Faces of Aggro: Boros Pia Aggro in Pioneer

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Pia's Revolution

In this week's video, I play a brand new Aggro deck that's sweeping the Pioneer format: Boros Pia Aggro! This is a brand new deck that utilizes a new card from March of the Machine: the Aftermath Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival. This card has proved to be a surprisingly powerful lynchpin card that has spawned a brand new archetype in Pioneer. It, combined with Reckless Impulse and another newcomer Wrenn's Resolve, generates a ton of card advantage.

The Rule of Eight

If you've been playing Magic for a long time you have probably heard of "The Rule of Eight" when it comes to having eight copies of the same card to make a specific strategy. But for those who haven't been playing long or maybe you just haven't come across the phrase before, "The Rule of Eight" is a term that refers to the idea that if you are going to build a deck around a card you need to have "eight" copies of it.

For example, Modern Living End is a combo deck that relies on Living End to bring back a ton of creatures that you cycle to the graveyard, but instead of Suspending it and casting it fairly you can cast a card with Cascade like Violent Outburst or Shardless Agent to ensure you always hit and cast your Living End as early as turn three. You get to play four copies of both Violent Outburst and Shardless Agent making your deck extremely consistent.

The way this relates to our deck is that we finally have access to eight copies of Reckless Impulse by way of Wrenn's Resolve. This helps fuel our Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival making hasty flying thopters every time we play a card that was exiled by them. Not only do these fuel our Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revivals they also make things like flooding and running out of steam difficult to do because they both essentially draw us cards even if Pia isn't on the battlefield. They can both stand on their own as cards that are not only playable but quite good in an aggressive strategy like ours.

Of course, when Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival is on the battlefield we just get to go wild with all the thopters each time we cast our Reckless Impulse and Wrenn's Resolves.

Prowess is Powerful

The other creatures in this deck all have prowess. They work in beautiful harmony with Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival, Reckless Impulse, and Wrenn's Resolve.

Abbot of Keral Keep, Soul-Scar Mage, and Monastery Swiftspear are all excellent at getting aggressive and Abbot of Keral Keep even has great synergy with Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival. By exiling the top card of our library we can trigger Pia's ability while also triggering all of the prowess creatures we may have on the battlefield.

Soul-Scar Mage can be combined with our burn spells to take down big creatures that get in our way, or at the very least make it so that we can swing past opposing Bonecrusher Giant // Stomps and Graveyard Trespasser // Graveyard Gluttons. This makes Soul-Scar Mage an auto-include in this deck.

Lastly, Monastery Swiftspear is the best red aggro creature in Pioneer, and where you start building red aggro decks in this format. The fact that she works so well with our game plan due to having prowess is the cherry on the beatdown cake here.

Dies to Removal

Play with Fire, Skewer the Critics, and Chained to the Rocks are our three premier ways to deal with pesky creatures that get in the way of us attacking. Both Play with Fire and Skewer the Critics can be combined with Soul-Scar Mage to deal with higher toughness creatures so we can just swing past them and force our opponents to chump block. Chained to the Rocks on the other hand outright deals with pretty much everything on its own, assuming you have a white mana source and a Mountain in play.

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Wrapping it Up

Is this the next top-tier deck in the Pioneer meta? Maybe. Is it an insanely fun deck that can kill out of nowhere? Absolutely. I really enjoy high synergy decks like this. If you also dig decks whose cards are greater than the sum of their parts, definitely give Boros Pia Aggro a spin because it could just be the next big thing in Pioneer!

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LessAlex, AKA Alex Blackard, is a Magic: The Gathering content creator who is passionate about playing Control decks in Constructed, particularly in the Pioneer, Modern, Explorer, and Historic formats. He also enjoys experimenting with combo decks and brewing up new and exciting strategies to stay ahead of the competition. With a focus on in-depth strategy breakdowns and gameplay, LessAlex offers a unique perspective on the game that is both entertaining and informative. His competitive resume includes a Top 4 at an SCG Open in 2014, splitting an NRG Trial in 2017, as well as countless SCG IQ Top 8s and Game Day wins. He hosts The Control Freak Podcast where he discusses playing Control decks in Constructed, and brings on guests including prominent players and creators to share their expertise. You can catch him streaming on Twitch weekdays at 9 am, and on his YouTube Channel for even more content.

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