From Block to Standard

Posted in Feature on March 27, 2013

By Sam Black

Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013.

Yesterday, I wrote about a strategy's successful port from Standard to Block Constructed. Today, I'm going to examine a deck that has recently exploded on Magic Online despite not yet having physical results that can be seen as an updated port of a Block deck.

Unburial Rites

The Block deck is the WBR deck I've previously written about — what I consider Block's answer to midrange Jund strategies.

It's unusual to see several copies of a deck 4–0 daily events on Magic Online without previous tournament success, so I asked Prolepsis9 where this deck came from. This deck was reportedly designed by Good Gamery's NicotineJones, who's been responsible for a number of other innovative decks recently, and was reportedly popularized by cjlack92's MOCS Top 4 finish with the deck.

Like its Block predecessor, this deck uses Boros Reckoner; Aurelia, the Warleader; and Obzedat, Ghost Council as its core creatures, and supports them with removal and Rakdos's Return.

Unlike the Block version, this deck gets to take advantage of the Innistrad Block trio of flashback spells Lingering Souls, Unburial Rites, and Faithless Looting, which all play marvelously together.

This is cjlack92's more recent version from a later Standard Daily Event.

cjlack92's Dega Midrange

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