Month: February 2017

THE MANA DORK—The Planeswalker Deck Challenge

  Pro Tour Aether Revolt has just wrapped up, in which the heavily-favoured Saheeli Rai / Felidar Guardian “Copy Cat” infinite combo… was thoroughly run over by aggressive Vehicle decks. How could this happen? An infinite combo that wins on Turn 4 is the stuff of Modern. Not only that—Wizards missed this combo entirely during development of Aether Revolt, as Sam Stoddard admitted in a recent column. So you’d think Copy Cat is a sure bet, right? Nope. 6 decks in the Top 8 were Vehicle decks, joined by an Energy deck and a Delirium deck. Copy Cat was nowhere to be found in the finals. People were able to prepare for a sorcery-speed combo that includes a Planeswalker who can be directly attacked, and Copy Cat’s results suffered accordingly. It just goes to show—plan for the metagame, folks. Run disruption. Run answers for the decks you plan to face. Strong cards do not make a strong deck. You need a strong strategy first, composed of threats and answers that you’ve carefully chosen from across the 1,400+ cards currently legal in Standard. … So guess what I’m not doing for Aether Revolt Game Day this weekend? THE CHALLENGE For Aether Revolt Game Day, I’m going to buy one of the set’s Planeswalker Decks and compete with it. I will use only the cards from the Planeswalker Deck and the...

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