WAR Standard Deck Tech – Esper Hero

Welcome back to another installment of Strictly Standard with our Deck Tech series. This time around I want to feature what is widely regarded as the best deck of this format: Esper Hero. The basis of the Esper Hero deck is the very powerful shell of Esper Control that came out of Ravnica Allegiance Standard and also surfaced early in the WAR format.  It’s hard to argue with an early game plan of , and .  What glues these powerful answers together is the fact they are all multi-colored.  What card cares about casting multi-colored spells? Our friend , of

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WAR Standard Deck Tech – Mono-Red

Welcome back to another venture into WAR Standard with me here in Strictly Standard.  No format is complete without representation from decks across all of the archetypes.  And no format can go long without people trying to make their favorite deck work, no matter what.  This includes the hyper-fast linear aggro decks that are so polarizing, with some people saying its the most fun way to win while others claim it’s the “death of Magic” whenever they perform well. Today we are going to review the top performing aggro deck from Magic Arena and Start City Games Open winner Will

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WAR Standard Deck Tech: Grixis Control

Hello and welcome back to Strictly Standard.  As promised, the new reboot of the article series will bring with it new content platforms. One of which will be deck techs for the decks you can expect to face at your FNM tournaments. has been a fan favorite bad-guy since 1994, when he was introduced in Legends.  This time around he is destroying the plane of Ravnica in his quest to become the most powerful Planeswalker in the multiverse, and he is consuming the Spark of other ‘Walkers to do so!  is an extremely powerful card that will own games if

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WAR, What is it Good For?

Welcome back to Strictly Standard, friends.  It has been a hot minute. Sorry for leaving everyone in the lurch there; I went AFK without notice. Life got busy and threw me a curveball, and I just couldn’t keep up with the weekly column on top of family and work obligations. My full apologies, and as I reboot the series, I hope to be able to keep a consistent cadence of releases for you. With that said, I wanted to briefly touch on what we’ve missed. Autumn Burchett won the inaugural Mythic Championship in Cleveland, Ohio with Mono Blue Tempo. A

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