Building red aggro in Standard usually just means taking the most efficient one and two-drops and sticking them in a deck. Over the past year, Cavalcade of Calamity has upended that pattern by providing another competitive way to rush out damage: attacking with as many small creatures as possible. Especially in multiples, Calamity can deal enough damage that it doesn't matter whether cards like Scorch Spitter or Fervent Champion connect.

There's one problem with this plan, though. Tiny creatures tend to die, especially when they attack into bigger ones. Mono-Green Aggro is currently the top creature deck in Standard, and while suiciding your minions into Lovestruck Beast still triggers Cavalcade of Calamity, it's not exactly sustainable.

But what if your opponent couldn't afford to block?

Small creatures with deathtouch put your opponent in a terrible position: block, and make a bad trade, or let them through, and take Cavalcade of Calamity damage every turn. Hooded Blightfang, the deathtouch "lord" from Ikoria, acts like Cavalcades five through eight by letting you deal even more damage with Vampire of the Dire Moon and Orzhov Enforcer. It all adds up to make your combat step a nightmare for your opponent.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Deathtouch Calamity by AliasV

'Deathtouch Calamity' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Standard

Market Price: $132.85

Cards

Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $25.14

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Orzhov Enforcer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.21

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Deathtouch
Afterlife 1 (When this creature dies, create a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Scorch Spitter

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Scorch Spitter attacks, it deals 1 damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Cavalcade of Calamity

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a creature you control with power 1 or less attacks, Cavalcade of Calamity deals 1 damage to the player or planeswalker that creature is attacking.

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Chandra's Pyreling

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a source you control deals noncombat damage to an opponent, Chandra's Pyreling gets +1/+0 and gains double strike until end of turn. (It deals both first-strike and regular combat damage.)

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Hooded Blightfang

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.78

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Deathtouch
Whenever a creature you control with deathtouch attacks, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
Whenever a creature you control with deathtouch deals damage to a planeswalker, destroy that planeswalker.

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Vampire of the Dire Moon

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.40

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Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Foulmire Knight // Profane Insight

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Shock

Color Identity:R

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Shock deals 2 damage to any target.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.53

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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