Worldwake Review Part 4: Standard Top 12 February 3, 2010Posted by James in : all, reviews, strategy, constructed, standard , trackback
1. Man Lands
The new dual lands are absolutely guaranteed to see play in at least one deck. I expect Jund, Grixis, and red-white-blue control to all use at least a couple of them.
2. Tectonic Edge
At least one deck is guaranteed to use Tectonic Edge. It might be good in mono black Vampires, mono red, and just about anything else.
3. Kor Firewalker
Kor Firewalker is perfect in a Boros deck and perfect against Jund and mono red. The fact that you gain life for playing red spells is over-kill.
4. Bloodhusk Ritualist
Bloodhusk Ritualist is a lot like Mind Sludge, but it’s also a vampire. It is possibly the best vampire ever made, but Bloodghast is also quite good.
5. Kalastria Highborn
Kalastria Highborn is best in mono black, but it can prove very helpful in any vampire deck. It gives us one more reason to want Bloodgast to die.
6. Urge to Feed
Urge to feed is decent creature removal, but it can also function as a Glorious Anthem for all your Vampires. This card will encourage us to make aggro vampires.
7. Searing Blaze
Searing blaze is perfect creature removal in mono red and Boros.
8. Dragonmaster Outcast
Dragonmaster Outcast is the perfect one-of in Boros (to be used with Ranger of Eos).
9. Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace is perfect in Grixis and red-white-blue control, but I don’t know how competitive those decks will be.
10. Joraga Warcaller
I don’t know how viable elves are in Standard, but Joraga Warcaller could help.
11. Arbor Elf
Arbor Elf is basically another Llanowar Elf, which so happens to be one of the best creatures printed in Beta.
12. Abyssal Persecutor
I have no idea how much play Abyssal Persecutor will see, but many people plan on trying it out. I don’t think it will see much play in Jund, but it might be tried in some Vampire decks.
Almost everything made looks like it’s either made for Boros or Vampires. These two decks will be even more powerful thanks to Worldwake.