Today’s Deck Guide is on a deck (and format) I’ve really been loving – Standard 2022 Simic Ramp. I’ve been really enjoying playing Standard 2022. Here’s why:
- After a really long time, it finally feels like we’re playing a fresh format again. There were a lot of new sets since Throne of Eldraine, but none of them had nearly as big an impact on the format as the Adventure cards, Embercleave, Into the Story, The Great Henge and so on. I’m definitely ready to bid those cards farewell.
- The format is a lot less powerful and slower. In the current Standard, you’re used to everyone starting with Edgewall Innkeeper into Lovestruck Beast, putting Embercleave on Anax, Hardened in the Forge on turn four or casting Emergent Ultimatum on turn five or six. This format is a lot slower than that and the cards are a lot less powerful. This makes for longer and more exciting games where it feels like small decisions during the games and deckbuilding actually matter.
- There are no overpowered planeswalkers.
I still remember the time when on turn three you were always starting either Oko, Thief of Crowns, Teferi, Time Raveler or Narset, Parter of Veils on the other side of the board, and sometimes even Nissa, Who Shakes the World. These games aren’t very much fun in my opinion because you just play one busted card that snowballs out of control without really having to make meaningful decision. The planeswalkers in this Standard 2022 format are cards like Professor Onyx, Zariel, Archduke of Avernus, Lolth, Spider Queen and Mordenkainen, whose mana value seems much more fair to me. This, again, should make for better games of Magic.
This format hasn’t popped up on Untapped.gg yet, but I’d keep an eye on them for more stats and decks for Standard, Historic and more going forward.
As for me, let’s take a look at the deck I’ve been playing for the last few days.