Ixalan Standard: UB Pirates


I already brewed pirates for Standard but that build is wrong and I hate it. I got basically a perfect blue/black pirate pool at the prerelease and now I’m porting it to Standard.

Red is likely too greedy. Even if it’s just for Admiral Beckett Brass. Blue and black seem a lot more streamlined.

Fathom Fleet Captain is basically the nut. It won me so many games. Turn three you just start barfing out extra pirates. By the way, those tokens have menace too.

Kitesail Freebooter is also nuts. You basically just take their removal spells. Then you get in with pirates without fear.

I didn’t have a Jace in my pool but it would’ve been bonkers to have had one. He gets you through mana floods, digs for answers, and even makes his own drakes.

This is still very much a work in progress but I think it has a lot of potential. If I wanted a more midrangey build I’d cut the Flagships, one drops, and Fathom Fleet Captain for things like Hostage Takers, Dreamcaller Sirens, and Fatal Pushes.

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