Hey everyone! Kenny Wisdom here, excited to bring you my first article of the new season, and since the monumental rotation that occurred just a few weeks ago! I chose this date for my article as I knew that we’d all have a few weekends to get tournaments under our belts before playing in the first major event in North America—this weekend’s Regional Champioship in Philadelphia. I won’t claim to have everything figured out, but I’ve been toying with a lot of new ideas and I think I have a pretty good grasp on the format thus far. I’ll start with some introductory thoughts about current Standard, move onto a few ideas for beating the deck that is on everybody’s mind, and finally conclude with a few lists that I’d be considering playing were I going to Philly. We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get right to it.
Firstly, I’m a pretty big fan of this format as it stands. I think a lot of players were shocked at just how many of our favorite staple cards were removed from the format, leaving the game looking very different than it has in years. In fact, this is probably the largest shake-up to the Standard metagame ever, as a lot of the cards that have rotated have been around for five or more years. The play patterns we’ve all grown accustomed to over the past handful of years largely don’t exist anymore, and I’d like to take a second to highlight some of those, and talk about how you should think about them going forward.
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