Standard Metagame Breakdown
We here at Sideboard Online like to keep you, the reader, as close to the action as possible. To further that end we've had a team of scientists working overnight to bring you as accurate a picture of the Day 1 metagame as is humanly possible. The face of Standard has changed once again, this time thanks to the introduction of Eighth Edition. The decks played this weekend will be the standard by which the new format shapes itself. Be prepared.
Wake – 79
Blue-Green – 73
The number two deck is also the favorite of players who did little preparation. With few losses thanks to Eighth Edition, the deck plays virtually the same as it always has, clumsy mana draws and all. There's no homogeneity of design, though. Decks run the gamut from textbook madness to French Threshold. Many of the players you'd expect to run with the Mongrel are doing so this weekend, including Antonino De Rosa, Jeff Cunningham, Cole Swannack and Raphael Levy. Though Blue-Green was thought to be a foil for the Wake decks that turned out in abundance, that might not be as true as the players hoped.
Goblin Bidding – 32
The Japanese design that took top honors at Grand Prix – Bangkok served as the template for this new post-Eighth Incarnation. Originally declared dead thanks to the loss of Goblin Matron and Sulfurous Springs, the deck proved too good to pass up. With Skirk Prospector, Siege-Gang Commander and Goblin Sharpshooter, Patriarch's Bidding reads "Game Over". This is doubly true with Goblin Warchief. Packing all the beatdown of Goblins along with a spectacular finish, it's no wonder this deck has replaced Red-Green as the beatdown of choice.
Red-Green – 28
Reanimator – 22
Not much has changed with this little package since it's inception on Magic Online and subsequent debut at the Chicago Masters grinder. The ability to bring out some of the game's best creatures with haste on turn four is not something to be denied. Burning Wish lends versatility to the sideboard as well as redundancy maindeck.
Slide – 15
Hoping for the Blue-Green half of the majority of the matchups, these players plan to take creature decks apart. Looking a lot like their Onslaught Block cousins, the addition of Burning Wish helps them keep pace with the rough and tumble world of Standard.
Goblins – 14
Tog – 8
This time, we really mean it: 'Tog is dead. The loss of Counterspell and Force Spike proved to be enough to send the format's premiere control deck to the bench. A brave few have tried to resuscitate it, with mixed results.
Zombies - 6
White-Black Control – 5
Championed by Brian Kibler and doctored from Nassif's hyper-Decree deck, this deck packs a fistful of Wraths, point removal and hand disruption. The interaction between Cabal Therapy and Decree of Justice is tasty.
White-Green Control – 5
Clerics – 4
Centered on the awesome power of Master Apothecary and otherwise playing like a weenie deck, the majority of these were mono-white and packed Glorious Anthem. Poor Savannah Lions was not welcome at the party.
Mixed Bag – 20
The few, the proud, the under-represented. Among these decks you'll find Burning Bridge, White-Black Aggro, White-Green Madness, Beasts, Black-Green Cemetery, Mono-Black Control, Elves, Enchantress, Blue-White Control, and a few indescribables.
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