Magic: the Gathering
Lurrus of the Dream-Denin his maindeck, leaving any and all interaction of the table in the sideboard:
Venerable Knighton the sideboard, as I can't imagine what situation within the format the card could be good to "side-in". As expected, after a turbulent year for the format and with several bans, Standard finally seems to have entered a state in which its metagame has stabilized in a healthy way, at least until the release of Kaldheim. On the other hand, I see some players complaining that the format is stagnant among the current best decks, giving little room for innovation. And all I can say about it is that this is the common nature of Standard, where the cardpool is smaller than in other formats (especially after a rotation) and that leaves little room for new competitive decks to emerge. However, it was not so long ago that decks like Mono-White or Dimir Control were not strategies that people considered "viable" for the format, and today these decks are doing significant results in the format.
Emry, Lurker of the Lochinteraction with
Amber Moxto generate infinite mana or reuse spells long enough for an
Aetherflux Reservoir, which is brought in from the sideboard by
Karn, the Great Creatorto close the game. On Sunday, the Pioneer Challenge's Top 8 was composed of: 3 Sultai Reclamation 2 Temur Reclamation 1 UW Control 1 Lotus Combo 1 Orzhov Auras We can see, in this event, a significant increase in decks that use
Wilderness Reclamationas an engine, including an increase in the number of Temur Reclamation, which had lost space in the metagame to make room for the Sultai versions. Here, I emphasize the version used by the player Bielzito, which has the classic combo with
Expansion // Explosion
Fall from Favorin the format took the Faeries decks to the top of the format, exerting a significant influence on the metagame.
Delver of Secretsdecks are for the format, often serving as a Metagame's "Fun Police" and operating in a healthy way as the format's best deck.