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Runes In Standard

Runes In Standard

My name is Andres Monsalve( also blue_robot on twitch ) and i love this game, i have been playing it since 2004 and right now is one of the best moments ever to be a player

Why? The formats are cool! ( even alchemy who gets some economy-base hate)
And with the new OP announcements ,looking into the competitive scene is one very serious thing

As we leave the “isolation” reality behind, one of the most important thing to appear is the chance to play competitive magic from your home, and MTG arena provided it wonderfully

The most played format in competitive scene from MTGA is, standard, and after a weekend full of tournaments, i came to report what i played, what will i play and how to look into it

The past weekend( saturday ) there was a great SNC championship qualifier ( hosted by the amazing people of ggtoor 😉 ) and the choice was NAYA RUNES

Deck (60)
Generous Visitor
Kami of Transience
Jukai Naturalist
Runeforge Champion
Commune with Spirits
Rune of Speed
Rune of Might
Rune of Sustenance
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Showdown of the Skalds
Needleverge Pathway
Cragcrown Pathway
Branchloft Pathway
Lair of the Hydra
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Sundown Pass
Overgrown Farmland
Boseiju, Who Endures
Hallowed Haunting
Sideboard (15)
Elite Spellbinder
Guardian of Faith
Reidane, God of the Worthy
Portable Hole
Fateful Absence
Snakeskin Veil
Tamiyo’s Safekeeping
Rip Apart
Circle of Confinement
Ranger Class

This list exploded mostly in alchemy where it is a pillar of the format and, if this is good there, it should be GREAT here in standard

And it IS!, The power level of some of turns are insane, even knowing the “ combo” ( jukai naturalis+runeforge champion ) there is always some great card choices, let’s get into it

First of all, jukai naturalist and Runeforge champion are a base of the deck, the chance to play Runes for 0 mana is insane, so keep this in mind when i talk about the other cards

– Generous Visitor: this early drops helps a lot as it is great to help out while doing the combo who also pumps the creature , just attach a green rune to the one you`re pumping to trample over everything, remember it triggers individually and sometimes expanding the counters ar a solid option vs spot removal

– Kami of Transience: This is self pumper and self trampling finisher, and also comes back when an enchant goes to the graveyard after a wrath or a removal, in the early game, put a rune on this to have the “ come back” ability activated

– Jukai naturalist : leaving the combo aside, this dude reduce the cost of the card drawing engine( skalds and fable), so keep in mind a t3 skalds or a fable with rune mana up, also reduces the runes to a single mana, sadly it gets boarded out mostly

– Runeforge Champion : This is mostly a combo piece, but the runes are sooo good in the right match that this guy shines a lot, for example looking a lifelink rune vs aggro or a green rune vs small 1/1 chumbloquers

This cards are a 4 of without a doubt, let’s look into the more “ utility “ ones

– Commune with the spirits: this card is a “ ok” one, it helps to look into early naturalist or maybe skalds, but is always boarded out when you add non land/enchant cards to the deck
with the info of today, im looking to cut it entirely

– Fable of the mirror breaker : This cards is nuts, a dude +card drawing+ kiki jikki to copy champion , there is no wrong side of this so is OK to add a 4th copy( actually using 3 )

– Showdown of the Skalds is a card i LOVE, i played it to qualify to Strixs Heaven championship so i have no wrong thing to say of this enchant
Card drawing engine and creature pumpin, is easy to play an enchant and have 3 “ +1/+1” triggers ( visitor, kami, skalds) great one, only gets cut against WW or super aggro decks

-Runes : the most important ones are the green next the red and last the white but keep in mind when looking for one , the game situation
you can give the kiki-jiki “ haste” and copy to look for another champ and re trigger this and you can give a big one lifelink ( just don’t enchant jukai naturalist with this as double lifelink does nothing )

The rest are LANDS and as a 3 color deck requires, always look into a good opening with nice mana base, just keep in mind you need only 1 red mana source, no more


The deck is a simple straight strategy and what you need is solutions against those thing who stops you( removal and archeon )

Playing open decklist tournaments, you can look up what to add in sb, as you know what they bring in

SO, there is no SB guide directly , you need to solve the thing that stops you
against Archeon and aggro, removal

Against removal tamiyo and veil ( i like more tamiyo as it is great vs wrath effects )

Archeon is an issue, stops the card advantage and also hits you on the air

There is a sb plan option there, as a deck can have more removal that just your 3 tamiyos+veil, so adding ranger class+ elite spellbinder+ reidane( removing the lifelinks things ) is an edge against control that can take out some esper/mardu/izzet decks mostly on the play as t2 ranger class is a BOMB

During the weekend i played this list, on the two events held on mtgmelee

On the saturday, i dropped when i lost my third match , but in sunday i started 5-0 but lost the last 3 rounds vs mirror , mardu and the most awful match up you can expect in white control

The mirror match ended up winning the whole event, and the white control while it make top 8 lost in r1 ot if as is a deck that works vs aggro but is short vs everything else

Looking into the future

First of all, the commune with spirits are bad…i suggest changing the ASAP and the options are

Single spot removal ( circle of confinement, abrade, ) can be an option against main deck Archeon

4th rune of speed ( is the good one after the best…the green )

4th fable ( this option is the least one, as redundant copies are not something we want )

Legion angel : It takes sb option but provides a good finisher that can be enchanted to maximum advantage

This saturday is the GGtoor 500$ price tournament who also is standard and i strongly recommend this deck as i will be playing it

Join me on for a special stream and…

See you on the battlefield!

Andres F Monsalve
Pro tour Honolulu 09 , Pro tou Austin 09 , Pro tour San Diego 2013
Worlds 2013( captain of Team Argentina )
Finalist Gp Sao Paulo , Semi finalist GP Rio de janeiro

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