Thoughts on the Standard format.
Just a quick heads up to point you to some early US Regionals 2009 results. The Seattle Regionals Top 8 broke down like this:
3 BW Tokens
2 GW Overrun Tokens
1 Bant Finest Hour
1 Jund Blightning/Pulse/Leech (with Sygg for draw!) Aggro
1 5-Color Control
Check out the Top 8 decklists at:
It's rare that I see a deck I think is truly innovative, but this article on the WotC website briefly touched on one of the most unusual decklists I've seen in Standard in a long time. While it is based on an older established deck type, the card choices that go against conventional wisdom seem very innovative to me:
Koji Takanashi's Turbo-Fog, 1st Place, Tokyo Regionals Lands: (14)7 Island
2 Reliquary TowerBorderposts: (8)4 Fieldmist Borderpost
4 Mistvein Borderpost
Updated 05-15-2009 at 02:35 PM by Drathro
One card from Alara Reborn that has everybody talking is Anathemancer. Popular opinion is predicting it will change the face of Standard. I tend to disagree. Here's my take on the life cycle of Anathemancer:
Phase One: Anathemancer gains popularity in decks where it doesn't belong. As a result, those decks and their pilots lose more.
Phase Two: Widespread disappointment sets in over the failure of Anathemancer to be a panacea for Standard's multi-color plague.
Updated 05-01-2009 at 01:20 PM by Drathro
Wow! The blogs have really slowed down, haven't they? Real life must be intruding on our little cardboard world.
What say I dig up a wacky 61-card Portuguese deck for you to stare at in slack-jawed amazement?
Violent Ramp by Daniel Neves, 6th place, National Qualifier 2009 - Moita, Portugal Land: (23)3 Fire-Lit Thicket
3 Reflecting Pool
3 Twilight MireCreatures: (14)4 Birds of Paradise
3 Deus of Calamity
3 Elvish Visionary
Updated 04-07-2009 at 01:43 AM by Drathro
I just signed up for an MDV tournament with a new and fairly unexplored format. The tournament is to be a variant of Peasant magic, but using only the Standard card set and a total of 10 Uncommons allowed, the rest being Commons. I find that building for this format, which I will henceforth refer to as P10, is interesting and new, because it is basically a format nobody else plays. A couple closely related formats are:
PDC - Pauper Deck Challenge. There is an MTGO contingent that