Standard Fare - Cream of the Top [Edward Eng]
Just a quick article for everyone before the weekend rolls around and for those of you playing in any PPTQs or SCG Dallas. I must say Standard is pretty awesome right now because there are so many 'good' decks out there. But currently, I think the four 'best' decks are Mono Red, Abzan Aggro, Dragon Control, and Abzan Control.
I think it's important to take a proactive approach to winning games. Both Mono Red and Abzan Aggro do a great job of attacking. And attacking HARD. However, I think Abzan Aggro has a little more game to it than Mono Red since it offers premium removal and draw spells. But funny enough, the deck can sometimes have a tough time against Mono Red because of all the damage it takes from its lands. Thus, I think it's important to have powerful life gain spells in the deck aside from Siege Rhino that are also good in other matchups. Some notable cards are Sorin, Solemn Visitor and Wingmate Roc. Both are pretty decent against Mono Red and also good against the two other 'best' decks in the format. They both can provide card advantage against Dragon Control and Abzan Control respectively.
Dragon Control is still very powerful as we saw PVDDR take down Grand Prix Sao Paulo with it. Granted, PVDDR is a better-than-average player to say the least. With that said, I do believe it takes a very skilled player to play any version of Dragon Control well. There's a ton of pressure on the fact that you need to have the right spells at the right time to win with the deck. And since this pressure exists, it's very easy to make the 'wrong' decisions often.
If you don't have that much time to practice Dragon Control but still like playing control, I suggest going with Abzan Control since it's a little bit more forgiving with regards to the decision tree.
So if you're gonna battle this weekend, I highly suggest you at least have a game plan against these decks.
Good luck to all.
Peace, love, and good games...