This week's Planeswalker Duel Deck is all about the dinosaurs. Fortunately, if you missed the beginning of the series, you don't have to go quite so far back in time! Check it out below.

Due to a combination of factors (extensive work commitments and not being compelled by the sets), I didn't end up playing much Limited during Ixalan Block. But with regards to this project, I think that ends up being a benefit, since all of those themes (mostly tribal) are still fresh!

Huatli is a member of the Dinosaur civilization, in case you couldn't already tell. And since she makes Dinosaurs, and Red/White's theme in that block was Dinosaurs...well, I think you see where I'm going with this.

Check out her lineup of large lizards:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Huatli, Warrior Poet by Andy Hurst

'Huatli, Warrior Poet' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $33.11

Cards

Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Boros Guildgate

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.07

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Boros Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

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Territorial Hammerskull

Color Identity:W

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Whenever Territorial Hammerskull attacks, tap target creature an opponent controls.

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Raptor Hatchling

Color Identity:R

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Enrage — Whenever Raptor Hatchling is dealt damage, create a 3/3 green Dinosaur creature token with trample.

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Imperial Ceratops

Color Identity:W

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Enrage — Whenever Imperial Ceratops is dealt damage, you gain 2 life.

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Zetalpa, Primal Dawn

Color Identity:W

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Flying, double strike, vigilance, trample, indestructible

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Frilled Deathspitter

Color Identity:R

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Enrage — Whenever Frilled Deathspitter is dealt damage, it deals 2 damage to target opponent or planeswalker.

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Baffling End

Color Identity:W

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When Baffling End enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less.
When Baffling End leaves the battlefield, target opponent creates a 3/3 green Dinosaur creature token with trample.

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Steadfast Armasaur

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
{1}{W}, {T}: Steadfast Armasaur deals damage equal to its toughness to target creature blocking or blocked by it.

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Warleader's Helix

Color Identity:R,W

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Warleader's Helix deals 4 damage to any target and you gain 4 life.

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Imperial Aerosaur

Color Identity:W

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Flying
When Imperial Aerosaur enters the battlefield, another target creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains flying until end of turn.

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Slice and Dice

Color Identity:R

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Slice and Dice deals 4 damage to each creature.
Cycling {2}{R} ({2}{R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Slice and Dice, you may have it deal 1 damage to each creature.

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Burning Sun's Avatar

Color Identity:R

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When Burning Sun's Avatar enters the battlefield, it deals 3 damage to target opponent or planeswalker and 3 damage to up to one target creature.

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Charging Monstrosaur

Color Identity:R

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Trample, haste

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Temple Altisaur

Color Identity:W

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If a source would deal damage to another Dinosaur you control, prevent all but 1 of that damage.

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Stone Quarry

Color Identity:R,W

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Stone Quarry enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Lightning Helix

Color Identity:R,W

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Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.

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Goring Ceratops

Color Identity:W

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Double strike
Whenever Goring Ceratops attacks, other creatures you control gain double strike until end of turn.

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Sky Terror

Color Identity:R,W

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Flying, menace

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Kinjalli's Caller

Color Identity:W

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Dinosaur spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Looming Spires

Color Identity:R

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Looming Spires enters the battlefield tapped.
When Looming Spires enters the battlefield, target creature gets +1/+1 and gains first strike until end of turn.
{T}: Add {R}.

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Huatli, Warrior Poet

Color Identity:R,W

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+2: You gain life equal to the greatest power among creatures you control.
0: Create a 3/3 green Dinosaur creature token with trample.
−X: Huatli, Warrior Poet deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures. Creatures dealt damage this way can't block this turn.

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Otepec Huntmaster

Color Identity:R

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Dinosaur spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
{T}: Target Dinosaur gains haste until end of turn.

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Wind-Scarred Crag

Color Identity:R,W

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Wind-Scarred Crag enters the battlefield tapped.
When Wind-Scarred Crag enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Tormenting Voice

Color Identity:R

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards.

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Blighted Gorge

Color Identity:R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice Blighted Gorge: It deals 2 damage to any target.

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Nest Robber

Color Identity:R

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Haste

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Dinosaur Stampede

Color Identity:R

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Attacking creatures get +2/+0 until end of turn. Dinosaurs you control gain trample until end of turn.

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Needletooth Raptor

Color Identity:R

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Enrage — Whenever Needletooth Raptor is dealt damage, it deals 5 damage to target creature an opponent controls.

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Forerunner of the Empire

Color Identity:R

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When Forerunner of the Empire enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Dinosaur card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
Whenever a Dinosaur enters the battlefield under your control, you may have Forerunner of the Empire deal 1 damage to each creature.

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Shining Aerosaur

Color Identity:W

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Flying

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Bellowing Aegisaur

Color Identity:W

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Enrage — Whenever Bellowing Aegisaur is dealt damage, put a +1/+1 counter on each other creature you control.

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Pyrohemia

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of the end step, if no creatures are on the battlefield, sacrifice Pyrohemia.
{R}: Pyrohemia deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

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Thrash of Raptors

Color Identity:R

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As long as you control another Dinosaur, Thrash of Raptors gets +2/+0 and has trample.

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Boros Garrison

Color Identity:R,W

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Boros Garrison enters the battlefield tapped.
When Boros Garrison enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {R}{W}.

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Relentless Raptor

Color Identity:R,W

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Vigilance
Relentless Raptor attacks or blocks each combat if able.

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Arc Lightning

Color Identity:R

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Arc Lightning deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three targets.

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Sandstone Bridge

Color Identity:W

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Sandstone Bridge enters the battlefield tapped.
When Sandstone Bridge enters the battlefield, target creature gets +1/+1 and gains vigilance until end of turn.
{T}: Add {W}.

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Charging Tuskodon

Color Identity:R

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Trample
If Charging Tuskodon would deal combat damage to a player, it deals double that damage to that player instead.

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Plains

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Sun-Crowned Hunters

Color Identity:R

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Enrage — Whenever Sun-Crowned Hunters is dealt damage, it deals 3 damage to target opponent or planeswalker.

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Soul's Fire

Color Identity:R

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Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Snubhorn Sentry

Color Identity:W

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Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
Snubhorn Sentry gets +3/+0 as long as you have the city's blessing.

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The Game Plan

We're looking to hit extremely hard with our big fat dinos, and occasionally make use of the enrage triggers to gain a ton of incidental advantages. At pretty much every spot up the curve, we've got a dangerous dino to play, and like a typical Large Creature type, our best monsters are also our biggest. That said, some of our early plays are weird, like the Relentless Raptors that are forced into every combat. Try to sequence your plays such that you can leave up for tricks or incentivize bad combats for your opponent, so that the raptors live to be relentless for another day. Our removal, I'm proud to report, is fantastic. Both Lightning Helix and Warleader's Helix are flexible, powerful, and can be cast at instant speed. Slice and Dice can clear the board. Pyrohemia can manage the board as well as constantly set off lots of enrage triggers. Arc Lightning can do the same on a smaller scale or eliminate multiple opposing creatures.

The Rares

Altisaur supports a plan: allowing Enrage triggers to put in the work while not letting too many of our creatures die in the process. The body is meh for the cost, but that ability is too clutch to pass up.

Decent stats, plus some built-in removal, and the good creature type all add up to a no-brainer for one of our Rare slots.

This creature does not have a large body, and it does have a large casting cost. Not ideal. BUT! Fortunately for us, the Ceratops here has a backbreaking ability. Giving our entire team Double Strike when it attacks can swing an entire game around, especially given that many of our other Dinos pack a bigger punch. If your opponent lets Ceratops swing with 1-2 other creatures, they're in trouble.

When I look at Zetalpa, I picture it as some sort of Used Keyword Salesman in a local commercial, shouting at us about trying to unload his stock of extra abilities while his arms look like those inflatable tube men. When I play with Zetalpa, I silently keep the count until I get to 8 and then slam this monster, daring the opponent to come up with something to stop the Keyword Soup. I'm a buyer here either way.

Unsung Hero

They've explored the design space around Cycling well at this point, and I'm glad they have, because it means they keep bringing it back as a mechanic. It's one of my favorites, and it also happens to make for welcome inclusions in these decks, as they let me play hate cards that can get cashed in when not needed.

But back in the day when Onslaught Block was around, cycling triggers were new territory. And boy, were they awesome. They couldn't be countered (except in the corner case Stifle, which then became a pet card in our group), they were useful at various points in the game, and they still drew the card!

In this deck, Slice and Dice serves two functions. The first is as a reset button; our deck has several big late game plays and is in no rush to end things early, so we may need to clear the board at some point. Keep in mind that if we have the Altisaur in play, casting Slice and Dice will only ping your squad while (presumably) wiping out the opponent's. The cycling effect is similar in this case, except that we can do it at instant speed and trigger all of our Enrage abilities when the opponent least expects it. Either way, expect the opponent to be cut up about it.