Sunday, February 12, 2012

Quo Vadis Standard?

In paper Magic there have recently been two big tournaments promoting Dark Ascension. There were held in Standard format. I did some research and checked the top8 decklists in order to see how Dark Ascension will affect on Standard. To my surprise there were only few cards from Dark Ascension there. They can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Metagame didn’t change much. No revelations. I found only one new deck - mono green agro, which is responsible for a raise of prices of Garruk’s and Sword of War and Peace last days. Rest decks are just modifications of well-known decks. Some of them don’t run even one card from Dark Ascension or they use only one uncommon.

The conclusion is really simple don’t expect big demand on Dark Ascension cards after 3-4 weeks after Release Events. In the first days prices are always skyhigh, but later it is going to be quite cheap set, unless some professional players come up with a new decklist containing more Mythics or Rare cards from Dark Ascension. We must wait and observe how the future unfolds. Dark Ascension goes on sale in the Magic Online Store on Monday, February 20 at 9:00 AM PST and the Release Events begin after the downtime Wednesday, February 22.

Here you can find decklist from: Pro Tour Honolulu and SCG Open.

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