Quick Question: Metagame Considerations

Posted in GRAND PRIX MANCHESTER 2016 on May 29, 2016

By Tobi Henke

Standard is changing a lot these days. And fast. From the Pro Tour via Grand Prix Toronto to Tokyo and New York, decks were discarded and developed almost on a weekly basis. We asked some of the more notable players in attendance at Grand Prix Manchester: What was the most important development in Standard these past few weeks? In which way did the metagame change? And how did that influence your deck choice?

Patrick Dickmann, Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch semifinalist: Humans, though I don't know why, have all but disappeared. Naya is on the rise, acting somewhat like an heir to the green-white token deck. Four-Color Rites became big, and all the different black midrange or control decks with Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Languish gained in popularity. Kalitas and the lack of real aggro made me switch from Abzan Rites to Four-Color Rites.

Christoffer Larsen, three-time Grand Prix Top 8 competitor: I settled on Green-White. People tried to beat it in testing, but it remained good in almost any matchup. Then Martin Müller came along with his mono-blue Jace's Sanctum deck and everything went to hell ...

Petr Sochůrek, champion of Grand Prix Paris 2016: The format has become more diverse in recent weeks and as a result decks aren't trying to beat certain other decks anymore. Which means that the strongest strategy, Collected Company, is good again.

Joel Larsson, champion of Pro Tour Magic Origins: Black midrange/control has been growing in popularity and that's what I based my deck choice on.

Craig Jones, finalist at Pro Tour Honolulu 2006: Humans was ousted by Green-White Tokens which was in turn defeated by White-Black Control. I thought Ramp was well positioned between all of them, but the deck is just too inconsistent.