The dust from the standard portion of the tournament has settled, but what did we learn about it? Remember, learning is subjective at times, and this is one of those times. Personally I believe this:
- Reanimator will become the "lingering threat", meaning that while the deck will always be a threat, it will often fail to do well in one tournament, and crush another. The deck is highly dependant on a minimal amount of hate being run into. However, unlike previous graveyard based decks, this one will be harder to counter as it is not completely dependant on it's graveyard.
- UWR Miracles will not become a huge threat, not right away that is. Brad Nelson's final match in the tournament is the resounding reason why, It has an incredibly low threat density. Without entreat, the only option is usually jace ultimate, which isn't that scary to be honest. When the deck evolves to have a higher density of threats, it will do much better. I expect we will see the removal of red from the deck for green, adding in Thragtusk and Sigarda.
- Zombies will not claim it's spot as "Best Deck" in standard. While it was the most represented deck in the top 8, claiming 3 spots, only one managed to make it past the Quarterfinals, and that deck plays more like a RDW deck than a zombies deck. Remember, the reason we started playing zombies in the first place was to beat delver. AFAIK, Zombies has always been soft to Green-Red decks, and even without Whipflare or Slagstorm, that seems to still be true.
- Jund has the most raw potential, but tapping into that potential seems to be trickier than last time it was a deck. The problem this time isn't the manabase so much as it is the plan of attack for the deck.
- Lastly, Green based aggro will NOT be a thing, we already saw that the deck has literally no game vs Miracles, and something tells me that any form of non-aggro deck will have a field day with it.