Mono Black, the dark side of Pioneer
Mono Black decks could be an option for those who want to try this format
notthe same as MTG Arena). Although the company had previously stated that it would continue to invest in Magic Online (MOL), I was still not convinced that they could keep both digital platforms running. My guess is that most Standard players will be interested in Pionner, and that will keep the gears turning.
Pioneer is happening!So what now? Let's cut to the chase and start venturing into the jungle that is the metagame of a newly created format. Starting with one of the best, the most highlighted Mono Black to date is Vampires. Player "CLYDE THE GLIDE DREXLERO" managed to get at least two good results at MOL during this first week of the format. With the deck below, he went 5-0 in a Constructed League and an excellent 7-1 in the October 27 Challenge. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Gray Merchant of Asphodel justify this option since Pioneer has great vampires that benefit from your devotion to black, there's no need for a splash strategy. (Unless you choose to build an Orzhov Aristocrats, a totally different strategy :p). Mono-colored decks are often well-suited for players who want to start in some of the formats, because of the low investment required to buy land cards. But, despite not using dual lands, Mono Black Vampires does not have a very cheap mana base. Besides Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx that accelerates our strategy, we have Mutavault to be aggressive, Castle Locthwain to guarantee us some draws in the midgame and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to maintain the corrected mana base and ensure that we always have black mana despite the use of these other lands. Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord and Champion of Dusk still work very well together and although the deck is a bit slower than its Standard counterpart, it is still possible to have a really aggressive third turn. Gray Merchant of Asphodel is a great finisher, and to complete the list we have Thoughtseize and Fatal Push that are already staples of this new format. To wrap up my considerations, I think it's worth mentioning that some content creators are guessing that Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx will be banned. A safe approach would be to look for options like card rental for Magic Online or some kind of insurance for banned cards IRL. I don't think it's that drastic of a situation, but I'll leave it up to you ;p. Vampires aren't the only Mono Black option in Pioneer, though.
MonoBlack, has Eldrazi, which are very dark creatures and so could not be left out! Honorable mentions to Liliana, the Last Hope and Collective Brutality which are staples of Modern and had not yet been cited.