Hello everyone! I’m feeling more and more like Affinity is going to be my current deck of choice among the top performers. It just feels really powerful, creating board states that are not only overwhelming but also downright absurd. The chain of Frogmites, Myr Enforcers and Somber Hoverguards tends to produce free wins against unprepared adversaries, and is bolstered by the innate acceleration of Springleaf Drum. On the whole Affinity is not so much an instrument of precision as it is a rusty metallic bludgeon. Even resolving Fling, all the while sacrificing an elephantine Atog, feels primitive in its brutality. That’s not to say that playing Affinity doesn’t feel good, because it certainly does!
The deck has been referred to as aggro-combo, though I like to think it fills more of a midrange role within the Pauper metagame. The game plan we’d ideally like to have unfold involves early color fixing, followed by under-priced creature threats (Carapace Forger), and supplemented with burn (Galvanic Blast) and card advantage (Thoughtcast). If that isn’t enough (it usually is), we also have a long-range Atog-plus-Fling finisher that keeps opponents from ever truly being safe. In fact, Affinity does so many things well I’m surprised it’s not sponsored by the Swiss Army.
This isn’t to say that the deck has no weak spots. Truth be told, there are a number of cards that persecute the strategy with extreme prejudice. Gorilla Shaman, Ancient Grudge and Gleeful Sabotage are just a few examples. Size-indifferent removal by way of Mono-Black Control can also equate to an uphill battle. In spite of all this, Affinity still performs consistently well in the Daily Event metagame.
Today I’m going to pilot the latest iteration of my RUG Affinity deck. This won’t look too different from the one I piloted in Dime a Dozen #16 and wrote about in Dime a Dozen #23. Below you can find the decklist, and below that is a deck tech video (followed by a few matches)!
RUG Affinity by Jason Moore
I hope you’ve enjoyed these videos! I’m still looking to improve the deck and test various configurations of it. Let me know if you’d like to see more coverage of (RUG?) Affinity in future installments. As always, thanks for reading and please comment!