Is Aggro an option?
Being Aggro is an option
In my last article I raised some options to stop all of Hinata’s power in the format, including some aggressive options, since going under a strategy that generates so much virtual mana and card advantage is interesting. Today the article will focus on a very aggressive deck that has become very popular, Boros Aggro.
Boros Aggro is not a new strategy in Standard, in fact, since the release of cards like Kumano Faces Kakkazan and Thundering Raiju a lot of people have tried to make Boros work. The biggest problem in general is mana, which isn’t especially good when decks are trying to drop 1 red or white, drop 2 also both colors, drop 3 with two whites and drop 4 with two reds. Either things worked really well, or you missed the chance to go wild. Having just double-cost Thundering Raiju made things easier, basically needing one source of each color on the field to make your game.
Otherwise, it is an extremely aggressive deck that has a rare characteristic to Standard decks, range. In addition to Play with Fire and Roil Eruption, the aforementioned Kumano Faces Kakkazan and Thundering Raiju are range cards, those that alone can wipe out the opponent’s last life points, reducing the number of fights needed to win.
Another important point of this deck is that it is one of the strategies that makes Bloodthirsty Adversary turn two without major problems, even more so with Kumano Faces Kakkazan made turn 1. In a deck like Grixis Vampires I was radically against this type of play because the deck didn’t had follow up for an aggressive stance like this, but in this deck, where several creatures have haste, it’s quite acceptable to make vampire turn 2 and the next copies be used with “multickicker”.
I really like this side plan, with Angelfire Ignition being the card that I see the most confusion. I really like this card against other decks, although I liked it better versus Mono Green, which had a bit of a hard time dealing with a large creature, whereas Mono White just exiles. Still, it’s an interesting grip for pushing a lot of damage, so I like the card. But I don’t deny that using removals in this slot is interesting too.
Still on side, the most important side plan is against Hinata, so:
Side in: 1 Showdown of the Skalds, 3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, 4 Elite Spellbinder, 1 Valorous Stance
Side out: 4 Brutal Cathar, 4 Play with Fire, 1 Roil Eruption
I take Brutal Cathar away because it’s a really weak removal and it doesn’t guarantee good attacks unless it’s the lethal one on the turn you cast it, and I lower burns because ok, they’re range in the match and they rarely protect themselves from it, but I need to push damage first and a good part of my side in is based on pushing more damage. We want to buy time, make good attacks and only then use our range. Remembering that Valorous Stance is a time walk window and a time walk for an aggro deck is beautiful.
This week we will have the $500 Cash GGtoor M:TG Arena Duel #15 (FREE!) and Boros is a great option for those who are going to play and prefer to attack opponents.
Until the next article!