The Post-World Championship Standard
Today, we'll delve deeper into the post-World Championship Standard Metagame, and talk about the anti-meta deck attempts.
How is the current Standard?
Mono White Aggrois getting stronger due to the dominance of
Mono Green. In addition to these two decks, we have
Izzet Dragonscompleting the tripod of the main archetypes, and we have a few other decks running around trying to counter one of those three or Izzet/Grixis Turns that are still popular despite not beating the Aggro decks.
The New Anti-Meta Decks on Standard
Tempodecks, as they can beat extra turns with small creatures and counterspells — highlighted by Malevolent Hermit who plays both creature and counterspell role — and don't have horrible matchups against Aggro. I'll give some examples of these lists, showing what their problems are and why we shouldn't use them if we want to win some Standard games. Delver of Secrets, a card that definitely shouldn't be used in Standard because it's awful in the format.
Noriyuki Mori's Azorius, from the Worlds. Reidane, God of the Worthy, Elite Spellbinder, Malevolent Hermit, Legion Angel, and Concerted Defense are good against Izzet Turns and Izzet Dragons. In practice, these decks have enough removals to deal with the relevant creatures and, at some point in the game, for lack of hard counters like Negate, Test of Talents and Disdainful Stroke, their gamplan go as planned with Goldspan Dragon, Alrund's Epiphany and Smoldering Egg.
Tulio Jaudy, has a similar idea to the other Tempo decks with the difference of having more recursion and more synergy between the creatures. Another important point is the presence of hard counters on the sideboard, which, I believe, are essential to beat Epiphany decks because, conditional counterspells becomes irrelevant as the game drags on longer.