This coming Wednesday the Magic community will be turning to Twitch to watch a bunch of their favourite streamers try out the new set.
Yes, much like the previous Guilds of Ravnica preview stream of a few months ago, notable content creators and members of the community will be getting to play Magic’s latest set and be giving you a preview of what the next three months worth of Standard and Limited will look like. Last time, Master of Magics was lucky enough to be invited to take part and we had a blast, and this time we have been invited back for another go. That’s right, tomorrow Wizards of the Coast will be giving us access to some free special preview accounts each with playsets of every standard-legal card including those from Ravnica Allegiance.
As you can imagine, we are all very excited to give Magic’s latest set a go and put it through its paces. In total, four of us will be streaming during the event. Abbie, Matt Brown, Chris Vincent, and myself will be entering the Arena to test our brews and check out the Limited environment. For anyone that checked out last Tuesday’s article, you’ll already know I have some ideas about what I want to try out. However, there were some other cards released after the article went live that I want to brew around with, so today I thought I’d give you a little preview of two of the decks I’m hoping to test out during my stream.
As a hardcore red mage, I have to say that up until the end of last week I was a little bit underwhelmed with the lack of new cards for my favourite archetype. When it comes to efficient direct damage spells and aggressive red creatures, Ravnica Allegiance seemed to be missing a beat. I was just about to give up on adding any new cards to my current Standard deck and was ready to focus on some of my other more multi-coloured builds for the new season. Then I saw Skewer the Critics.
Basically a sorcery speed version of Lightning Bolt when you can cast it for its Spectacle cost, Skewer the Critics has already got a lot of people talking about the re-emergence of the ‘Red Menace’ in Standard. With Shock, Lightning Strike, and Wizard’s Lightning already mainstays in mono-red, the addition of another reasonably costed direct damage spell could make the deck all but unbeatable in an emerging meta.
4 Fanatical Firebrand
4 Ghitu Lavarunner
4 Runaway Steam-Kin
4 Viashino Pyromancer
4 Goblin Chainwhirler
4 Skewer the Critics
4 Lightning Strike
4 Wizard’s Lightning
4 Experimental Frenzy
Mono Blue Mill Wall
Some of you will know that I’m not the biggest fan of Blue spells. Countering spells and drawing cards might be some players’ idea of a fun time (and sometimes I have had fun doing the same), but I would rather win through brute force and aggression than controlling my opponent. There is however, one exception to this, and that is when I get to play Mill. Attacking your opponent’s library is a fun way to win the game (well, its fun for me) and every time a new method of milling an opponent is introduced to the game I can’t help but try it out. In Ravnica Allegiance, our mill engine is Persistent Petitioners.
40 Persistent Petitioners
Ok, so I haven’t got too far with my list yet. But you probably get the idea. The first Blue creature to break the ‘four of rule’, Persistent Petitioners has the potential to win games out of nowhere. In a world of Mono White and RDW they are great blockers as 1/3’s, and you have more than a reasonable chance to have four of them by turn four. From there it should only take you about four turns to remove your opponent’s library from the game. Like I said, fun. A more refined version might look a little like this:
I also have a few other decks up my sleeves, but you will have to tune in to the stream if you want to know more about them. As for the rest of my fellow writers, I know that Abbie wants to smash face with a bunch of defenders in her revamped Arcades, the Strategist deck and Matt is keen to test out the Limited format for the upcoming tournament season. Chris is keeping tight-lipped which can only mean he has something special planned. If you are as excited about Ravnica Allegiance as us, then make sure you tune in to our twitch channels tomorrow for all the Magic themed mayhem. You can also find out more about when we stream by following us on Twitter (all links can be found below).
A massive thank you to Wizards of the Coast for access to our free Preview Accounts and our invite to this awesome event, we hope you will enjoy it. Let us know your thoughts on today’s article in the comments below, and while you’re at it why not like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics. But until tomorrow remember, Good Luck and Have Fun!