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Izzet the best deck in Standard? PPTQ Win

On Tuesday 9th of May I went on MTGGoldfish and found this Blue-Red Dynavolt Tower control list. I decided I’d build it and give it a go. There was a local standard event that night at NLG Moonee Ponds and the first time I ever picked up the deck I went 4-0 with it, beating Mardu Vehicles, Mono-Black Zombies, Green-Black Delirium and Red-Green Monsters. Straight away I thought to myself: “This deck has a lot of potential!”, but quickly identified it had some weaknesses too. Read More →

**Its over 9000!** – A Temur Tower Primer

I like that Tezzeret. He has vision the other judges don’t. He sees the potential in what we’re making here.

Since Grand Prix Brisbane  I have returned to PPTQ grind and while it is probably the most unsatisfying and soul-crushing way to spend precious Saturdays, the joy of playing a Shota Yasooka designed deck makes it bearable. Read More →

Breaking Down Pro Tour BFZ

Post-Pro Tour Standard Breakdown

The Pro Tour has come and gone, and we are left with dozens of decklists to copy, video archives to watch, and soon, plenty of analysis of the event. This Pro Tour featured a stacked top 8, and the most anti-climactic match of Magic ever, as 10-time PT Top 8 Competitor Paolo Vitor Damo Da Rosa mulliganed a bunch against 15-time PT Top 8 Competitor John Finkel. The quarter final between Ricky Chin and Ryochi Tamada, on the other hand, is probably the best match of broadcast MTG I have ever seen, and should be at the top of your post-PT viewing list.

It can be found here

Today, however, I want to go through what the PT results mean for Standard. I will try to avoid speculating about how likely different decks are to be picked up, and will instead try to look at some of the numbers and theory behind what did well and why. I’m assuming that you, dear reader, are passingly familiar with the deck lists found here. For what it’s worth, one team broke it for this Pro Tour… but it’s not who you think! Read More →

Pro Tour Prognostics

Ah, those glorious days between the release of a new set and its corresponding Pro Tour. No articles unpicking the intricacies of common match-ups – we still don’t know what the best decks are. No MODO footage of Pro players picking up brand new decks and muddling through them on stream – the new set has only just gone online. In a world overwhelmed with information, there is precious little available about the current Standard format.

Today, I’m going to try to sketch out the limits of the format. What restrictions are imposed upon successful decks? It’s not the mana, as we can happily play four or even five colours off the absurd Fetch and Tango lands (though fewer colours is still faster). Instead, this format is limited by the removal available. Read More →

Playing Modern in Standard

Battle for Zendikar Standard has just begun and it will be interesting to see what this new set will contribute to the standard environment.

Many decks will transition easily into the new format – Abzan aggro, Mono Red, various Dragons decks – which keep many of their important cards. Beyond that, experienced pilots will know how to update them, to keep their deck functionally similar (albeit honed for a new metagame).

My inspiration is not, however, coming from Standard past. Some of the uncommon, and even common, offerings from BFZ have me looking a little further afield. Read More →

Epic Walkers

Hi everyone, it sure has been a while since I last wrote an article. Since this standard format is rapidly coming to an end, and with Origins just around the corner I thought I would share my favourite deck in standard. While everyone else is jamming dragonlords and raptors, this deck is designed to attack on a very different axis. Planeswalkers, and lots of them (17 across the 75). The days of 4 Hero’s Downfall in every black deck are well behind us, and the card advantage each planeswalker generates is enormous. Read More →

Abzan ‘Aggro’ – Card Choices and Deckbuilding – Part II

And… I’m back with the second part of this currently open-ended series on how to build Abzan Aggro in Standard. Maybe I’ll write about how to play this deck too at some point, but at the moment it seems like I’ve got a lot to say about card choices and lists before I can even think about getting into gameplay. Due to writing/editing/publishing etc. taking some time, these articles are and will continue to be a little behind the metagame, so let’s preface today’s installment with the metagame last week’s decklist was built for. Read More →