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With #SCGBALT this weekend and Modern RPTQs happening all over, now seems like the perfect time to cover all the formats. Modern and Legacy are things I don't cover often, but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about them.
In fact, it's quite the opposite.
Standard is still basically Temur Energy and Ramunap Red against the field, but the field is evolving and growing stronger. This past weekend we had three Standard Grand Prix and, although Energy won two of them, the other was taken down by Esper Approach.
There were also several interesting decks in and around the Tops 8s of the other tournaments, such as Ben Stark's Desert Red, Mardu Vehicles, Grixis Midrange, Grixis Thopters, G/U Pummeler, and various God-Pharaoh's Gift decks. Sultai Energy is still poking around there too.
It was fun while it lasted.
The big things that have changed since Pro Tour Ixalan are that people have mostly gone back to Temur Energy instead of Four-Color. It has a much better matchup against Sultai Energy with its Glorybringers, and with the correct aggressive slant, your matchup against Ramunap Red is much better as well. I also believe the correct mirror match plan is to be aggressive with Glorybringers.
A highly literal card name.
On the other side of things, Ramunap Red continues the arms race by adopting maindeck Rampaging Ferocidons en masse, and some are even playing a bunch of Harsh Mentors. Whatever it takes to defeat Temur Energy is going to happen. Thankfully, Ramunap Red isn't sacrificing much in other matchups to make those changes.
I thought about playing Ramunap Red for about a minute, but then realized I would basically never be able to control whether my opponents drew their Chandra's Defeats and Confiscation Coups or not.
So, back to Temur, then? I suppose. I'm not unhappy to have the chance at redemption from Pro Tour Ixalan, and Temur doesn't seem like it's getting any worse.
This is the week I feel like cutting some Disenchants, so that could be an indicator that everyone else will do the same. Mardu or B/R Vehicles aren't the best way to punish that necessarily, but it does make them slightly better-positioned. U/W Gift was already trying to dodge Disenchants post-sideboard, so it's less of a concern anyway.