Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,
Last weekend was most likely a rather busy affair for Magic: the Gathering players. Not only was it Khans of Tarkir Game Day but also the saw the tournament Grand Prix Los Angeles where approximately 1,700 players battled for fame 'n' fortune. Congratulations to Daniel Scheid who took the top spot with a Red-Green Monsters decklist. There appeared to be quite a bit of variety in decklists making it to Day Two with the popular ones being Mardu Midrange, Abzan Midrange, Jesai Wins, Abzan Aggro and Green Devotion. One particular build was a Mardu Midrange strategy played by Brad Nelson who made it to the Top 8 playoff.
We will go back to our Abzan Midrange list to ensure its robust for next Friday but we are already entertaining the idea of developing something along the lines of Brad's Madu Midrange or perhaps Eric Pei's mono-red Boss Sligh. Since it first was previewed, we wanted to get together a list featuring Butcher of the Horde which provides a lot of very lovely options when you sac a critter - haste, vigilance or lifelink - all on an evasive flyer with a decent mana cost / power / toughness stats. We're thinking that Eric's Boss Sligh (named after Paul Sligh) can drop a lot of early threats before an opponent can begin to control the board and then follow-up with final points of burn damage.
Anywhoos - an exciting time in standard at the moment and we've got to say that we are rather happy with the diversity that it has.