As some of you may be aware, I relocated at the beginning of February. I am now in the big city, and will be getting myself a DCI number, and starting to play some paper locally. And the local FNM and paper meta seems to be Standard, Standard, Standard.
I also run a Standard format event, with plans on starting a second one.
So. Standard. I know absolutely doodly about Standard. I mean, I know what Standard is: the latest 2 expansion sets and core set. And I understand that Standard changes every 3 months, and rotation, and blah blah blah. These are all very basic things that "everyone knows about", and should keep up with.
In the past year and a half, I've drifted away from Standard, concentrating first on Overextended, then Modern. I haven't had a Standard deck in quite a few months, not since mono Zombies were a thing. And while I have heard both good and bad things about the current Standard, I don't know. I should at least have a glimmer of an idea if I'm going to talk about it, and play it.
So where do I start? Blarg. There's already so much information out there about Standard, from so many sources. Here I thought I was the king of TMI. The sheer volume of material is staggering. And if you read it in a tweet, or see it on a stream, or hear it on a podcast, or read it in an article... it's gotta be true, right? Everything is so twisty turvy right now. Gatecrash is on the battlefields, and Standard is changing once more. New and unexpected cards and combinations are sure to make their presence known across MTG...
The first thing I noticed when looking at the Standard cardpool was "removal? what removal?" There have been some premiere removal cards in Standard over the past few years: Terminate and Lightning Bolt, also Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, etc. Critter power is a thing. But this could just be my inner cranky old man saying "why back in my day..." What good is instant speed targeted removal against Hexproof critters? What good are single edicts against swarms? Is board wipe a thing? What is this bug crawling across my floor? And I'm starting to ramble.
I guess I'll start looking at Standard right from the crash of the gate, so to speak. I already spend way too much time/effort keeping up with the Modern meta to really worry about the Standard meta. There are already many people writing about it who know much more about Standard than I do; I just want to familiarize myself with what's out there. Each week, I'll grab a few undefeated decks from a random Standard event, and see for myself what makes 'em tick.
So. Enough with the chit chat. Away we go!
This looks to be your regular ol' critter aggro/midrange deck, with some few bounce shenanigans from Restoration Angel thrown in for laughs. The main battle plan here seems to be lay down creatures and turn them sideways. The creatures being all Humans means Champion of the Parish can get to be quite the house, and Mayor of Avabruck makes a handy dandy lord. Thalia's taxing helps in keeping your opponent off his game, as well.
I'm not much of a control player, so can't really comment on the intricacies of this deck. What I'm seeing here looks to be basically "durdle til you win": wipe the board, counter a few spells, draw a ton of cards, rinse & repeat, plop out a planeswalker or two, ultimate it for the win. Am I missing anything?
The term "Junk" refers to the GBW side of the table, and does not mean "trash". This deck uses Grisly Salvage and Mulch to throw huge beaters (like Craterhoof Behemoth) into the graveyard, then plops 'em out again with Unburial Rites. Restoration Angel and Thragtusk shenanigans give this deck range for the long game, as well. Mana dorks are there to smooth the curve along the way. Simple, eh?
Friday Night Standard #11
February 8, 2013
3-1: Dolane97, darkerlink1, strad. Players, pairings, and results can be found here.
Decks from all Friday Night Standard events can be found here
zemanjaski's RDW deck is a straight forward in-your-face aggro beater. If you don't have the removal, or chumps, handy, your face will be eaten. Stromkirk Noble gets through quite often in this age of Humanity.
I went to another Thursday night game night here in the city, and met some more of the crew: Joe, and Sylvester, and another guy whose name I can't remember. The evening was a blur, although I do remember having a good time! I'll have to keep more coherent notes.
Friday, we had another game night, here at the new digs. I borrowed in turn, a Classic Storm deck (I never drew squat), a Modern Soul Sisters deck (no Martyr?!?!?), and a Legacy Goblin thing. I didn't win a game all night. But I was also running Friday Night Standard for most of the evening, so was distracted somewhat. Still no excuse.
My buddy John also picked up a Simic release pack thing, which was promptly cracked and cherry picked, and passed on down the line. Being low man on this totem pole, I got lastsies. But I now have a few dozen paper cards. I'm going to build a deck around Daggerdrome Imp, just for laughs.
Anyway, after playing with this group a couple times, I immediately began to pick up that some of my favorite deck ideas would pwn face, hard, at these get togethers. Something cheap and nasty, like Bloodcrank, Molten Drawers, or Jund X. Any of these could be put together on the cheap in paper, in a vacuum. They wouldn't know what hit them...
Here we go again. Blarg!