Delving with Devin: Is Frontier Dead? Devin Wiess March 24, 2017 Delving With Devin Welcome back to this weeks episode of Delving with Devin! Today we’re going to delve off the deep end into frontier! What’s Frontier? Its a casual eternal format where all cards printed from M15 forward are legal! That’s right, as of writing this article, there are no banned cards! But don’t worry, the card pool is still relatively small so nothing too degenerate is possible. It’s basically an over powered standard format as of right now. That being said, today we will be looking at the cards that are legal in frontier, that have been banned in other formats. These in my opinion are some of the pillars of the format, or cards you should be building around and including in your deck. Treasure cruise is a card that is restricted in vintage (along with cards such as Black Lotus, and Ancestral Recall) and is banned in both Legacy and Modern for good reason. This is the perfect example of a card that only grows with power the larger the format is. The larger the format, the more cheap and free spells you have access to in order to fuel the delve ability (delve was fine, not broken at all). In frontier there are no phyrexian mana spells to fuel delve, however there are fetch lands! Treasure cruise lends itself to decks that want bulk cards and are not too picky about what those cards are. The perfect example of such a deck is burn, or hyper aggressive decks. Even though Treasure cruise isn’t as powerful in Frontier as it is in the older, larger formats, it’s still a pillar of the format. It’s treasure cruise‘s little brother! This card is also restricted in vintage, and banned in legacy and modern! This card functions similarly to Treasure cruise, however its more for decks that are looking for specific cards, such as combo decks or control decks, that need either certain pieces or certain answers. With Frontiers card pool being relatively small, it’s best used at the moment in control decks. Jeskai Black is the best example of how to best use dig through time in frontier! When using this card, you really want to use cheap cards, such as fatal push and duress in your deck, to both fuel delve, but also to allow you to efficiently unload your hand after you’ve cast the dig through time. Also, keep in mind that Torrential Gearhulk and dig through time is an absurd combo-nation in such a low powered format! Here is an example of a jeskai black list utilizing dig through time: Creatures (10)4 x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy // Jace, Telepath Unbound2 x Soulfire Grand Master2 x Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet2 x Torrential GearhulkPlaneswalkers (3)2 x Liliana, the Last Hope1 x Nahiri, the HarbingerSpells (21)1 x Clash of Wills4 x Fatal Push3 x Revolutionary Rebuff1 x Transgress the Mind2 x Crackling Doom2 x Kolaghan’s Command1 x Radiant Flames2 x Languish1 x Fumigate4 x Dig Through TimeLands (26)4 x Bloodstained Mire 2 x Evolving Wilds4 x Flooded Strand2 x Island (335)1 x Mountain (343)1 x Plains (331)4 x Polluted Delta2 x Prairie Stream1 x Shambling Vent1 x Smoldering Marsh2 x Sunken Hollow1 x Swamp (339)1 x Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothSideboard (15)1 x Fragmentize3 x Collective Brutality2 x Disdainful Stroke2 x Negate3 x Lost Legacy2 x Gideon, Ally of Zendikar2 x Gonti, Lord of Luxury This is definitely the tarmogoyf of frontier. It is basically the gold standard for any aggressive deck. If you’re interested in playing frontier I would definitely suggest picking up a play-set of this bad boy. It is colourless, powerful, offers card selection, and it can fuel the delve spells mentioned above, what could be better? This card is banned in standard because the format is so small, and it basically forces every aggressive deck to run 4 of the looter scooter, which hurts the diversity of the format. Luckily for us, it is legal in frontier, so we can play it to our hearts content. Here is a grixis ensoul list that recently won an event taking full advantage of the copter. Arny said it best, “Run, go, get to da choppa!” Creatures (15)3 x Hangarback Walker4 x Ornithopter2 x Bomat Courier3 x Hope of Ghirapur3 x Scrapheap ScroungerSpells (10)3 x Dispeller’s Capsule4 x Shrapnel Blast3 x Radiant FlamesArtifacts (7)3 x Ghostfire Blade4 x Smuggler’s CopterEnchantments (7)4 x Ensoul Artifact3 x Tezzeret’s TouchLands (21) 2 x Bloodstained Mire2 x Darksteel Citadel2 x Island (335)2 x Mountain (343)2 x Polluted Delta1 x Smoldering Marsh4 x Spire of Industry4 x Spirebluff Canal1 x Sunken Hollow1 x Swamp (339)Sideboard (15)3 x Tormod’s Crypt3 x Ceremonious Rejection3 x Smash to Smithereens1 x Aethersphere Harvester3 x Unlicensed Disintegration2 x Padeem, Consul of Innovation Buy This List Emrakuls end in standard came quick, however as with the other cards in this article, it’s legal in frontier! Emrakul again takes advantage of your graveyard similar to the delve spells, so having a larger card pool can help with casting her quicker. However the larger the card pool, means the more answers there are for her. One very efficient answer available in frontier is crackling doom, as crackling doom specifies that it has to be an opponent who sacrifices a creature. This means that when you gain control of the opponents turn, you can’t really cast the crackling doom profitably. Here is a list that abuses emrakul that you can take to your next event! Creatures (15)4 x Walking Ballista4 x Satyr Wayfinder1 x Nissa, Vastwood Seer // Nissa, Sage Animist2 x Goblin Dark-Dwellers2 x Ishkanah, Grafwidow2 x Emrakul, the Promised EndPlaneswalkers (4)3 x Liliana, the Last Hope1 x Chandra, Torch of DefianceSpells (15)4 x Fatal Push4 x Traverse the Ulvenwald2 x Grasp of Darkness2 x Kolaghan’s Command1 x Unlicensed Disintegration2 x LanguishEnchantments (3)3 x Vessel of NascencyLands (23)4 x Bloodstained Mire 4 x Blooming Marsh2 x Cinder Glade2 x Forest (347)1 x Llanowar Wastes1 x Mountain (343)2 x Smoldering Marsh2 x Swamp (339)1 x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth4 x Wooded FoothillsSideboard (15)3 x Tormod’s Crypt1 x Phyrexian Revoker3 x Transgress the Mind1 x Radiant Flames1 x Reclamation Sage2 x Tireless Tracker1 x To the Slaughter1 x Unlicensed Disintegration1 x Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet1 x Distended Mindbender Buy This List The final card on our list of pillars that are banned elsewhere, is of course reflector mage! Who would of thought that man-o-war would be too strong for standard in this day and age? Well it’s not too strong for frontier! And in frontier, unlike standard, we can abuse this card with collected company. As more and more powerful creatures get printed, collected company will get stronger and stronger, and as a result reflector mage decks will get stronger and stronger. Frontier is also a format that is very much play to the board, which drives reflector mage’s value up even more so. Here is a list that will make your opponent wish they were playing all singletons! Creatures (26)3 x Thraben Inspector1 x Duskwatch Recruiter // Krallenhorde Howler3 x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy // Jace, Telepath Unbound3 x Lambholt Pacifist // Lambholt Butcher4 x Thalia’s Lieutenant4 x Reflector Mage3 x Renegade Rallier2 x Thalia, Heretic Cathar3 x Tireless TrackerPlaneswalkers (1)1 x Tamiyo, Field ResearcherSpells (8)4 x Dromoka’s Command4 x Collected CompanyLands (25) 3 x Botanical Sanctum1 x Canopy Vista4 x Flooded Strand3 x Forest (347)1 x Island (335)3 x Plains (331)2 x Prairie Stream4 x Windswept Heath4 x Wooded FoothillsSideboard (15)2 x Valorous Stance2 x Lantern Scout2 x Reclamation Sage2 x Spell Queller4 x Gideon, Ally of Zendikar3 x Dispel Buy This List In conclusion: as you can see, Frontier is loaded with sweet cards and powerful decks. The games are very interactive, and you have lots of options and there is bound to be a deck that suits your play style. I personally am anxiously awaiting the day that wizards releases frontier on MTGO so I can play it at 3 in the morning! What lists do you have that take advantage of these pillars? Post below! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.