TOP 5 ARTICLES: July 17-23

5. Magic Origins Question Marks, by Jadine Klomparens - July 20

4. Dictating Origins, by Conley Woods - July 21

3. Modern Monday – Naya Twin Collected Company, by Frank Lepore - July 20

2. Has the Dust Settled? by Ali Aintrazi - July 21

1. Financial Predictions for Magic Origins, by Craig Wescoe - July 17

As expected, the focus is on Magic Origins, and with good reason. The results from the first big Origins Standard tournament are in, and with it comes a baseline for what to expect from Origins Standard going forward.

Now that we've got some context for Standard, we can start trying to extrapolate where the format is headed. These articles are here not because they simply identified standouts from SCG Chicago, but because of their discussion of what the SCG Chicago results mean and what to do going forward.

Frank's Splinter Twin + Collected Company deck doesn't do that at all though. It just rules.


Tilted, by Sugar. And, no, it's not because of the song's title, although listening to this song during sealed deckbuilding when you've opened a particularly crappy pool is definitely appropriate. No, it's because Sugar's lead singer rules. Via this:

I was talking with someone who graduated from Macalester College in Minnesota, where Bob Mould went college. Apparently, Mould tried to kill himself when he was there by hanging himself, but the rope broke. That broken rope still hangs in its original spot on campus, and many students gather around it during the year to have a drink and pay tribute to Bob. Let that be a lesson to you kids about suicide. You got plenty of reasons to live, people. Not only could you end up being one of the baddest &^%$#! to ever strap on a guitar, your failed suicide could also inspire one of the coolest campus traditions ever.

TOP 5 GAINERS: July 17-23

5. Hangarback Walker

4. Day's Undoing

3. Jace, Vyrn's Prodigy

2. Nissa, Vastwood Seer

1. Thopter Spy Network

This Just In: Blue Cards Still Good.

TOP 5 DECKS: July 17-23

5. GR Devotion, by Tuan Nguyen
Format: Standard – ORI

4. Turbo Fog, by James Newman
Format: Standard – ORI

3. UW Heroic, by Logan Mize
Format: Standard – ORI

2. GB Elves, by John Ostrem
Format: Standard – ORI

1. Abzan Control, by Bruce Edelman
Format: Standard – ORI

Again, the conversation here is going to be mostly dominated by the new decks made possible by Origins.

Funnily enough, Tuan Nguyen's Open-winning GR Devotion maindeck contains a whopping one Origins card: one copy of Sword of the Animist. A playset of Gaea's Revenge in the sideboard brings Nguyen's Origins cards count up to five.

The talk of Saturday, James Newman captured the hearts of durdlers nationwide after a couple feature matches with his Turbo Fog deck inspired by our own Ali Aintrazi's. This is a deck that absolutely wouldn't be possible without Origins, featuring Day's Undoing as a way to refill your hand with Fogs, and Sphinx's Tutelage as an unlikely win condition. James didn't end up cashing the Open, but this archetype is definitely one to keep an eye on.

UW Heroic has existed for a while but, as of late, conventional wisdom said to splash green for Dromoka's Command. Logan Mize decided he preferred the consistency of UW and opted to play zero Origins cards between his deck and sideboard.

GB Elves, on the other hand, 100% would not be possible if it weren't for Origins. Shaman of the Pack and Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen in particular are super-powerful, high-impact cards that can propel a deck to top tier. As long as Languish remains underrepresented, I couldn't knock anyone for playing Elves. It's powerful, and Shaman of the Pack gives the archetype some reach that it doesn't usually get.

That old standby, Abzan Control, rounds out the Top 5. Its only Origins inclusion is three copies of Languish – not the most creative option, but in this game, efficiency trumps cuteness every time.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora