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!
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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.