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    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    I think the mana isn't strong enough for 3 color decks, so 2-color is probably the way to go.

    UG Threshold

    //Creatures: 12
    4 Nimble Mongoose
    4 Quirion Dryad
    4 Werebear

    //Spells: 30
    4 Force of Will
    4 Brainstorm
    4 Portent
    4 Careful Study
    4 Aether Burst
    4 Counterspell
    4 Arcane Denial
    2 Deep Analysis

    //Lands: 18
    4 Yavimaya Coast
    4 Terramorphic Expanse
    8 Island
    2 Forest

    //Sideboard: 15
    3 Naturalize
    3 Ground Seal
    3 Hydroblast
    2 Remove Soul
    2 Wonder
    1 Genesis
    1 Envelop

    The spells and creatures are good, but removal is very bad in these colors so Aether Burst is there for tempo.



    BR Dragon

    //Creatures: 11
    4 Putrid Imp
    4 Worldgorger Dragon
    1 Phantom Nishoba
    1 Vampiric Dragon
    1 Verdant Force

    //Enchantments: 4
    4 Dance of the Dead

    //Spells: 26
    4 Dark Ritual
    4 Entomb
    4 Cabal Therapy
    4 Burning Wish
    3 Distress
    3 Buried Alive
    2 Diabolic Tutor
    1 Stitch Together
    1 Zombify

    //Lands: 19
    1 Lake of the Dead
    4 Terramorphic Expanse
    4 Sulfurous Springs
    2 Mountain
    8 Swamp

    //Sideboard: 15
    1 Soul Burn
    1 Lava Burst
    1 Stitch Together
    1 Zombify
    1 Anarchy
    1 Deathmark
    1 Pox
    1 Pyroclasm
    1 Chainer's Edict
    1 Mutilate
    1 Sickening Dreams
    1 Innocent Blood
    4 Pyroblast

    Red for the Wish package (to find wincon) seems better, but it may not be able to assemble the combo consistently enough. Blue has better combo consistency but a harder time winning with infinite mana.

    UB PsychaDragon

    //Creatures: 8
    4 Psychatog
    4 Worldgorger Dragon

    //Enchantments: 4
    4 Dance of the Dead

    //Spells: 30
    4 Force of Will
    4 Brainstorm
    4 Portent
    4 Careful Study
    4 Entomb
    4 Cabal Therapy
    4 Lim-Dul's Vault
    1 Chainer's Edict
    1 Deep Analysis

    //Lands: 18
    4 Underground River
    4 Terramorphic Expanse
    6 Island
    4 Swamp

    //Sideboard: 15
    3 Chainer's Edict
    3 Memory Lapse
    3 Boomerang
    2 Hydroblast
    2 Deathmark
    1 Verdant Force
    1 Petradon



    UW Landstill

    //Lands: 26
    1 Thawing Glaciers
    1 Kjeldoran Outpost
    4 Faerie Conclave
    4 Terramorphic Expanse
    4 Adarkar Wastes
    7 Snow-Covered Island
    5 Snow-Covered Plains

    //Enchantments: 6
    4 Standstill
    1 Story Circle
    1 Mobilization

    //Spells: 28
    4 Force of Will
    4 Brainstorm
    4 Swords to Plowshares
    4 Counterspell
    3 Memory Lapse
    3 Cunning Wish
    4 Wrath of God
    2 Deep Analysis

    //Sideboard: 15
    2 Disenchant
    2 Hydroblast
    1 Flashfreeze
    1 Divert
    1 Prismatic Strands
    1 Evacuation
    1 Winter's Chill
    1 Condemn
    1 Plagiarize
    1 Tempest of Light
    1 Time Stop
    1 Beacon of Immortality
    1 Flash of Insight

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    Those all look really cool! That UG Thresh deck would be fun to play. I guess itís just nostalgia, but Iíve always loved tempo decks with original Threshold creatures and never liked Delver. Goyf gets a pass from me because itís green, but it was never fair that blue got anything better than Nimble Mongoose!

    Iíve never played Thawing Glaciers in real life, but I learned how strong it is in the first round of Random Standard. I bet that UW Landstill deck is hard to beat, with all those Legacy-caliber cards in there.

    Nice wishboard In BR. Anarchy, geez. And UW, too ... I do like wishboards. Great place for niche cards to shine.

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    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    *** FEBRUARY 2022 RANDOM STANDARD @ THE SOURCE ***

    (*) Magic 2012

    (*) Tempest
    (*) Stronghold
    (*) Exodus

    (*) Amonkhet
    (*) Hour of Devastation

    Happy one-year anniversary, Random Standard!

  4. #124

    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    *** MARCH 2022 RANDOM STANDARD @ THE SOURCE ***

    (*) Magic 2011

    (*) Innistrad
    (*) Dark Ascension
    (*) Avacyn Restored

    (*) Strixhaven

    (*) Return to Ravnica

  5. #125

    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    *** APRIL 2022 RANDOM STANDARD @ THE SOURCE ***

    (*) Revised Edition

    (*) Mercadian Masques
    (*) Nemesis
    (*) Prophecy

    (*) Onslaught
    (*) Legions
    (*) Scourge

    Banned:
    Ancestral Recall
    Balance
    Black Lotus
    Channel
    Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
    Mana Vault
    Mind Twist
    Mox Emerald
    Mox Jet
    Mox Pearl
    Mox Ruby
    Mox Sapphire
    Sol Ring
    Time Vault
    Time Walk
    Timetwister

    ***

    Rebels vs Goblins, anyone?

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    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    For the April format, I suspect both Rebels and Goblins might be low on the power scale of a format that includes Demonic Tutor, Gushbond and Storm cards (And Wheel and Regrowth...). The biggest problem is the lack of cantrips but 4x Demonic and 4x Wheel go a long way towards fixing that.

    Very rough stab at things:


    2 Tropical Island
    2 Underground Sea
    2 Volcanic Island
    1 Bayou
    1 Island
    4 Flooded Strand
    4 Polluted Delta
    2 Bloodstained Mire

    4 Daze

    4 Brainstorm
    4 Demonic Tutor
    4 Dark Ritual
    4 Fastbond
    4 Gush
    4 Mind's Desire
    4 Regrowth
    3 Tendrils of Agony
    4 Wheel of Fortune
    2 Read the Runes
    1 Chain of Vapor

    Sideboard:
    4 Xantid Swarm
    3 Chain of Vapor

    8 ??? (hard to know without understanding the counters to this deck)

    Read the Runes is suspect and I don't know if I have the right # of lands but the power level here is absurd

    Edit - a bit more streamlined, with Mana Flare as a way to build mana via Gushbond"

    2 Tropical Island
    2 Underground Sea
    2 Volcanic Island
    1 Badlands
    1 Bayou
    4 Flooded Strand
    4 Polluted Delta
    2 Bloodstained Mire

    4 Brainstorm
    4 Dark Ritual
    4 Daze
    4 Demonic Tutor
    4 Fastbond
    4 Gush
    4 Mana Flare
    4 Mind's Desire
    4 Regrowth
    2 Tendrils of Agony
    4 Wheel of Fortune
    Last edited by alphastryk; 05-17-2022 at 04:48 PM.

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    Sweet decks, alphastryk!

    If anyone's looking at this thread, I'd better update it :-D

    *** MAY 2022 RANDOM STANDARD @ THE SOURCE ***

    (*) Magic 2012

    (*) Khans of Tarkir
    (*) Fate Reforged
    (*) Dragons of Tarkir

    (*) Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

    (*) Streets of New Capenna

  8. #128

    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    *** JULY 2022 RANDOM STANDARD @ THE SOURCE ***

    (*) Magic 2020

    (*) Kaladesh
    (*) Aether Revolt

    (*) Mirrodin
    (*) Darksteel
    (*) Fifth Dawn

    Banned cards: Ancient Den, Great Furnace, Seat of the Synod, Skullclamp, Tree of Tales, Vault of Whispers
    Last edited by BirdsOfParadise; 07-21-2022 at 07:55 PM.

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    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    You're putting in a lot of effort to keep this going, so I'll keep playing.

    What an artifact block! Affinity still looks strong.

    BR Ravager Aggro

    //Artifacts: 12
    4 Animation Module
    4 Renegade Map
    4 Smuggler's Copter

    //Creatures: 30
    4 Disciple of the Vault
    4 Bomat Courier
    4 Arcbound Worker
    4 Arcbound Ravager
    4 Steel Overseer
    4 Scrapheap Scrounger
    3 Atog
    3 Scrap Trawler

    //Lands: 18
    4 Darksteel Citadel
    4 Spire of Industry
    4 Aether Hub
    3 Swamp
    2 Mountain
    1 Inventors' Fair

    //Rough Sideboard: 15
    4 Duress
    4 Fatal Push
    3 Hope of Ghirapur
    3 Walking Ballista
    1 Release the Gremlins


    Animation Module + Arcbound Ravager combo -> 1: +1/+1 counter + Disciple trigger

    With Ravager/Atog and Scrap Trawler you can generate a lot of value. Sacrifice 2 things and get 1 back. Darksteel Citadel and Walking Ballista count as 0 cmc. With Scrapheap Scrounger you can get back both it and a 0-1 cmc. Against spell-based decks you can loop Hope of Ghirapur across multiple turns to shut them out of the game.


    UR Affinity


    //Creatures: 28
    4 Ornithopter
    4 Bomat Courier
    4 Merchant's Dockhand
    4 Steel Overseer
    4 Chief of the Foundry
    4 Frogmite
    4 Myr Enforcer

    //Spells: 12
    4 Metallic Rebuke
    4 Thoughtcast
    2 Reverse Engineer
    2 Whir of Invention

    //Lands: 20
    4 Darksteel Citadel
    4 Spire of Industry
    4 Spirebluff Canal
    6 Island
    2 Blinkmoth Nexus


    Blue offers more card draw, counters, and tutoring. It also plays towards more of a go-wide strategy (Affinity & Improvise) than a sac & recur theme.
    Last edited by FTW; 07-21-2022 at 03:50 PM.

  10. #130

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    Hey FTW, terrifying decks, especially BR Affinity. That Animation Module trick is really good.

    Somehow I totally missed a June update. IRL has been more busy than usual, with a family medical emergency (everyone fine now) and an upcoming move. Still, it doesn't take much time to generate a new format once a month :-). What might take more time is coming up with a sensible banned list, which it seems I once again failed to do.

    Mirrodin block was when teenager-me was getting back into MTG. I have some nostalgia for the Big Red (Furnace Dragon!), Elf and Nail, and Death Cloud decks that emerged after Affinity had been banned two or three times. Kaladesh certainly adds a ton of synergy to an archetype that was already plenty strong.

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    Re: Random Standard @ The Source 2021

    Because of time limitations, I wonít be updating this thread until further notice.

    Anyone who is interested in taking over as Random Standard Updater is welcome to do so, in this thread or a new one.

    Cheers.

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