Well, it seems like the format is starting to shape up. There’s definitely a “Big Three” right now of top-tier Standard decks – Mono-Green, Izzet Epiphany and Mono-White. I actually think there’s still time for the format to grow, especially with the World Championship next week. We’ll see what develops, but for now, here’s where things stand in my eyes;
Mono-Green was basically dominating all the tournaments over the weekend. It seems like every time I checked in on the standings, something like 60 percent of the top of the standings in every tournament were Mono-Green. Mono-Green has the best cards in Standard, great mana because it’s monocolored and an aggressive game plan. It’s clearly the best deck right now and it has a 68.1 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic according to Untapped.gg.
Izzet was the other deck that was consistently at the top of the standings all weekend. It has the “other” best card in Standard – Alrund’s Epiphany. In addition, Izzet has a lot of good card draw and Galvanic Iteration to combo with Alrund’s Epiphany(s) to chain together turns and easily win the game. The straight Epiphany version, which Martin wrote his deck guide about, didn’t have enough data for Untapped, but Izzet Dragons (which plays Smoldering Egg and Goldspan Dragon) had a 57.1 percent win rate on Untapped.
Mono-White is the third best deck in the three-headed dragon of Standard, but really the only other viable choice for anyone who is attempting to be competitive right now. It’s very low to the ground and very fast, which makes it have a decent chance against Izzet, and although I think it’s behind against Mono-Green, it certainly has a fighting chance. Mono-White had a 60.3 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic according to Untapped.gg.
Mono-Black is the best Blood on the Snow deck, a card which is great against both green and white but pretty bad against Izzet. The deck does have access to discard after sideboard, or potentially in the main deck if you want to go in that direction though. Overall, Mono-Black is really far behind against Alrund’s Epiphany decks, which makes it kind of tough, but I’ve always enjoyed the style personally. Mono-Black had a 58.8 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic on Untapped.gg.
There are a lot of good Werewolves in Innistrad. The problem is, they aren’t even much better than just playing green cards. The red removal is also not as good as Blizzard Brawl, so Gruul Werewolves (as well as normal Gruul) tends to be outclassed by its mono-green counterpart. Gruul Werewolves had a 63.7 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.
Selesnya has been a popular deck since it won the Hooglandia Open, the first tournament of the format. Since then, it has fallen a bit in popularity as well as results, but the deck is still strong. It’s another Chariot/Wrenn deck and makes good use of both cards. Selesnya had a 60.7 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic on Untapped.gg.
Jund is yet another Wrenn/Chariot deck. Ultimately, most of the Wrenn/Chariot decks are going to be strong. However, they all seem to be coming up a little bit worse than Mono-Green. Wrenn and Chariot are just a strong enough combo that despite what else you put in your deck with them, assuming the cards are at all reasonable, the deck is going to be fine. Jund had a 63.3 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.
Yet another Wrenn/Chariot deck, this one with Blood on the Snow. This is another deck that’s going to win some games because it has some great cards and synergies, but isn’t as powerful as it’s more focused counterpart. Golgari had a 60.1 percent win rate this week from Silver to Mythic on Untapped.gg.