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3 Decks to Try Out on Historic Horizons Release Weekend

Historic Horizons Release weekend

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons released earlier this week and players finally have a chance to brew decks with exciting new cards. As the Jumpstart packet lists were released, some Magic players knew exactly what type of deck they wanted to craft from the get-go. For others, it can be overwhelming sometimes to try and craft a new deck, especially in format like Historic that has a massive card pool. Here are just a few deck lists players can craft up and run in Historic ranked ladders for the Historic Horizons release weekend.

Historic Affinity

4x Chief of the Foundry
4x Gingerbrute
4x Myr Enforcer
4x Ornithopther
4x Steel Overseer
4x Stonecoil Serpent
4x Thought Monitor
Non-Creature Spells
3x Batterbone
3x Nettlecyst
2x Ozolith
2x Tempered Steel
4x Blinkmoth Nexus
2x Glacial Fortress
4x Hallowed Fountain
4x Island
4x Plains
4x Treasure Vault

One of the biggest bad guys in Modern is slowly creeping into Historic. Affinity is a deck with a long and storied history of being one of the most dominant decks against metas that is unprepared for it. Whenever people forget about Affinty, that’s when it comes out of the woodwork and roll through the opposition. Historic doesn’t have access to Cranial Plating and Arcbound Ravager, but there are still plenty of solid threats left to utilize in an evolving Historic environment.

Thought Monitor is one of the big adds for Affinity, as the deck can struggle after unloading their hand onto the battlefield. Not only do players get a 2/2 flier, but they refuel their hand with action as well. On the other hand, Nettlecyst tries to do its best Cranial Playing impression to serve as the powerful game-ending threat. Lastly, Steel Overseer is the glue that keeps all of this deck together. Continually pumping up all the creatures on the friendly side of the board is a must-answer threat that will win games on its own.

GW Enchantress

4x Destiny Spinner
4x Sanctum Weaver
2x Setessan Champion
4x Sythis, Harvest’s Hand
Non-Creature Spells
2x All That Glitters
2x Angelic Gift
2x Ancestral Mask
1x Authority of the Consuls
3x Banishing Light
4x Enchantress’s Presence
1x Karametra’s Blessing
1x Paladin Class
3x Sky Tether
4x Wolfwillow Haven
2x Branchloft Pathway
8x Forest
7x Plains
2x Sunpetal Grove
4x Temple Garden

One of the oldest decks in Magic is back and ready to make it’s Historic debut. Enchantress as a deck has been around for quite some time in one way or another. Thanks to a few of the Historic Anthology releases, enchantment-themed decks were slowly getting tools to find a place in the competitive ladder. However, the deck was always missing just that card to really push it over the edge. With the release of Jumpstart: Historic Horizons, Enchantress received the last few key pieces for the deck to become not only viable, but incredibly powerful.

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The biggest two additions to the deck were Sythis, Harvet’s Hand and Sanctum weaver. These two two-drops add much-needed consistency to the previous iterations to the deck. Sanctum Weaver provides massive amounts of mana to allow for quick game-ending turns. Sythis allows players to have access to a draw engine on turn two instead of waiting an additional turn to slam down Enchantress’s Presence. Acenstral Mask and Angelic Gift are the main win conditions in the deck, but Destiny Spinner can create massive trampling lands that can close out a game fast as well.

UR Delirium

4x Arclight Phoenix
4x Dragon’s Rage Channeler
2x Soul-Scar MAge
3x Sprite Dragon
3x Stormwing Entity
Non-Creature Spells
2x Aether Spellbomb
4x Faithless Looting
4x Opt
2x Pillar Of Flame
4x Shock
2x Unholy Heat
2x Wizard’s Class
4x Forgotten Cave
5x Island
4x Lonely Sandbar
3x Mountain
4x Riverglide Pathway
4x Steam Vents
Historic is just another format to dominate for Dragon’s Rage Channeler. The one-mana uncommon went through the Modern Horizons 2 spoiler season somehow relatively unnoticed. To everyone’s defense, DRC is one of those cards that doesn’t feel powerful until it hits the battlefield. Having the abilities to surveil on each and every non-creature spell is insanely powerful. The card selection this one card offers is just too good not to abuse.
The other card is this deck that truly punches well above it’s weight class is Unholy Heat. Delirium is very easy to achieve in this deck, making Unholy Heat a one mana kill spell against every main threat in Historic. Both DRC and Unholy Heat slot in perfectly with Arclight Phoenix decks, making them instant top cards in the format. With a perfect mix of card selection and removal, blue/red decks are poised to take over the format.

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