Last Hurrah for the HOU Standard

This still current (for less than two weeks) Standard has been fun. Granted, I haven’t been able to do the usual attacking the meta from a different angle -thing that usually works for me the best, but the range of playable decks has been awesome and even though I don’t really like playing against decks like those revolving around Approach of the Second Sun, those feel like an important piece of the puzzle as they do keep certain decks from becoming prevalent.

Since this past Friday was the last opportunity for me to play a tournament, I made certain I would be able to participate in the FNM.

Continue reading

Ixalan Brews, pt. 5 – Pirates

First thing you should always do when brewing decks is figuring out what you can do with the mana. Of course, only a select few actually do this, because it’s much more fun to start with those interesting cards or synergies. Still, this is the way you should do it. (Yeah, I don’t either.)

Continue reading

Ixalan Brews, pt. 5 – Boros Vehicles

This is an actual deck, but it does lose certain parts of it, namely Thraben Inspector, Needle Spires and possibly some other cards, but the core of the deck should still be there. But how about if we go a little bigger and find ourselves a new set of drivers, because everyone loves a dinosaur piloting an airship? Right?

huatliwarriorpoet

Continue reading

Ixalan Brews, pt. 4 – Monowhite Token Horde

Ankylosaurus a bit costly creature, but intesting. We’ll see if that’s the actual name, but the text as translated on MythicSpoilers is as follows:

“Ankylosaurus”
5W
Creature – Dinosaur
Enrage – Whenever Ankylosaurus is dealt damage, put a +1/+1 counter on each other creature you control.
3/5

The interesting thing here is the combo with Walking Ballista.

Continue reading

Ixalan Brews, pt. 3 – Ramp

One of the problems in recent history was that there weren’t really good four mana green creatures. Why was that a problem? Because there were plenty of two costing mana elves. If you play those, you want to play a four drop to play on turn three. Sure, there is Bristling Hydra, which is still quite strong, but there’s some new ones in the new set. (Actually, Crocodile of the Crossing is quite underappreciated as well.)

Continue reading