Setting the Standard Scene

Posted in Event Coverage on December 3, 2016

By Hallie Santo

Standard players have had over two months to tinker with Kaladesh, and the format finally seems to be settling into a groove. Shota Yasooka's Grixis Control deck may have won the day at Pro Tour Kaladesh, but a handful of powerful midrange decks have cropped up in the interim. Nowadays, we're seeing fewer Torrential Gearhulks flashing onto the battlefield and more of Archangel Avacyn, and players are still utilizing their graveyards to power out Ishkanah, Grafwidow and Emrakul, the Promised End.

As players descend on the Mile-High City this weekend, two Standard decks seem to be miles ahead of the rest – but perhaps the format's nimblest inventors will have something else in store.

B/G Delirium

B/G Delirium is undoubtedly the deck to watch this weekend. While Aetherworks Marvel was the most prominent Emrakul deck at Pro Tour Kaladesh, B/G Delirium's midrange core held up against the aggressive decks that dominated Standard early in the season. Ishkanah and company also have the most momentum coming into Grand Prix Denver: the top 8 of last month's Grand Prix Providence featured four copies of the deck, and it's been putting up impressive numbers on both Magic Online and independent tournament circuits. If you aren't sleeving up B/G Delirium this weekend, have a plan to attack it.

StrattonAlex's B/G Delirium – Magic Online Competitive Standard League

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W/U Flash

W/U Flash currently has the largest share of the Magic Online Standard metagame, and we expect it to be a big player this weekend as well. As Vehicles decks have faded into the background, W/U has quickly become The Aggro Deck of the format, though it owes a bit to the midrange Collected Company decks of last Standard season. Reflector Mage and Spell Queller continue to set the parameters for the format, and the high interactivity of this deck gives it some game against B/G Delirium and any combo decks that may emerge.

zinrai22's W/U Flash – Magic Online Competitive Standard League

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Planeswalker (4)
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Sorcery (1)
1 Declaration in Stone
Instant (2)
2 Revolutionary Rebuff
Artifact (4)
4 Smuggler's Copter
Enchantment (4)
4 Stasis Snare
60 Cards

R/G Aetherworks

Speaking of combos, R/G Aetherworks Marvel decks have surged in popularity in the past few weeks. Matt Nass showed off the power of the Aetherworks Marvel shell at Pro Tour Kaladesh, and with B/G Delirium keeping aggro decks at bay, this fabulous concoction seems poised to make a comeback. Recent incarnations of this deck have taken a page from B/G's playbook by deploying Ishkanah in the mid-game, but the deck still leans on its Plan A of casting a Turn 4 Emrakul. While a fast start or a well-timed counter from W/U Flash will pose a challenge, R/G Aetherworks seems to have the upper hand against B/G Delirium. Will this deck become the third titan of the format?

bgoose321's G/R Aetherworks – Magic Online Competitive Standard League

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