April 11, 2016

Shadows Over Innistrad Standard

April 8 has come and gone, and most of us have already secured a box or a fat pack or both. I for one had an adrenaline rush when I opened a pack with Archangel Avacyn and a Relentless Dead in a single pack. It is very possible to open three mythic rares in a single pack. One in the regular rare slot, another in the foil slot and lastly in the flip card slot(unique to Innistrad block)! I have yet to see anyone pulling that one off.

Now that the rush of opening packs have settled. Now comes the figuring out of the best viable decks for Shadows over Innistrad Standard! As a non-professional competitive player I tend to go the easy route and just wait for the professionals to publish their decks and see if I have a critical mass of cards available at my disposal to copy and imitate their builds. So far as of this writing there are a number of decks that seems to be good enough as the defining decks for the new Standard season. So without further ado, let us take a look at top 3 decks in Shadows over Innistrad Standard:

Bant Company

Bant Company
Jim Davis - 1st Place at Standard Open on 4/9/2016
Creatures (27)
4 Bounding Krasis
1 Den Protector
4 Duskwatch Recruiter
4 Reflector Mage
1 Stratus Dancer
4 Sylvan Advocate
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Archangel Avacyn
4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer

Lands (25)
3 Forest
2 Island
3 Plains
3 Canopy Vista
4 Evolving Wilds
1 Fortified Village
4 Lumbering Falls
1 Port Town
4 Prairie Stream
Spells (8)
4 Collected Company
3 Dromoka's Command
1 Ojutai's Command

1 Den Protector
1 Hermit of the Natterknolls
1 Hidden Dragonslayer
2 Lantern Scout
2 Invocation of Saint Traft
2 Clip Wings
3 Negate
1 Ojutai's Command
2 Declaration in Stone
Mono-White Humans
Kellen Pastore - 2nd Place at Standard Open on 4/9/2016
Creatures (28)
2 Consul's Lieutenant
3 Dragon Hunter
2 Expedition Envoy
3 Hanweir Militia Captain
4 Knight of the White Orchid
4 Thalia's Lieutenant
4 Thraben Inspector
3 Town Gossipmonger
3 Kytheon, Hero of Akros

Lands (20)
19 Plains
1 Westvale Abbey
Spells (12)
3 Always Watching
3 Gryff's Boon
2 Stasis Snare
4 Declaration in Stone

2 Felidar Cub
1 Lantern Scout
2 Silkwrap
1 Stasis Snare
1 Hallowed Moonlight
3 Secure the Wastes
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Westvale Abbey
W/B Eldrazi
Eric Hymel - 3rd Place at Standard Open on 4/9/2016
Creatures (22)
3 Hedron Crawler
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Knight of the White Orchid
1 Matter Reshaper
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Archangel Avacyn
2 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim

Planeswalkers (4)
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Lands (26)
6 Plains
2 Swamp
4 Battlefield Forge
2 Blighted Fen
4 Caves of Koilos
3 Forsaken Sanctuary
1 Foundry of the Consuls
4 Shambling Vent
Spells (8)
2 Anguished Unmaking
2 Ultimate Price
4 Declaration in Stone

2 Reality Smasher
2 Virulent Plague
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
3 Duress
2 Read the Bones
3 Tragic Arrogance

The Bant Company deck is pretty much the new deck to beat in the new standard with it winning the SCG Standard open flooded with W/X Humans and a handful of Midrange and Eldrazis. The second place was secured by a Mono-White deck that utilizes small one or two drop creatures massing up and getting buffed by the new enchantment “Always Watching“, giving their non token creatures +1/+1 and vigilance. A new B/W build for the Eldrazi menace rounded of the third spot adding in new cards from the set like Archangel Avacyn and Sorin, Grim Nemesis. This deck plays midrange with a lot of huge creatures backed up by solid removal package.

The field was overrun by a lot of aggro decks¬†although that is to be expected whenever old sets rotates and new block comes out. Control decks are far between and it seems that it’s currently a white-world out there. It’s new and I’m liking it. Time will tell if Control Decks gets a footing and starts dominating later on. So what are you sporting in our next Standard tourney? Sound off at the comments below!

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