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We here at Sideboard Online know that the public craves decklists. To that end, we've selected high-finishing versions of the popular and not-so-popular Standard archetypes for your perusal. Study hard, for versions of these decks will be defining the new Standard environment.

Wake

The Big Daddy of the Standard portion of the event, Wake took five of the top six spots. That's no mean feat. As undefeated player Jeroen Remie puts it, there's no question that Wake is the best deck. It fears few matchups, and seems to have game against anything. The combination of Mirari's Wake and Decree of Justice is ridiculously powerful. To that end, the Dutch version of the deck runs the maximum number of Decrees, which also helps put your opponent on the back foot in the mirror. They also pack a maindeck Stifle that Remie swears earned its pay. Transcendence is the full lock against Sulfuric Vortex.

Jeroen Remie, 6-0
Wake
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Main Deck

60 cards

Coastal Tower
Elfhame Palace
Forest
Island
Krosan Verge
Plains
Skycloud Expanse
Sungrass Prairie

27 lands



0 creatures
Compulsion
Cunning Wish
Decree of Justice
Deep Analysis
Mana Leak
Mirari's Wake
Moment's Peace
Renewed Faith
Rewind
Stifle
Wrath of God

33 other spells

Goblin-Bidding

Perhaps the coolest deck in the tournament, Goblin-Bidding can kill you just as easily as looking at you. Pedigreed off the Japanese design that debuted at Grand Prix - Bangkok, Pilepic's deck is par for the course: Burn is eschewed in favor of men to do the job. The Bidding itself is usually the death knell.

Matija Pilepic, 5-1
Goblin-Bidding
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Main Deck

60 cards

Bloodstained Mire
City of Brass
13  Mountain
Swamp

23 lands


Gempalm Incinerator
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sledder
Goblin Taskmaster
Goblin Warchief
Siege-Gang Commander
Skirk Prospector
Sparksmith

33 creatures
Oversold Cemetery
Patriarch's Bidding

4 other spells

Slide

Canada's Mark Zajdner doesn't mince words when it comes to his deck choice. Expecting fewer Wake decks, he focused on the deck he knew would dismantle men: Slide. He made sure to have a good plan against every deck, though, even Wake. All that testing paid off in a 5-1 performance.

Mark Zajdner, 5-1
Slide
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Main Deck

60 cards

Forgotten Cave
Grand Coliseum
Mountain
Plains
Secluded Steppe
Temple of the False God

27 lands


Eternal Dragon
Exalted Angel
Teroh's Faithful

10 creatures
Astral slide
Burning wish
Decree of Justice
Lightning Rift
Obliterate
Renewed Faith
Slice and Dice
Starstorm
Wrath of God

23 other spells

Goblins

The loss of Goblin Matron was instrumental in Berkowitz's decision to run mono-red goblins. with the Matron, Bidding could play like a control deck, tutoring up the solutions it needed before the Big Finish. Without that, he'd rather have the unchecked aggression of mono-red. Sulfuric Vortex means that a lot of decks won't have the time they'd need to recover. Add to that a full complement of burn and you have a deck that lives up to its roots.

Jordan Berkowitz, 5-1
Goblins
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Main Deck

60 cards

Barbarian Ring
Bloodstained Mire
Goblin Burrows
16  Mountain

23 lands


Blistering Firecat
Goblin Goon
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Sledder
Goblin Warchief
Raging Goblin
Sparksmith

25 creatures
Firebolt
Sulfuric Vortex
Volcanic Hammer

12 other spells

Blue-White Control

Now here's an intriguing design. John Sonne wanted a deck that could handle a nuts draw from Blue-Green, complete with Logic, and not even Wake was up to the task. After some investigation, Sonne found that a Stormed-up Wing Shards was just the thing. After that, the rest of the deck just fell together. Purely a hate-filled metagame deck, Sonne anticipated that slackers would default to Blue-Green and he crushed those who did. His plan against Wake involves the Brain Freeze and Millstone sideboard. It's not great, but it's something.

John Sonne, 5-1
Blue-White Control
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Main Deck

60 cards

Coastal Tower
Flooded Strand
Islands
Plains
Skycloud Expanse

25 lands


Exalted Angel

4 creatures
Chain of Vapor
Circular Logic
Decree of Justice
Deep Analysis
Mana Leak
Standstill
Unsummon
Wing Shards
Wrath of God

31 other spells

Mono-Black Aggro

France's resident crazy-deck wizard Gabriel Nassif showed up to play in Day 1 with a retooled mono-black aggro deck. He shored up the loss of Duress with its cousin Blackmail, and was pleased with the results. The hand destruction package is key against Wake. The deck also packs a surprise in the form of Phyrexian Plaguelord, that blast from Extended long past.

Gabriel Nassif, 5-1
Mono-Black Aggro "Karma Police"
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Main Deck

60 cards

23  Swamp
Unholy Grotto

25 lands


Gempalm Polluter
Graveborn Muse
Nantuko Shade
Phyrexian Plaguelord
Rotlung Reanimator
Shambling Swarm
Withered Wretch

20 creatures
Blackmail
Cabal Therapy
Mutilate
Smother

15 other spells

Red-Green Beats

You might remember Allan Shuldiner as the first amateur ever to compete in the Masters Series. At the Houston Masters he was the player to hand Kai Budde his first round exit. Here at Worlds he ran the established Red-Green beats when most players assumed it was dead. The loss of Llanowar Elf is barely felt.

Allan Shuldiner, 5-1
Red-Green Beats
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Main Deck

60 cards

City of Brass
Forest
Mossfire Valley
Mountain
Wooded Foothills

23 lands


Basking Rootwalla
Birds of Paradise
Grim Lavamancer
Phantom Centaur
Wild Mongrel

18 creatures
Call of the Herd
Elephant Guide
Firebolt
Violent Eruption
Volcanic Hammer

19 other spells

Reanimator

Andrew Cuneo, he of the Magic Online Worlds Qualifier fame, was nonplussed about the new Standard format. In his words "They took out all the cards I wanted to play." He tested Upheaval-Zombie Infestation, but it wasn't functional. So he decided to play the deck that could at least furnish some good times: Reanimator. Very little has changed since the deck's original design, but it remains a powerful and explosive force.

Andrew Cuneo, 5-1
Reanimator
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Main Deck

60 cards

Barren Moor
Bloodstained Mire
Mountain
Polluted Delta
Swamp
Tainted Peak

25 lands


Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Anger
Arcanis the Omnipotent
Doomed Necromancer
Phantom Nishoba
Symbiotic Wurm
Undead Gladiator
Visara the Dreadful

11 creatures
Buried Alive
Burning Wish
Cabal Therapy
Entomb
Last Rites
Smother
Stitch Together
Zombify

24 other spells

Blue-Green

united States National Champion Josh Wagener was all set to play Reanimator but the field he saw the night before terrified him. He audibled into a deck that he knew could beat Wake: Blue-Green. In fact, it was the second most-played deck in standard, due to a combination of raw power, metagame choice, and lazy preparation on the part of some of the competitors.

Josh Wagener, 5-1
Blue-Green
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Main Deck

60 cards

Centaur Garden
City of Brass
Forest
11  Island

22 lands


Aquamoeba
Arrogant Wurm
Basking Rootwalla
Wild Mongrel
Wonder

18 creatures
Careful Study
Circular Logic
Deep Analysis
Mana Leak
Quiet Speculation
Ray of Revelation
Roar of the Wurm
Unsummon

20 other spells

Burning Wish Bidding

Seth Burn and his crew were skeptical that the loss of Goblin Matron and Sulfurous Springs would make Bidding unviable, so they set about rebuilding it. Their first revelation was that Bidding was just as good in the Sideboard if you had Burning Wish. From there, the deck seemed to design itself. It turned out that burn spells like Firebolt just weren't as good as any goblin in most situations, so the burn went to the sideboard and the result is what you see here. The Stabilizers, Burn said, were a mistaken metagame call, but other than that he was very satisfied with the deck.

Seth Burn, 4-2
Goblin Bidding, "The Red Army"
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Main Deck

60 cards

Bloodstained Mire
City of Brass
11  Mountain
Shadowblood Ridge
Swamp

23 lands


Gempalm Incinerator
Goblin Grappler
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sledder
Goblin Warchief
Siege-Gang Commander
Skirk Prospector
Sparksmith

33 creatures
Burning Wish

4 other spells

Black-Green

Give Sol Malka a chance, and he'll run black-green. Below is his take on the deck that Josh Rider used to win Canadian Nationals. Still boasting the same combination of acceleration, disruption and Living Wish versatility, Malka shunned Oversold Cemetary and put in its place the Entomb-Genesis engine. Of particular note is the presence of Anger and a single mountain, giving the deck the potential for some ludicrous draws.

Sol Malka, 4-2
Black-Green No-Cemetery
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Main Deck

60 cards

Bloodstained Mire
Forest
Grand Coliseum
Mountain
Swamp
Wooded Foothills

25 lands


Anger
Birds of Paradise
Call of the Herd
Genesis
Krosan Tusker
Phantom Centaur
Ravenous Baloth

20 creatures
Cabal Therapy
Chainer's Edict
Coffin Purge
Entomb
Living Wish

15 other spells

Black-White Control

Brian Kibler took a page from the book of Nassif and reworked his Decree-Control deck for the modern age. Packed with creature hate, decks with men will be hard-pressed to win a game. After boarding it brings in the almighty Cabal Interrogator against control, a little man that can cause some serious damage.

Brian Kibler, 4-2
Black-White Control, "Truth, Justice, and the American Way"
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Main Deck

60 cards

Plains
Secluded Steppe
11  Swamp
Temple of the False God

25 lands


Eternal Dragon
Undead Gladiator

5 creatures
Akroma's Vengeance
Cabal Therapy
Chainer's Edict
Decree of Justice
Haunting Echoes
Renewed Faith
Skeletal Scrying
Smother
Wrath of God

30 other spells

Psychatog

Well, you can't keep a good deck down. Few people dared to try it, considering it a dead deck, but Thailand's Mongkol Tachuasukjai showed that it still had the power to win some games. Stripped of its countermagic, Psychatog has become an anti-creature deck, ill-matched for a Wake-heavy metagame.

Mongkol Tachuasukjai, 4-2
Psychatog
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Main Deck

60 cards

Darkwater Catacombs
Island
Lonely Sandbar
Polluted Delta
Salt Marsh
Swamp

25 lands


Psychatog

2 creatures
Chainer's Edict
Circular Logic
Compulsion
Concentrate
Deep Analysis
Ghastly Demise
Innocent Blood
Mana Leak
Smother
Stifle
Upheaval
Zombie Infestation

33 other spells



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