7 Fun Standard Decks for Murders at Karlov Manor (Bo1)

Do you want to try some fun Standard decks from Murders at Karlov Manor? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll share 7 Standard decks that focus on fun, while still trying to be at least somewhat viable.

Each decklist you find below is build around a fascinating card from Murders at Karlov Manor. They aren’t optimized yet, so feel free to adjust them. There are no sideboards, so these mostly aim for best of one play on MTG Arena.

Let’s get to it!

The Pride of Hull Clade Fun Standard Deck

The Pride of Hull Clade

We’re starting with a Turtle-Elk-Crocodile with a weird stat line and mana cost. Eleven mana for a 2/15 is most certainly intriguing. Thankfully, the mana cost can be reduced quite significantly. You could potentially cast it for a single green mana.

What you need for that are creatures with high toughness, which you can find plenty of in this following decklist.

The Pride of Hull Clade Standard Decklist 

Creatures (24)
4
Glistener Seer
2
Sharp-Eyed Rookie
4
Streetwise Negotiator
2
Akal Pakal, First Among Equals
4
Pugnacious Hammerskull
4
Bedrock Tortoise
4
The Pride of Hull Clade
Spells (5)
2
Gaea's Gift
3
Invoke the Ancients
Artifacts (6)
4
Hermitic Nautilus
2
The Reality Chip
Lands (25)
1
Boseiju, Who Endures
4
Dreamroot Cascade
5
Forest
4
Hedge Maze
3
Island
1
Otawara, Soaring City
3
Restless Vinestalk
4
Yavimaya Coast
Cards (60)

The fastest way to play The Pride is going to look something like this:

Next turn, you’ll want to play Bedrock Tortoise, and threaten lethal.

There are some other things going on in the deck, and it’s up to you to figure in which direction do you want to take it. You could use protection spells such as Tamiyo’s Safekeeping, although Gaea’s Gift grants trample.

There’s a small artifact subtheme with cards like Akal Pakal, First Among Equals, Sharp-Eyed Rookie, and Hermitic Nautilus. You could build further upon that by adding more copies of Akal.

Some cards might look out of place, but they do have their uses. Invoke the Ancientsadds 10 toughness on the board by themselves. That makes your Turtle cost a single mana. Pugnacious Hammerskull is an amazing blocker, and adds a lot of toughness to the board.

Nevertheless, this is mostly a fun deck, so don’t expect it to win tournaments any time soon.

Warleader’s Call Fun Standard Deck

Warleader's Call Fun Standard Murders at Karlov Manor Decks

Now, this is a powerful card, and one that could see success in a competitive setting. It’s pretty clear how to maximize the card. Use cheap creatures and/or cards that put multiple creatures in play. Among all decklists in the article, this one looks the most promising.

Warleader's Call Standard Decklist 

Creatures (16)
4
Novice Inspector
4
Voldaren Epicure
4
Warden of the Inner Sky
4
Resolute Reinforcements
Spells (13)
2
Gleeful Demolition
2
Play with Fire
2
Invasion of Gobakhan
4
Lightning Helix
2
Ral's Reinforcements
1
Nahiri's Warcrafting
Enchantments (8)
4
Warleader's Call
4
Wedding Announcement
Lands (23)
4
Battlefield Forge
1
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
1
Mirrex
4
Mountain
4
Plains
2
Restless Bivouac
2
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
4
Sundown Pass
1
Thran Portal
Cards (60)

It’s easy to see what the decklist is trying to do. Quickly put a ton of creatures into play, and reap the rewards from your powerful new enchantment. It also plays well with another one, Wedding Announcement. It somewhat helps to recoup after a wrath, but Invasion of Gobakhan does that job even better.

There’s also the new addition of Lightning Helix, which can greatly help against mono red, but is also perfectly fine in other matchups.

One thing that you might want to look into is adding more copies of Gleeful Demolition. If you do so, you also want more artifacts or artifact generators. Perhaps something like Experimental Synthesizer?

Anyway, even if this deck doesn’t quite pan out, the new cards from the deck Helix and Call will likely find home somewhere during their time in Standard.

Standard Detectives

Private Eye Dectective Standard Decklists Bo1 Karlov Manor

Whereas the previous deck was powerful, this one is much more on the casual side. It leans into the Detective synergies, but most cards of that type are from the latest set, and aren’t that powerful. After all, Private Eye is mostly a card for Karlov Manor draft.

Nevertheless, if wildcards are burning a whole in your pocket, and you don’t care if you lose, as long as you’re trying something unusual — give this list a try.

UW Detectives Standard Decklist 

Creatures (23)
4
Novice Inspector
4
Perimeter Enforcer
1
Tenth District Hero
2
Alquist Proft, Master Sleuth
4
Case File Auditor
4
Private Eye
4
Wojek Investigator
Spells (2)
2
No More Lies
Enchantments (11)
4
Case of the Pilfered Proof
2
Ossification
3
Wedding Announcement
2
Virtue of Loyalty
Lands (24)
4
Adarkar Wastes
2
Cavern of Souls
2
Deserted Beach
1
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
1
Island
1
Otawara, Soaring City
8
Plains
1
Restless Anchorage
4
Seachrome Coast
Cards (60)

As you can see, there are various synergies with Detectives. In order to support Case File Auditor there’s also a small enchantment package included. Among them, you’ll find a Case of the Pilfered Proof, which shouldn’t be too hard to solve in this deck.

Sadly, it’s unlikely that this deck will get more support in the future, so don’t expect it to significantly improve in the future.

Insidious Roots Bo1 Standard Deck

Insidious Roots Fun Standard Decklist Murders at Karlov Manor

Now, here’s a card that’s weird, but does a lot of stuff for two mana. Provided you properly build around it, of course.

You’ll want to include plenty of creatures, ways to put them into your graveyard, and ways for them to leave. Additional creature token generation also makes sense. The following decklist tries to fit all of that stuff into a 60-card pile.

Insidious Roots Standard Decklist 

Planeswalkers (4)
4
Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler
Creatures (18)
4
Aftermath Analyst
1
Old Stickfingers
4
Undead Butler
3
Old Rutstein
4
Skyfisher Spider
2
Izoni, Center of the Web
Spells (4)
2
Cut Down
2
Ghoulcaller's Harvest
Artifacts (1)
1
Halo Fountain
Enchantments (9)
4
Insidious Roots
4
Teachings of the Kirin
1
Gloomshrieker
Lands (24)
1
Boseiju, Who Endures
4
Deathcap Glade
3
Forest
4
Llanowar Wastes
1
Mirrex
3
Restless Cottage
3
Swamp
1
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
4
Underground Mortuary
Cards (60)

There are surprisingly a lot of cards that play well in this theme. Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler gives the deck some explosive power, as you can tap tokens for mana on the turn you create them. Furthermore, it also mills you and makes creatures leave your graveyard. It just does it all.

There are some other such cards that do two things. For example, Undead Butler and Teachings of the Kirin. There are plenty of synergies that you’ll discover while playing with this list.

Skyfisher Spider can be useful against various decks, but for the most part, you want to get a big life cushion to stop the most aggressive archetypes.

Halo Fountain can only be activated with Roots on the board, but that’s when you want to activate it the most anyway. Winning with a white card in a black-green deck certainly classifies as a fun achievement.

Judith, Carnage Connoisseur Bo1 Standard Deck

Judith, Carnage Connoisseur Standard Deck

Sure, you could just jam a regular red-black deck, but where’s the fun in that? Judith is a unique card, and can certainly make shine in one of the most fun Standard decks in Murders at Karlov Manor.

It’s probably best to treat Judith as a six mana play, so you are guaranteed to get some value from it.

Judith, Carnage Connoisseur Standard Decklist 

Creatures (15)
4
Bloodtithe Harvester
4
Deep-Cavern Bat
3
Archfiend of the Dross
4
Judith, Carnage Connoisseur
Spells (18)
3
End the Festivities
4
Not Dead After All
3
Play with Fire
3
Tectonic Hazard
1
Bitter Triumph
2
Go for the Throat
2
Long Goodbye
Enchantments (2)
2
The Cruelty of Gix
Lands (25)
4
Blackcleave Cliffs
4
Haunted Ridge
5
Mountain
2
Restless Vents
1
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
4
Sulfurous Springs
4
Swamp
1
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Cards (60)

The most powerful combo is with Tectonic Hazard or End the Festivities. Play Judith, and follow by one of those two spells. Your opponent can’t respond before you put the spell on the stack. You’ll give it lifelink and deathtouch, which not only gains you some life, but destroys all opposing creatures.

You could also decide to hold up black mana for Not Dead After All. If an opponent decides to kill Judith, it’s just going to come back bigger. Plus, you get an Imp in the process.

There’s a ton of removal spells in the deck. You’re basically playing a more controlling deck. With so many opposing creatures dying, Archfiend of the Dross can do some real work. Plus, it might draw a removal spell, so Judith is more likely to survive.

Leyline of the Guildpact Standard Deck for Bo1

Leyline of the Guildpact Fun Standard Decks Murders at Karlov Manor

Free cards are always powerful. Leyline offers many possibilities to build around it. However, the one we went for is particularly unusual. This deck wants to smash for a lot of damage.

Leyline of the Guildpact Standard Decklist 

Creatures (18)
4
Nishoba Brawler
4
Crew Captain
4
Pugnacious Hammerskull
3
Axebane Ferox
3
Fleetfoot Dancer
Spells (6)
2
Felonious Rage
4
Gaea's Might
Enchantments (12)
4
Case of the Shattered Pact
4
Leyline of the Guildpact
4
Leyline Binding
Lands (24)
4
Brushland
5
Forest
4
Jetmir's Garden
4
Karplusan Forest
1
Mountain
1
Plains
1
Swamp
4
Ziatora's Proving Ground
Cards (60)

The idea is, obviously, to start with Leyline in play. This allows you to unlock the full domain from the get go. Furthermore, you get to solve Case of the Shattered Pact as early as turn two.

After that, you plan to slam down a high-power creature, and pump it for the win with Gaea’s Might. With the power of the solved case, you can smash for a bunch of damage, and possibility win the game on the spot.

To be fair, this whole strategy is very fragile. It needs multiple things to go right in order to work. Sure, it’s fun when it does work, but this is sill among the weaker decks here. A better idea to play with Leyline might be with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in mono Green in Explorer. Four devotion starting on turn 0 sure sounds nice.

Slime Against Humanity

Slime Against Humanity Standard Decklist Fun Karlov Manor

Any list of most fun Murders at Karlov Manor Standard decks would be incomplete without this wild sorcery. Slime Against Humanity proposes an interesting deckbuilding challenge, and the following list is just one way to play it.

Slime Against Humanity Standard Decklist 

Spells (35)
3
Bushwhack
3
Thirsting Roots
4
Glimpse the Core
3
Volcanic Spite
18
Slime Against Humanity
4
Invasion of Zendikar
Enchantments (4)
4
Arcane Bombardment
Lands (21)
1
Boseiju, Who Endures
4
Copperline Gorge
12
Forest
3
Mountain
1
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Cards (60)

The idea is to combine Slimes with Arcane Bombardment. You’ll ramp towards the red enchantment, then let the craziness begin. Cast spells, copy them, and try to overwhelm your opponents with big Oozes.

Will it always work? No. There will be plenty of games that you’ll lose. Will it be fun when it pops off? For sure!

Fun Standard Karlov Manor Decks — Conclusion

That’s all for today. Is there a card that you’d like us to build around? Do you have a fun Standard deck from Karlov Manor, that you want to share? Let us and our readers know in the comments below.

If you plan to collect the new cards by drafting, make sure to give our Murders at Karlov Manor Draft Guide a read. In it, you’ll find a big picture view of the format, which should help you win more games.

Until next time, enjoy Magic, and have fun playing Murders at Karlov Manor Standard!

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