MTG FNM Report – Final Big Standard – Temur Dragons

A couple weeks ago, I took a slightly retooled version of my Temur Dragons deck to Outer Limits in melville to play my last FNM before Theros Block rotated out of standard. Here’s the deck I ran:

4x Elvish Mystic
3x Rattleclaw Mystic
1x Hangerback Walker
4x Frost Walker
1x Deathmist Raptor
1x Managorger Hydra
4x Savage Knuckleblade
4x Thunderbreak Regent
2x Surrak, the Hunt Caller
3x Stormbreath Dragon
3x Sarkhan Unbroken
3x Crater’s Claws
3x Stubborn Denial
1x Treasure Cruise
4x Temple of Epiphany
2x Temple of Mystery
1x Temple of Abandon
3x Wooded Foothills
3x Shivan Reef
1x Yavimaya Coast
2x Mana Confluence
2x Haven of the Spirit Dragon
4x Forest
1x Mountain
4x Disdainful Stroke
3x Feed the Clan
3x Destructive Revelry
2x Anger of the Gods
2x Wild Slash
1x Treasure Cruise


The deck is very similar to the one I played before, with the sole addition of Stubborn Denial. Last time I saw a lot of spots where it would be great, so I decided to run them mainboard.
Round 1: 2-0 vs Mardu Midrange
For the second week in a row, I drew the Mardu Midrange deck in round one. I do think it’s a good matchup for me, and the result seems to bear me out. Sarkhan was fantastic value, being a 4/4 dragon and eating a Hero’s Downfall in game one and worked with a stubborn denial in game two to be two dragons, three cards and a threat post wrath.
Round 2: 2-0 vs BW Aggro
In the second round, my creatures were just bigger than my opponents. Sarkhan was massive value and having stubborn denial for the removal spells meant that I was just too much for an aggressive deck to overcome.
Round 3: 2-0 vs Esper Control
The third round saw me paired up against a non-dragons version of the Esper control deck. Sarkhan was great again, but the man (or monkey) of the match was definitely the Knuckleblade. The ability for it to bounce to blank removal was in full play, and that combined with Stubborn Denial meant I could keep my guys alive long enough to punch through the control deck.
Round 4: 2-0 vs RB Dragons
In the last round, I played a very tight RB Dragons deck. It actually played out a little strangely as I landed a Knuckle-Monkey and sat behind the activation and counter spells until I could smash through for the win. The threat of activation on the monkey means he can attack through just about anything and lets me race against a deck that doesn’t play as many creatures as I do.
So I went 4-0 for the week and didn’t drop a single game on the way to the win. I was perfectly happy with how the deck worked and was also quite pleased with my play. I couldn’t have asked for a better send-off for the big standard environment and I had a great time.
This deck stays mostly intact after rotation, though the loss of the Elvish Mystics and Stormbreath Dragons are certainly going to be problematic. We’ll have to see what I come up with for the next FNM.
“The Temur have no patience for subtlety.” -Stubborn Denial, flavour text

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