Today I’m going to go over what I think will be some of the most powerful decks for week 1 of the new standard format. Aggressive decks have historically been very successful week 1, and I expect Boros to be the aggro deck of choice this format. Legion Warboss, Tajic, Legion’s Edge and Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice are all very good and it would be surprising to me if there wasn’t a deck built around them, right now I am unsure if it will be white based with cards like Knight of Grace, Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants, and History of Benalia or red based with cards like Goblin Chainwhirler, I expect both to be reasonable choices for week 1. I’d start with something like this for a red based Boros deck:



4 Ghitu Lavarunner

4 Goblin Chainwhirler

4 Legion Warboss

3 Tajic, Legion’s Edge

2 Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice

2 Rekindling Phoenix


4 Shock

4 Lightning Strike

3 Wizard’s Lightning

4 Path of Mettle

2 Integrity // Intervention


4 Sacred Foundry

4 Clifftop Retreat

2 Boros Guildgate

14 Mountain


Boros Challenger is another Card I considered over playing the Wizard’s Lightning, both are a bit awkward in that RW might be hard to hit on turn 2 and you only have 4 wizards for Wizard’s Lightning.


If you prefer midrange I expect Golgari (maybe splashing a 3rd┬ácolor) to be the best midrange deck. Assassin’s Trophy is the best removal in standard and we still have a solid core with things like Jadelight Ranger and Llanowar Elves. There are a ton of ways to build this that are more complex and would require more testing to use the Graveyard but I’d start with something generic like this if you just want a solid deck for week 1:


3 Doom Whisperer

4 Jadelight Ranger

4 Llanowar Elves

4 Merfolk Branchwalker

4 Ravenous Chupacabra

4 Thorn Lieutenant


2 Vraska Relic Seeker

2 Karn, Scion of Urza


3 Assassin’s Trophy

2 Vraska’s Contempt

2 Cast Down


4 Overgrown Tomb

4 Woodland Cemetery

1 Field of Ruin

11 Forest

5 Swamp


There will probably also be a control deck Including Teferi, Hero of Dominaria I’m unsure if it will be Jeskai, Esper or just plain old blue white. While we don’t have the lands to make the Esper mana base great yet we can still get away with playing Teferi as our only white card with just the 8 white Dual lands we have, it would just be blue black deck splashing for Teferi. I’d start with straight blue white control though and see if the mana base is passable without Hallowed Fountain.


3 Lyra Dawnbringer


4 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria


4 Chemister’s Insight

3 Essence Scatter

2 Syncopate

4 Sinister Sabotage

4 Settle the Wreckage

2 Cleansing Nova


2 Search for Azcanta

2 Ixalan’s Binding

4 Seal Away


2 Memorial to Genius

4 Glacial Fortress

2 Field of Ruin

4 Meandering River

8 Island

6 Plains


That’s all for today! I hope I see you at FNM tonight! Otherwise, I’ll see you at our PPTQ next Saturday!


~ Sean Armstrong


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