Zendikar Rising is finally here, and with it a standard rotation that I have been tirelessly awaiting. Hydroid Krasis and Nissa are gone! The Theros villain, Uro, remains, but there is hope that the new cards will prevail. The place I like to begin in a new standard format is Aggro. Aggressive decks are typically a great place to start during a new release due to its linear gameplay. The only goal is to get the opponent’s life to zero as fast as possible.
Zendikar introduces a new mechanic known as "party." "Party" looks for the creature types of warrior, wizard, rogue, and cleric if these creature types are on the battlefield it triggers some sort of ability and/or creates a synergy. The "party" cards that I am looking forward to playing are Archpriest of Iona, Tazri, Beacon of Unity, and Ardent Electromancer. Lucky, these cards all fit well together to form the deck I'm the most excited to play, Boros Party.
My initial idea ,that led to this deck list, was to use Ardent Electromancer as a Burning-Tree Emissary. I quickly realized that if I curve into an Ardent Electromancer I have the ability to pay the three mana needed to put my companion in hand. This is important to this archetype due to its need to make use of Electromancer's mana to ensure the card is worth the mana that is paid to cast it. The companion tax always allows you a source to sink your mana, even if you have no other cards in hand. The obvious issue with this gameplay is not having a one, two, three curve for Ardent Electromancer. To solve this issue, I decided to add Bonecrusher Giant. Bonecrusher Giant is the only non-party creature in this deck; the reason for its inclusion in this deck is its ability to cost two mana or three mana. This allows you to cast the spell side when you have two party members, and then you can cast the creature side when you have three party members. It being a completely red card allows it to be flexible alongside Ardent Electromancer.
After deciding on playing a companion, I noticed the only one that would fit my deck was Jegantha, the Wellspring. The issue with Jegantha is that it eliminated my ability to play Embercleave. Jegantha has most commonly been used as a 5/5 body that just happens to fit in your deck without any alterations. In this deck it plays a different role, it works to activate the ability of Tazri, Beacon of Unity. Tazri's ability allows us to draw more party members later in the game giving the deck a source of card advantage. Jegantha's mana ability has been rarely used due to its inability to pay for generic mana costs. Tazri gives Jegantha a source to use its mana while continuing to being the 5/5 beater it has always been. I think the interaction with Ardent Electromancer and Tazri, Beacon of Unity is enough to entice the Embercleave sacrifice.
The last cards that I would like to mention are Maul of the Skyclaves and Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients. Maul of the Skyclaves acts as our replacement for Embercleave. It is a lesser card in most situations, but it allows us to fly over the top Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. Uro is expected to hang around the format, so it will be important to be able to push through damage when the ground gets clogged up. Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients is a new planeswalker that was released in Zendikar. Nahiri adds another source of card advantage that can also produce threats if needed. Unlike Tazri, Nahiri can only find warriors and equipment, so the overall hits are limited. However, its ability to find Maul of the Skyclaves alongside our warriors makes it an inclusion in Boros Party.
The biggest reason to play Boros Party is its linear game plan. Boros Party on its surface is a aggressive deck with a low curve that can reduce the opponent's life to zero before they have the time to set up. Unlike Mono-Red, Boros Party has a plan if things don't go as they should. With Tazri and Nahiri, Boros can extend into the late game to ensure the cards keep coming. From my viewing of the early access event, I believe that 4-color Omnath will create an arms race in standard. If that happens, Boros Party will likely be a good deck to go under those ramp decks as they begin to shed cards specifically for the aggro matchup. A new format is always hard to judge, but hopefully my predications come true in some way. Thank you for reading.