What do we do after the most recent Standard bans?
Oko, Thief of Crowns, Veil of Summer, and Once Upon a Time have been banned in standard and I am excited for something new! It is clear to me the Oko, Thief of Crowns was a mistake. I am optimistic that now that he is gone the format will return to the Control vs. Aggro vs. Mid-range of old.
Although, there is limited data available about what the meta will look like there has already been a tournament showcasing what the new meta could be. Today I am going to give you my thoughts on the up and coming decks that performed well in the Twitch Rivals Tournament.
Neither of these decks are new. They were both overshadowed by the power level the green decks prior to the bans. The mono-red list was notably played by Aaron Barich who is one of the best pilots of the archetype in recent memory. Not sure if Mono-Red is the best choice right now. This might just be a very skilled player doing well with their chosen archetype. The Knights deck plays 4 Embercleave Woof! A deck very similar to this did put up results pre-oko ban so Knights would be my choice if I wanted my opponents dead as fast as possible. Everyone loves a nice break between rounds. 😛
Green black Adventures is the newest incarnation of green good cards that we own. A solid take on an already existing deck. This deck can generate a back breaking amount of card advantage if you play a Edgewall Innkeeper on turn one. This is what I will be playing for FNM with out a doubt. Paradise Druid remains my favorite card in standard and I cannot stay away.
The Food decks had a break out performance at the Pro Tour. Rakdos Sacrifice is just the next iteration. Gaining incremental advantage over the game by borrowing your opponents creatures and sacrificing fits the theme of theme of the Rakdos guild perfectly. A solid pick to do well in the upcoming format. This deck was played by my favorite mtg pro Thiago Saporito. I have trusted his deck building for years and would rely on this being a good starting point for the deck.
Control is not my cup of tea but undeniably powerful. The Esper control list below starts up right where the pre-Throne of Eldraine format left it. Now that Summer Veil is gone Thought Erasure will be taking my favorite card and revealing my hand to my control playing opponent once more. I really like the return to playing Mortify in this list. I think that Jeskai Fires might be the most played deck in the next meta and it is a really nice answer to the card while not being dead in other matchups.
Jeskai Fires is likely the Boogey Man of the format. A lot of top pros chose to play this deck in Twitch Rivals to solid success. The innovation of Sphinx of Foresight helps this deck get to Fires more reliably. This decks struggle before was always being great with Fires of Invention in play and mediocre without it. If this is the formats best deck I’m all for it. Jeskai Fires still seems like a beatable deck given the right sideboard cards.
My optimism is high for the new standard. I’m looking forward to playing a format that develops a healthy meta and doesn’t just get turned to Elks.
If you didn’t see the post on our Facebook page, we had 24 players for Commander on Friday, January 4th. So we ended up with 6 Commander pods, as well as the 14 Standard players! Something Bailee started at the end of last year was recognizing the pod winners with a short questionnaire. From last weeks pods Bailee was able to interview 4 winners.
The first winner of the night was Jesse C. His commander was Maren, of Clan Nel Toth. The changes he wants to make to the deck are to get more foils for it. The most surprising thing that happened during the game was getting hit from dinosaurs for 18 damage…dinosaurs…. The Ravnica guild which Jesse would be a member of is Izzet.
Kurt S was the next pod winner Bailee had the opportunity to interview. He is another proud member of the Izzet guild from Ravnica, after all they have dragons. The thing that surprised Kurt from his match was Mitch’s deck. He thought the mono green deck was cool. When asked if he will be making any changes to his Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck he said no, why mess with perfection(or maybe that he was too lazy to change it.)
Adam H returns to the winner circle for the second week in a row, with the same deck. He is in a 2 week win streak with is Nin the Pain Artist deck. When Adam won the previous week he said he was going to add more creatures. The thing that surpises him most about the deck is the pace of it. He felt it has a good tempo. The guild from Ravnica Adam is a member of is Selesnya.
The final pod winner we get to recognize is Josh T. Though he won he felt his Estrid, the Masked deck needs more win cons and less grind. Ravnica Allegiance has a possible additional win con for Josh in Simic Ascendancy. Josh declared his allegiance to Simic when asked which guild he belongs too.
Winners 5 & 6 were either missed by us or refused to answer Bailee’s questions. We look forward to seeing you for Commander Friday Night Magic every Friday at 7 pm.
This past Friday we had 3 Commander pods for Friday Night Magic. We thought we would share some information about each pod’s winner.
Greg often hops into Commander Night, and he did so this past week. He used an unchanged Adaptive Enchantment deck from 2018’s Commander set. His commander was Estrid, the Masked(pictured). Asked if he will be making any changes Greg did not think he will be making any changes to the deck. He felt it is quite good right out of the package. In his pod the Hydra Omnivore surprised him with its efficiency versus the whole table that did not seem to have any board wipes. As it is Guilds of Ravnica Standard season we also asked each winner what Ravnica guild they belong to. Greg proudly fights for Dimir because it is the house that trolls the best.
Pod two was won by Landon T. His commander was Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim. As he won he also felt his deck will not need any changes for next week. The card that caught his pod off guard was Death Mantle. His pod was not ready to have to kill most creatures twice just by paying 4 and returning the creature to the battlefield with Death Mantle attached. The guild that Landon supports is Golgari because death is only an illusion.
The third pod was won by Tim G. His commander was Aminatou, the Fateshifter. Even though he won his pod he plans to change to a different deck for next week. Variety is the spice of life and Magic. The card that caught Tim’s pod unaware was Urza’s Ruinous Blast. Exiling all non land permanents hurt a lot. It is a very good card. Tim is also a member of Golgari because that guild is his favorite color combination. It is dirty and gross.
There are 3 of the decks that won our Commander Friday Night Magic. Build your best Commander deck and come out and have some fun and see if you can challenge these pod winners for victory.
Week 1 of the Kill Team campaign kicked off last Monday night. We had 8 players participate(turn in their league cards at the end of the night.) We had 6 factions represented: Adeptus Astartes, Astra Militarum, Death Guard, Orks, Thousand Sons, and Tyranids. It looks like Orks, Thousand Sons, Astra Militarum, and Adeptus Astartes took loses, while a different Adeptus Astartes team, Death Guard, and Tyranids got wins.
So after 1 week we have a 3 way tie between: David S, Steve S, and Mike P.
There is still plenty of time to join the league only $5 a month(3 total months) which gets you a unique Tactics Card each week(12 in total), Pins for the top player at the end of each month(Weeks 4,8, and 12) in each faction including Guerrilla. Also at the end of each month the over all leader gets a metal. At the end of Month 2 and 3(Weeks 8 and 12) players get dice and acrylic objective markers. Make up games can be played on Monday’s during the normal open play time, or you can arrange with an opponent to meet at the store and play any time there is an open table.