League Weekend is behind us and there was a lot of Standard played at a very high level. There’s some big shakeups in the Power Rankings. Here’s where I’m at now.
1. Temur Turns
This was one of the best performing decks of the League Weekend. I think the reason for this is that it first has the aggro decks “covered” with Lovestruck Beast and Bonecrusher Giant (I don’t mean any deck with those cards automatically beat aggro or anything, but it’s a good start). Second, this deck has a ton of late-game power with Edgewall Innkeeper, The Great Henge and countermagic, which puts it in a better position against some of the over-the-top midrange decks like Sultai Ultimatum. Also, Goldspan Dragon is just such a good card when you have powerful things to do with the Treasure tokens, for instance Alrund’s Epiphany and playing more creatures.
I had the pleasure of playing this deck over the weekend and it’s got a bit going on against many of the other top decks. It has the same Lovestruck Beast and Bonecrusher plan against aggro, plus four copies of The Great Henge to complement the Lovestruck Beast. Yasharn, Implacable Earth was a card that actually had a lot of utility in the metagame, with one copy main and one sideboard. Against white decks, they can’t sacrifice their protection creatures (or Scalding Cauldron, lol). Against Rakdos, they lose. Against any deck with Goldspan Dragon, they can’t sacrifice their treasures, which is huge.
3. Naya Fling
This is another great deck. Goldspan Dragon is just such a great card. This deck has the same Stomp/Lovestruck suite as the previous two decks, and this deck has Goldspan Dragon and a way to protect it. That means the deck is capable of doing things like killing the opponent from an empty board, even from a very high life total.
This deck actually performed much better than I expected. I really expected very few copies, but leave it to the best players and deckbuilders in the world to figure out a list that works. Admittedly, I thought there would be more red decks than there ended up being, and greatly preferred being on the red side of the matchup.
This is one of those decks that I don’t like to admit is good, but actually it’s pretty good. The deck has game against every deck. It’s hard to hate out because it attacks on two axis: making a bunch of 1/1’s and the graveyard/Zenith Flare approach.
There were a few different takes on white over the weekend. I think my preference for the best list was that of Ken Yukuhiro. I particularly liked his strategy of trying to fight through Archon of Absolution with Shadowspear instead of using Scalding Cauldrons. White is a powerful for a weenie creature deck and it’s a little reminiscent of Hatebears because of the annoyance of many of the cheap creatures.
This deck is decent against red, but I think it’s a bit too easy to hate out by people who are trying to do so. The deck does have some power to it, and The Akroan War is a great card, but I think the deck lags behind in power against decks with Goldspan Dragon and The Great Henge.
This deck had been doing great, but wow, did it have a rough weekend. I’m not really sure what else to say about it. I guess with a target on its back, it just wasn’t able to muster a next level strategy to combat them because it’s such a linear deck.
This is a fine deck, but I think at this point it’s clear the deck should just be a Naya deck.