cat + oven” added to el diablillo, kroxa and ob nixilis, gives a huge power level to an already solid deck.

It has a lot of triggers, so whether you play it in arena or physical, practice a lot.

Jeskai Hinata

Deck (60)
Hinata, Dawn-Crowned
Goldspan Dragon
Torrential Gearhulk
Voltage Surge
Negate
Scorching Dragonfire
Fire Prophecy
Jwari Disruption
Make Disappear
Divide by Zero
Magma Opus
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Island
Mountain
Riverglide Pathway
Needleverge Pathway
Hall of Storm Giants
Stormcarved Coast
Sundown Pass
Irrigated Farmland
Otawara, Soaring City
Sideboard (15)
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Disdainful Stroke
Aether Gust
Mystical Dispute
Environmental Sciences
Teachings of the Archaics
Mascot Exhibition
Soul-Guide Lantern
Reckoner Bankbuster

Oh boy! the standard bad guy also in explorer.

Hinata and magma opus is too strong to ignore, but added to the fact that torrential gear hulk can cast a magma opus that we discarded for treasure, it gives it a very strong additional aproach. If you were already playing this in standard, it’s merely updating the list a bit.

Well, lastly let’s take a look at a list that for me is too strong in the format and that just made a solid 7-0 in Saturday’s qualifier.

Rakdos Midrange

Deck (60)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Sorin the Mirthless
Tenacious Underdog
Bloodtithe Harvester
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Bonecrusher Giant
Graveyard Trespasser
Fatal Push
Heartless Act
Kolaghan’s Command
Thoughtseize
Bloodchief’s Thirst
The Meathook Massacre
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Mountain
Swamp
Castle Locthwain
Blightstep Pathway
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Den of the Bugbear
Haunted Ridge
Blood Crypt
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Sideboard (15)
Angrath, the Flame-Chained
Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Noxious Grasp
Bedevil
Duress
Legion’s End
Go Blank
Unlicensed Hearse
Hidetsugu Consumes All

Well, here we have the great tier 1 of the format by far. Good removals, good discard and an excellent card selection with solid planeswalkers, consistent creatures (bonecrusher, harvester and trespasser) and finishing it all off with the broken enchantment of “fable of the mirror breaker”.

Again, not too far from its grixis counterpart in standard, keep in mind that the transition to these lists is not that difficult and you would be playing a very solid tier 1.

That’s it for today, but soon we will have to dust off the alchemy cards because…my friends, the immediate future is alchemy 100%.

So good luck! and may the necessary cards always be in the topdeck!

Andres ” Blue Robot” Monsalve

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