Magic: the Gathering
Pioneer Deck Tech: Izzet Drake
In today's article, we dissect the Izzet Drake played by Daniel Schriever to win the Mythic Championship Qualifier at SCGCon, a StarCityGames event that took place last weekend!
Pioneerformat, I couldn't help but see the Top 8 decks, which very much represents how the format has been featured in a general Metagame:
Izzet Drake, which caught my attention enough to want to dissect the list a little and elaborate what are its advantages over the current Metagame and, mainly, the most played deck in the format today, Izzet Phoenix. So today I'll be featuring an
Izzet DrakeDeck Tech, used by the player
Daniel Schrieverto win the SCGCon Mythic Championship Qualifier!
Understanding the Izzet Drake
Midrangedeck, since, despite being a proactive list with few counterspells (and its only maindeck counterspell is conditional), it is much more grind-oriented, relying much more on answers for the most diverse occasions, while its abundant number of cantrips allows it to find the necessary cards at the right time. Your goal here is to trade your resources against your opponent's cards, in addition to using cards like Expressive Iteration and Treasure Cruise to replenish your resources, while your creatures allows you to close the game quickly, as they will commonly offer a three-turn or fewer clock. In many ways, this list reminds me of Standard's
Izzet Dragons, played by Yuta Takahashi to win this year's World Championship, where efficient answers combined with a fast clock allow for a fluid victory and, forcing the opponent to be cautious on how to play their removals and when to overextend because your creatures can easily turn the tables, while your good decisions and understanding the timing of each play are highly rewarded. Like Izzet Phoenix, the deck features a mighty cantrip package that allow the archetype to speed up the number of spells cast to activate Thing in the Ice or boost the power of Crackling Drake, or increase the number of cards in the graveyard to cast Treasure Cruise, making each card extremely interactive with each other and with multiple ways to extract value from them. Without further ado, let's understand the function of each of the cards included in the list:
Why play this Deck over Izzet Phoenix?
deal with, or will lose the game in a few turns. Another advantage this list has is that you don't need to run enablers for your cards to be good.
doesn't needSearch for Azcanta, especially with more copies of the Midnight Hunt's cantrip.