April 3, 2020

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Sultai Reclamation in Pioneer

Pioneer has been a combo heavy format since its inception. Temur Reclamation with being an obvious early deck that since the ban has evolved into a Temur flash deck essentially with being the new finisher. Reclamation hasn't converged on a singular list and still offers a variety of options. From testing, I've reached the conclusion that Sultai currently has the answers and the cards that I...

March 19, 2020

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Jund Em Out in Pioneer

So over the past week or so, an intriguing 5-0 decklist has begun making the rounds online. It looked to abuse and the sacrificing of another Pioneer special, the previously unplayed . More recently there has been more and more focus on this deck and in Pioneer. Let's break down how the deck functions as well as its powers and weaknesses in the format. Main Deck First, let's talk about . An...

March 4, 2020

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Indomitable Creativity in Pioneer

Pioneer so far has been a great place for brewing, strategies and certain build-around cards that it's shocked me. Who could've said with a straight face a year ago that and would have the best decks built around them? The newest brew I've come across in my play is one involving the combo of and . After many leagues and a number of events, a playable list has come to form. The deck looks like...

February 21, 2020

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Attacking Combo with Rakdos Control

So after the past few weeks with PT Brussels, Nagoya, and Phoenix the meta has evolved and solidified. With all this new information it is time to delve back into brewing and hopefully find a new deck to attack all those s and es out there. But what tools do we want to attack those troublesome decks as well as Swedish Sultai, Mono-Black decks and all those other spicy brews out there? At this...

February 7, 2020

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Bant Spirits: The Power of CoCo

When Pioneer was first announced, I was super excited with the opportunity to play a format that many dubbed to be "Standard All-Stars". Unfortunately, picking a deck to play meant dancing around WOTC's initial ban philosophy (especially if, like me, you didn't already have a significant collection of Pioneer legal cards). Thankfully, this decision to pick a fair, unbannable deck lead me to...

January 30, 2020

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Pioneer Dance of the Manse (or can I jam Calix in everything)

So, my last few articles have been mostly combo-focused and I wanted to branch out just a little. I thought over the past few years of standard decks and decided on attempting to play my Esper Dance deck. I found some lists online but none of them really sparked anything that would be fun. So instead, I started off with just 2 cards and . First, let's talk about . It is a clearly designed...

January 22, 2020

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A New World Order in Pioneer Combo

This is a reexamination of my article and deck that I've been playing regularly in paper and a little online: Storm deck in Pioneer. As my readers may be familiar, I'm a combo player and I have fallen in love with the lotus deck and its many variants. A few weeks ago with preview season in full swing, an innocuous red enchantment for two was spoiled. I was on a train ride home and saw a picture...

January 14, 2020

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Niv-To-Light: A Delightful Time in Pioneer

Over the past few weeks I've been working my way through my past Standard decks of the Pioneer legal years. I've been looking for some brews and inspirations, especially with the new set Theros Beyond Death on the horizon.  And I came across almost a year of deck building that included the Battle for Zendikar build around rare . The card has always be a great time, and has occasionally had some...

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