#### Arcane Melee in Standard

Grand Prix Anaheim was our second chance to see the Innistrad block on display, and although miracles won the Pro Tour, the Grand Prix metagame was still quite broad. On TCGPlayer.com, Steve Guillerm explores his deck for the event and then discusses the process for converting from Block to Standard. Here is an excerpt of his article, and the new Standard deck.

Whenever you're looking to port a deck, it's important to take a look at what the deck's actually trying to do, and what parts are actually necessary. Let's take a look at the deck's game plan:

Step 1: Don't die. By way of spot removal and sweepers, maintain a positive life total. Note that not every deck actually has this as part of the game plan. Control decks often operate with a motto of, "If I'm not losing, I'm winning." Aggro decks often prevent death by virtue of another motto: "If they're dead, they can't kill me!"

Step 2: Use draw spells and card selection to find combo pieces. Forbidden Alchemy and Think Twice do the heavy lifting, digging deep through the deck to find what we need for later.

Step 2a: Fill the graveyard for later. This is more incidental than part of the plan.

Step 3: Resolve Arcane Melee. While we can certainly win without Arcane Melee, it is really, really hard. The core of this deck is the interaction between Mystic Retrieval and Runic Repetition. Assuming Runic Repetition hand, Mystic Retrieval in the graveyard, and a resolved Arcane Melee, we can execute the following loop:

R: Mystic Retrieval returning (something)
U: Runic Repetition returning Mystic Retrieval
1U: Mystic Retrieval returning Runic Repetition

That's a Regrowth (well, Call to Mind) with buyback for . Establishing this game state quickly becomes a lock when you've got a few removal spells in hand. Without Arcane Melee? The loop costs , and so you're spending all your mana each turn for a single Regrowth.

Steve Guillerm's Arcane Melee
Standard

 Main Deck 60 cards 2  Dragonskull Summit2  Drowned Catacomb2  Evolving Wilds6  Island6  Mountain1  Shimmering Grotto4  Sulfur Falls1  Swamp24 lands0 creatures 1  Amass the Components3  Arcane Melee2  Blasphemous Act2  Burning Vengeance2  Devil's Play2  Doom Blade3  Faithless Looting4  Forbidden Alchemy4  Galvanic Blast3  Mystic Retrieval1  Runic Repetition1  Sever the Bloodline3  Sphere of the Suns3  Think Twice2  Whipflare36 other spells Sideboard 3  Ancient Grudge1  Blasphemous Act3  Dissipate4  Fettergeist1  Increasing Confusion1  Runic Repetition1  Sever the Bloodline1  Whipflare15 sideboard cards