Standard Before Pro Tour Dominaria
Pro Tour Dominaria is this weekend!
Battle lines are drawn. What was unplayable is new again! And it’s not too late for an actual new archetype or two…
Hazoret the Fervent in Red Aggro
With Dominaria, black-red decks have emerged as the Red Decks of choice. We’ve seen Bomat Courier cut (or relegated to the sideboard), and once-ubiquitous threats Earthshaker Khenra and Hazoret the Fervent nowhere to be seen…
But they may be back!
If you think Red Decks (black-red, whatever) are going to be the most popular, Hazoret might be the right four drop. Chandra and Karn are great cards, but almost nothing can stop Hazoret in the mirror.
What you might see here is a movement away from Heart of Kiran with less crew action coming from Planeswalkers. Rather, Earthshaker Khenra might be crewing up an Aethersphere Harvester!
Slight Variations in U/W Control
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is the four-of center of this archetype.
The question is what else you might be killing with…
Purists will play just the four Planeswalkers, but it is not uncommon to see 2-4 copies of Torrential Gearhulk or a Gideon of the Trials.
U/W is a powerful pillar of this Standard. Creature-poor or even creature-less, this archetype punishes opponents playing creatures removal, and has limited the use of Unlicensed Disintegration from its intuitive default as a four-of in black-red.
New Horizons in New Perspectives!
Our onetime preview card, New Perspectives, returns in a fresh take on the cycling archetype.
This green-driven version uses New Horizons and Gift of Paradise to produce a powerful mana engine with Vizier of Tumbling Sands. Four copies of Shadow of the Grave help keep your fuel up, and then it’s down to one copy of Faith of the Devoted to drain the opponent out, two points at a time.
Or, if you’re in a tight spot, you can just try to get them with Shefet Monitor beatdown.
All these decks, and tons more, will get you prepped and ready to enjoy Pro Tour Dominaria!