In total, 223 Standard decklists were submitted to the New Capenna Championship. Yet some stand out more than others—either because they use interesting new combinations of cards or because they represent a novel archetype designed by a big team. In this article, I will highlight the eight Standard decks that excited me the most. All of them rely heavily on new cards from Streets of New Capenna.
Grixis Vampires is a novel archetype enabled by
What's also similar is that this list of Grixis Vampires players is very close to the list of players who introduced Orzhov Venture at the Neon Dynasty Championship. If you recall, that's the deck that won the event and was well-positioned in the metagame for the tournament. Will Grixis Vampires hit another home run?
Well, it's hard to go wrong with value-generating permanents like
But one key card that you only get in Grixis is
Speaking of Evelyn, she'll ensure you never run out of cards to play in the late game, as
Jund Treasures is another archetype that could have included
Plan A with this deck is to use
Plan B revolves around
I'll be honest: I wasn't expecting a big team to bring
Jitse Goutbeek and James Elcombe registered the same 75 cards in Standard, and their list is simply awesome. Finally, it's time for
Could I also interest you in getting a
And in the meantime, you might as well play white, blue, black, red, and/or green interactive cards. That may sound overly ambitious, but thanks to the family tri-lands from New Capenna, a dedicated Standard mana base can now actually support all five colors.
The lands alone provide 15 white, 9 blue, 9 black, 15 red, and 16 green sources already, and
If you love big, impactful spells across all colors of Magic, then this deck looks like a blast to play.
There have been payoffs for the Angel tribe in Standard before, including the powerful
There are two other Orzhov Angels decks at the New Capenna Championship—and yes, I'm aware that I could have listed Stanislav Cifka's deck as "Esper Angels" because of the singleton
In any case, Orzhov Angels looks like it's the real deal.
Jordan Marcy and Kevin Mittertreiner registered the same 75 cards in Standard. It contains some control elements with spot removal spells and sweepers, but that's not where the real fun lies.
The main plan is to discard
Now, this plan was already available before Streets of New Capenna, but
Imagine you registered a deck with just a single basic land, like many players have. Then if you get paired against Gruul Land Destruction, you may be in trouble.
Let's say that you're on the draw, so on turn one you play
Then on turn three, your opponent destroys your Pathway with
On turn four, your opponent plays
This is why it's risky to skimp on basic lands in the current Standard format. And don't get me wrong—I get it. Between tri-lands, dual lands, legendary lands, creature lands, and so on, there are so many attractive non-basic options nowadays that it's hard to find room for basics. But this is exploitable, and that's exactly what Akio Matsuzaki is trying to do.
Streets of New Capenna introduced a cycle of family fetchlands, which is a big deal for
On turn four,
Aaron Brackmann's Temur Mill build makes good use of the new lands, and its performance at the New Capenna Championship will tell us more about the competitive prospects of a dedicated turbo-mill deck in Standard.
There are two Azorius
First of all, triggering
The other key two-drops in the deck are
In conclusion, if you were looking for a brand new Standard deck to try out, then give one of these decks a try! They're fun, powerful, and you can root for their pilots at the New Capenna Championship now, May 20–22, over at twitch.tv/magic.