Likely decklists and staples of the new Pioneer format

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Likely decklists and staples of the new Pioneer format

We have some ideas of decks and cards that are likely to be played

By Leon, 10/23/19

The Pioneer format has just been announced to the world of Magic and lots of people are already putting their minds into creating decks to break the format. And even though we don't have a crystal ball to guess about it, we already have a clue of which cards are likely to be played. And some decks that, as they have been strong in the past, should remain strong in this new terrain.

STAPLES

Before talking about the cards that are likely to be played in this format, I would like to talk about a strange movement that occurred.

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Apparently, the likely staple cards of this new format already spiked in price 9 days before the announcement. We don't know if information was leak, but it is important to note that we will not talk about cards that are necessarily cheap, as stores have already raised the prices of most.

STAPLES - LANDS

In a format without Fetchs, shocks + checklands + fastlands will be kings, guarantee them all now. Also make room for some special lands:  
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Mutavault

and

Unclaimed Territory

will be staples on every tribal deck.

Mana Confluence

will appear on combo decks of 4 or more colors. We should also see

Field of the Dead

played on some decks, while we see control decks with

Field of Ruin

.

STAPLES - ARTIFACTS

Smuggler's Copter

and

Aetherworks Marvel

were oppressors in Standard, so much so that they were banned. Mox Ambar is a strong artifact that we have to closely watch.
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STAPLES - BLUE

The blue color is probably the color that Wizards of the Coast will see the most within these next few months. It has 3 key pieces that should come in many decks:
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We should also see

Opt

and

Censor

played on some decks.

STAPLES - GREEN

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Frontier was the predecessor format to this one, and it was reigned by

Collected Company

.

Deathrite Shaman

will be really good in a format that have delve + rally decks.

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STAPLES - WHITE

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Without

Path to Exile

, I see the white color on this new format more as a support color. The color is still strong and brings cards like the Teferis (Hero of Dominaria and Time Raveler), but should always be accompanied with other colors as well. Some white cards stand out, such as

Rally the Ancestors

or

Blessed Alliance

.

STAPLES - BLACK

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The efficiency of the black color can make it one of the strongest colors in this new format.

Deathrite Shaman

,

Thoughtseize

,

Fatal Push

, and

Stitcher's Supplier

are extremely strong cards that are played in other formats.

STAPLES - RED

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Red comes with cards like

Ramunap Ruins

which allows that last damage point in burn decks,

Burning-Tree Emissary

that is played in almost all formats for being a "free" 2/2 creature who still helps with your mana and

Goblin Rabblemaster

, a very valuable creature. Red is currently extremely fast and we will have to see how the meta will adapt to it.

DECKLISTS

Below are some decks that are bound to be played in this new format.
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I'll leave it here a folder with lots of decks that me and my friends thought about in this new format.

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