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Is Arclight Phoenix Worth Playing in Standard? A Cost-Benefit Analysis

Is Arclight Phoenix Worth Playing in Standard A Cost-Benefit Analysis

As discussed in our previous article, variants of Izzet Drakes have been among the best MTG standard decks since the major rotation last year.  Several deck lists that make use of Drakes synergy have made it to the Top 8 in a variety of tournaments, some even splashing into Temur colors for Hydroid Krasis.  The value of Arclight Phoenix in this archetype, however, is still debated, as the inclusion of the card fell out of favor, only to re-appear in a recent SCG Classic.  In this article we address both the costs and benefits to this exceptional card, helping you decide whether Arclight Phoenix is right for your next Standard Showdown deck or MTG Arena grind. 

 

Pro- Undeniable Power

To begin the discussion, it is important to keep in mind that, other considerations aside, Arclight Phoenix is an incredibly powerful card.  With 3 power, haste, evasion, recursion, and an alternate casting condition, this creature exceeds the expectations of an excellent aggro spell, and in a vacuum seems almost unhealthy for the format.  The raw kill potential of this card is certainly high, and that may be sufficient to include it in your deck.

The Best Magic: The Gathering Standard Decks Spotlight: Mardu Vampires

The Best Magic The Gathering Standard Decks Spotlight  Mardu Vampires

In the most recent Mythic Championship, a dark horse deck placed very well at 9th place.  This Mardu Vampires deck, piloted by Joe Soh, is a critical mass aggro deck that goes wide and gets big before your opponent can properly address the threats you’ve resolved.  Although not previously considered to be exceptional, the success of this deck shows us that Mardu Vampires could be one of the best standard MTG decks in the format either in its current form or with some adjustments.  In this article, we take a look at what makes this deck so powerful and where Mardu Vampires might go from here. 

 

Two-For-One Strategy

Similar to the Azorious Aggro deck that has consistently been one of the top MTG decks in standard, Mardu Vampires achieves a valuable doubling of strategies as it attempts to put your opponent at zero life.  First, the deck floods the board with a large number of cheap creatures, playing cards like Duskborne Skymarcher, Skymarcher Aspirant, and Vicious Conquistador that have evasion or alternative ways of pinging damage.  The deck also generates tokens with Legion’s Landing and Mavren Fein to further go wide and swarm around midrange decks that try to stall with individual creatures, or aggro decks whose creatures are poorly situated on the defense.  As the Mardu Vampires deck generates an army of small creatures, however, it simultaneously gains critical mass by playing cards that provide benefits per creature.  Thus, cards like Judith and Legion Lieutenant that provide additional power and/or toughness to each creature become more valuable as the total number of creatures increases.  This two-tiered strategy is excellent against targeted removal like Mortify, and can easily play around board wipes by establishing a winning board state and forcing out Kaya’s Wrath on only two or three inexpensive creatures. 

Awesome FFTCG and Magic: The Gathering Deck Boxes Under 15 Dollars

Awesome FFTCG and Magic The Gathering Deck Boxes Under 15 Dollars

Transporting cards from home to a local game store or out of town tournament can put cards at risk of damage from a variety of sources.  Protecting those cards with a deck box is an excellent way to avoid these potential hazards; however several of these products can be prohibitively expensive for some.  Luckily, there are a number of affordable deck boxes that still maintain a high standard for quality and longevity.  Here are some great MTG and FFTCG deck boxes that are priced under 15 dollars. 

 

LX Deck Case

The LX Deck Case offers an effective and straightforward way of transporting and storing an individual deck.  Sturdy and reliable, this deck box is wrapped in a stitched leatherette material, and locks into place with a powerful magnetic lid.  In terms of capacity, the LX deck box can accommodate up to 80 sleeved cards, the perfect size for an MTG deck box holding 75 cards for a traditional main deck and sideboard.  Although you’ll be a tad short on space for your Battle of Wits deck, this deck box is an excellent choice for single-deck needs, and with the lowest price on this list is one of the best cheap MTG deck boxes available.

 

Top 9 Most Epic Playmats for Magic: The Gathering and Final Fantasy TCG

Top 9 Most Epic Playmats for Magic

When it comes to playmats, there are a ton of options available for Magic and FFTCG players so that they can keep their play area level and clean.  Some of these playmats are simple and functional, and do their job well without unnecessary visual distractions; however there are a number of stunning playmats available for those looking to enhance their overall experience.  These epic level playmats are truly works of art, eliciting an aesthetic appreciation from the viewer and communicating shared interests to friends and opponents alike.  If you want your playmat to exceed mousepad status, here are some of the most epic MTG and FFTCG playmats available. 

 

Magic: The Gathering Blueprint Playmat

This awesome playmat lays out the various zones utilized during games of Magic, in addition to providing a list of phases and layers that can get quite complicated during a game.  The blueprint design elements look amazing, and it’s super functional, making it a great MTG playmat for new players. 

 



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