With less than two days to the start of Pro Tour Shadows of Innistrad and 3 days before the SCG State Championships, players have a list of what appears to be the decks of the format. The question remains is there one deck to rule them all?
The lowest to the ground deck in Standard has been the White humans builds. The deck does its best to use its point removal and extremely fast starts to power through opposition before they can stabilize. This has been a staple of aggro decks since the beginning of the modern deckbuilding but what is new is the fact that the deck leverages some amount of card drawing to gas back up so that the deck can have a midgame.
The other deck that made the finals both this week and last week is Bant Company. Consistency reigns with this deck which is why it continues to do well. I don’t expect that to change any.
With the #1 removal spell in the format being Declaration in Stone, it is surprising to see a token based deck being this good. What ends up making the deck work is the use of Secure the Wastes + Gideon emblems and/or Nissa -2 abilities to pump the team for a large alpha strike. Declaration in Stone has the problem of being a sorcery as you well know.
More white continues to be the game plan here. Using 4 Declaration in Stone, 4 Silkwrap, and 4 Stasis Snare to remove threats and go big with Archangel of Tithes, Archangel Avacyn, Eldrazi Displacer, and even Thought-Knot Seer, Reality Smasher, and Linvala, the Preserver out of the board.
Gerry T continues to bless us with new pieces of tech. This WU Humans deck adds Bygone Bishop which allows for more gas during the midgame and even gives you more of a chance to come back from sweepers.
The deck popularized by Todd Anderson from week 1 had to go through some transition to help stay on course for Week 2. According to Todd, he feels the worst matchup is the Mono White Humans list that has a curve mostly from 1 to 3 mana. Until that matchup can be sured up, this deck will be a calculated risk.
65th Place – SCG Season 1 Invitational – 7-1 or better in the Standard portion
The control deck of the format has been the White Black Midrange deck. So far, the deck has been good and sometimes great, but not good enough to win an event with yet. The biggest question with this deck is whether it can find the right number of control spells to stabilize the board and close the game quickly.
13th Place – SCG Season 1 Invitational – 7-1 or better in the Standard portion
The Mono-Red Eldrazi list has suffered from being very token based in a format with Declaration in Stone and being a bit too slow to deal with the Wx human aggro builds.
These last 3 decks haven’t appeared in any major events on camera but they certainly give more ideas moving forward as they also placed well in their respective events.
I feel that there is a deck that uses the most effective use of sweepers and point removal while limiting the number of extra cards their opponent gets to draw will have a huge advantage. My guess is that one of the pro teams will break the standstill over the weekend.
Until next time,