I wrote about the same subject earlier this year, but my thoughts have since matured somewhat.
There seems to a lot of interest in the format, as many cards have seen prices surges and there’s a lot of discussion. So, I’m just throwing a few more ideas out there.
Some more ideas on how to approach Pioneer differently.
Ah, a new format. Well, sort of. It’s quite obvious that the first decks out there will be strong decks from Standards past or light versions of Modern decks. Like Rally or Saheeli Cat. I’m not going that route.
Morphs are a favored archetype of mine. I just love them. The imbalance of information is fun for me. Sure, that also has a downside as that often means that you are the target.
Anyhow, before Kadena, it was hard to find a good commander for the deck. Sure, we had Ixidor, Reality Sculptor, but that definitely had limitations as a monocolored general. I was hoping for a Simic one, but they gave me a Sultai. As much as I like Sultai, I do wish they would limit the colors, as blue and green were the big morph colors on Tarkir, even if all colors had them.
So, there’s been some information trickling on this. If you don’t know, the age old Judge Program is in the process of being taken down in lieu of Judge Academy, a business, which can now charge people for being a judge.
You hear this question from new(ish) players every once in a while: Why is Preordain banned in Modern, but not Serum Visions? Sure, they are close, but they are not the same. That ordering changes the card quite a bit. Also, they have to draw the line somewhere.
So, Yarok, the Desecrated… a card made for the fans of Panharmonicon. Personally, I haven’t been that keen on breaking that particular card, but in the context of our meta, where wraths are plentiful, I would rather go for Mulldrifters than Baneslayers. (You can read more on this here.)
OF course, it would be easy to just throw a bunch of creatures with ETB-abilities into the deck, but I decided to go with a theme. I mean Yarok happens to be of a specific type. Elementals it is (even though horrors does tickle me as a theme, but there aren’t that many of them as of yet).