When was the last time the early weeks of a Standard format were this surprising? Leading into Grand Prix New Jersey about two weeks ago, public opinion seemed to firmly suggest that there was Golgari, and then, a tier below, everything else. Fast forward to today, and we've had a Grand Prix Top 8 devoid of Golgari and a Standard MOCS Open where only three of the top 32 decks were Golgari, and none of those three decks managed better than a 6-2 record. What could have possibly happened to change the landscape of Standard so quickly and drastically?
Alright, to be fair, Tocatli Honor Guard also deserves a tremendous amount of credit for holding down the Golgari, but the bird has definitely been the word over the past two weeks. Arclight Phoenix went from near bulk to almost $30 mythic overnight. In about two days, Izzet Phoenix went from being a meme that players were trying out as an afterthought, to becoming the focal point and weapon of choice for some of the best players in the game.