Welcome to Tiny Tuesday! Last week I got into a little bit of a brewing kick, which was mostly inspired by how much I enjoyed crafting my first Tiny Leaders deck. I found myself brewing a number of Tiny Leaders builds, and have decided to dedicate Tuesdays to discussion of a potential Tiny Leaders shell. These posts will both serves as ways for me to generate ideas for the community as well as a place for readers to comment on things that I may have missed myself.
This week, I’m going to highlight new RDW all-star Zurgo Bellstriker. Previously, Zo-Zu, the Punisher was the go-to Tiny Leader for burn decks, but I like Zurgo a lot better for this role. Zurgo immediately puts pressure on opposing life totals while Zo-Zu taxes a resource that a lot of Tiny Leaders decks don’t especially care about while also having a fragile, inefficient body. Zo-Zu is sweet when your opponent is trying to Valakut, but otherwise I’m non-plussed.
Zurgo, on the other hand, allows us to capitalize on the type of card that is not only historically great for burn, but also excels in a format where larger creatures are generally not allowed- that is we get to play a turn 1 2/2 and follow it up with a Searing Blaze or Searing Blood. Lunge, Arc Lightning, and Flames of the Firebrand all do reasonable imitations of these cards, but they’re a little too inefficient for my taste.
I do like being able to split damage with cards like Forked Bolt and Twin Bolt to keep decks like Ezuri in check, but mostly I just want the maindeck to be a streamlined pile of burn and manlands. This is my current Zurgo build:
I’m on the fence about whether or not to include Forgotten Cave, as it’s really bad when you actually want a land, but other than that I like this list, and if you’re into burn it’s really fun to play.
Like the list? Anything I missed? Let me know your thoughts on Zurgo in the comments!