Highlight Deck for Khans Standard: STORM
Storm is back in standard. Sort of. Jeskai Ascendancy is the engine to filter draws and create mana with mana dorks like Rattleclaw Mystic, then get off a big hit thanks to all the +1/+1s. This one is very different than the deck I built featuring a Meletis Astronomer draw engine and Burning Anger finisher (if creatures can’t get through) but similar idea. 
Decklist @ SCG

Highlight Deck for Khans Standard: STORM

Storm is back in standard. Sort of. Jeskai Ascendancy is the engine to filter draws and create mana with mana dorks like Rattleclaw Mystic, then get off a big hit thanks to all the +1/+1s. This one is very different than the deck I built featuring a Meletis Astronomer draw engine and Burning Anger finisher (if creatures can’t get through) but similar idea. 

Decklist @ SCG

Two explores: KARMA! Unreal complaining by Bertoncini…
For those who don’t know, he is notorious for cheating. Here is an article from 2011 when he was cheating heavily, and here is a post on mtgsalvation on the cheating extension he got for streaming a GP just so he could live stream himself making fun of players. 
One of his well known cheating moves is “Two Explores" where he played an extra land and lied to people about it. 

Two explores: KARMA! Unreal complaining by Bertoncini…

For those who don’t know, he is notorious for cheating. Here is an article from 2011 when he was cheating heavily, and here is a post on mtgsalvation on the cheating extension he got for streaming a GP just so he could live stream himself making fun of players. 

One of his well known cheating moves is “Two Explores" where he played an extra land and lied to people about it. 

Khans Standard Playesting

So in preparations for Khans standard, I’ve been doing some playtesting online with these lists from TCG and it’s been fun so far. I had this post ready to go with images of the decklists on MODO, but since I don’t think I can post them due to the private nature of the closed client. But the decks are exact copies of the TCG lists except Jeskai is only running 1 Raise the Alarm and other numbers are adjusted to make it 60. A quick summary of my few games of testing so far:

Mono Green - I really want this deck to be good, but it seems very dependent on a T1 mystic and a little lack luster. It can also get shutdown by T3 anger knocking out the ramp, and your reward isn’t as great as it was back when the top end was a Garruk that refilled your hand (Caller of Beasts). 

Jeskai Control - This list is very not optimized since there isn’t much of a meta to optimize it against, but man it’ll be good once there is. These colors have access to so many great cards (Keranos, Jeskai Charm, Deflecting Pain, Mindswipe) that it’ll end up great eventually. Some lists ran Mindswipe, and it seemed pretty good. I will end up cutting that Raise the Alarm, but its there now as a hedge against mono black aggro.

Abzan Midrange - Similar to Jeskai, it has access to some very powerful cards. Some Abzan midrange build seems like it’ll be a standard player.

A key thing Abzan and Jeskai have access to are 3 mana mini sweepers. Against the aggro decks I often feel pressured to have that effect turn 3 or risk falling foo far behind, and the fact Drown in Sorrow is only -2/-2 is made up by the Rhino’s life gain.

If anyone has any decklists they want me to try out and report back with, let me know!

More Giveaways at Empeopled

If you haven’t heard of it yet, Empeopled is a smaller social network for gamers. The two main communities are Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone, and other than fun discussion one of the big highlights is the monthly giveaways. They give away a few hundred dollars in cash every month for being an active member, so I would strongly recommend joining if you’re a fan of free stuff.

Khans of Tarkir Booster Box Expected Value

Currently: $180 (Source)
Expected: $85  (Source, explained below)

Generally, standard legal booster boxes that are still in print have an Expected Value around $85. This means if you crack a thousand boxes and average the value of cards you got from each box, you end up with around $85 per box. This number is enforced by MTGO trade-ins and stores opening boxes to sell the contents (stores get boxes at a discounted price).

Right now, a Khans of Tarkir Booster Box has an EV of $180, and only costs ~$100. This means a few things, the first being if you’re feeling risky you may be able to buy a box now and get a lot of trade value out of it if you are quick. More importantly, it means the average value of a Khans of Tarkir card is destined to be cut in half. Now, not every card is going to fall 50%, some will fall 90% while others will only fall 10-20%. Some may even go up. It all depends on what cards show up in standard.

If cards are going to fall 50%, you should probably be trying to trade out of Khans cards you don’t need for other standard cards you may need. This will help keep your collection safe from the inevitable fall of Khans cards, but remember this is a game and don’t stress about it too much. Just have fun.

It’s out now! It looks like a fun list to play, but not a high value purchase. The plus side for new players looking for something to play at FNM is this decklist will be standard legal for almost a full year!

Noteworthy includes are… Banishing Light, Bloodsoaked Champion, Brain Maggot, Caves of Koilos, Dictate of Erebos, Herald of Torment, Pain Seer, Silence the Believers, and Spirit Bonds

Also, this was Goblin Rabblemaster’s best chance of reprint for the near future, so if you want him for standard and are worried about his price going up more he may be worth trading for/buying now. The next best chance is the mono red commander deck, but he doesn’t feel like an EDH card.