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Worldwake Review Part 4: Standard Top 12 February 3, 2010

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There are several cards in Worldwake that will see play in standard tournaments, but I will focus my attention to the top 12. These are the cards I expect to see the most play:

1. Man Lands

raging ravine

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

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

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

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

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

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

Searing blaze is perfect creature removal in mono red and Boros.

8. Dragonmaster Outcast

dragonmaster outcast

Dragonmaster Outcast is the perfect one-of in Boros (to be used with Ranger of Eos).

9. Jace, the Mind Sculptor

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

joraga warcaller

I don’t know how viable elves are in Standard, but Joraga Warcaller could help.

11. Arbor Elf

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

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.


1. robert ching - February 4, 2010

Really enjoy your articles. Will harris turned me on to your site. I don’t know about the ‘dm outcast’, but I agree that vampire decks could be sick. I think ‘treasure hunt’ will get a lot of play. Maybe cuz I’ve already put it in 2 decks.

2. James - February 4, 2010


Thank you for the comment. Treasure hunt could see play in red-white-blue control and grixis.

If you haven’t already, you might want to take a look a my top 10 articles of 2009.

3. 神の一手 - February 4, 2010

I do not see much use for the elf unless some super special awesome nonbasic forest gets printed soon (like Murmuring Bosk, but better).

I think Treasure Hunt will be much more of a staple.

4. James - February 5, 2010


Llanowar Elves are perfectly good in Elf decks. Some people were playing Elves in Standard recently, but I don’t know for sure how competitive such decks are or will be.

5. 神の一手 - February 5, 2010

But why play the elf over the llanowar outside of block? I can’t see the need for that many 1/1 mana producers. The only reason that this card could be good is if they make nonbasic forests that are worth untapping. Otherwise, you might as well run something else.

6. James - February 5, 2010

I would play 8 mana elves. Mana acceleration is good.

7. Cyn Nyghtshade - February 6, 2010

I tend an Elf deck and I am really excited about the group that just walked in (well except the Arbor) But Jorga is going to wreck havoc when played right

8. robert ching - February 6, 2010

Untapping zendikoned forests + mana acceleration. That’s why they’re good

9. alexgcuevas - February 8, 2010

Zendikons would probably not see play, so the only option here is a second accelerator along llanowar. Because of the existence of eldrazi green, plus the power it gained with leatherback baloth and omnath, I don’t really foresee an elves deck being competitive in standard. Without an elf deck, warcaller and arbor elf will not be very good. I am almost 100% sure that blue-based control is going to see a greater uprising than elves, and as such I would rank treasure hunt and mysteries of the deep above at least arbor elf, and probably above warcaller as well. If elves does end up catching on, then I could eat my words, but it just seems like it would get too easily hosed by the sweepers in this format, and wouldn’t have the resilience or power of eldrazi green.

10. James - February 8, 2010

“Eldrazi Green” is not mutually exclusive from elf decks. Eldrazi Green is a kind of elf deck. You could play more elves in it instead of less.

11. Alex - February 9, 2010

That’s true. I suppose they could cut the more powerful individual cards in favor of the synergistic elves and go that route instead, and still run Eldrazi Monument.

12. Bob - February 11, 2010

just a small trinket arbor elf is capable of:
your opponent earthquakes for 1+any number.
in reaction, you can untap a forest, in order to play an instant during the battle phase, or end phase.
llanowar can’t pull that off, so i say they are about evenly matched, if 1 were to play them, i’d make it 2llanowar/2arbor. both can overcome situations the other can’t.

as for the elf standard, it’s non existant. elves are extended if anything.

Finally. why is nowone playing ping decks? you’ve got vithian stinger, prodigal pyromancer, and now even a hasty ping.
my casual also contains nonstandard ping, like viashino fangtail, but it wins mostly because of ping, building up a q of pure flame, then doubling ping. or even booming with chandra nalaar for 20 dmg to everything but you and your creatures.

13. James - February 11, 2010


Why are elves non-existent? Eldrazi is a kind of elf deck that people have been playing, as already noted.

Ping decks aren’t played because they are easily defeated by mass removal and control decks. Pinging is only good against creature heavy decks.