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.
I’m guessing most of you have already noticed the synergy between Exert and ALways Watching. Well, how about the hidden mode on Blessed Alliance? Cards with options are always good. Now you have a third one to use.
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.
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.
So, one of my favorite cards from Eldritch Moon was always Permeating Mass. Sure, its difficult to use, but you can’t deny its powerful. Actually very powerful. The problem is that its risky. If the Mass gets going, you’ll just lose all your own creatures as well.
Unless, their somehow protected from it. For example, in my EMN Prerelease deck I had a Permeating Mass and I played it happily, because I also had Voldaren Pariah and two Ishkanah, Grafwidows, who could do damage without having to enter into combat with all that Mass.
Well, apparently, Voldaren Pariah is a bomb, at least based on my experience in Limited. Sure, Limited and Standard are really different worlds, but when something functions really well in Limited, you should at least test it in Standard. Remember this guy?