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Last week, I wrote about Grixis Energy, and the level of support and positivity from the community has been amazing. Mere hours after my article went live, I was playing in a competitive Magic Online league against the exact list from my article! It seems I have more influence over the Standard metagame than I previously believed.
Note to self: Use powers for good, not evil.
I can't remember the last time I was this motivated to play Magic, and even after I submitted my article last week, I was still playing games and tuning my deck for the Magic Online Championship Series Monthly. With pajamas in tow, here's what I played over the weekend:
The first change I made was moving from two copies of Magma Spray and one copy of Abrade main deck and one copy of Magma Spray and one copy of Abrade in the sideboard to three copies of Magma Spray main deck and two copies of Abrade sideboard. The reason I made this change was due to the total lack of Mardu Vehicles in the Magic Online metagame. In my past 50 (!) matches, I may have played against Mardu Vehicles once. Additionally, it's rather unclear to me which card is actually better against aggressive white decks in Standard right now.
Heart of Kirin is a huge problem card and I've tried to address that in older lists by including Fatal Push and Release the Gremlins, but many of my opponents on Magic Online don't even play Heart of Kiran in their aggressive white decks anymore. All they care about is Legion's Landing or Toolcraft Exemplar into Servo Exhibition. Given the trend of me seeing Toolcraft Exemplar in non-vehicle decks and Scrapheap Scrounger generally just being everywhere, I wanted the extra Magma Spray in my maindeck. Sometimes I even play matchups where, game one, my opponent has Resilient Khenra and Earthshaker Khenra; two cards where I want as many Magma Sprays as I can get my hands on.