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1. SCG Dallas will be won by either Ramunap Red or a Temur-based Energy deck.
Brad Nelson: Fact. Don't bet against the Golden State Warriors, the New England Patriots, Ramunap Red, or Temur-based Energy decks. Sure, it's fun to get your money in bad hoping for an upset, but it's always just wise to get it in good. That's what Ramunap Red, and Temur Energy are. They are the safe choices, because they are known to be good.
I've been watching many streams in the background this week as I prepare for Worlds, but one more than others. Brennan DeCandio has been streaming a ton of Standard in preparation for SCG Dallas, and his midrange brews are endless. So is his loss counter. On many occasions has Brennan lamented the fact that he should be playing with Glorybringer, stating, "That card's better than my entire deck."
Siege Rhino; Gideon, Ally of Zendikar; and Elspeth, Sun's Champion all saw significant play at the top tables of tournaments through their entire careers. Sure, we would love to see something new do well, and something will, but these two decks are just above and beyond the rest of the field, mostly due to their ability to beat control, which is something all of these brews are having a difficult time doing.
Ross Merriam: Fact. Obviously I can't answer this question with 100% certainty, so I decided to draw the line between fact and fiction at 50%. I expect Ramunap Red and Temur Energy to be at least one-third of the metagame this weekend. They will be better-tuned, on average, than the rest of the field and a significant portion of the metagame will be comprised of decks that do not prove to be competitive in the long run. Those advantages increase their likelihood of winning from 33% to something above 50%.