Pioneer: All about Magic's ever-growing format
01/08/23 0 comments
Pioneer is turning 3! Let's talk about the format that has grown the most currently, its creation and decks, how the Metagame has been shaping up, where to play and deck suggestions.Edit Article
What is Pioneer?
BanlistRight before the format was created, WotC made it clear in its announcement about seeking a more organic development. With that in mind, it was decided to create it without any bans, even with cards that were problematic when legal in Standard, except for the 5 fetchlands released in Khans of Tarkir, as it was considered these cards would streamline the format's deckbuilding. In the early months of Pioneer, players brought old popular decks into the pattern to test out the newly launched format, such as Copy Cat, Marvel and others, and as soon as Banhammer went down, more Pioneer was formed. Cards like Felidar Guardian, Field of the Dead, Uro, and Inverter of Truth were banned alongside quite a few others throughout the years:
The Pioneer Today
Metagame and DecklistsThoughtseize. It interacts with whatever is on your opponents' hand by the cost of one black mana and 2 health points. Early game it is amazing and though later on it can be a terrible topdeck, it is essential so you can deal with cards that cannot come down, or that you don't want to be cast, ever. Its game is very interactive, and when you are matched against Mono White (or Aggros in general), it can remove its discard and put in more removals and strong creatures that put a hamper on Aggro decks' plans. Check out a Deck Tech and Sideboard Guide for Rakdos right here.
Other DecksOther decks that also stand out and get an honorable mention are Azorius Control, Abzan Greasefang, Gruul Midrange, Hidden Strings (Lotus Combo) and Selesnya Aggro. in this article, in addition to competitive decks to start here.
Pioneer's Main Staples
Lands (not counting basic ones)
Where to Play Pioneer
About Explorer and Magic ArenaMagic Arena still doesn't have all Pioneer-legal sets available, missing some important arcs - it has sets from Ixalan (2017) onwards. But through several relevant reprints in the format and the Explorer Anthology 1 and Explorer Anthology 2, most of the relevant cards from these sets can be found in Arena. Since it's not "all done" yet, certain decks that can be made in Pioneer won't be playable in Explorer, and some decks can change a lot with the Metagame. Classics like Mono Green Ramp and Izzet Phoenix play in the format, as does the mighty Rakdos Midrange. With the addition of the latest Explorer Anthology, the formats are expected to become much closer together, including the addition of Nykthos to upgrade devotion decks.
Commander on Pioneer
Are Commander exclusive sets legal on Pioneer?
No. Commander-exclusive sets such as Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate are legal only in Commander and eternal formats such as Legacy and Pauper.
Fascinado pelo Pioneer desde o Seu começo, jogador de Pauper, Iniciante em commander e desbravador de deckbuilder de 29 anos.