Throne of Eldraine Previews, Brawl on Arena, Historic, Red Deck Wins

The News

Throne of Eldraine Preview Season

The preview season for Throne of Eldraine officially kicked off this week bringing us several interesting cards and new mechanics, the most interesting of which is the Adventure mechanic. With this mechanic, you can cast the card from your hand as the Adventure card. In the case of Lovestruck Beast, The Adventure spell is Heart’s Desire, which is a Sorcery that creates a 1/1 Human creature token. Upon resolution of the spell, the card is put into exile. From there, you can cast Lovestruck Beast at any time you could cast a creature.

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State of Historic

Since the State of the Beta was released last week there has been constant backlash on the MTGArena subreddit against the ideas WotC put forward in regards to the upcoming Historic format. The news has even gotten a response from The Professor who wasn’t impressed with the decisions.

There are many people, myself included, who think that parts of the announcement will be rolled back. WotC has a history of announcing poor systems, receiving feedback, and adjusting to closer meet expectations.

At this time, there has been no word of changes to the system. If they do go through with it unchanged, we will help you with decisions on which cards to craft before the November update.

Patch 0.18.00.00

A client patch was released Wednesday with updates and clarifications to previous announcements. You can read it all from the source, but I’m covering the important stuff below:

Eldraine Courtside Brawl

Brawl is finally here in the form of an event with preconstructed decks. Entry to the event is free, you get 1000 Mastery XP for your first win, and each win up to 6 earns you a playset of cards from the upcoming Throne of Eldraine set. Like previous weeks, you can continue playing after you lose, and switch decks as you like.

After playing through the event, the variance is exceptionally high, which is to be expected given preconstructed singleton decks. Sometimes you get run over by Knights on turn 4 before you have a chance to do anything. Sometimes you soft-lock your opponent with Chulane and Frilled Mystic.

This event gives me a lot of hope that Brawl will be a hit on Arena as a fun casual format, and I can’t wait to start brewing some decks.

Brawl on Arena!

Renewal Season

WotC announced Renewal Season last week with their State of the Beta. This week they explained it a bit better in the patch notes this week.

All players who have created an account prior to September 26 will receive 10 rare or higher Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and have additional rewards in the first 25 levels of the Eldraine Mastery. These additional Mastery items include more booster packs, more mastery orbs, and 10 additional uncommon ICRs.

Arena Renewal Season

Standard 2020 Event

Starting Monday, September 9 you will be able to enter a free event using only post-rotation Standard cards (including the cards earned from the Brawl event). For every two consecutive wins you will get 200 Mastery XP.

Note that this is a pretty bad rate of XP gain. However, you will likely be able to make up for a few missed days by stringing together some wins.

Store

There were several updates to what’s available on the store, not the least of which is the breaking apart of the Guild Bundles. You can now purchase the guild leader avatars for 500 gems or 3000 gold each, and can purchase the exquisite guild sleeves for 1200 gems each.

Guild Leaders Available for Purchase Individually

They have also opened pre-orders for the Throne of Eldraine bundle for $49.99 which includes 50 packs of Throne of Eldraine, a Garruk, Cursed Huntsman card and style, and gingerbread sleeves. The pre-order will be available until September 26, when the set goes live on Arena.

MTGELD Arena Pre-order

The Decks

Once More, With Ferocidon

4 Fanatical Firebrand (RIX) 101
4 Ghitu Lavarunner (DAR) 127
4 Scorch Spitter (M20) 159
4 Viashino Pyromancer (M19) 166
4 Goblin Chainwhirler (DAR) 129
2 Rampaging Ferocidon (XLN) 154
4 Shock (M20) 160
4 Lightning Strike (M19) 152
4 Light Up the Stage (RNA) 107
4 Skewer the Critics (RNA) 115
4 Wizard’s Lightning (DAR) 152
18 Mountain (MI) 0

2 Rampaging Ferocidon (XLN) 154
1 Mountain (MI) 0
1 Chandra’s Pyrohelix (WAR) 120
2 Fry (M20) 140
4 Lava Coil (GRN) 108
2 Act of Treason (M20) 124
3 Risk Factor (GRN) 113

Red Deck might be on it’s way out, but that won’t stop us from playing the heck out of it for its last few weeks in Standard. Connor Bryant took this list to Top 8 of a recent MTGO qualifier, and I have to say that the simplicity of this list is refreshing. Out are the Chandras, Frenzies, Steamkins, and Flame of Keld. In are Freocidons and more things that remove life total. This iteration of the deck is as close as we’ll likely get to a 12 Bolt deck in Standard unless they do something crazy and reprint Lightning Bolt in the next 12 months. This deck is just pure gas.

Since Rampaging Ferocidon is one of my picks for best cards to craft going into Historic, I think it’s a safe deck to play for the last few weeks of Standard given that you already have the rest of the pieces.

Red Deck Wins

The Wrap Up

Being near the end of the format, we only had one deck this week that was worth discussion. We don’t really have a good feel of the upcoming standard, because we haven’t yet received enough previews. An easy frontrunner for an aggro deck is Knights. The deck seems to be a nice replacement for Vampires in the current meta, but I want to see more cards before I start throwing around deck lists.

I expect to have a large amount of previews in the upcoming week and we’ll start diving into future Standard decks with next week’s This Week in Arena!

Previous Weeks

2019-08-30 (Big Announcement, State of the Beta, Goblins, Golos Field)
2019-08-23 (MCQW, Kethis Combo, Feather, Steel Leaf Stompy)
2019-08-16 (Esports, Rotation, Bo3 Rakdos Priest, Gruul Superfriends)

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