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Pro Tour 'Journey into Nyx' deck tech: Joel Larsson's RG Elspeth

Looking for a new Magic: The Gathering deck to play with at your next Friday Night Magic? This weekend at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, Joel Larsson ran an aggressive mid-range red-green deck which splashes white for Elspeth, Sun's Champion and a few other key spells. Check out the attached video where Zach Hill (@ZDCH) and Joel Larsson (@JoelLarsson1991) dive into the deck's choices.

Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Deck Tech - Joel Larsson with RG Elspeth
Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Deck Tech - Joel Larsson with RG Elspeth
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.
Zach Hill and Joel Larsson
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Essentially you'll ramp with early mana creatures like Sylvan Caryatid into large threats such as Polukranos, World Eater, Stormbreath Dragon, or Polis Crusher, using your removal spells in the form of Lightning Strike, Banishing Light, and Destructive Revelry to deal with any opposition that your opponent may try to put in your way.

Courser of Kruphix is a pivotal card in deck, as a great blocker, allowing you to gain value by churning through the lands on top of your library and interacting nicely with the many scry cards from Temple of Abandon to Magma Jet. "They're (the Temples) are super important, it feels like playing a blue deck," remarked Larsson.

Joel Larsson's RG Elspeth
Creatures (20)
4 Sylvan Caryatid
3 Voyaging Satyr
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Polukranos, World Eater
4 Stormbreath Dragon
1 Polis Crusher
Other (16)
3 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
4 Lightning Strike
3 Magma Jet
3 Banishing Light
1 Reprisal
2 Destructive Revelry
Lands (24)
4 Temple of Abandon
4 Temple of Triumph
4 Temple of Plenty
6 Mountains
6 Forest
Sideboard (15)
2 Mistcutter Hydra
2 Arbor Colossus
1 Polis Crusher
2 Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
1 Hammer of Purphoros
1 Xenagos, the Reveler
3 Anger of the Gods
2 Fated Conflagration
1 Reprisal

As far as the sideboard goes, Mistcutter Hydra is against blue, mostly Prognostic Sphinx. It can also get through Kiora, the Crashing Wave. Arbor Colossus is for the mirror match and can take care of Stormbreath Dragon while an additional Polis Crusher ensures you that vital four drop.

Black decks running Silence the Believers can be troublesome for this deck, so adding in "more resilient" threats like Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, Hammer of Purphoros, and Xenagos, the Reveler can be the difference between winning and losing.

"Fated Conflagration deals with everything," says Joel Larsson, "and you also get to scry 2."

The deck looks fun, and we're looking forward to giving it a spin. Will you?

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