RNA Standard: Fireball Tribal

Magic players have loved casting Fireball since 1993. Tapping all of your lands one by one, and seeing the fear in your opponents face when you announce you have 13 mana floating is one of the purest forms of joy in Magic. With the release of Ravnica Allegiance, we have a brand new Fireball variant in Electrodominance and it’s my favorite one yet! An instant speed Fireball is already better than the original, and being able to basically give any spell flash is amazing. As I was looking through the current cards in Standard, I noticed that Electrodominance isn’t the only Fireball in our current Standard and there are actually quite a few variants available. The best part is, the support for big mana is extremely good. By combining these 2 elements together, you can strike fear in your opponent’s heart like it’s 1993 all over again.

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Electrodominance – Dmitry Burmak

So first, let’s talk about the Fireballs. Obviously, the aforementioned Electrodominance is amazing, but what else is available in Standard? A very popular sideboard card in the form of Banefire is one of the best Fireball effects period. One of the main weaknesses of Fireball is you dump all of your mana into this spell just for them to counter it, but with Banefire you don’t care if they are holding up 2 Blue. Another problem that Fireball decks can have is being unable to deal with small armies of creatures. Fortunately, we have the perfect spell for that in Fight with Fire. Most decks are never casting this spell for it’s kicker cost, but that’s what our deck is all about. Having a flexible board wipe that can double as a burn spell for 10 is exactly what this deck is looking for. There are even more options that are available in this Standard, such as Jaya’s Immolating Inferno but these 3 Fireballs should more than do the trick.

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The next part of this deck lies in the mana. Casting Fireball is great, but if you can’t get it higher than 4 than it shouldn’t be in the deck. Fortunately, big mana strategies are well supported this season. One of my all-time favorite cards to brew with comes from Dominaria in Powerstone Shard. By itself, it’s pretty weak, but once you can get 2 or 3 to appear it can easily take over games. Putting this package in, along with other spells such as Gilded Lotus and Grow from the Ashes you can easily assemble tons of mana. If you’re opponents strategy counters big mana, a sneaky thing you can do is the side in a bunch of aggressive cards from the sideboard. When your opponent boards out all their removal, you get to board in Charging Monstrosaurs and Legion Warbosses.

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Charging Monstrosaur – Zack Stella

We haven’t even gotten to the best part of the deck either. Dominaria was a very powerful set filled with cards such as Lyra Dawnbringer and Teferi, but not all the cards in the set had an immediate home and were tossed to the wayside. One card, in particular, was seen as just being pretty bad and that was Jaya Ballard. It takes a lot for a Planeswalker to be considered terrible but Jaya had that label slapped on her as soon as she was spoiled. This deck is the perfect home for Jaya and proves how powerful of a walker she can be. Her +1 turns her into a Gilded Lotus while her other +1 (yes she has 2) let’s her sculpt your hand almost as well as Jace. Jaya is a powerhouse, she just needs the right deck to surround her.

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This deck is also extremely customizable. Was Jaya’s Immolating Inferno your favorite rare in Dominaria limited? Add a few more legendaries and go to town. Would you rather cast hydras then Banefires? Splash Blue and get some Hydroid Krasis action going. Want to see if you can break Kamahl’s Druidic Vow?? Actually, that’s stretching the deck too far. My point is, ramping to huge X spells is a classic thing to do in Magic, and this Standard season supports it extremely well. Thank you all for reading, I hope you have a great week and an amazing Tuesday!

Link to Decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1688733#paper

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