I'm cutting right to the chase. There's a Pro Tour to watch.

Honorable Mentions

Yahenni's one of those sneaky cards. You know the ones—they don't look much on paper, but it's near-impossible to kill and a nightmare for opponents when you untap with it. Scathe Zombies, eat your heart out.

It looks like improvise is going to be The Cool Thing To Do At FNM In Aether Revolt Standard, so it's no surprise that Reverse Engineer's on the rise. There are lots of ways to build an improvise deck, but why wouldn't every improvise deck have Reverse Engineer? In my day, we used to play straight-up Concentrate! And we loved it!

Rounding out the honorable mentions, Winding Constrictor is still good. No news there.

#10: Gifted Aetherborn

I can't believe I missed this:

Gifted Aetherborn is a cool card in its own right, but it's obviously selling well because of this deck. Wedge is the best.

#9: Spire of Industry

I was right!

Eh... I was kind of right. My guess is that Mendez couldn't track down two more Spires and that the difference was so negligible that he played the two/two Gimmervoid / Spire of Industry split.

#8: Disallow

Good ol' Cancel. Nothing beats Cancel.

#7: Metallic Mimic

Give me this deck on an IV drip for the rest of my life:

HELL YES. I am very unimaginative when it comes to decks and cards and Magic: the Gathering. Give me undercosted midrange doofy creatures and I'm happy. That is what this deck does. I love it.

#6: Sram, Senior Edificer

Behold, the darling of this week's #MTGContent:

Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed watching people either win on turn two or get their 2/2 killed with no in-between, but yeah — couldn't throw a stone without hitting this deck this week. Zac Elsik is great.

#5: Hope of Ghirapur

Spoiler Alert: I am playing Hope of Ghirapur at a PPTQ this weekend.

Is this deck any good? Absolutely not. Will I need to get extremely lucky to even win a match? Of course. Am I going to have a blast playing this deck? [nods vigorously].

Also a perk of my job is that I get to name decks whatever I want. We have fun.

#4: Whir of Invention

Maybe I should be playing Whir of Invention in that deck. An artifact Chord of Calling is a cool design to begin with, but I anticipate Whir of Invention being a big role player in Aether Revolt Standard decks as an instant-speed tutor that find the last piece you need for your Rube Goldberg machine to go off.

#3: Paradox Engine

Looking at Paradox Engine is a lot like looking at a Cheesecake Factory menu. There is a lot going on, and if you don't stay focused, you can get overwhelmed by all the choices. Send tweet.

#2: Fatal Push

The hype for this card his died down, and it's now settling into its home for the entirety of its legality: a really, really efficient removal spell that you'll always put in your deck if you're playing black.

#1: Inspiring Statuary

There are surely a bunch of Inspiring Statuary decks, but here's another TMS Wedge masterpiece:

That's it for this week. Go watch the Pro Tour. I'll see you Monday.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora