Magic: the Gathering
Pioneer Deck Analysis: Selesnya Humans
In today's article, we dissect Selesnya Humans, Pioneer's new deck that made two places in last weekend's Challenge, utilizing a new Innistrad: Crimson Vow inclusion!
Innistrad: Crimson Vowhas barely launched on Tabletop, but is already demonstrating its potential for competitive formats on Magic Online and Magic Arena. And although we've seen several cards from the new set in the Top 8 of this weekend's Pioneer Challenge, like Edgar, Charmed Groom on Vampires and Flame-Blessed Bolt on Izzet Phoenix, the deck that really highlighted this week, with two copies, was
Selesnya Humans, so I've decided that I'll be analyzing this archetype today.
needsto be answered. But it's not just about having a creature that increases the cost of your opponent's spells: to get the most advantage from Thalia, your deck needs to capitalize on her effect, putting pressure on the delay that the opponent has when it's on the field, and with the occasional “extra turn” you get when they devote resources to removing it early in the game. Humans, as several other decks that could emerge in the coming weeks, manages to establish the necessary pressure against opponents, as the tribal synergy and the individual value of its threats makes each turn lost by the opponent a significant advantage to you.
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Selesnya Humans, which made Top 4 in last Saturday's Pioneer Challenge. Between Saturday's Top 8 tournament and Sunday's Pioneer Showcase results, I believe the format still has room for innovation and the expansion of archetypes present in the Metagame, even when the best deck in the format is clearly Izzet Phoenix, the current state of Pioneer doesn't seem to present a situation where the rest of the format is pushed aside by one or two archetypes. Times change and new decks appear, while the old ones end up becoming obsolete and forgotten by the public until the next new addition brings them to the fore again. This is the natural step of a competitive Metagame, and something we see happening all the time in Magic tournaments. So, given the Showcase results, I think it's pertinent that we assess the state of the format with fewer ban talk and with more evaluations of what can be done to improve Pioneer.