No news was big news this week. Most of us expected Wizards to do something about Saheeli combo in Standard, but in a move that made it clear there is new “New World Order” for bans, they left the format untouched, for the time being.
From Around the Web
Well, the parenthetical fell apart, but SaffronOlive’s thoughtful examination of the problems with Standard identify a deeper issue with the format—and a reminder that bannings don’t typically alleceviate the situation, they just give rise to new ones.
I’m a big fan of the Unhinged basic lands—my Cube once sported 30+ foil copies of each—and there’s nothing quite like holding an opening hand with those babies staring back at you. Now you can experience the same joy with your face-down cards! But how do the sleeves hold up? The Professor at Tolarian Academy has a review.
When BenS has to recuse himself rom flavor judge rulings, the Two Jesses at MTGO Academy are ready to step in. We’ve written plenty about the gameplay side of the cards here at ChannelFireball, but if you’re looking for a change of pace, they’ve got a complete analysis of the flavor of Kaladesh block.
Why can’t you just build your deck to beat Vehicles? Everything has a weakness, right? Terry Soh at MTG Mint Card breaks down how Mardu Vehicles keeps on winning despite the enormous target on its back.
In the same vein, Adam Koska at Blackboarder tries to figure out what can take down Standard’s top 2 decks, Mardu and 4c Saheeli.
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Watch as PV pilots his favorite deck of all time, Faeries, reinvigorated by a few new key printings!
Frank’s got a few brain-teasing puzzles—can you figure out how to end the game in one turn?
This is it, folks! Aether Revolt Standard is solved, and you should be playing one of two decks until Amonkhet.
Despite all this, I will begrudgingly still play standard on mtgo since mardu vehicles is free money. Sigh.
— Oliver Tiu (@TheTiuTangClan) March 13, 2017
The key is for people to keep opening treasure chests. If that stops/slows, it will be catastrophic for constructed EV.
— Paul Rietzl (@paulrietzl) March 15, 2017
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