In total, 105 Standard decklists were submitted for Magic World Championship XXIX, but some stand out more than others. The spiciest ones use innovative combinations of cards, represent a novel archetype, or do something that no one saw coming. In this article, we'll take a closer look at eight Standard decks that stood out to me the most. All of them are a small portion of the field, leverage new cards from Wilds of Eldraine, and stand a chance to take down the most prestigious event of the year.
Wilds of Eldraine has introduced new combos into Standard, and four World Championship competitors have registered a deck that can generate infinite mana with
The game plan is to exile
The difficult part is finding all the combo pieces and putting the required creatures into the graveyard. For this,
Pro Tour March of the Machine Top 4 competitor David Olsen and Canadian Regional Champions Philippe Gareau and William La Hay all prepared together as team Scoreboard. They settled on a spicy mono-blue combo deck based around
This deck has no
The fascinating aspect of this deck is that it can realistically win without finding
Alexander Hayne qualified based on season-long Pro Tour performance, including a ninth-place finish at Pro Tour The Lord of the Rings. While he played Team Handshake's Mono-Green Tron list at that event, his deck for the World Championships comes out of left field.
His list exploits two of the best white cards from Wilds of Eldraine:
Blue supports the strategy with two synergistic battles.
Pro Tour Phyrexia Top 8 competitors Benton Madsen and Chris Ferber, both members of team Misfits, registered a sweet build of Rakdos Sacrifice that exploits several new cards.
The strategy centers around
Pro Tour Phyrexia Top 8 competitor Shota Yasooka is famous for preparing alone and making winning look easy once the tournament begins. Widely respected for his technical play and his innovative deck building approach, everyone always wants to know what Yasooka is playing.
At its core, Yasooka's deck for the World Championship is a Dimir Faeries deck with a flash-based game plan. A configuration of 4
While Dimir Faeries has seen a fair amount of play ever since the release of Wilds of Eldraine, Yasooka's deck has a twist. His list runs as many as 26 lands, splashing for 4
Magic World Championship XXVIII finalist Eli Kassis prepared together with team CFB Ultimate Guard, where several members were happily chanting "
The standout cards in the deck are
Compared to Domain Ramp, which typically spends turn three or four on
Dan Kristoff qualified based on deep finishes in all three Pro Tours this season, with his 8-2 Constructed record as the sole Merfolk player at Pro Tour The Lord of the Rings as a memorable highlight. For the World Championship, he brought one of the most exciting and explosive decks enabled by Wilds of Eldraine.
As the deck contains only five cards with mana value 4 or less—1
Although the metagame adjusted after
Marco Vassallo qualified by winning a Magic Online Champions Showcase, where he used a Five-Color Reanimator deck in Modern that would return
The main game plan of his Standard deck is to put
Wilds of Eldraine introduced a new key card:
In conclusion, if you were looking for a fun new Standard deck to try out, then give one of these eight decks a try! They might be the key to victory at Magic World Championship XXIX, and if they do well, you'll surely see them in action on the livestream over the weekend.