These Historic Decks Make Mike’s Favorite Kind of Format
Historic right now is “Mike’s favorite kind of format.”
That is, a format with a generally agreed-upon and relatively dominant best strategy… But still some room. The best of the Historic decks give you something to aim at.
The dominant Historic decks of course revolve around:
And to a lesser extent…
In the past, we might talk about Rock-Paper-Scissors.
When Rock is dominant… Can you be Paper that sideboards into Scissors?
What about Paper that wins the Paper mirror?
How might you prepare for the current Historic, knowing what we know?
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath (again)
Cynically, both Mike and Patrick would err on the side of making the best Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath deck.
Uro is card advantage, beatdown resistance, and a way to win all at once!
It makes grinding difficult; and has inherent resilience against both permission and removal. Fair decks? No thanks! (probably)
Here’s something they respect, though:
Commit can interact with cards like Uro without actually putting them into the graveyard (where they can set up card advantage). But more than that, the Memory back-side can actually zero out the opponent’s graveyard, blunting future Escape shenanigans.
Don’t forget the sweet interaction with Torrential Gearhulk!
Don’t Sleep on…
- Simic (or Sultai) Paradox Engine – Super high ceiling on this archetype, which has a Kethis, the Hidden Hand feel. None other than GOAT Kai Budde is an advocate!
- Forsaken Monument – A powerhouse colorless deck with a Mirari’s Wake feel. Like many, it may just be better with Uro, though.
- Gruul Aggro – Or “Main Phase Collected Company dot dec” according to Patrick. Probably the sweetest deck outside of the Uro archetypes, it can lean on Klothys, God of Destiny or the awesome power of Embercleave.
- Golgari StOmPy – Great internal plans and synergies; though it might just not be the right time.
- Dimir Control – Another Hall of Famer favorite! For those who want to re-run Commit // Memory at instant speed. With Narset, Parter of Veils in play, natch.
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