Daily Dominaria Deck Tech: Binding Rhinos

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at one deck featuring the latest additions from Dominaria United. Modern already has removal options aplenty, but now one more managed to break through in a big way. Its main advantage in a world of cheap spells? Mana value 6!

outburst - binding - agent

The cost that Leyline Binding lists in its upper right corner is key for cascade. Cascade means you only want to have copies of one spell with a mana value 2 or less in your deck, which rules out cards like Prismatic Ending, Unholy Heat, or March of Otherworldly Light. Binding conveniently meets this technical condition, while in practice it costs far less to cast. Using fetch, shock, and tricycle lands, you're basically guaranteed to have three basic types by turn three and can often get to four by turn two. A two-mana instant-speed removal for anything, including Chalice of the Void and Teferi, Time Raveler, is quite the game changer!

It's no wonder that this is essentially a three-color deck that splashes white for Leyline Binding now. Of course, once you've gone white, you might as well add a few more powerful white spells. This is why you can find both Omnath, Locus of Creation and Solitude in the list below. They substantially bolster the game's fair plan. With that configuration you can basically play a midrange-control game with a combo-esque finish thanks to cascade. The sideboard contains a full playset of Teferi too, which is excellent against other cascade decks.

The rest is mostly what you'd expect. The deck runs eight cascade spells in Shardless Agent and Violent Outburst to deploy two 4/4 Rhinos via cascade into Crashing Footfalls. If you do it with the Agent, then you can have as much as 10 power staring at your opponent on turn three. They block quite well, if needs be, but they also end games quickly. They trample, and the deck's huge swathe of removal also helps to push damage through. If you're looking for a fundamentally fair interactive deck with an aggressive and a tad unfair angle, this is the deck for you.

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