War of the Spark Standard is moving fast.
Did you blink and miss a week of crazy developments after SCG Richmond? No worries! Here's your wrap0up leading into SCG Syracuse
1. Planeswalker Stax
Let the name-drops begin, because everyone who is anyone appears to be working on this deck.
2nd place at a 142 player MCQ. Deck is incredibly good, incredibly fun. It actually felt like playing prison in standard. Would play again.https://t.co/6PnvfPaeOj— Zac Elsik (@utdzac) May 6, 2019
Last week, Zak Elsik posted a MCQ Top 8ing Azorius SuperFriends list he got via Ben Ragan. He described it as a Stax-style deck, with the various static abilities of the War of the Spark planeswalkers layering to shut off your opponent's best routes out of a heavy planeswalker battlefield.
Then this deck was played in the weekly Fandom Legends event on Arena to another Top 8 finish by H0lydiva.
- 3 Dovin, Hand of Control
- 2 Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor
- 3 Narset, Parter of Veils
- 1 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
- 1 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
- 3 Teferi, Time Raveler
- 1 Ugin, the Ineffable
blazed my way from gold to mythic with this w/ this new creation dropping only two matches along the way! fairly confident this is tier1. sarkhan is busted here. sideboard guide coming tomorrow if anyone interested in trying it out”@arenadecklists pic.twitter.com/AoqwBIHV6I— John Rolf (@JRolfMTG) May 10, 2019
sb guide i promised yesterday. thought the @efropoker idea of karn over chandra was smart so i made that change. also added some lyras to the board to make the red matchup better. deck still needs some tuning but i'm excited to see where it goes!! @arenadecklists pic.twitter.com/At6snEQhzh— John Rolf (@JRolfMTG) May 11, 2019
I really, really enjoy the slowly decreasing number of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria in these lists. Best card in Standard? Nah, don't need that. Why would you play instants to use the mana on anyways?
Okay, fine, planeswalker that Shriekmaws planeswalkers is still good. Teferi can stay, but only a couple.
13-2 or something this morning, climbed from #9 to #2 with my version of @JRolfMTG 's Jeskai Walkers off stream. Clarions are super powerful vs aggro. Exp/Expl makes us immune flooding etc. Teferi -3 answers everything @ArenaDecklists pic.twitter.com/mc9Kx0HuCg— Savjz (@Savjz) May 11, 2019
On a serious note, I think Deafening Clarion makes a ton of sense in these lists. It lands before your key planeswalkers and works for a huge life swing with Sarkhan the Masterless if you ever need it.
2. Life in the Arena Decklists Era
I mentioned a H0lydiva Top 8 in a Fandom Legends weekly Arena event. We have those, Twitch Rivals, MPL Weekly pod play, and just the stream of Mythic tier lists from Arena Decklists to factor in now.
What even is a Fandom Legends event in the scale of Magic metagames? What does a Top 8 in one of them mean, or a Mythic list from Magic Arena? How do we filter that into metagame expectations?