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This article is all about the exciting time of a new Standard constructed format. Rotation brings new hopes, new ideas, and new decks to the table. You will obviously still have pieces of old powerhouses and a few things will not change, but it is definitely brew season.
In this article, I will focus a lot on the new cards and some new archtypes that could emerge as some of the next powerhouses of the format. I will likely miss on at least one of these, if not all of them. However, this is a great start to open your mind to new possibilities.
In addition to focusing on new cards, I also focused on building decks in a manageable price range. I would not consider these "budget" lists but I would also not consider them to be "high end" decks either. I tried to find a happy medium.
Control tends to be the hardest thing to build with a new format because we are not sure how good the aggro decks and the midrange decks are going to be. The lists I have built are more aggro and midrange oriented. With a new format I feel like the safe play is always a good aggro deck, so I made 2 of those and one sweet ramp deck.
Everyone loves working with the new stuff when it comes out so I will focus on this really aggressive Eldrazi deck to start.
So, this deck does a lot of things even though it is singularly focused (creatures and more creatures). The creatures in the deck apply pressure in different ways.
Whenever an agro deck has the ability to apply pressure without wasting a turn to cast a removal spell it helps you finish games before your opponent sets up their game plan. That’s why I like the non-creature spells so much because they are a low investment and allow you to stay aggressive.
I think this list is a great place to start in the early weeks. I think with a good sideboard plan and some small changes here and there this can be relevant for a while.
The next list I am featuring is also an agro deck but focuses on one of my favorite mechanics from our last visit to Zendikar.
I really love the explosiveness of this deck and I think it has potential for some of the best starts, but it also has potential to run out of gas. That being said, I still think it will be more consistent than gimmicky.
When building this deck I worked hard on balancing the decks landfall cards to make it more consistent. I focused on having a good mix of creatures/spells that prevent it from "running out of gas" every game before you can finish off your opponent.
I used spells and lands to try and make that happen:
The lands also play a crucial role in this deck, you have to hit a "sweet spot" with how many lands you draw throughout the game. I currently have 8 fetch lands in the list to help get those explosive draws. One of the cards I think helps the most is Blighted Woodland. It lets you set up a turn where you get 2,3,4 or even more landfall triggers in a turn. It can really allow some explosive mid game turns.
I believe with a little playtesting and a little tweaking this list can be very good. I think it has the potential to be very consistent and put its imprint on the meta.
The last list is an Eldrazi ramp deck that I think can be built several different ways. I focused on this one because I think it can be the most consistent early on before the meta is defined.
This list may be even more straight-forward than the agro decks. Its game plan is to play early ramp creatures that can block against aggressive decks and early ramp/removal spells. After it gets past the early game you just want to ramp into one of your win conditions, mainly Ulamog, The Ceaseless Hunger.
The lands fell together better than I expected, I think if you time your ramp spells and land drops well, you will have some really explosive draws. I like Sanctum of Ugin because it is another tutor that gets your win conditions in a timely manner.
Well, that’s what I have for today, hope you guys enjoy the lists! Happy Brewing!!!