Thursday, October 8, 2015

BFZ Standard First Batch of Netdecks Casual and Competitive Part 1

I read comments on Reddit about the dominance of the Origins Jace (flip walker), and thought it would be interesting to look at the first batches of net decks. There are two selections here, different selections. The first selection consists of 20 decks from the Wizards web site that are I guess meant to sell the BFZ cards. These decks are somewhere between casual and competitive, and I would say they are all a little on the expensive side for non-competitive decks. The second sample consists of the top 15 decks at a recent Star City Games competition. The Wizards sample has many BFZ cards, some even as build-arounds, and the SCG sample is mostly a Jace and Hangarback Walker fest. I have broken up this post because it will otherwise be really long. Let's get started with Bring to Light decks and a 5-color Wizards deck.

Some are asking for the flip walker Jace to be banned. I think whoever wants that should take a look at the decks back in the summer of 2012 with Geist of Saint Traft (Shaft), Delver of Secrets, and Snapcaster Mage. That was an even more dominant archetype, and none of those cards got banned when they were in Standard. It is true, though, the flip walker Jace makes decks very expensive, even more so than the three amigos (Geist of Saint Traft (Shaft), Delver of Secrets, and Snapcaster Mage) did back in 2012. Here is a link to my net decking analysis of a bunch of those decks.

The decks with 'fish' at the end are the SCG decks and I got them from MTGGoldfish (check them out). The BFZ standard manabase is really good, judging from these decks. I laugh when I think of a deck with the Origins Jace as a 'casual' deck... it would be casual for someone with a lot of money.

The Wizards Bring to Light deck is very different to the SCG version.

Here is a five color deck without Jaces. It takes advantage of the new manabase yet ignores the rest of BFZ.

Here are the other competitive (SCG) decks. The three decks differ a lot. It looks like the recipe here was a playset of Jaces, a solid manabase, and then highlights from all the colors. Its a lot like a Vintage deck: start with a blue core, add power, and then pick a bunch of best-in-format cards from all the colors.

Here are the Wizards Jace decks. They are very different from the SCG Jace decks, especially because they do not max out the Jaces.

Link to Part 2