Standard evolves fast, and you have to track the changes carefully to keep up. We saw Chainwhirler fever at the Pro Tour, then U/W Control, which was designed to beat on R/B Midrange. U/B Midrange was up next, and now we see Mono-Green Stompy dominating the fields of Magic Online with 3 copies in the last Online PTQ and the Leagues being infested by it.
My favorite streamer, Matthew Foulkes, had a super hot run with the deck—17-3—and the deck does seem to be the best deck to play this weekend.
Andrew Jessup, Top 8 at SCG Open Worchester
Andrew Jessup, Oliver_Hart on MagicOnline, and Venom1, an Indonesian grinder, started playing this deck a week ago and now it’s all over the place.
Andrew then proceeded to Top 8 the last SCG with the deck.
The plan is simple: just have curve out and reduce your opponent’s life total as quickly as possible.
Thorn Lieutenant is a great addition from Core Set 2019, as it’s great versus Earthshaker Khenra and Bomat Courier since your opponent can’t just kill it or make it unable to block and then come through with the squad. It’s also going to be a relevant threat later in the game, which makes it a perfect fit for the deck.
I’m still not a fan of Greenbelt Rampager. It seems overcosted for what it does, and if you aren’t expecting that many Mono-Red decks this weekend, which I wouldn’t, then it’s maybe better to cut some. One of the coolest interactions with Greenbelt Rampager is its combo with Lifecrafter’s Bestiary, turning it into an Ancestral Recall. But Andrew isn’t playing any copies of that in the sideboard.
Another new tool from Core Set 2019 is Vine Mare, a nightmare for black-based removal spell decks, since they can only answer it with Essence Scatter or Torrential Gearhulk, and with Nicol Bolas, the Ravager U/B/r Midrange picking up in popularity after winning the Online PTQ, Vine Mare is a required 4-of in your sideboard.
Lastly, Core Set 2019 added a new planeswalker to the sideboard: Vivien Reid. She’s a good way to answer Vehicles in the mirror match, since the board usually stalls with Ghalta, Primal Hunger and Rhonas the Indomitable and the only way out is to look the skies. It also deals with Torrential Gearhulk and Lyra Dawnbringer, which are two huge problems for the deck. It also creates good card advantage, and that’s always appreciated in a 24-Forest deck.
While Andrew, Venom1, and all of the three Top 8 competitors of the Online PTQ chose to play a black splash for Scrapheap Scrounger and some sideboard slots, you can decide to stick to just basic Forests and go for the glorious Mono-Green Gigantosaur.
TannerBananer, 5-0 in an MTGO League
All right, all right, this deck isn’t as competitive as the previous one we talked about, and I don’t recommend sleeving it up for this weekend’s competitive event, but if you are a Bogles lover and you love to have non-interactive games with your opponent, then this is the Standard deck for you.
I want to wish good luck to my French friends attending this weekend’s Nationals, and to suggest that they sleeve up Mono-Green Stompy, or at least have a strong plan to fight it!