December 12, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Two weeks ago, it was pretty clear which decks were the best in Standard. You just had Grand Prix Albuquerque. The top eight of the tournament had four Mono Black Devotion and three Mono Blue Devotion decks.
With this dominant showing, the message was loud and clear to the MTG community: Blue and Black Devotion are head and shoulders above the rest.
Stanislav Cifka saw this as an opportunity.
December 10, 2013 | Posted by Dee
It was pretty cool to see Orzhov Charm do well at Grand Prix Dallas-Fort Worth. Last week, I advised someone on reddit to play the black/white spell in White Weenie Aggro because it’s good against devotion.
Five players showed up at the Grand Prix with Orzhov Charm and white aggro creatures. They had an outstanding showing. Pat Cox, one of the players, tweeted the top finishes of the group: a top four, two top 16s, and a top 64.
December 9, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Marlon Gutierrez traveled from Mexico City and took down yesterday’s Standard Grand Prix in Dallas-Fort Worth with Black/White Midrange. The deck may look unfamiliar to you but it actually first showed up in high level play two weekends ago at Grand Prix Vienna. It was played by Andreas Ganz and he finished in the top 16.
Marlon’s main deck is exactly the same as Andreas’s. Marlon changed the sideboard slightly by adding 2 Dark Betrayal and 1 Pithing Needle and removing 2 Last Breath and 1 Wear // Tear.
Check out his decklist along with three deck building lessons you can learn from it.
December 7, 2013 | Posted by Dee
One of the cool benefits of joining Twitter and following other Magic players is that you occasionally get solid decklists not found anywhere else.
Recently, Michael Jacob tweeted out a Naya Aggro deck that performed well for him online. He’s a pretty good player with a Pro Tour top four finish under his belt.
Check out his decklist below.
December 5, 2013 | Posted by Dee
As the rarest of the rarity types, I thought it would be interesting to rank the mythic rares in Theros Standard. To help me with the ranking, I looked at the data from MTG Analytics.
If you’re an active Standard player, you probably won’t be too surprised at the list but it’s still pretty interesting to see which mythic rares have proven themselves after the rotation.
October 31, 2013 | Posted by Will
When I first tried drafting, I didn’t feel like I knew what cards were good, not just because of my (admittedly weak) card evaluation skills, but also because I never had to look closely for card synergies before. Plus, it’s tough to evaluate cards when they are not in play or in a specific decklist where the themes are highlighted.
Card evaluation is a frustration of many new players as well as knowing which colors you should be in or whether you can splash. It’s easy to become intimidated with these things, but fear not! Wizards of the Coast has made things a lot easier.
October 19, 2013 | Posted by Dee
When I first saw Anger of the Gods during Theros spoiler season, I immediately thought that Grixis Control had a decent chance of being a strong deck. Board sweepers are very important for control decks.
Overall, Supreme Verdict is better but in certain metagames, Anger of the Gods is going to be superior. For example, the red mass removal spell exiles Voice of Resurgence and Chandra’s Phoenix. Also, it’s cheaper, which is an advantage over Supreme Verdict when you’re facing fast aggro decks.
October 16, 2013 | Posted by Dee
I added the two high-profile Standard tournaments from last weekend on MTG Analytics.
First, we’ve got Pro Tour Theros, which had a whopping six devotion decks including a G/r Nykthos Ramp list. But the breakout deck was definitely Mono Blue Devotion, which took the top three spots. It was pretty cool to see the deck do well because I built a similar deck and wrote about it three weeks ago.
October 11, 2013 | Posted by Will
Theros is not exactly “Battleship Magic,” at least not how I expected us to be playing with big bestow creatures and big flashy spells. Not that those things can’t happen, it’s just not every deck at the table, and many of the decks you do see are pretty, well, fast.
R/W has perfectly playable one drops and one and two cost auras that come in as early threats while they fill out the board horizontally. Cavalry Pegasus is a beating if you can’t answer it very quickly. The auras that make it hard to deal with are cheap and the white protection trick, Gods Willing, is plentiful.
October 9, 2013 | Posted by Will
Dusty, the guy to my left, being a true gentleman, asked me politely if I knew what the $#@& I was doing. He offered me an opportunity to make a different first pick in our ‘casual’ Theros draft.
Alex had a birthday this week. Happy birthday, Alex! He wanted to draft, I always want to draft, and so cards night was drafting Theros night. We all care about playing, we’re playing to win, we care about the rules, and we want to be better players. In fact, this article is my commitment to playing better Magic, but that doesn’t always mean the same thing to all players.