It’s Tuesday O’Clock! Time for a Deck Tech!
Dominaria has got me really excited. So excited that, recently, I began listening to the Dominaria Commons and Uncommons Limited Review by Limited Resources. (Great podcast, you should check them out). In this episode, they looked at every card in the set and evaluated them for the limited environment. One thing that I realized while listening to the set review is that Dominaria has a ton of powerful cards in it, many of which are Standard viable. As I was listening, the idea for a deck struck me! Why not take one of the themes of the set, and turn it into a deck for Standard? So, I decided to go back to my Timmy routes and Form Voltron!
Voltron, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a strategy in magic where you take one creature and suit them up with as much equipment and enchantments as possible. You then take your massive creature and swing in for a million. The name is aptly derived from the T.V. series Voltron in which many different parts come together to form Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Dominaria has provided us with a ton of cards that should make for a powerful and fun Voltron deck, that is really easy on our budget as well.
One of my favorite cards out of Dominaria for this particular strategy has to be Valduk, Keeper of the Flame. Valduk is what inspired me to build the deck, and that is because he is powerful! For every equipment or enchantment you load up on him before combat, you get a 3/1 with haste and trample. Having the card say before combat makes it so much better, allowing us to drop him on curve at three, and then suit him up the next turn and threaten a ton of damage. Valduk is a huge target for removal in this deck, but isn’t the only thing that will need to be dealt with.
Another amazing card for this deck would have to be Danitha Capashen, Paragon. This simple card has so many words on an uncommon it is frankly astounding. A 2/2 First Strike, Vigilance, Lifelink for 3 is already a nutty statline, but the second line of text is what really sold me. Making all of our equipment cost 1 less is huge for this deck, especially when every equipment is already one mana. Have a handful of equipment, and you can dump it all on turn 3 with her in play.
You know what other card works really well with 0 mana equipment? That’s right, Sram, Senior Edificer is also here to suit up for battle! Playing Sram and then Danitha, just begs to draw you a ton of cards. Sram is very important to the strategy of our deck because he can keep us from running out of cards in our hand, a weakness that many Voltron decks share.
Out of all the things that I love about this deck, one of my absolute favorite things about it is how cheap it is. $30 in paper and less than 10 tix online is a steal, and this deck can pack quite a punch. I will say that this deck won’t be the most competitive deck in Standard, but it will be a blast to play and will make your opponent sweat when you swing in your 7/7 Champion of the Flame on turn 3.
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4 thoughts on “Dominaria Standard: Form Voltron!”
Why not play the 2x Dauntless Bodyguard main? All things considered he seems strictly better than the cat for this type of deck as he can protect whichever you choose to suit up so to speak.
My thought initially was that the cat would be a better turn one play, but you are right the bodyguard is significantly better. I’ll change the deck to make it better.