Arena Standard – Orzhov Knights!

Welcome back to Strictly Average MTG for some more Standard Action! Today we are checking out a sweet knight deck led by none other than . I am more than excited to jump back into a new standard format that features War of the Spark. There has been a ton of hype around this set, and rightfully so. I don’t think anyone ever imagined we would have a Magic set that gave us so many new planeswalkers! Just in this deck alone we are featuring three of those newest planeswalkers and trust me when I say there will be many

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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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GRN Standard Week 2 – Getting There

It’s week 2 of Guilds of Ravnica Standard, and that means the decks are starting flesh out their correct builds, and the field is becoming a known quantity. No more guesses as to which answers are needed to line up with the assortment of possible threats. But then again, I think we all knew where things were headed. Don’t make me bring up the Jay-Z reference again… With no major tournaments to report on this weekend, thanks to a flood in Philadelphia causing Star City Games to completely cancel the Open Weekend, we must rely on the Magic Online Competitive

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[Planeswalker Spotlight] Gideon

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Monday here at Strictly Average. I hope you all had a good weekend, and are getting excited for Standard rotation as Guilds of Ravnica approaches. Thanks to a suggestion from one of the readers I’m going to start a new article series focusing on individual Planeswalkers, and for the first one we’ll take an in depth look at Gideon. Planeswalkers, first introduced in Lorwyn, have been a mainstay in many strategies since their release. From being in Dimir Faeries, supporting a Big Red strategy, and seeing other decks with , as well as

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