New Brews for M14

M14 is fully spoiled now, and it turned out to be a very exciting set. Hopefully it will be enough to shake up the Standard metagame.

I’d like to share a few decklists today. These lists are untested, but I think they each have promise.So without further ado…

Man, Anthony Giordimaina is going to love this one. M14 came with some excellent creatures that fit right into the mono green decks.

Being a Legacy staple ever since it was printed in the Counterpunch Commander precon, Scavenging Ooze is a card that many people are very excited about. It’s possible that it belongs in the sideboard of this list, but I think the card might be good enough to stand on its own in the mainboard.

Witchstalker is another interesting card. I don’t know how often it’s triggered ability will be relevant, but a 3/3 hexproof for 3 is good enough for me.

Vorapede hasn’t really had a fair shake during its Standard career, being overshadowed by cards like Thragtusk and Wolfir Silverheart. But I actually think Vorapede is the right five drop for this list due to its undying, and trample without the aid of Rancor.

I won’t lie to you… I was pretty tired when I made this list. There’s probably nothing here, but Favorable Winds has always been a card that seemed like it was almost good enough, so when I saw Warden of Evos Isle, I had to try.

Also, I swear Seacoast Drake isn’t as bad as it looks.

Green might be the wrong splash color here, but Rancor felt necessary to get over any Lingering Souls tokens that our opponents throw out. (Editor’s Note: Lingering Souls might be a good direction to go with all the fixing flying around these days!)

This is obviously similar to The Aristocrats, but I wanted to see what happens if we forsake the usual Tragic Slips and Orzhov Charms and use steal effects as our removal.

There aren’t really any M14 cards here except for Barrage of Expendables, which synergizes perfectly with Blood Artist and our removal plan.

This version is probably worse than the usual Aristocrats lists, but it definitely looks more fun.

This list feels very solid, and may be what I decide to play once the set is finally released.

Brave the Elements is an extremely powerful card. I’m glad they reprinted it because it’s basically the reason I made this list in the first place.

Path of Bravery is another card I feel good about. It allows you to race the more aggressive decks, and the anthem effect will be turned on the majority of the time against midrange or control decks.

The last card I want to talk about here is Angel of Jubilation; this is another card that has been shoved aside by other four-drops, primarily Sublime Archangel. However, chump blocking for value is at an all time high right now with cards like Thragtusk, Voice of Resurgence, and Lingering Souls. Swinging with only one creature at a time isn’t where you want to be right now.

Boy do I miss Shrine of Burning Rage.

This list might be way off, but Young Pyromancer’s triggered ability seems very strong. It will be interesting to see if she can fit into our current Standard metagame.

I miss decks like this. I’d love it if it became viable again.

There’s a lot of synergy happening here with Archangel of Thune and cards like Path of Bravery and Scavenging Ooze. This is another list that feels very solid. Your creatures will almost always beat out theirs, and you have life gain to help race the aggro decks.

Well that’s it for now. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of these decklists, or share your own.

Thanks for reading!

Steve Wilber