WotC details first round of Challenger Decks for 'Magic: The Gathering'

WotC details first round of Challenger Decks for 'Magic: The Gathering' WOTC

The decklists for all four of the first round of Challenger Decks for Magic: The Gathering are now known and they include some noteworthy cards.

Designed for Magic's Standard format, Challenger Decks are pre-built 75-card decks that are based around some of the most powerful strategies in the format.  The decks themselves consist of a playable 60-card deck and a 15-card sideboard and they're playable right out of the box.

The complete decklists can be found on the official Magic website, but we have the TLDR version below.

The Hazoret Aggro deck, which is based on the Red Deck Wins archetype, not only features the popular Amonkhet god Hazoret the Fervent, but also the extremely powerful Planeswalker card Chandra, Torch of Defiance.  In terms of monetary value, that's almost $50 worth of cards right there as of the time of this article's publication.  Other cards of note include three copies of Soul-Scar Mage, a playset of Bomat Couriers, and one Glorybringer.  The deck has a pretty good core of direct damage spells as well including playsets of both Lightning Strike and Shock, as well as two copies each of Abrade and Magma Spray.  Two additional Magma Sprays can be found in the sideboard, as can a trio of Sentinel Totems for graveyard hate and a playset of Chandra's Defeat for mirror matches.

In Vehicle Rush, a red-white-black deck, player's won't find any Planeswalkers, but they will find a nice start to a deck designed to tear up the roads.  Headed-up by a trio of Depala, Pilot Exemplar cards and a playset of Veteran Motorists, the deck's emphasis on vehicles is clear.  As far as what vehicles are included to crew, that list is led by the mythic rare Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and a playset of Heart of Kiran.  Playing off of artifact interaction, the deck also includes four Unlicensed Disintegrations and Toolcraft Exemplars, as well as two copies of Pia Nalaar.  Vehicle Rush's land base is also something worth noting, as in addition to a playset of the highly-versatile Spire of Industry and a trio of Aether Hubs, it also includes a few one-of dual lands: Dragonskull SummitInspiring Vantage, and Concealed Courtyard.  The sideboard isn't quite as impressive, but it does include a couple cards of note such as a Duress playset, three Harsh Mentors, and a pair of Chandra's Defeats.

The third deck, Second Sun Control, gives Standard players a good solid base for a competitive control deck within the format.  Focused around Approach of the Second Sun as the primary win condition, the deck contains a number of tournament-quality control cards such as a playset each of Cast OutSupreme Will, and Censor.  The board wipes Fumigate (three copies) and Settle the Wreckage (one) are also included.  The deck contains only one creature -- a single copy of Kefnet the Mindful -- but the deck isn't really about creatures.  It's about controlling the board and drawing cards.  The deck's included playsets of Opt and Glimmer of Genius will help with that greatly.  Second Sun Control's sideboard offers a few more options such as a pair of Spell Pierces and a playset of Negate.  A second Kefnet along with four Regal Caracal cards are also included in the sideboard.

Counter Surge, the fourth and final of this first batch of Challenger Decks, is a black-green that has an emphasis on +1/+1 counters.  Featuring one copy of Walking Ballista and Fatal Push along with playsets of Longtusk Cub, Aether Hub, and Glint-Sleeve Siphoner, the deck can be a force with which to be reckoned.  A trio each of Verdurous Gearhulk and Rishkar, Peema Renegade are also worth a mention.  It's theme is boosted by a Winding Constrictor playset.  The sideboard is mostly based around removal with cards such as Appetite for the UnnaturalDispossess, and Die Young included to support the main deck's selection of not only the Fatal Push, but also two copies of Hour of Glory and Walk the Plank.

Looking at the four above decks, it seems that Wizards of the Coast did a very good job at not only building pre-constructed decks that players would actually want to build decks around, but would also want to straight-up play them right out of the box.  And in addition to largely consisting of good value for the $29.99 asking price, each deck also appeals to a very different style of player.

This first round of Challenger Decks will be available Apr. 6 in both English (worldwide) and Japanese (exclusive to Japan).

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