Smuggler’s Copter: What Now? (Legacy, Frontier) 1


What will happen to Smuggler's Copter now? Will one of the most important Standard cards in recent history find a new place to be played?

The recent Standard bannings have sent waves of controversy through the community. While for many, the banning of Emrakul, the Promised End was quite welcome, the restriction Smuggler's Copter wasn't exactly the same case. With Standard completely out of the picture for the Heavily Played card, what will happen to it now? Are there any formats that might make the (albeit short-lived) king of Standard rise up once again?

Surprisingly, Smuggler's Copter has yet to see almost any play in Modern; however, it's been particularly experimented with in Legacy Dragon Stompy. But format the little vehicle seems to be making the most impact in is Frontier. While Frontier is still a fairly fringe, unestablished format, it's definitely gaining substantial traction and is slowly instituting itself under the weight of Standard and Modern.

Before we dive into the card's usefulness in Frontier, let's look at how it could be played in Legacy:

Dragon Stompy

Other Spells (19)
Blood Moon
Chalice of the Void
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Chrome Mox
Fiery Confluence
Lands (19)
11 Mountain
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors

Creatures (22)
Goblin Rabblemaster
Magus of the Moon
Shaman of the Great Hunt
Simian Spirit Guide
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Sin Prodder
 Thunderbreak Regent

Sideboard (15)
Ensnaring Bridge
 Firebolt
Leyline of the Void
Sulfur Elemental

The Dragon Stompy deck has been a longtime contender in Legacy's meta game, seeing multiple evolutions of its list during its lengthy history. When Smuggler's Copter first came out, there was talk of playing it in some lists. The vehicle provides some much needed card advantage to keep up with all of the brainstorm decks that are played. It also adds another powerful evasive attacker to the deck, allowing a pilot to keep their Magus of the Moon or Sin Prodder's while still pushing through damage.

As of yet, the idea of Smuggler's Copter being included in Dragon Stompy hasn't quite caught on, but it definitely has a lot of potential and will probably be further explored in the future.

Smuggler's Copter's new home will most likely be Frontier.

The place Smuggler's Copter is making the most impact is in the Frontier format. Much like Standard, it's played in a multitude of decks as a playset, providing card advantage and evasion to a variety of different strategies. It's most prominently played in Atarka Red and Jeskai Aggro/Tempo. Both of these decks play very similarly to their Khans of Tarkir Standard counterparts, but Smuggler's Copter provides more consistency to their strategies.

It's seems like the little Copter will definitely be finding a home in the Frontier format, so if you still have a playset sitting around from before the bannings, perhaps consider trying out Frontier. If you're more of an Eternal player, then Legacy Dragon Stompy is probably the best home for Smuggler's Copter; however, running it in the list is not entirely established and still needs to be tested.

What are your thoughts on Smuggler's Copter? Do you know of any other decks or formats it could be played in? Feel free to leave any questions, comments, or concerns in the section below.

And, as always, happy gaming!

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