This is an update, after Grand Prix Denver, to the top cards ranking of the Standard format.
- Panharmonicon [Last Month: N/A]
One of the coolest innovations to come out of this tournament was U/W Panharmonicon value in the hands of Seth Manfield and Pascal Maynard. Going from a fun budget FNM deck to finishing in the Top 8 of a GP is one of the biggest stories in recent memory. It also reflects how quickly things can shift, considering that, going into this GP weekend, the format was considered a two horse race. Instead, the Panharmonicon deck took advantage of the free turns in this format to set up its value engine and simply ran away with games: 2 cards, 2 bounces, and 2 life at a time.
- Aetherworks Marvel [Last Month: N/A]
Aetherworks was a huge success this weekend, putting up half the Top 8 decks at GP Madrid and two more in Denver. While not a card all that many people actually like due to the extremes between turn 4 nothing and turn 4 Emrakul, it remains one of the most powerful effects in the format. As expected, Marvel has effectively put a cap on how well G/B Delirium can do because of how lopsided the matchup is.
Emrakul, the Promised End [Last Month: N/A]
Hopefully this is the last we see of the Eldrazi for a good long while, because Aetherworks getting popular has given us way too much Emrakul. Unfortunately for us, the Promised End is a long way off, so expect many more turns to be taken from you. As Marvel’s popularity grows, expect more Lost Legacy and Pick the Brain to keep these Titans in check.
- Scrapheap Scrounger [Last Month: N/A]
Scrounger has had limited success before this weekend, but this was its chance to shine again. Showing up in the B/R Aggro decks at Madrid and all the Vehicles decks, this unassuming 3/2 has made its mark as one of the best aggressive creatures in the format. Being nearly impossible to kill really puts a damper on playing slower strategies without your own set of giant blockers at the ready.
- Torrential Gearhulk [Last Month: N/A]
Ari Lax and a handful of other players were just a win or two off from a GP Top 8 playing various flavors of Jeskai Control. As Marvel picks up steam, this strategy only gets stronger in the current metagame. It already has the tools to stand up to U/W Flash and G/B Delirium, and hopefully more people will put some faith in Torrential Gearhulk and play control instead of assuming the tempo deck auto wins.
- Ishkanah, Grafwidow [Last Month: 1]
Ishkanah and G/B Delirium took a beating this weekend from the resurgence of Marvel. If the meta comes full circle and ends up looking like the PT, combo, tempo, aggro and midrange, then we could have a very real decline in Ishkanah. Of course, the G/R Marvel decks still run her as a 3 or 4 of to help provide some defense, so she’ll remain a staple of the format.
- Unlicensed Disintegration [Last Month: N/A]
The best aggro decks are still B/R based and are some of the few strategies that have a valid way to win besides turning creatures sideways. Disintegration has only grown more important as a catch-all answer. Meanwhile, B/R Aggro was brought by a number of pros as a potential answer to the metagame. Mardu Vehicles is also always lurking, as Matt Severa demonstrated by winning GP Denver.
- Metallurgic Summonings [Last Month: N/A]
Looking for something fun to pick up until Aether Revolt? Look no further! Try U/B Control with a win condition that doesn’t involve Torrential Gearhulk. There are no real answers against Summonings in the format. Bobby Fortanely just missed Top 8 glory with his cool iteration on the classic strategy, and it could be an interesting and fun angle to attack the format from moving forward.