Magic: the Gathering
By Leon, 10/23/19
STAPLESBefore talking about the cards that are likely to be played in this format, I would like to talk about a strange movement that occurred.
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.
A bunch of (presumable) Pioneer staples rose in price dramatically, about 9 days before the format was announced.— April King (@CubeApril) October 21, 2019
Which is, I'm sure, a completely normal and coincidental thing to have had happen. pic.twitter.com/bP0gAvdBeB
STAPLES - LANDSIn a format without Fetchs, shocks + checklands + fastlands will be kings, guarantee them all now. Also make room for some special lands:
Unclaimed Territorywill be staples on every tribal deck.
Mana Confluencewill appear on combo decks of 4 or more colors. We should also see
Field of the Deadplayed on some decks, while we see control decks with
Field of Ruin.
STAPLES - ARTIFACTS
Aetherworks Marvelwere oppressors in Standard, so much so that they were banned. Mox Ambar is a strong artifact that we have to closely watch.
STAPLES - BLUEThe 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: We should also see
Censorplayed on some decks.
STAPLES - GREENFrontier was the predecessor format to this one, and it was reigned by
Deathrite Shamanwill be really good in a format that have delve + rally decks.
STAPLES - WHITEWithout
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 Ancestorsor
STAPLES - BLACKThe efficiency of the black color can make it one of the strongest colors in this new format.
Fatal Push, and
Stitcher's Supplierare extremely strong cards that are played in other formats.
STAPLES - REDRed comes with cards like
Ramunap Ruinswhich allows that last damage point in burn decks,
Burning-Tree Emissarythat 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.
DECKLISTSBelow are some decks that are bound to be played in this new format.