Hello and welcome to another edition of Droppin' Baums! The time we have all been waiting for is finally here! New Standard has arrived and it has not disappointed. I tried a few brews with very little success until I came across Ral, Storm Conduit. Ral is going to be a huge player in Standard for years to come. Not only does the card do some powerful things but it also has a very high loyalty, something that planeswalkers must have in our current metagame. Going up to 6 loyalty is a big deal. Unfortunately Ral, Storm Conduit's -2 ability doesn't directly protect it, which means you have to be even on board or ahead to play it. That does lead to situations where you can't play the powerful planeswalker on turn four, but trust me, turn six is still just as good.

U/R Spells has a classic U/R Drakes feel to it with a very fresh change. Ral, Storm Conduit, Ral's Outburst and Finale of Promise make the deck feel like Storm instead of just a powerful creature deck. Finale of Promise and Arclight Phoenix are meant to be best friends. As long as you have an instant and a sorcery in your graveyard you are able to get Arclight Phoenix into play off just ONE spell! That's insane!

But that's not all folks, some other sweet interactions are Ral, Storm Conduit with Ral's Outburst. By using Ral, Storm Conduit's -2, you can cast Ral's Outburst and deal EIGHT damage AND put two cards into your hand. The value is off the charts! On top of all this, we still have a very powerful God ready to Wreak Havoc on your opponents. God-Eternal Kefnet is the real deal in this deck. Anytime you hit a spell off the top, it feels like cheating. Imagine hitting a Finale of Promise off God-Eternal Kefnet: it only costs two mana to play three spells and you get the Finale of Promise back into your hand. I can tell you all about the cool interactions until I am blue in the face, but you just have to see it to believe it! Check out this sweet deck, U/R Spells.


Those may have been some of the craziest games I have ever played. I was doing some absolutely busted things with this deck. Due to this being week one, I do not have an accurate feel for what the metagame will be just yet. Therefore, I won't be able to provide a sideboard guide this week.

Thank you so much for reading! Go storm off on your opponents! See you next week for more new Standard action!

Corey Baumeister

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