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The Usual Suspects by Conley Woods

The Usual Suspects

- Conley Woods
published on 6/24/2011 9:54:00 AM

Today our very own Conley Woods takes a good, hard look at how Standard is going to look now that its two biggest offenders have been hauled off in hand cuffs. Where does Conley think the format will settle and what does he think simply won't make the cut? Read on to find out!
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Alternative Solutions and Standard Post-Bannings by Craig Wescoe

Alternative Solutions and Standard Post-Bannings

- Craig Wescoe
published on 6/23/2011 10:25:00 AM

Today Craig gives his take on the initial response to the bannings as well as waxing philosophical about what other options Wizards might have been able to explore to solve the Jace and Stoneforge problem. What does he propose as an alternative solution to banning anything? Read on to find out!
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Where Standard Stands Now - Post Banning Musings by Michael Martin

Where Standard Stands Now - Post Banning Musings

- Michael Martin
published on 6/23/2011 10:22:00 AM

Continuing on the back of the news that Stoneforge and Jace are now banned, today Michael explores some of the decks that COULD have been contenders in a world that wasn't dominated by Caw-Blade as well as where those decks stand currently. He'll also explore some new creations that could potentially be viable now!
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Sanity Grinding – Kansas City and a New Format by Nick Spagnolo

Sanity Grinding – Kansas City and a New Format

- Nick Spagnolo
published on 6/22/2011 9:23:00 AM

As an amazing contrast from his article of two weeks ago, today Nick recounts his superb 19th place performance at GP Kansas City! He'll also explore how his faith in both the game as well as the Magic community have been rewarded over the past month!
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And now for something completely different...in Standard! by Adam Koska

And now for something completely different...in Standard!

- Adam Koska
published on 6/22/2011 9:22:00 AM

Today Adam gives his take on the bannings and why he felt they were necessary for a healthier Standard environment. Read on to find out why he thinks more than just Valakut and Splinter-Twin will survive the post Jace and Stoneforge landscape!
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Metagames, Bannings, and the Future by William Spaniel

Metagames, Bannings, and the Future

- William Spaniel
published on 6/22/2011 9:21:00 AM

Just how dominant was Caw-Blade in Standard? I take a look at its run over the last two seasons to show why something had to go. I also delve into the dataset to see is successful in a Jace-less, Stoneforge-less world.
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Red Deck Almost Wins - An Omaha PTQ Report: Second

Red Deck Almost Wins - An Omaha PTQ Report: Second

- Herzer0
published on 6/22/2011 9:20:00 AM

Community member, Herzer0, submits an excellent PTQ tournament report chronicling his journey to second with a deck that survived the banning completely unscathed! Be sure to check out this great read for an excellent mix of wit, insight, and strategy!
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Jace and Stoneforge are BANNED: What's Next? by Adam Yurchick

Jace and Stoneforge are BANNED: What's Next?

- Adam Yurchick
published on 6/21/2011 9:54:00 AM

As of July 1st, the fairytale ends. The thing that has remained is Primeval Titan. Primeval Titan is still very alive and very well and has just come out of Hibernation. He is very hungry and will eat every new Standard brew in his path. The way I see it is this: until proven otherwise, Valakut is now the de facto “best deck” in Standard.
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A Whole New Standard by Kyle Boggemes

A Whole New Standard

- Kyle Boggemes
published on 6/21/2011 9:53:00 AM

When Caw-Blade ruled the skies, we only had Vampires and RDW to stand in the way. Valakut and other archetypes are once again strong enough to compete. I want to talk about what you might play against at your next Standard even as well as some ideas to get the brewing started again.
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The Brewery: Molder Shaman by Justin Vizaro

The Brewery: Molder Shaman

- Justin Vizaro
published on 6/21/2011 9:52:00 AM

In the format that's been given to us until October, we're likely to see little change with the release of M12, so it's worth a minute to think about the fact that the top decks in this format all focus on the same two or three key plays. Today I want to take a look at how black and red are able to deal with those strategies.
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