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The Allied Siege on Felidar

Creatures (25)

3 Zulaport Cutthroat
3 Drana’s Emissary
4 Serene Steward
4 Kalastria Healer
3 Lantern Scout
4 Siege Rhino
2 Felidar Sovereign
2 Defiant Bloodlord

Spells (12)

3 Feed the Clan
2 Shamanic Revelation
3 Murderous Cut
4 Abzan Charm

Lands (23)

2 Sandsteppe Citadel
3 Scoured Barrens
3 Blossoming Sands
2 Jungle Hollow
4 Plains
4 Forest
5 Swamp

With the release of a new set and Theros rotating out, Standard will soon go about some big changes. Here’s a cheap, fun deck to take to your FNM before everyone gets the chance to build the same 5 decks. Two things made me want to brew this. One was the reprint of Felidar Sovereign. The other was the realization that the Promo version of Siege Rhino was only 2$ a piece. The deck boasts 17 allies at CMC 3 and below, and the top end is all creatures that will benefit from the work these allies get started. Let’s dive right in.

Felidar Sovereign has a big body that can live through most combat and is an entertaining way for us to win. In theory, it allows us to treat any life we gain throughout the game as damage dealt. Once we gain 20 and hit that 40 mark, we can win. It’s not hard to hit 40 life when we can gain a quarter of that off of a single Feed the Clan. Defiant Bloodlord on the other hand, quite literally makes gaining life dealing damage. It turns Feed the Clan into the best 2 drop burn spell ever printed. The only problem with Bloodlord is we get nothing from gaining 50 life before we cast it. Bloodlord and Sovereign go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. And if they’re the PB&J, then Siege Rhino is the bread that makes them work. If you’ve played any Standard in the last year, you know exactly how powerful Siege Rhino is. Big body, explosive ETB, cheap cost.

Serene Steward allows us to turn our small army into an oppressive force. We have so many ways to gain life we’ll have no problem turning several 2/2′s and 1/1′s into 4/4′s and 5/5′s. Between Lifelands, Rally triggers, Rhino, Upkeep Triggers, ETC, we’ll have no trouble finding the time to spare a ‘W’ here and there for her. Kalastria healer is a little lackluster as far a body goes, but since we run 17 allies he’ll be able to generate plenty of value. Lantern Scout lets us gain massive amounts of life. Who cares if they block our whole army if Bloodlord is on the board and they still take lethal? 

Feed the Clan can be devastating in a deck like this. It allows some crazy plays like getting us from 30 to 40 in time for Felidar to win us the game. It can blow an opponent completely out of the water with Bloodlord on board. It can keep us from losing when we need a huge bump. It’s awesome. Abzan Charm is modal, and if I haven’t shoved every modal spell from Khans block down your throats in every single deck I could cram them into then I’m doing something wrong. As usual, all the modes are relevant. 1) Killing things is great. Exiling them is better. This will help us deal with any threats coming our way. 2) Q: Is drawing at instant speed is good? A: Yes. Q: Do we care about 2 life in a deck with this much lifegain? A: No.  3) This helps get our smaller creatures in the beginning over our opponents creatures. It can save us from some removal. It can help enable Ferocious. Shamanic Revelation is a card that will almost always benefit you. If it’s a completely dead card, things are probably already really bad. It can fill your hand up like crazy after dumping it onto the board, and can gain loads of life. It’s great in here.

Have fun gaining tons of life and beating in some face!

-G

((This deck could definitely benefit form a larger budget. Things like a better mana base with Shambling Vent, Anafenza the Foremost, Beastcaller Savant, and Sorin, Solemn Visitor to name a few. There is also potential for a deck styled around Mastery of the Unseen paired with Felidar Sovereign.))