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This past weekend the
first major tournaments with New Phyrexia have taken place. While in Legacy,
Mental Misstep lived up to the expectations, Standard didn’t see such a clear
superstar rise to the top. So what new cards found their way into the top Standard decks?
What new strategies succeeded? How will Standard adapt to the new threats?
Level 5 judge Riccardo Tessitori brings you crazy rules interactions, interesting tournament situations, a GP London judge report and much more. Sharpen your rules knowledge!
In this article I'm going to go over some of the better cards being played in Standard right now.
Standard (for you new people who do not know) is the newer sets in Magic. Scars of Mirrodin, Zendikar, Rise of the Eldrazi, M11 for a min and M12 real soon which will replace M11.
Lately I have been obsessed with one single card. Grand Architect. Earlier this year, before New Phyrexia, I was playing my Boros deck at a local FNM. I had just come off of a loss to my first battle against the force that is Caw-Blade. As I sat for my round 2 parings, and casually asked my opponent, "What are you playing."
"Grand Architect control," he replied.
In this installment of
Battle School, Richard Bland battles against level 7 mage Jeremy Neeman. The two pros cover one of the most important matchups of the
current Standard format and play 20 games against each other. They identify key
plays, share their sideboarding strategies, update the decklists, and tell you
how to win the matchup. If you're looking to master the Standard format, this
is the article series for you!
You have the unique opportunity to ask Level 5
judge Riccardo Tessitori all the questions you want to!
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problems, the life of a level 5 judge, DCI policies, interesting tournament
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New Phyrexia gives us several powerful cards that have the potential to
shake up Standard and I think that there is one particular card in NPH which
changes the way how certain decks have to play their games. Upon its spoiling,
the card stirred debates about the end of aggro in Standard but today I’m going
to show you how to fight the Batterskull menace.
I have always been a fan of slivers, ever since my first Muscle Sliver the possibilities in my mind were endless, all of the smallest
creatures being so overwhelmingly powerful put together. My thoughts and playing styles with slivers
have changed over the years.
Pretty early on in the
card-collecting careers of most magicians we each encounter the need to organize
our growing collections and we realize that having a system of organizing cards
is probably going to save us more time than it’s going to cost us. But
exactly how do you get your cards from the booster boxes of draft-chaff into
some sort of storage in an efficient way?
Level 5 pro
Lucas Florent takes a look at the state of Standard with NPH, the history of the format
and possible future format evolutions. Lucas discusses the most interesting New
Phyrexia cards that have the potential to spawn new archetypes and presents an
infinite life gain combo.