The Post-World Championship Standard
10/17/21 0 comments
Today, we'll delve deeper into the post-World Championship Standard Metagame, and talk about the anti-meta deck attempts.Edit Article
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.
“How about Mono Black or other midrange decks that use black, like Rakdos with Adversary?”Honestly, Mono Black is a competitively unfeasible deck, it's just bad. It can be excellent against MonoW and good against MonoG, but it's the kind of deck that prays you never see any copies of Epiphany on the other side. Also, cards like Froghemoth, Esika's Chariot and Old-Growth Troll are good against Mono Black due to Haste and exile cards from the graveyard, the difficulty of dealing with artifacts and coming back as a 4/4 trample in the pass, respectively. The control decks are also not well-placed, as they can lose to Mono Green and don't have many tools needed to beat Izzet Dragons. Another problem for archetypes like Dimir, Esper and Azorius control is that they are decks that need recursion with card draw, but don't run Expressive Iteration due to the color matching of the best cantrip in the format. Siphon Insight is a good card, but it doesn't go head-to-head with Iteration which generates more tangible resources by taking 3 cards off the top and increasing the chance of not losing a land drop. Midrange decks, usually with Storm the Festival, suffer from the issue of not beating Izzet Dragons or any control/combo with Epiphany and counterspells. Should the metagame become a world of aggressive decks, this option is substantially better, but until then, it's almost unfeasible to play with decks that consist of mana dorks and impactful late-game plays that hardly resolve against Izzet. A month after the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and the rotation at Standard, I don't see any changes in the format until the next set in November. The best decks now will probably remain until Crimson Vow arrives, and there will still be people with anti-meta decks, but almost never effective. The presence of Alrund’s Epiphany and Esika’s Chariot hardens the format enough for that to happen. The next Arena Qualifier will be in Historic, this also attracts some tournaments and deck builders to shift their focus to build decks without the now banned Memory Lapse, instead of playing Standard.
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