Power Rankings Week of 03/07/2016

This week we return to standard after our long voyage to some bigger formats and it is good to be back. As always we will be using the same format to determine the decks ranking being 6 points for each 1st place finish, 5 points for 2nd, 4 for top 4, 3 for top 8, 2 for top 16, and 1 for top 32. I then add all of those up and see which decks have been performing the best. 




5- Mardu Green 18 points
This is the currently most popular version of the classic my cards are individually better than yours deck. Playing powerful cards like Siege Rhino, Abzan Charm, and Goblin Dark-Dwellers. This deck aims to out muscle your opponent on card quality.

Mardu Green by Brock Mosley
1 Den Protector
3 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4 Siege Rhino
3 Sylvan Advocate
1 Chandra, Flamecaller
2 Abzan Charm
4 Crackling Doom
3 Fiery Impulse
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Languish
1 Murderous Cut
1 Pulse of Murasa
1 Radiant Flames
2 Read the Bones
2 Roast
1 Ruinous Path
2 Transgress the Mind
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Canopy Vista
2 Cinder Glade
1 Forest
1 Mountain
1 Nomad Outpost
1 Plains
4 Shambling Vent
2 Smoldering Marsh
2 Swamp
3 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
SB: 2 Anafenza, the Foremost
SB: 1 Chandra, Flamecaller
SB: 2 Duress
SB: 3 Hallowed Moonlight
SB: 1 Infinite Obliteration
SB: 1 Kolaghan’s Command
SB: 1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
SB: 1 Radiant Flames
SB: 1 Tainted Remedy
SB: 1 Transgress the Mind
SB: 1 Virulent Plague

4- Dark Jeskai 19 points
This is a good-stuff deck similar to out previous deck but relies on a much different strategy predicated mostly on card advantage to stay ahead rather than raw card quality. This deck also varies a great dead in terms of card selection and style playing as few as 7 and as many as 15 creatures the texture of this deck will be very hard for your opponent to narrow in on. 

Dark Jeskai by Andrew Cuneo
4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4 Mantis Rider
3 Soulfire Grand Master
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Crackling Doom
2 Dig Through Time
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Duress
3 Fiery Impulse
4 Painful Truths
2 Roast
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Flooded Strand
1 Island
1 Mountain
2 Needle Spires
1 Plains
4 Polluted Delta
2 Prairie Stream
2 Shambling Vent
2 Smoldering Marsh
2 Sunken Hollow
1 Swamp
SB: 2 Arashin Cleric
SB: 1 Disdainful Stroke
SB: 2 Duress
SB: 1 Exert Influence
SB: 1 Fiery Impulse
SB: 1 Kolaghan’s Command
SB: 1 Negate
SB: 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
SB: 2 Radiant Flames
SB: 1 Roast
SB: 2 Transgress the Mind

3- G/x ramp 25 points

Eldrazi have already shown a stranglehold in Modern and the ability to compete in Legacy but haven’t been as big of a power in Standard well that appears to be changing as Ramp makes its first appearance in these rankings since the first week of Oath of the Gatewatch.  By combining mana acceleration and large powerful spells this deck can be a very tough out for midrange strategies.

G/R Ramp by Thomas Hackman
1 Hangarback Walker
3 Sylvan Advocate
4 World Breaker
2 Dragonlord Atarka
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
3 Chandra, Flamecaller
3 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
9 Forest
2 Mountain
1 Cinder Glade
1 Haven of the Spirit Dragon
4 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
4 Wooded Foothills
2 Hedron Archive
3 Kozilek’s Return
4 Oath of Nissa
4 Explosive Vegetation
4 Nissa’s Pilgrimage
SB: 4 Jaddi Offshoot
SB: 2 Thought-Knot Seer
SB: 1 Void Winnower
SB: 1 Kozilek’s Return
SB: 2 Plummet
SB: 1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion
SB: 1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
SB: 3 Roast

2- Rally 26 points
This is the first time in this format that Rally hasn’t been ranked one on this list but I don’t believe anything has changed to make it not the best deck available. However it should be said that it is arguably worse than other “best decks” have been and you should not feel priced into playing it to be competitive and there are decks that have favorable matchups against Rally. But if you are going to play in a large event and feel comfortable playing Rally you absolutely should. 

Rally by Owen Turtenwald
1 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
4 Catacomb Sifter
4 Elvish Visionary
1 Grim Haruspex
4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
4 Nantuko Husk
4 Reflector Mage
2 Sidisi’s Faithful
4 Zulaport Cutthroat
4 Collected Company
4 Rally the Ancestors
2 Canopy Vista
3 Evolving Wilds
4 Flooded Strand
1 Forest
1 Island
1 Plains
4 Polluted Delta
1 Prairie Stream
2 Sunken Hollow
1 Swamp
4 Windswept Heath
SB: 3 Arashin Cleric
SB: 2 Despise
SB: 4 Dispel
SB: 2 Duress
SB: 1 Minister of Pain
SB: 3 Murderous Cut

1- Bant/4 color Company 43 points

Paulo Vitor was on the show this week and summarized this deck better than I ever could. “If you put this deck in a random standard format it could be good, but in this one it is just the worse version of rally.” So if your goal is too have fun and be aggressive this is a fine choice but if your only goal is to win you should be playing Rally. 

Bant Company by Paul Rietzl
4 Bounding Krasis
4 Deathmist Raptor
4 Den Protector
1 Hidden Dragonslayer
4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
4 Reflector Mage
4 Sylvan Advocate
1 Yasova Dragonclaw
4 Collected Company
3 Dromoka’s Command
2 Ojutai’s Command
2 Canopy Vista
4 Flooded Strand
2 Forest
1 Island
4 Lumbering Falls
2 Plains
2 Prairie Stream
4 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
3 Yavimaya Coast
SB: 3 Arashin Cleric
SB: 2 Disdainful Stroke
SB: 3 Dispel
SB: 2 Hallowed Moonlight
SB: 1 Harbinger of the Tides
SB: 1 Mastery of the Unseen
SB: 1 Silkwrap
SB: 1 Stratus Dancer
SB: 1 Valorous Stance

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