GRN Standard Week 5 – The Eve of the Pro Tour

Welcome back to the Strictly Standard Meta Report.  This Guilds of Ravnica format has been quite the roller coaster.  We started with aggressive decks setting the pace, and ended up getting midrange Golgari decks that preyed on those with an onslaught of two-for-one threats to swing the format in a slower direction.  Then the control decks AND the aggressive decks adopted some great technology like to nullify the Golgari gameplan, and we are now in a place where it is really anyone’s game.  Now, with another week in the books, we are on the doorstep of Pro Tour Atlanta. There

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GRN Standard Week 4 – Settle Down Now

Welcome back to my weekly Standard meta update report. As we check in on the results of the Magic Online Standard Competitive 5-0 postings, last weekend’s Start City Games Classic at Charlotte, and the double GP weekend with Standard main events (shockingly the FIRST WotC sponsored major Standard tournament of the season), we are truly seeing the meta settle into its groove. The Thursday, October 25th Magic Online Competitive Standard League 5-0 decklist post only had 35 lists, down 12.5% from the week before. And with only 17 of those containing a maindeck Planeswalker, the first time that figure has

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Guilds of Ravnica – New Standard, New Brews

Hi and welcome back to Part 4 of my review of the archetypes I expect will come out of this Standard rotation.  Guilds of Ravnica has brought a ton of new and interesting cards into the format; more importantly, it also kicked a bunch of old and oppressive cards out of the format as well.  No longer are we beholden to the sets of Standard past. With a reduced card pool to select from we are now freed to explore the depths of recent sets that were too underpowered, or just didn’t have the right support.  New sets and new

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GRN Standard Week 3 – The Queen is Dead, Long Live The Queen

You can tell the seasons are changing.  Fall is in the air.  And so is the warm fragrance of Pumpkin Spice lattes.  We are into the third week of a fresh new Standard format and the meta is starting to really shape itself up. This week, Wizards failed to upload the Standard Competitive League 5-0 lists for Monday, so we only have the Thursday, October 18th Standard Competitive League 5-0 lists and the Star City Games Classic results to lean on.  I think there is enough data in there to get some valuable insights to where the Standard meta is heading next. From the

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