Deck Primers

If you’re new to highlander, head over to the DECKS section to read an orientation on the types of decks that perform well in this format. Each archetype has a summary, orientation on the playstyle, and a collection of lists to get you going. After that (or if you’re an existing Highlander player) come back here for a series of deep dives on specific decks, written by expert players!

Deck Primer: Omnath Good Stuff in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on my Omnath Good Stuff midrange deck. The deck is part of the value midrange archetype in 7 Point Highlander, drawing on all colours bar black. The deck emerged March 2022, following the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty points update, at which time I started iterating the list publicly while making drafting notes on Moxfield. I wanted to provide others with an opportunity to observe and ponder for themselves the reasons for my iterations. With COVID-19 and the rigours of family life, I mainly play highlander causally, but still love designing decks and thinking about the application of magic… Read More »Deck Primer: Omnath Good Stuff in 7 Point Highlander

Deck Primer: Abzan (Junk) Midrange in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on Abzan Midrange, also known as ‘Junk’ in 7 Point Highlander! Junk is a part of the Equipment-based midrange Archetype using Green Black White colours. Junk has been an enduring part of  the meta due to its consistent success as well as its ability to adapt to a changing landscape. The decks generic ‘good stuff’ approach lends itself to be accommodating to new card printings, new archetypes in the meta and points changes. This article will give you some basics on how the deck works as well as some specific tips on decisions during match… Read More »Deck Primer: Abzan (Junk) Midrange in 7 Point Highlander

Thassa's Oracle

Deck Primer: Grixis Oracle in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on Grixis Oracle in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into the Thassa’s Oracle combo, which is a representative of the Combo/Control archetype Highlander. We’ll briefly look at the journey Oracle has taken through the format, and how to approach the deck in the post Modern Horizons 2 world. I have played a lot of Oracle, from the very first ‘Esper Oracle’ Deck I pioneered way back in Feb 2020, to the team deck we settled on (shoutout to BEMB) for Moxing day 2020 which managed to put 3 copies into… Read More »Deck Primer: Grixis Oracle in 7 Point Highlander

Wild Nacatl

Deck Primer: 4c Zoo in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on 4c Zoo (WURG Aggro-Tempo-Midrange) in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into 4c Zoo, which is a hybrid of the Aggro, Tempo and Midrange Archetypes in Highlander. This is a deck that I initially created in late 2019 at a point where Oko, Thief of Crowns and Wrenn and Six were at zero points and I felt that they were both too powerful to not play. Since then I have had a lot of success with the deck in South Australian events, with notable wins in the Adelaide… Read More »Deck Primer: 4c Zoo in 7 Point Highlander

Rakdos Headliner

Deck Primer: BR Aggro in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to the 7 point Highlander deck primer for BR aggro. My current list can be found from the following link which I keep updated regularly. Live Deck List – BR Aggro Why play BR aggro? There are many reasons you might want to pick up this deck. You like burn spells, you like redundancy, you like consistency or you’re very impatient (Disclaimer, you will need some patience to play this deck, or any deck, optimally). Due to the huge amount of redundancy in this list, naturally the deck is very consistent. By combing recursive creatures with efficient burn spells… Read More »Deck Primer: BR Aggro in 7 Point Highlander

Deck Primer: Goblins in 7 Point Highlander

Deck Primer: Goblins in 7 Point Highlander

Hello aspiring warchiefs! The printing of Conspicuous Snoop and Muxus, Goblin Grandee last year has created a lot of hype. As someone who has been playing and tweaking 7-Point Goblins for two years, I thought I could share my knowledge. Note that Strixhaven was the latest set for this primer. Primer contents: My current list Explanation of role in each matchup Against midrange – cheese Against control – embracing goblin tendencies Against aggro – grinding Against combo – Earwig Squad Mana curve and points expendature Mox and Mana Crypt early game Lutri and Skullclamp late game Ways of winning (various… Read More »Deck Primer: Goblins in 7 Point Highlander

7 Point Highlander Jund 2021

Deck Primer: Jund (Value Midrange) in Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on Jund Midrange in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into Jund, which is a representative of the Value Midrange Archetype in Highlander. *** Disclaimer: This deck is designed to take advantage of a midrange and aggro meta. If control or combo are both high percentages of your meta maybe look at playing a tempo deck like Sophie Pezzutto’s RUG Sprowess. We will cover current card choices, alternate card choices and reasons for not including key cards like entomb and Life from the Loam which can be found in… Read More »Deck Primer: Jund (Value Midrange) in Highlander

Deck Primer: RUG Sprowess in Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on RUG Sprowess in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into RUG Sprowess, which is a representative of the Tempo Strategy in Highlander. You’ll notice a unique fusion of elements from multiple Highlander Archetypes, including Protect the Queen and a blend of principles from Burn and Theme Combo. “Squires throughout the realm aspire to her mix of panache and martial prowess.“ – Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale Want to play an 18/10 double strike and trample creature on turn two? Like the idea of pumping a creature for lethal… Read More »Deck Primer: RUG Sprowess in Highlander

Deck Primer: Affinity in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on Affinity in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into Affinity, which is a representative of the Mox Aggro Archetype in Highlander. Here you will find my thoughts on the deck’s enablers, acceleration, mana base, pay offs and we’ll talk about its Resiliency and give you some tips for sideboarding. Before we get into it, huge shout out to Jacob Golding for doing the hard work in the early stages of development and gave me a list to start working with. We got a great look at his list in… Read More »Deck Primer: Affinity in 7 Point Highlander