The State of Arena 7/03/2020
Welcome back “The State of Arena”! This week’s entry is going to be a little different. While mostly focused on MTG Arena, I will discuss other aspects of the Magic world as well.
We will discuss what to expect on Arena in a moment, but first let’s talk about the state of Magic as a whole based on my periphery perspective. These past few weeks has shown a lot of divide amongst the community, where artists are being outed because of their behavior and beliefs, Wizards of the Coast themselves have been hammered for their previous lack of attention to members of their player base, and a general outcry by others to try and push their agenda across to the public. While I agree that these are topics of discussion, but why the sudden outcry? I believe it is the cascade effect and people honestly do not even realize it.
They see one outcry on whatever platform they are using, and in turn present their own outcry for people to talk about. This time in society is weird to me, as I am seeing the impacts of mass social media pressure forcing companies to react. Is that good? I’m not sure. Is it bad? I am still not sure. It is good if it changes something that needs changing, but it is terrible if it forces a company to warp the ideals and foundations of their success. I think it is a slippery slope for sure. I am hoping that we can get back to enjoying the games and products like we once were able to.
Anyway, enough of that and on to Arena. This past week has been interesting indeed. In the standard world, we are seeing (as expected) a ton of crazy decks flying about and making the metagame hard to predict. One thing that is constant though, is that a turn 4 or 5 Ugin is back breaking and will be something to hopefully prepare for in the coming weeks. Aggro is still there, but most people are trying to force a red and white (boros) deck featuring Winota and some new cards like Alpine Houndmaster to create a board state to utterly overwhelm the opponent. It is pretty good too, but if there is any disruption to the board then Winota just resolves and they lose. Some fun decks that I have seen though are a mono blue artifact deck that essentially fills the board with small artifacts early and using card advantage (being able to see and draw more cards than the opponent) to get to Ugin and win the game. Personally I have been playing a Jeskai (red/white/blue) deck using the premier control cards in the format and the new Teferi and it is performing fairly well so far. Hopefully I can fine tune it as we march towards mythic!
Aside from standard, I have been playing some limited (drafts/sealed) and I can say from experience and from seeing others on twitter, that it is an aggressive limited environment. If you are going to try your hand at some drafts, grab up some low to the ground creatures because it is coming at you whether you want it to or not! My best draft was a boros deck that I went 4 and 3 with, which is good for me since I am not a strong limited player. I would recommend giving a couple shots at the drafts though because it is fun and there are some sweet cards in the pool! As a matter of fact, my next master level will give me a draft token so I will be drafting again really soon! Within the next few weeks I plan to jump into historic more as we are getting some more sweet cards in the pool from the new jump start set coming out for it. Should be good to play, even though I am a bit skeptical of the format as a whole (just ask one of my friends on twitch.tv/blanknvloses, he will tell you!
That is all for this week! Tune in to my streams as we dive into MTG Arena almost daily. Feel free to provide feedback by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting us here at the site! Until next time, happy gaming my friends and we will see you then!