This past weekend, the big event was the Red Bull Untapped tournament. Later this week, previews for the new set, Innistrad: Crimson Vow will start. Knowing that, this is going to be the last installment of Power Rankings for this Standard format, so let’s see what the best deck in Standard is before we go.
Izzet Epiphany will go down as the most defining deck of the format. The deck put up great showings at Worlds, Red Bull Untapped and the Arena Open. The Galvanic Iteration plus Alrund’s Epiphany combo is one of the most potent combos Standard has seen in a long time, and the cornerstone of the deck.
Mono-Green has been one of the most popular and powerful decks of the entire format. The green cards are among the best at every point on the curve. If Alrund’s Epiphany is the best card in Standard, Esika’s Chariot is probably second. Also, Blizzard Brawl is one of the best removal spells in the format, and the best green has seen in a long time, maybe forever. Mono-Green had a 67.5 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic on Untapped.gg.
Izzet Dragons will probably be remembered as the second best Izzet deck, however it’ll definitely be remembered as the deck Yuta Takahashi used to win the World Championship. Goldspan Dragon is a great card, and it really goes to show how powerful the other Izzet cards are that there are versions of Izzet decks with no copies. Izzet Dragons had a 60.7 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic on Untapped.gg.
Mono-White was a deck that was often lurking in the shadows. It saw a lot of play and put up good numbers, but it never really had the major breakthrough performance that many of the other decks had. The deck is fast, lean and capable of creating a very fast clock, overrunning the opponent. Mono-White had a 66.6 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.
I feel like this deck will never really get its just due. Jean-Emmanuel Depraz brought the deck onto the scene at the World Championship, and it still seems to have great results when people choose it, but maybe isn’t as popular as it deserves.
This deck isn’t really that much different than Izzet Epiphany. The deck uses Lier as an additional way to recur Alrund’s Epiphany and take over and win the game. It has a bit more cheap interaction than the pure Izzet decks, which should help in the matchups against decks like Mono-Green or Mono-White.