Magic the Gathering Red decks

Deck Tech: Atarka Red

"Atarka Red has not really been popular as a result of how prevalent White Weenie was in the beginning. Its a really bad matchup, as you cannot race it fast adequate. They have creatures starting from turn 1 like I do, but their creatures are bigger and can even grow. This is the reason Atarka Red hasn't seen the light of day."

Real sufficient, this is the first-time we're seeing Atarka Red since Shadows over Innistrad joined the fray. It is popularity peaked during Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir and Pro journey Magic Origins, with Joel Larsson and Martin Dang winning those occasions respectively. Using the rotation of crucial staples including Hordeling Outburst, Become Immense, and Temur Battle Rage, it might seem the archetype went from hero to zero.

Most players would concur that the one-drops will be the most important element of a Red aggro deck, because you should begin applying force while everyone else is installing their particular mana and fumbling due to their tapped places. Monastery Swiftspear's departure hurt the archetype a lot, but Tan quickly considered Village Messenger while the replacement. Not exactly trustworthy, he eventually decided on Falkenrath Gorger alternatively.

"It's just the usual things. A bunch of one-drops, Abbot for the Keral Keep and Reckless Bushwhacker. Titan's power will give you some burst harm and Atarka's Command continues to be ideal card into the deck. The deck isn't innovative, it really is just forgotten. And also this week-end is the best opportunity to play it."

8-1 in Day 1, but still going strong!

What performed Tan anticipate the metagame to be in Tokyo?

"Judging from the outcomes of Grand Prix Toronto and a week ago's StarCityGames activities, it can seem like the control porches are on the rise. For example, we believed that White-Black Control, Black-Green Control, Grixis Control and White-Green or Naya Midrange decks to be preferred. If this trend takes place, Ramp methods will even collect."

True adequate, a lot of the most useful people within the room tend to be playing control decks for this nature (or have plumped for trump with Ramp). However the just card that counts to Tan is Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Thankfully, he has got everything planned, which is the reason why a specific burn enchantment is back within the blend.

The previous incarnation of Atarka Red needed united states to dedicate about seven to eight slots to house the dangerous combo of Temur Battle Rage and be Immense. These cards had a significantly higher "DPS" compared to the three-mana sorcery. Along side Roast and Act of Treason from the sideboard, Tan has an abundance of answers to what he feels is the better card against him.

"exactly why we elected this deck with this certain week-end, is because it really is a great time to relax and play midrange, control and ramp. They are Atarka Red's most readily useful matchups. White-Green Tokens and Bant Company are beatable, but they will not reside as high a percentage as prior to."

And just how about Mono White Humans?

"Oh, i have haven't played just a single one thus far, most likely since there are only few. I don't believe there's one single deck that will overcome every thing and placement is vital. You simply need to select a deck that is great up against the larger an element of the metagame and hope to dodge your bad matchups."

Smart words certainly. These days, Tan has actually sent another opponent, advancing to 9-1. Will his burning streak continue?


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