Flash Decks Shine Again! – Temur Flash Deck Guide

Marcio Carvalho

Marcio Carvalho

Introduction

Hello everyone!

I’m glad to be back with another standard article for you after a few months of this format being dominated by Blue Green decks. Fortunately for us, Wizards decided that it was time for some change and banned a big number of cards that were oppressing the format, even if most of them were going to rotate very soon.

Fae of WishesCasualties of War

Even with the next set arriving in a few weeks, there are still a lot of tournaments to play to keep us tuned to the fast evolution of the format. After a quick dominance right after the bans, we saw the Temur adventure decks leave the position of the boogeyman of the format to a renewed version of Sultai Ramp.

Teferi, Time Raveler

But today I’m going to be presenting to you another deck that I have been playing a lot the past few weeks, Temur Flash. This deck is not new, but for a long time it had to deal with its worst nightmare: 《Teferi, Time Raveler》. Combined with 《Mystical Dispute》, it was really hard to beat it as it alone invalidated everything the deck was trying to do. Now with it gone, it’s time for the flash creatures to shine again.

Decklist

Here is my current decklist:

I think the deck is very well positioned right now, and the only match up I’m not comfortable with is Mono-Black Aggro, but the deck is not much played right now.

Card Choices

Let’s go over some of the card choices.

The Counter Spells

Aether Gust

3

Quench

3

Negate

2


Mystical Dispute

2

Sinister Sabotage

3

Frilled Mystic

3

I love having flexibility in this kind of deck, making your opponent try to play around different cards in all spots of the game. Also, some of these cards do not work well in multiples, as they target very specific decks, and can quickly backfire if you have many of them in your hand at the wrong time.

The Creatures

Bonecrusher Giant

4

Brazen Borrower

3


Nightpack Ambusher

4

Frilled Mystic

3

Paradise Druid

1

Most of the creatures in the deck are self-explanatory, with the adventure creatures trying to fill the gap of the plays you can make on turn 2 and not getting run over by more aggressive strategies, and the flash creatures to help close out the game.

But let’s talk about the druid in the room: With the loss of 《Growth Spiral》, sometimes it is hard to get to the key 4th mana for your flash creatures or the 5th for 《Nissa, Who Shakes the World》. With the need to keep mana up at most stages of the game, you can’t really have too many slots dedicated to ramp, so I decided to use a 1 of paradise druid to smooth the mana development a little bit.

《Nissa, Who Shakes the World》

Nissa, Who Shakes the World

2

Not much needs to be said about one of the most powerful cards of the last few years in standard. The addition of the Ikoria Triomes were also perfect to use with its untap ability and leave mana up to protect it with a counter spell.

Sideboard

In the sideboard we are looking mostly for cards that will help us in the more creature centric match ups, like sweepers and spot removal.

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

With that in mind, we also need a couple of 《Uro》s as our obligatory source of lifegain to get out of reach of being burned to death by your opponents. You can even decide to run them maindeck if you start to encounter a lot of aggro decks in your expected metagame. You also want them against Sultai when they have less removal spells, and also to make sure you do not run out of gas in the late game.

Sideboard Guide

Here is my sideboard guide for the most common match ups in standard right now:

Sultai Ramp

Againt Sultai Ramp

Out

Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant
Quench Quench Quench
Paradise Druid

In

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Mystical Dispute Narset's Reversal
Commence the Endgame Commence the Endgame Chemister's Insight
Shark Typhoon

Temur Adventures

Againt Temur Adventures

Out

Aether Gust Aether Gust Aether Gust
Brazen Borrower Brazen Borrower Brazen Borrower

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire
Chemister's Insight Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Mono-Red Aggro

Againt Mono-Red Aggro

Out

Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Negate Negate
Frilled Mystic Sinister Sabotage Sinister Sabotage Sinister Sabotage
Sublime Epiphany

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Redcap Melee
Flame Sweep Flame Sweep Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
Storm's Wrath

Mardu Winota

Againt Mardu Winota

Out

Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Negate Negate
Frilled Mystic Sinister Sabotage Sinister Sabotage Sinister Sabotage
Sublime Epiphany

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Redcap Melee
Flame Sweep Flame Sweep Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
Storm's Wrath

Temur Flash Mirror

Againt Temur Flash Mirror

Out

Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant
Sublime Epiphany

In

Commence the Endgame Commence the Endgame Chemister's Insight Mystical Dispute
Shark Typhoon

Mono-Green Aggro

Againt Mono-Green Aggro

Out

Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Negate Negate
Sublime Epiphany Sinister Sabotage Sinister Sabotage
Shark Typhoon Shark Typhoon

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Redcap Melee
Storm's Wrath Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
Commence the Endgame Commence the Endgame

Mono-Black Aggro

Againt Mono-Black Aggro

Out

Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Negate Negate
Sublime Epiphany Aether Gust Aether Gust Aether Gust
Frilled Mystic Frilled Mystic

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Redcap Melee
Flame Sweep Flame Sweep Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
Shark Typhoon Storm's Wrath

Conclusion & Bonus Deck

That’s it for today friends, I hope you would enjoy playing this deck and my sideboard plans! I’ll be back soon with more content for you when Zendikar arrives.


This weekend I got a message from Javier Dominguez who sent me this very good black red sacrifice deck that I used in the SCG qualifier to a 6-2 finish. The deck was surprisingly good and fun to play. He even posted his sideboard plans on Twitter, so you should definitely try it!

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Marcio Carvalho

Marcio Carvalho Portugal’s top pro player. And he is a member of Hareruya Latin. He owns the title Draft Master of season 2015-2016. As shown in his results, he is a limited format specialist. His daily effort toward Magic earned this result, with an episode that he has picked 287 copies of Clutch of Currents in the Battle for Zendikar draft. Read more articles by Marcio Carvalho

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