May 3, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Varolz, the Scar-Striped is one of the most interesting cards in Dragon’s Maze because he has such a unique ability. His scavenge ability adds value to every creature that hits your graveyard.
In a creature-heavy deck, if he’s left unchecked, he can dominate the board by buffing your creatures with the ones that have died. By playing creatures with high power relative to their casting cost, you can make sure that Varolz’s ability adds many +1/+1 counters to your creatures at low cost.
Plus, Varolz can protect himself with regeneration so he’s very resilient compared to most other creatures.
May 2, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Two weekends ago at the Starcitygames Standard Open in Seattle, Eric Thompson got fifth place with a Junk, or Green/White/Black (GWB), Tokens deck.
It was cool to see the deck do well in the last Standard Open of Gatecrash Standard because the deck was basically non-existent throughout the season.
With the addition of Voice of Resurgence, Putrefy, and Sin Collector in Dragon’s Maze, Junk Tokens has a good chance of being a force in the new Standard environment.
April 27, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Last weekend, Cedric Phillips got third place at the Starcitygames Standard Open in Seattle with a Jund Aggro deck featuring 4 Gyre Sage and 4 Bonfire of the Damned.
The deck looks really solid. After the tournament, it took off on Magic Online and became a top ten deck.
You may be wondering why I’m talking about a deck with zero cards from Dragon’s Maze. Well, I actually don’t think the Standard metagame will change too much with the new card set. Therefore, this deck should still be pretty good post-Dragon’s Maze.
April 26, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Dragon’s Maze was fully spoiled earlier this week so I’ve been doing a lot of Standard playtesting to see how the new cards perform.
So far, a Bant Delver aggro deck with 4 Advent of the Wurm has had the best results. Advent of the Wurm gave the deck a huge finisher that interacts well with Delver of Secrets, Rootborn Defenses, Cloudfin Raptor, and Snapcaster Mage.
Also, the instant card fits the mana curve pretty well so it has been a great addition.
April 23, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Well, it’s that time again. Wizards released the full spoiler of Dragon’s Maze yesterday so I looked at every card in the set and tried to figure out the best ones.
After some deliberation and reviewing the Gatecrash Standard metagame, here are my picks for the best cards in Dragon’s Maze for upcoming Standard.
April 18, 2013 | Posted by Dee
Bant Control had a very promising start as a top deck. In the hands of Melissa DeTora, it got top eight at Pro Tour Gatecrash two months ago. However, the deck basically disappeared after the Pro Tour. The metagame changed and Bant Control was not good enough to survive.
Fast forward to two weekends ago. Bant Control unexpectedly showed up in the top eight of a World Magic Cup Qualifier (WMCQ). Pro Tour Champion, Paul Rietzl, earned the top finish.
He found a new version of the deck on Magic Online and did very well with it online so he brought it to the WMCQ.
April 17, 2013 | Posted by Dee
When players talk about Flash decks, they usually mean the Blue/White/Red (UWR) variety. But recently, a new type of Flash deck has been doing well in high profile tournaments.
Four weekends ago, Jeff Hoogland made top 16 at a Starcitygames Standard Open with Red/Blue/Green (RUG) Flash featuring 4 Yeva, Nature’s Herald. The next weekend, he got second place with the deck at a Starcitygames Invitational Qualifier.
The weekend after that, Ryan Hipp finished second as well with the deck at a TCGplayer 5K. And last weekend, Jeff finished third at the Standard Open in Milwaukee.
April 15, 2013 | Posted by Dee
One of the interesting developments in the Gatecrash Standard metagame is the transformation of The Aristocrats.
The White/Black/Red (WBR) Aggro deck won the Pro Tour two months ago. However, the deck didn’t really have much success in the weeks that followed.
Other aggro decks like Red/Green (RG) Aggro and Naya Blitz had more success. They were faster so they matched up better against the midrange Thragtusk decks that grew in popularity.
April 13, 2013 | Posted by Dee
One of the best ways to evaluate new cards for Standard is imagining them against the three deck types that make up the bulk of format: aggro, midrange, and control.
If a card is really good against two of these decks and decent against the third one, it will make a huge impact on the metagame and see a lot of play.
Yesterday, Wizards spoiled a card that looks very good against aggro and control. It’s not as good against midrange but it’s decent enough.
Check out Voice of Resurgence below. This Selesnya two-drop is going to amaze Magic players in Standard seasons to come.
April 11, 2013 | Posted by Dee
By my calculations, there were more copies of Thragtusk than any other creature in the winning decks on Magic Online in the last 30 days.
That’s probably not too surprising to you. Thragtusk is in many of the top decks. And if you’re not playing it, you should definitely be prepared to beat it.
The green creature is so good because it gives a ton of card advantage. But what if there was a spell that could kill it without giving your opponent a Beast token? That would blunt the effectiveness of the creature by a lot.