Unlike the various flavors of black devotion decks, G/R Monsters hasn’t really experimented with different splashes. Sure, there have been some RUG decks
out there, but once you go Naya, you’re often better off being on the more controlling side of midrange.
However, our deck today focuses on its Monster roots, eschewing powerful late game cards like Elspeth, Sun’s Champion all together. I have to say that I
like that approach. Rather than going down the full Naya path, grebyn90 recognized what Monsters’ strengths were and played to them.
Chained to the Rocks gives you a powerful, cheap removal spell, albeit one that is weak to Abrupt Decay and opposing Stormbreath Dragons. That said, being
able to play multiple spells per turn is one of the easiest ways to get a tempo advantage, and that’s exactly what this deck is looking for.
The last thing I’d like to touch on is the sideboard. Unflinching Courage is an outright bomb against certain decks and is one of the reasons to splash
white in this deck in the first place. R/W Burn might not be a bad matchup per se, but if everyone is anticipating a field full of black devotion decks, it
might be wise to plan on fighting their number one enemy as well.
White might not be the perfect option, but as the metagame ebbs and flows, it’s important to keep in mind what options are available to you. You don’t lose
much by swapping out the black while white has significant gains, so it wouldn’t surprise me if this splash showed up more often in the future.
- 4 Ghor-Clan Rampager
- 4 Elvish Mystic
- 3 Polukranos, World Eater
- 4 Sylvan Caryatid
- 4 Stormbreath Dragon
- 2 Boon Satyr
- 4 Courser of Kruphix