The Pro Tour Hangover Weekend

Hi all, and welcome back to Strictly Standard!  We have a pretty good lineup of major tournament and Magic Online 5-0 results to pore over this week, and thanks to the Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica results, the metagame for the last 2 months of Standard should be settling down and solidifying around the top tier decks.  With Golgari midrange dominating the early format, it wasn’t until the past couple weeks that white-based aggro and midrange decks figured out the sideboard (and sometimes even main deck) tech of to combat the slew of ETB triggers that Golgari used to out-advantage

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Guilds of Ravnica Pro Tour Recap

Welcome back to the Strictly Standard Meta Report. This week we FINALLY get the Pro Tour to help solidify decklists and define the meta for the next two months of Standard play.  With 510 competitors sleeving up decks to battle it out through 10 rounds of Standard and 6 rounds of Guilds of Ravnica draft, we were sure to see a diverse representation of decks battling it out to claim the crown of Tier 1 deck.  Would it be the boogeyman Golgari midrange that defies the bulls-eye of sideboard, and sometimes even main-deck, hate that every other deck will be

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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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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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