There’s a couple of pretty strong zombies in the new set, so perhaps the archetype would finally be strong enough, although I do have my reservations.
Liliana wins on her own. We just need to protect her long enough. The state of the format is such, that this grindy approach might not work, but come on, Liliana.
No Elven Mystic available, but that part of Standard seems to be permanently over. However, there is several fairly efficient manaproducers in the format, like Servant of the Conduit and Rishkar, Peema Renegade and then there’s these two:
There’s also Kiora, Master of the Depths, which might work, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
This seems powerful…
How about if we combine her with these:
So, looking at Saffron Olive’s original list, we’ve lost a few cards, but not that many. Disperse can be easily replaced with cards that are strictly better, such as Compelling Deterrence, but Mage-Ring Network is a bit more problematic. Having played the deck some, it feels like a big loss.
On the other hand, there’s a number of cards with cycling, which could potentially be very good. As Foretold can replace the Brain in a Jar, especially in an environment with rampant artifact desctruction. Mix of both might also be a good idea.
Even if this one isn’t actually the bomb certain people want it to be, I don’t see why I couldn’t dream about using it. This could be Grixis as well, but the mana requirements might be a bit too much, although we could probably just use the cycle-duals to splash something. I’m not entirely sure what, though.
Actually, not maybe quite as much Madness as simply just discarding stuff. And a red aggro deck, with a side of green.
I’m back having completely missed Aether Revolt. Just couldn’t bring myself to brew than. However, now I do have some ideas. During Kaladesh I did less than usual. The whole block just didn’t feel fun for me. I guess I could sort of see where Standard was going or something.
Let’s start with two cards I’ve already found very interesting.
These days, whenever new cards become available, BR or Rakdos is where my mind goes first, pretty much everytime. Its not generally the best color combination, but admittedly The Joker’s philosophy does have a certain appeal to me in fiction, which this combination embodies in its recklessness.
My favorite card from Battle for Zendikar block was easily Inverter of Truth, no question about it. Its just so weird and hard to use. So, now that the structure of Standard has shifted and Eldrazi Displacer isn’t as easy to use to kill you, maybe a deck built around it could work.