Frontier is dead (?), R/B Dragons is still the best deck and AKH Lands

Frontier popularity is declining, local stores can’t get 8 people to fire a Frontier event, GP Side Events are firing with not many people (if they are firing). But I think we as a community need to keep Frontier alive!

Last week I participated in GP San Antonio (organized by Cascade Games). I didn’t make day 2 and I decided to play the Frontier Side Event on Sunday.
Sadly only 4 people showed up to play Frontier, but Cascade Games were great and decided to fire the event anyway, giving everyone a Round 1 BYE, and play in a Round Robin format maintaining the prize structure of the event (50 packs for 4-0, 20 packs for 3-1 and 2 packs for 2-2).
I played my RB Dragons list, still not updated with cards from Aether Revolt.

  1. Round 1: BYE
  2. Round 2: Abzan Blue Delirium (2-1). The match up felt really good, lost for drawing too many lands. Opponent’s deck was really good, good synergies. The list ran Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy, Traverse the Ulvenwald, Torrential Gearhulk, Satyr Wayfinder,… I really loved seeing innovation and a sweet deck.
  3. Round 3: Atarka Goblins with Smuggler’s Copter and Metallic Mimic (2-0). I am always afraid of this match up, I am afraid that they go wide with tokens against my sport removal spells. Game 1 Opponent tapped a few goblins for Obelisk of Urd and a dashed Kolaghan, the Storm’s Fury was able to steal the game. In game 2 opponent over extended and Seismic Rupture was able to clear the board and take the match home for the good guy.
  4. Round 4: Boros Humans with Smuggler’s Copter (2-1). This match up felt a bit harder than the rest, but being patient, I was able to trade off resources to have time to play a few dragons and win. The game loss was for a wrong sequencing from my side that forced me to trade a lethal Thopter.

Here is the list I played:

Goblin Rabblemaster has been really underwhelming in this deck, it rarely gets to live, and even if it does, it’s goblin tokens will get blocked every time. For this reason going forward I want to test out Walking Ballista. I also want to test some number of Fatal Push for early interaction with cards that are really popular in the format, especially Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy and Smuggler’s Copter.

Here is an updated list I would play before Amonkhet comes out:

I am really excited about the new Amonket Cycling Lands spoiled on the Mothership website.

Canyon Slough

Canyon Slough

I think that Canyon Slough will be included in some numbers in my Red Black Dragons list.
I really like having lands that you can fetch with the Khans of Tarkir fetchlands and that late game you can use to “redraw”.

Amonkhet is also bringing us a new Dragon:

I don’t think it will replace Kolaghan, the Storm’s Fury; Kolaghan is the key that makes R/B a great deck, and there’s no reason to have more 5-drops in the deck in this fast format. Maybe it can be in the sideboard, but I would have prefer it to do 5 damage so it could kill Siege Rhino.

Don’t let Frontier die!
– Andrea

Frontier Format: Thoughts & Decklists


Hello everyone!

In the past few weeks I learned about the MTG Frontier format. I am really interested in it, but there’s no support locally because the format is pretty new and still unknown. In this article I will explain a bit of the format, give you my thoughts and provide with few decklists.

MTG Frontier Format
Hareruya and BigMagic (famous MTG Stores in Japan) created the Frontier format, also named Postmodern.
The format includes all the sets with the new card frame introduced in M15. So, all the sets from M15 forward (only formats there are/were standard legal during the period, does not include special product such Commander and Eternal/Modern Masters).
The sets legal at the moment of this writing are:


I think this is an effort to create a new eternal format where the barrier of entrance is lower in respect to modern staples. Modern staples can be as expensive as $30 to around $130.

Banned list
At this moment there is no banned list, but I could see if cards get oppressive a few cards could get banned.

The Good

  • Cheap barrier to entry
  • New deck ideas
  • Something different

The Bad (as for now)

  • Card pool is still limited, most of the decks look like a small improvement over most popular decks in previous standard formats
  • Fetchlands are a must for most of the decks
  • 4 color decks (with several fetchlands) and Collected Company decks look like the most powerful things you can do


  • I would love for local stores to pick up Frontier as a format and schedule a weekly event
  • I wish MTGO would support Frontier format with Leagues

Here are some decks I would sleeve up if there was a Frontier tournament nearby.

Keep brewing!!

Andrea Biaggi @