Decklist Digest: Kansas City Standard
We’re about halfway through the StarCityGames.com Kansas Open Series, and a handful of interesting decks have emerged from the field already. One of the most popular ideas in the room has been an adaptation of the U/W Midrange strategy championed by Sam Black, with players adding a variety of engines and colors to the deck’s base in an effort to target the current metagame.
Joe loves himself an Esper deck, and he’s returned new life to an old archetype today. Esper Midrange has been seeing some renewed interest—I played it myself at the Washington, D.C. Standard Open—but Joe’s take is going deep on tokens and using Intangible Virtue to improve his Lingering Souls and Blade Splicers in the face of Bonfire of the Damned.
Going red instead of black, Brandon’s got his take on the U/W/R strategy we first saw picking up steam at the Las Vegas Standard Open. Leaning on Sun Titan and Gideon instead of Thundermaw Hellkite, Brandon’s hoping red gives him what he needs against green decks while those excellent midgame men wrap up the games.
I’ve got one (just one!) Delver deck for the weekend, and it’s a neat take.
Kirby’s list calls to mind the Grand Architect deck that Nick Spagnolo designed and handed to Brad Nelson and Lewis Laskin during the Grand Prix Minneapolis weekend. The strengths look to be very similar, and one of those strengths is a strong matchup against the various Wolf Run strategies.
Grand Architect and a single clone will make Bonfire of the Damned very difficult to cast profitably without a miracle, and Wurmcoil engine’s stock is rising against the green decks. It’s not too shabby against Titan strategies, either! I wonder how good Kirby’s Precursor Golems out of the sideboard have been, but I’m really interested in his Sword of Body and Minds. Is it time for this equipment to finally shine?
We had a couple Trading Post strategies, which I’ll spotlight here. The card is definitely picking up momentum, and I expect we’ll see a consensus build for Constructed in the near future—just in time for rotation, of course.
Jeremiah’s list has a lot of elements that we haven’t seen in this strategy before. The addition of a couple Swords can let his defensive cards, like Spellskite, Solemn Simulacrum, and Goat tokens—turn suddenly aggressive. He’s also wielding enough artifacts to make Dispatch a legitimate option, although he hasn’t gone all-in and added Mox Opal—at least, not yet.
Being able to profitably play Torpor Orb out of the sideboard is a strong trick in today’s metagame, and a selling point to many of these control decks.
I did a Deck Tech with Ryan that’s also available, so I’ll keep it brief: if you like to do a lot of nothing, then we have the decklist for you. This deck is excellent at establishing the same profitable game state in every match, which makes it a strong choice if you can learn its interactions well.
I’m heading back out; be sure to tweet #SCGKC with everything you’d like me to look for!
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