In total, 252 Standard decklists were submitted for Pro Tour March of the Machine, 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 the eight Standard decks that stood out to me the most. All of them leverage new cards from March of the Machine and have a chance of winning the Pro Tour.
Let's start with the deck of the reigning Pro Tour champion, Reid Duke. The Hall of Famer and captain of Team CFB UltimateGuard won Pro Tour Phyrexia by using
The deck's primary game plan is to use
Their deck is capable of being a big stuff deck in the matchups where that's good, especially in Game 1 before people are loaded with discard spells and countermagic, but then it can also turn into a removal-heavy midrange deck against that are weak to that. Although Rakdos Breach has a lot of overlap with Rakdos Midrange, its flexibility and namesake stand out, and it's hard to argue with the deck choice of the reigning Pro Tour champion.
West Canada Regional Champion William la Hay, along with compatriots Philippe Gareau, Markus Thibeau, David Olsen, Cameron Sweetnam, Christian Trudel, and Adham Momen all registered a spicy five-color deck that exploits the synergy between
The Canadians don't all have the exact same list, with minor disagreements in the numbers of cards like
Only one player registered
His deck's strategy will resonate with
For example, suppose you control Ozolith, the Shatttered Spire and
Brian Kibler was not the only player to take advantage of
Red also offers the powerful synergy between
Chris Cousens is the only Pro Tour competitor who registered
Since the tokens created by
The mana is a breeze because of
Hall of Famer Ben Stark registered a deck that I did not see coming. I wasn't sure whether to call it Dimir Toxic, Dimir Proliferate, or Dimir Corrupted, but I opted for Dimir Toxic because it can win many games by attacking with toxic creatures and then proliferating to victory.
The proliferate aspect in the deck is pronounced, with several cards keying off proliferation, and
Ultimately for this Dimir Toxic deck, three poison counters is the magic number. If the toxic creatures can give the opponent three poison counters quickly, then this unlocks the full power of
Nicolas Johnson, who qualified by finishing ninth at the U.S. Regional Championship, is the only competitor who registered four copies of
The common thread in Johnson's Dimir Midrange deck are cards with flash or instant-speed abilities. You can pass the turn with untapped mana and then decide whether to cast or activate
Derrick Davis (who finished fourth at Pro Tour Phyrexia) and Isaac Sears (who finished second at the U.S. Regional Championship) are already qualified for the World Championship later this year, and they have registered a spicy Domain Control version for Pro Tour March of the Machine.
The standout cards in their list are
Casting the battle is not a problem for a deck filled with tri-lands and
In conclusion, if you were looking for a brand new Standard deck to try out, then give one of these eight decks a try! They might emerge victorious at Pro Tour March of the Machine, and you may be able to see them in action on the livestream over the weekend.