Wizards Asks: 02/14/2012

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What's your favorite Standard deck from Pro Tour Dark Ascension?

Kelly Digges: It's always fun to see what the pros brew up in a new Constructed format, especially in the innovation-friendly Standard format. The finals featured two Wolf Run Ramp decks that look pretty similar to last season's (with the hugely important addition of Huntmaster of the Fells), but the rest of the field took a lot of fresh looks at the format: white-based weenie, various flavors of control, mono-green, mono-black, white-black token decks, and all kinds of other stuff.

My favorite decks from this Pro Tour are the Birthing Pod decks. Pod decks comes in a variety of flavors, with black-green and green-white-blue being the usual flavors. This tournament, though, saw the emergence of red-green-white Pod decks, exemplified by Lukas Blohon's Top 8 deck:

Strangleroot Geist, Blade Splicer, and Huntmaster of the Fells make up the bottom of the Pod ladder, and they all have something in common: when you sacrifice them to Birthing Pod, they all leave something behind (the Geist comes back thanks to undying, and the other two leave a token).

Much of the rest of the creature base is a tricksy toolbox of powerful creatures, topping out at the mighty Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. Intricate interactions, silver-bullet answers, a token subtheme, and the chance to play my favorite Praetor in Standard? Sign me up!

(You can see all the top-finishing Standard decks here.)

What's your favorite Standard deck from Pro Tour Dark Ascension? Click the Discuss link below to tell us your story and then see what everybody else has to say!

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