Deck Of The Day #24 - Metagame Trends

Deck Of The Day #24 - Metagame Trends

Welcome to the party, Sorin! At first glance it looks like a normal Naya midrange list; Tireless Tracker power is superlative

Since I started writing this daily column I have witnessed some trends in the metagame. Maybe it is an example of serendipity but whenever someone finishes well with a new strategy it is only a matter of time to see some other people following those footsteps. It happened with Nahiri and now it happens with Oath of Nissa - check what Magnus Lantto used to top8 his WMCQ.

2 Battlefield Forge
4 Canopy Vista
2 Cinder Glade
4 Evolving Wilds
5 Forest
1 Fortified Village
1 Mountain
3 Needle Spires
3 Plains
1 Swamp
3 Archangel Avacyn // Avacyn, the Purifier
2 Deathcap Cultivator
2 Dragonlord Atarka
3 Nissa, Vastwood Seer // Nissa, Sage Animist
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Tireless Tracker
1 Declaration in Stone
3 Nahiri, the Harbinger
4 Oath of Nissa
2 Radiant Flames
2 Silkwrap
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
3 Stasis Snare
Sideboard
2 Declaration in Stone
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Hallowed Moonlight
1 Linvala, the Preserver
1 Malevolent Whispers
1 Quarantine Field
1 Radiant Flames
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
2 Tragic Arrogance
2 Den Protector

At first glance it looks like a normal Naya midrange list; Tireless Tracker power is superlative and it wants to be included in a midrange build (the more lands we get to play the better) - Sylvan Advocate, Nahiri and Atarka are the usual sidekicks.

Then we see Sorin Grim Nemesis, both in the main deck and in the sideboard - with no black sources other than Deathcap Cultivator, and with a playset of Oath of Nissa. Has Raphaël Levy's message spread?

The reason for this is quite simple: the metagame is becoming more and more inbred, into a midrange fest (the only decent aggressive deck is White Weenie, which is not a winning proposal since it lost to mass removal). In this situation, we want to play as many haymakers as possible - and Sorin is very possibly the most powerful planeswalker in current Standard, so playing it gives us a natural advantage in those midrange mirrors. And our mana is better than Lévy GW Tokens' since we have also those Cultivators!

We are approaching the end of Shadows over Innistrad standard, but it seems that there are still some new twists. Let's keep us updated!

 

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