Raise Your Standards – Can a Colossus Fly?


Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  This week we’ll take a look at some innovative decks that have been doing well on MTGO, I’ll send a request to Wizards of the Coast to bring back a fan favorite activity, and I’ll briefly discuss this weekend’s Hour of Devastation Open House and next weekend’s prerelease.  That’s a lot of things to talk about and not much time to do it, so let’s begin.

Innovative Decks

The decks I’ll be showing you this week all have gone 5-0 in MTGO Leagues, and all of them feature some cards that don’t see as much play as they probably should.

The first deck we’ll look at is a deck I call Red-drazi.


Red-drazi – (by nasilemak)

PlaneswalkersChandra, Torch of Defiance






At one time, Eldrazi decks were some of the most powerful decks in Standard.  Then everyone got sick of the Eldrazi when they started warping multiple formats and the Eldrazi decks fell out of favor.  Well, I’m pleased to report that they’re back!  This red Eldrazi deck plays powerful Eldrazi creatures (Reality Smasher in particular) alongside arguably the best red creature in Standard (Glorybringer), and combines those with efficient red burn spells to win games quickly.  It also features a full playset of both Hanweir Garrison and Hanweir Battlements for some powerful melding action, which equates to a lot of fun (for the person playing this deck, not for the opponent).

Another deck that uses the Eldrazi to churn out some victories is a deck I call G/B Eldrazi.


G/B Eldrazi – (by toma0315)

CreaturesBone Picker





This deck doesn’t try to win the game quite as quickly as the Red-drazi deck does.  Instead it uses Ruins of Oran-Rief to make your Eldrazi larger, and it’s removal consists of cheap black removal spells.  I like the copy of Bone Picker in the deck that can be cast for 1 black mana easily by sacrificing an Eldrazi Scion from your Catacomb Sifter or by chump blocking with your Matter Reshaper.

The next deck I have to show you features both Combat Celebrant and Samut, Voice of Dissent.  It’s called R/G Aggro.


R/G Aggro – (by sebastianpozzo)

CreaturesCombat Celebrant





If you’re in the mood for aggro, this is the deck for you.  I can almost guarantee that your opponent will need to take a time-out to read at least one of your cards when you play this deck.  Invigorated Rampage packs a serious punch and it’s nice to see a full playset here in this deck.

The final deck I have for you this week is another take on a deck I brought to you last week that featured Metalwork Colossus.  This time though, we ask the question, what happens when you Fling a Colossus at your opponent?


Flying Colossus – (by twistling)

CreaturesMetalwork Colossus





I think the answer to that question is, they take a bunch of damage.  And if that doesn’t kill them, simply sacrifice a couple of artifacts and get the Colossus back to do it all over again.  The only thing missing is a Torrential Gearhulk or two to play a Fling from your graveyard.  But it’s probably not necessary, as you’ve probably already one by the time that would happen.

My Plea To Wizards of the Coast

Dear Wizards of the Coast,

With Magic turning 25 next year, many exciting things are happening.  You’ve already told us about Masters 25, Pirates vs. Dinosaurs in Ixalan, and the return to Dominaria.  There’s also the third Un-Set, Unstable, but there’s one more thing I’m hoping to hear about.  Please find a way to bring back the Great Designer Search.

The Great Designer Search is a great way to engage the Magic community and allow everyone (well, everyone that can legally work within the United States) the opportunity to become a part of the Magic Design Team.  It’s a way to help erase the negative feelings that have occurred due to the recent Standard bans, and can correct the consumer confidence problems stemming from that.  Plus, it’s also a way for the greater Magic community to come together in spirit as we root for our favorite ‘contestant’ and will spark a great amount of conversations concerning the challenges that take place and the cards and mechanics created.

I know the Great Designer Search is a lot of work, but the amount of positivity that it brings to our game is well worth it.  I’m hopeful that the final details are being hammered out regarding the return of the Great Designer Search and that you’ll announce the return of this before Magic’s 25th Anniversary celebration comes to a close.

Hour of Devastation Open House

This weekend is the Hour of Devastation Open House.  It’s a time that new players can be introduced to the game we all love in a way that’s meant to be less intimidating for them.  My local store is hosting an event and I’m happy to say that I’ll be there for some casual fun.  I’ll be showing off the Archenemy: Nicol Bolas set and playing fun games against everyone using The Eternities Map rules for Planechase.  It’s my hope to show off the fun aspect of Magic and minimize the ultra-competitive side of it.  If you’re participating at an Open house at your local shop, I wish you the best of luck.

Hour of Devastation Prerelease and Set Review

Next weekend marks the Hour of Devastation Prerelease.  That means that my usual set review will be happening here starting in 2 days on Sunday, July 2nd.  It’ll be broken into 6-parts, and and new article will be posted each day from Sunday, July 2nd through Friday, July 7th.  As such, there won’t be a new episode of Raise Your Standards next week.  But have no fear, I’ll be back again on July 14th.

That’s all I have for you for this week.  Which of the decks above is your favorite?  Are you doing anything special for the Hour of Devastation Open House?  Let me know by leaving a comment below or emailing me at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com.  I hope to see you back in a couple of days as I go over each of the cards in Hour of Devastation and detail what I think their impact on Standard will be.

Mike Likes


Mike Likes

Mike Likes

Mike started playing Magic back in 1994, but gave it up at the end of 1995. He came back to the game during the Lorwyn block and has been playing ever since. Around this time, he opened and ran his own comic & game store, while also raising his newborn daughter. After 8 years, he sold his business and moved to Wisconsin with his wife and daughter. With the debut of Kaladesh, his entire family became regular Magic players. He now has hopes of competing alongside his wife and daughter at a Grand Prix or similar event in the future. #MTGDad

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