In testing for Worlds 2010, team Channel Fireball said that they wanted a deck that was good against the meta (as always), but was strong enough to win every matchup. Their main priority was to clear the “Valakut line” in building a deck for the tournament; that is, a deck that wasn’t pushed out by Valakut Ramp (i.e., midrange) and that also beat it a majority of the time. It was decided that a UB Control deck with 4 Spreading Seas and 4 Tectonic Edge was the answer. And indeed, the finals of Worlds 2010 saw two UB Decks clash, albeit piloted by the French Guillaumes Wafo-Topa and Matignon and not CFB members.
For Innistrad Block Constructed, the RW Humans deck known as Boros is the equivalent of Worlds 2010′s Valakut Ramp. The deck is so widespread and effective that any deck you play in the format that isn’t Boros has to have a legitimate game against it, usually devoting many slots in your deck to countering its most important threats.
I’ve been spending a bunch of my time displaying decks that have to exist in the same world as Boros, and are thus warped by having to include removal spells like Human Frailty and Pillar of Flame to counter their Champion of the Parish and Silverblade Paladins. But I figured today was a good day to display this format’s “Valakut line” instead of trying to shoot over it. Established decks are established for a reason, after all.
Here’s the list I played:
Boros by Gard
It’s been a very long time since I’ve played Boros, and I’m kind of wondering why. It seems to me right now to be the clear best deck in the format, competing with the Jund deck I will be playing next time. As mentioned, I have a natural distaste for aggressive decks like Boros, but I also like winning… and this deck has a lot of free wins packed into it. I’m not sure whether Jund or Boros is better yet, but if you’re looking for a deck to grind Block Dailies with all summer, look no farther than our friendly red and white neighbors.
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