Temur Ascendancy Combo in Standard

The latest combo addition to standard has been a hot topic of discussion since last week’s StarCity Open in Washington DC.

I am going to be referencing Mark Toepfner‘s list, utilizing Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.

Most of the intricacies of the deck were covered in Chris VanMeter’s blog, Frontier Siege is GG. He did a great job of pointing out what is good in the deck, and most of the fun interactions with cards like Temur Sabertooth, Genesis Hydra, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Temur Ascendancy, and Eidolon of Blossoms.

My thought on the deck is that Eidolon of Blossoms is an underwhelming card in this particular build, I feel like Temur Ascendancy does a fine job as your card draw engine. Rather than use those four slots on Eidolon of Blossoms, why not try Whisperwood Elemental?

Whisperwood Elemental has the four power needed to trigger draws from Temur Ascendancy, and also an effect that can cause you to gain even more card advantage through manifest. There is also synergy with Temur Sabertooth. The sabertooth can be used to return manifested cards to your hand if you need them to execute your combo, then you can hard cast them rather than lose them as 2/2 manifests. This is useful for things like Nykthos, Temur Ascendancy, and Genesis Hydra, which either cannot be flipped or have no benefit from being flipped.

In addition, cutting Sylvan Caryatid from the list could allow for 1-2 copies of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon in the main board. There is also potential for adding another copy of Hornet Queen. Your colorless manifests from Whisperwood Elemental will not be whiped when using Ugin’s ability.

That being said, I believe this deck has a lot of potential in the upcoming weeks to perform very well and possibly establish itself in the metagame for Fate Reforged. Good work Mark Toepfner, it looks like a very fun and effective deck!

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