Today I'm playing with a brand new aggressive deck that has been made possible by Ravnica Allegiance. Rakdos and Gruul are the two most aggressive guilds in Ravnica Allegiance, and this deck has a full 12 one-drops. Having an early source of pressure is important to enable the spectacle cards.

The deck plays out in a fairly straightforward way; a lot of the time it's just a matter of curving out as best you can. That said, there are late-game situations that come up where it becomes important to manage Theater of Horrors and make sure to enable spectacle to turn on your best lategame cards. There are some vulnerabilities to specific cards like Goblin Chainwhirler to kill your one-toughness creatures, though the mono-red matchup did go our way overall in these games.

Kaya's Wrath, out of the Esper deck, is pretty tough to play around. Gutterbones was probably the MVP in this set of games; even when it dies it can be brought back from the graveyard. The mana can become an issue at times, as you really do want to have both colors in your opener to feel comfortable.

The deck can of course also be played in best of three as well. Sideboard cards like Duress or Drill Bit certainly come in to give you an additional angle of attack against control. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if discard spells end up being the most important sideboard cards in the entire format. There are also other directions you can take the Rakdos colors. Being more base red or black in either direction does make the manabase a little better. That being said the power level of this version is quite high, and I couldn't bring myself to add in Rakdos Guildgates.

I'm so excited for this new Standard format; there are a lot of new decks with potential. I will definitely be going over more in the future, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield