The starting point for my testing was a Black-Red deck that was played by Stephen Dykman at the first SCG Standard Open in Indianapolis; I liked this deck a lot, but wanted my curve to be lower (i.e. no Thunderbreak Regent and Kolaghan, the Storm’s Fury). I also explored Mardu, because of the synergy between Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Mardu Ascendancy; but I could not make the mana base comfortable enough to hit my one-drops, two-drop and three-drops.
The version I ended up with is Jund, splashing Green for only one card: Collected Company. The creatures I selected, apart from Drana, are all aggressive and powerful, and need to be removed by your opponent quickly. Examples are: Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Mardu Strike Leader, Forerunner of Slaughter, and Despoiler of Souls.
This is my first stab at building an aggressive Standard deck, and I’m not unhappy with the result. It will probably need some work after the Pro Tour, when we know more about the expected metagame, but the deck feels powerful enough to perform well.
DECK LIST (text version, since I was unable to insert a TappedOut link)
1-drops: 4x Bloodsoaked Champion
2-drops: 4x Despoiler of Souls, 4x Abbot of Keral Keep, 4x Forerunner of Slaughter
3-drops: 2x Grim Haruspex, 2x Mardu Strike Leader, 2x Drana, Liberator of Malakir, 2x Alesha, Who Smiles at Death.
4x Wild Slash, 4x Collected Company
4x Bloodstained Mire, 1x Cinder Glade, 1x Mountain, 4x Polluted Delta, 1x Smoldering Marsh, 9x Swamp, 4x Wooded Foothills
3x Duress, 3x Self-Inflicted Wound, 4x Ultimate Price, 2x Outpower Siege, 3x Naturalize