Brian Kowal’s Boat-Brew

Brian Kowal designed a new R/W homebrew creature deck that he used to win a recent Game in the Gulf “boat” Qualifier. His deck hybridizes Ranger of Eos selection with a Reveillark end game. It comes out fast and has a deceptive amount of power.

4 Mind Stone

4 Ajani Vengeant
4 Figure of Destiny
4 Kitchen Finks
4 Murderous Redcap

4 Mogg Fanatic
3 Siege-Gang Commander

1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
4 Knight of the White Orchid
4 Ranger of Eos
3 Reveillark

4 Battlefield Forge
3 Mountain
4 Plains
3 Reflecting Pool
4 Rugged Prairie
4 Windbrisk Heights

4 Gutteral Response
4 Vithian Stinger
3 Runed Halo
4 Wrath of God

Vithian Stinger seems a little loose to me, but I really like how the deck has played out so far.

If I were to change anything, I would add some spot removal — probably something along the lines of Lash Out or Condemn in the sideboard — because Brian told me not to play any spot removal in the main deck.

Irony of ironies, Brian won his Cruise Qualifier by swinging with a bunch of Siege-Gang Commander tokens, tripping Windbrisk Heights, and popping Wrath of God. For reals! Then he followed up with Ajani Vengeant to lock out the end game (opponent was Kithkin).

Anyway, give this one a whirl. It is interesting to play and quite different from basically everything else in Standard.

Here’s the video version:




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#1 kenseiden on 11.18.08 at 7:12 am

Thats the exactly kind of deck that makes me confuse about what to expect from a metagame. Thats very very creative (and it needs a lot of playtesting).

ANY non-5c Toast deck have my vote (I hate 5c because in other sites thats all about 5c. every damn day). Thanks for sharing.

#2 Tim on 11.19.08 at 9:18 pm

Awesome, I was just thinking about almost the same deck list last night but didn’t know if it would be competitive enough for the meta.

Thanks Mike I really like what you’ve done with the site. Videos are always the best way to learn imo.

#3 anon on 11.19.08 at 10:05 pm

Just a question, but isn’t this just am off-shoot of the RW Aggro Lark deck that came in 2nd @ CA states? Like the decks are functionally the same, only this one runs SGC over Knight, I guess since it’s slightly more effective vs. control and vice-versa. So why the addition of Windbrisk and SGC?

#4 admin on 11.20.08 at 12:07 am

I haven’t seen the deck from CA states but I believe Brian made his deck independently.

He told me Windbrisk Heights was one of the best cards in the deck, yes, primarily due to Siege-Gang Commander.

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