Between VS Live! and Guilds of Ravnica hitting Magic Online earlier than the paper release, I've had a chance to play a ton of the new Standard format in the last few weeks. My main focus, as per usual, was on Izzet strategies, pushing them as hard as I could without becoming too reliant on one card or another to do most of the heavy lifting. Variants I tried with maindeck Firemind's Research didn't pan out so well. Others featuring a more aggressive slant with Enigma Drake and Ghitu Lavarunner also felt like I was a completely different format than my opponents. While I was trying to put together these minor positive interactions, they were small-balling me with The Flame of Keld or going way over the top with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria.
Because I couldn't quite find the right Izzet list and I was afraid of losing to Selesnya Tokens in the first week of Guilds of Ravnica Standard, I let Jim Davis take the Standard reins and play his bread and butter: Azorius Control. Of course, we don't have cards from the Azorius Senate in Standard yet, as that will come in Ravnica Allegiance, but Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and all the rest of the gang is still here, and still pretty good. Plus, you get quite a few blue cards from Izzet that give your control deck a bit of a boost.