Tonight’s the night planeswalkers. It’s now one week out from Shadows Over Innistrad’s release and already discussion of the most popular decks in the new Standard format discussed last week are circulating. It’s an exciting time as people at game stores across the world test out fresh decks and strategies, trying to figure out what combination of cards work best together. This week we’ll check out what has been popular so far as well as tips for your own build. Let’s get started!
Do It Yourself-Deck Building:
First and foremost, if you’re interested in what the pros are playing with, check out this breakdown of the most popular decks from Star City Games’ Open in Baltimore-the first official Innistrad Standard event which drew several professional players and winners as well as dozens of veterans. This is a more mathematical breakdown, looking at the top winning decks and which percentage of deck types were used.
If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around new strategies or struggling to build a deck, hopefully the ideas above will jolt your creative energy and let you know what to expect from opponents in the upcoming weeks. If you want some more ideas as well as some popular combos, you can head over to Magic’s official site for their take on Innistrad’s first week.
On the other hand, if constructing your own deck is just completely overwhelming to you, or it’s your first time and you just don’t know where to start, or what to do, there are some tools out there to help. Of course, you can find numerous guides online, including this one on the official site, but there is an official Magic product called The Deckbuilder’s Toolkit. This nice little product comes with 100 basic lands to get you started as well as over 100 randomized cards from the new Standard as well as four booster packs. Intended for Magic novices, the toolkit also comes with a guide and advanced tips for building decks. It’s pretty perfect for newcomers to the game, especially in this murky time after a release where everyone is in the same boat in regards to forming new armies of creatures and spells. It’s available at any store that sells Magic boosters and fat packs.
Now, let us head into the opposite problem. Maybe you have a deck already built, one that you’ve spent a lot of time, brainpower and energy on and are feeling rather confident about. However, as you play test with friends, you find that you are constantly having trouble with lands. Either you find you have too much, too little, or just aren’t getting the right colors at the right time. Making a consistent mana base is usually one of the most overlooked parts of deck building, but arguably one of the most important.This article looks over the land opportunities lost from Standard, but also suggests new replacements as well as simple and reliable mana bases for all kinds of decks.
Your Lips Are Sealed:
Okay,so maybe building decks for Standard isn’t something you’re quite into. Maybe you haven’t been able to get your hands on enough new cards to make a worthwhile deck or simply just haven’t had the time or money. Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Friday Night Magic events. Some venues, such as Oogie Games’ Niagara Falls location, hold a tournament in a format known as Sealed Deck. Instead of using pre-built decks, everyone is given six booster packs at the event to make a 40 card deck on the spot. This way, everyone starts off on equal footing and has an equal chance to win. If you attended any of the Innistrad pre-release events, you should already be familiar with this format. Not only that, but it’s also used for several Grand Prix events and pro tour qualifiers. So, if you enjoyed it, here’s another chance to have fun and get more experience. I know building a deck within 45 minutes may seem intimidating to some, so here’s a handy guide to help you be at your best and know what to expect.
Enter the Battlefield:
I’d like to end this week with an interesting documentary coming to Netflix and YouTube on April 26th. Titled, Enter the Battlefield, the documentary will follow seven Magic: The Gathering players through a whole season of the pro tour. If you want a real glimpse into the life of a professional Magic player, check out the trailer below:
That’s all for this week folks. Good luck on building those decks and remember, most importantly, to have fun! Thanks for reading, hope to see you out and about for FNM!