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Friday, 1 March 2013

Standard formation.

This FNM its Standard in both tournaments.  There is an element of coincidence that we have a week of double standard just as we have the announcement of a standard PTQ in Sheffield on 13th April 2013 (if you missed it look here).  However, we are about to have a lot of standard going on all over the place; not only do we have a standard PTQ season which starts in the next couple of weeks but we also have 3 World Magic Cup Qualifiers (WMCQ) coming up too.

Move over Thragtusk - I got this...

For those who don't know about the WMCQs let me explain.  Wizards of the coast changed the way they do things last year and instead of a National Championship leading to the world championship we now have 3 World Cup qualifiers the winners of which join the top pro player from their country in forming a team to compete for the Magic World Cup (I hear there is something similar in football but my total lack of knowledge about football means I have to take other peoples word for it).  You need to have accumulated 300 planeswalker points in the year 2nd April 2012 - 17th March 2013 (I have 1225 so 300 is not too hard to do).  This year all those participating will get a foil alternate art promo in the form of the awesome Vengevine;

I love this card - my replacement for Bloodbraid Elf in Modern Jund.

Here are the dates and locations for this years WMCQs:

07th April 2013 - Dark Sphere (London).
21st April 2013 - Wargames Workshop (Milton Keynes)
02nd June 2013 - Fanboy3 (Manchester)

The London and Manchester WMCQ are double-header weekends with a PTQ on the Saturday and the WMCQ on the Sunday.  

As a result I will be organising a number of testing/practice sessions over the next few weeks to hone our decks and ideas ready for a hopefully memorable standard season.  The first of these sessions will be this Sunday at Patriot Games from 11am.  Here are some of the decks we will be testing/testing against;

Naya Agrro

4  Cavern of Souls
1  Rootbound Crag
4  Sacred Foundry
4  Stomping Ground
3  Sunpetal Grove
4  Temple Garden
20 lands

4  Boros Elite
4  Burning-Tree Emissary
4  Champion of the Parish
4  Experiment One
4  Flinthoof Boar
4  Frontline Medic
1  Ghor-Clan Rampager
4  Lightning Mauler
4  Mayor of Avabruck
33 creatures

3  Giant Growth
4  Searing Spear
7 other spells

3  Boros Charm
2  Fiend Hunter
2  Gruul Charm
2  Nearheath Pilgrim
3  Pacifism
3  Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Free men are good right?

Arbor Jund

4  Blood Crypt
3  Dragonskull Summit
3  Forest
2  Kessig Wolf Run
4  Overgrown Tomb
1  Rootbound Crag
4  Stomping Ground
4  Woodland Cemetery
25 lands

3  Arbor Elf
4  Huntmaster of the Fells
2  Olivia Voldaren
4  Thragtusk
13 creatures

2  Abrupt Decay
4  Bonfire of the Damned
1  Dreadbore
4  Farseek
1  Murder
2  Pillar of Flame
2  Rakdos's Return
1  Ultimate Price
17 other spells

2  Garruk, Primal Hunter
3  Liliana of the Veil
5 planeswalkers

1  Devour Flesh
3  Duress
2  Grafdigger's Cage
1  Liliana of the Veil
1  Olivia Voldaren
2  Pillar of Flame
1  Rakdos's Return
2  Staff of Nin
2  Underworld Connections

So I hear turn 2 Liliana is a thing...

The Aristocrats

4  Blood Crypt
3  Cavern of Souls
1  Clifftop Retreat
4  Godless Shrine
4  Isolated Chapel
3  Plains
4  Sacred Foundry
1  Vault of the Archangel
24 lands

4  Boros Reckoner
4  Cartel Aristocrat
4  Champion of the Parish
4  Doomed Traveler
4  Falkenrath Aristocrat
3  Knight of Infamy
1  Restoration Angel
2  Silverblade Paladin
2  Skirsdag High Priest
2  Zealous Conscripts
30 creatures

2  Lingering Souls
4  Orzhov Charm
6 other spells


2  Blasphemous Act
2  Lingering Souls
1  Mentor of the Meek
2  Obzedat, Ghost Council
2  Rest in Peace
1  Skirsdag High Priest
2  Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
3  Tragic Slip

This card was $3 in April last year, glad I got them then...

Esper Control

4  Drowned Catacomb
4  Glacial Fortress
2  Godless Shrine
4  Hallowed Fountain
2  Island
4  Isolated Chapel
4  Nephalia Drownyard
1  Plains
2  Watery Grave
27 lands

4  Augur of Bolas
3  Restoration Angel
2  Snapcaster Mage
9 creatures
4  Azorius Charm
2  Devour Flesh
2  Dissipate
1  Dramatic Rescue
2  Planar Cleansing
4  Sphinx's Revelation
4  Supreme Verdict
4  Think Twice
1  Ultimate Price
24 other spells

2  Angel of Serenity
1  Dispel
2  Duress
3  Gloom Surgeon
2  Jace, Memory Adept
1  Negate
1  Psychic Spiral
1  Rest in Peace
2  Witchbane Orb

Back after a short break, mill.

Bant Control

4  Breeding Pool
3  Glacial Fortress
4  Hallowed Fountain
4  Hinterland Harbor
2  Kessig Wolf Run
1  Sacred Foundry
1  Steam Vents
1  Stomping Ground
2  Sunpetal Grove
3  Temple Garden
25 lands

3  Augur of Bolas
3  Centaur Healer
4  Restoration Angel
4  Thragtusk
14 creatures

4  Azorius Charm
1  Detention Sphere
2  Dissipate
4  Farseek
4  Sphinx's Revelation
3  Supreme Verdict
1  Syncopate
2  Think Twice
21 other spells


1  Centaur Healer
1  Detention Sphere
2  Garruk Relentless
1  Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
2  Negate
2  Rest in Peace
3  Rhox Faithmender
1  Supreme Verdict
2  Witchbane Orb

A great card even with Skull Crack.

So come on down and join us.  Next Friday is Standard but in a totally different way as we play 2 headed giant.  More blogs next week including the prices for the PTQ in April.

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