The inability of white to field a credible Devotion deck has been a long-running joke for this past year of Standard, but it finally got its moment to shine at the World Championships by getting Sam Black into the elimination rounds.
Experimenting with different cards in different formats is how we find new decks. As important as it is to remember to polish your experiments into fully-crafted decks before taking them to a major competition, remember this as well: nothing ventured, nothing gained.
The World Championships this past weekend was really the pinnacle of this Standard format, and Patrick "The Innovator" Chapin is here to explore all the twists and nuanced turns of the event's top-performing decklists.
We've seen Hangarback Walker start to dominate everywhere else, what about Jeskai? Better yet, what about Jeskai Ascendancy? Double the untaps means double the fun, after all...
With Standard having come around full-circle, it should come as no surprise that Mark Nestico wants to circle back to one of his old favorites too - if this format really is all about Hangarback Walkers, shouldn't Kolaghan's Commands (and thus Mardu) be king?
Matt Higgs loves to take all sorts of weird cards and staple them together, and today's weirdness is a melding of the minds between two very different things: The Great Aurora and... Dreadwaters?
It's been a while since we've seen Mono-Red do well in Standard, but new additions to compensate for the changes to the rest of the format might offer the deck a new lease on life now that the metagame is not fixated solely on attacking it out of existence.
While Anthony had high hopes for the Season Three Invitational and took some big risks in order to try and capitalize on the state of the Legacy format, there are lessons to be learned even when things don't quite go your way - and those lessons can thankfully be shared.
Join Todd and BBD as they battle Standard with their Invitational weapons of choice, with Managorger Hydra leading the charge in Abzan Aggro as it goes up against Stormbreath and friends in G/R Dragons!
Brad and Tom prepare for the Season Three Invitational by testing one of Standard's most pivotal matchups, current "Best Deck" Abzan Aggro and its critical predator, Bant Heroic.
Join BBD and CVM as they test for the Season Three Invitational, bringing back the red beatdown machine and testing the greed level of G/R Dragons by splashing two other colors just to pump up the power level!
Ross Merriam takes a look at his weekend playing Standard at the WMCQ as well as some Legacy on the side as he prepares for the Season Three Invitational this weekend!
Challenging your base assumptions about a format can be difficult, especially when you've been winning regularly. But Todd Anderson has noticed a distinct headwind between him and success with Bant Heroic, so he's aiming to shake it up for the Season Three Invitational!
Standard is a hard nut to crack these days because it keeps changing every time you think you've got it pinned down, but The Boss has some top choices to bring to the Season Three Invitational and take home another trophy!
As Jim Davis prepares for the Season Three Invitational, he looks back at some of Standard's top decks from just a few months ago to see if they might be positioned to reclaim some of their former glory this weekend.
Standard is proving to be about the most dynamic it has ever been these days, so BBD and Brad Nelson know better than to rest on their laurels when there is a metagame that needs crushing. Check out their latest efforts as they prepare for the Season Three Invitational!
What is the next step in Hangarback Walker's evolution? That next step is likely also the next evolution for the Standard format as a whole, and that is an important question ahead of both Worlds and the Season Three Invitational this weekend!
Abzan Aggro was top dog at the last major event, but Standard has proven to be very dynamic and we can't be sure there is more metagame shifting yet to come. As the current best deck, what can we do to prepare for those changes and still thrive?
Mark Nestico is a big fan of playing decks that are just on another level when presented with the opportunity, and today he explores his top choice for the Season Three Invitational as the basic strengths of the U/R Sphinx's Tutelage deck expands wonderfully into an aggro Jeskai shell.
Timberpack Wolf isn't enough by itself to get excited about in Constructed - usually it just thrills a Limited mage. But what can be accomplished when we start building around multiple cycles of the Magic Origins "Card Names Matter" creatures?