As some of you may know, Canada Day just passed. It’s a national holiday up here in the Great White North (though it’s not so white right now!) When I tried to do some research as to what exactly we’re celebrating, I realized that I need to study Canada’s history a lot more before I try to become a citizen!

Yet, that won’t stop me from celebrating with my Canadian family as we sport Red & White for a parade, fireworks and some roasting – er, are we talking about Magic or Canada Day?! Brilliant segue if I do say so myself!

With Origins around the corner, I decided to do a two-parter based on the Planeswalkers of Red & White, creating a beast of an aggro deck for Canada Day; and shortly thereafter you’ll see a Red, White & Blue combo deck for my country of origin’s day of celebration, Independence Day.

This red/white aggro deck features a cavalcade of critters bolstered by direct damage as well as our own damage evasion. All this marching to the beat of a waltz performed by Gideon and Chandra. Drum roll please …

Go Canada!

Kytheon, Hero of Akros/Gideon, Battle-Forged
2 Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh/Chandra, Roaring Flame

3 Legion Loyalist
3 Lightning Berserker
3 Monastery Swiftspear
3 Boros Elite
3 Selfless Cathar
3 Soldier of the Pantheon
3 Champion of the Parish
3 Mentor of the Meek
1 Iroas, God of Victory

2 Captain’s Maneuver
2 Chant of Vitu-Ghazi
2 Holy Day
4 of any combination (Lightning Bolt, Geistflame, Gut Shot, etc.)
2 Launch the Fleet
2 Coat of Arms
2 Impact Tremors

3 Boros Guildgate
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Terramorphic Expanse
9 Mountains
10 Plains

Ideally, you get Chandra and Kytheon out with little to no effort and they don’t get charred immediately by direct damage. Within a turn, you should be able to flip both planeswalkers as you attack with three haste critters, having already flipped Chandra with the three red haste or direct damage spells.

However, if you don’t hit any of your planeswalkers, you should still have a pretty strong offense here as you have lots of low cost critters along with a lot of low cost damage. Throw in some stuff like the Coat or Iroas and you have game enders as your army should be able to just parade over the grounds.

This deck really isn’t big on combo, it just has synergy with critter types are similar abilities to blast out of the gates. Wait, isn’t that the definition of Aggro?!

And Go Canada! is decidedly un-Canadian in its aggression, but the American Planeswalkers are much more controlling and sneaky. Hmm, maybe that is more American than this deck is Canadian. At any rate, you will be seeing them soon … until then have a smokie on me and don’t get burned from the fireworks (and no, I’m not really talking about Magic anymore!)

— Nicol Billas

Originally Published July 3, 2015 @