Decklist Digest: St. Louis Standard
This weekend, SCGLive worked to bring you more high-end video content than we’ve ever offered at an Open Series. To do that, we repurposed some of the efforts we normally put toward text features. The natural limitations of video also kept a few decklists out of the Deck Tech spotlight that I’d have liked to showcase...
... So I’m making it up to you with this extra-special version of Glenn’s Decklist Digest. Bon appetit!
I really, really wanted to database this deck as “Damned Elves.”
My favorite deck in the room, so far, Joe has a deadly competitor in this deck. The key to breaking green mirrors open in Standard has long been mana acceleration and Bonfire of the Damned, with the decks that are best at the former not needing to get so lucky with the latter—Joe’s deck is definitely one of the best! Joe boasted that he’s had the opportunity to Bonfire for around 12 today, and Copperhorn Scout lets him spread the love across phases as well. Beware—Ezuri leads a mighty tribe!
Walking the rows of tables, I spotted Jeff playing a sideboarded game in Round 1, and couldn’t really tell what his deck was. I knew Jeff had a knack for brewing after his SCG Des Moines Top 8 in Standard with BUG Glissa, so I resolved to track down his decklist and check it out, see which archetype he’d put his spin on this time.
I looked at his decklist... and still didn’t really know what he was playing!
Stretching the confines of Standard mana to the barriers of rational thought, Jeff brewed up quite the little monster today. He’s got a ton of sweepers in a variety of sizes, and leans on Abundant Growth to make the mana work. Blue for cards, black, red, and white for removal, and green for the fixing, Jeff can cast Day of Judgment into Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker—who is beating that?!
One of the most exciting finds in the room, Mike started off 3-0 with his five-color take on Battle of Wits before a stumble. Even so, his decklist displays how potent the strategy can be, mashing multiple Standard-legal strategies together into a 250-card creature! A control deck at heart, Mike’s build can play some ramp, some Pod, and some Solar Flare en route to winning the game in a number of ways... including the namesake enchantment.
Trading Post has gotten some press as one of the best new ways to manage your resources, with Brad Nelson in particular becoming very excited. Anthony Eason’s mono-black version of the deck hit the camera early in the day, but Open Series regular Eric Williams added colors and combos with Glissa, the Traitor to his version.
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