We've all had a few weeks to digest this new Standard format, though it still continues to surprise me. Just this past weekend, the Magic Online Championship Series Qualifier featured a slew of aggressive white strategies that dominated the 6-2 or better decklists . This is not surprising if you're intimately aware of Jeskai Control's win percentage against hyper-aggressive strategies. After Eli Kassis's win at Grand Prix New Jersey, I knew control would have a target on its head, but I would never have expected this kind of backlash.
While Adanto Vanguard decks aren't exactly new at this point, low-to-the-ground versions featuring a ton of one-mana creatures hasn't exactly been popular over the last month and change. Since the format's debut Golgari has been the talk of the town, and any deck that can punish Golgari was thought to be a good choice for the weekend. But what happens when all the Golgari decks try to beat themselves? They cannibalize each other and that takes away the tools that helped them beat everything else in the first place.
Moving away from Planeswalkers means you're soft to control. Going bigger and leaving Wildgrowth Walker behind means you're going to get slammed by any opponent willing to play a ton of cheap creatures. Building your deck without taking Tocatli Honor Guard into account means you're going to lose to it straight up.