PROTRADER: Battle for Zendikar’s Lottery Tickets

By: Travis Allen

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Our second weekend in of Eldritch Moon Standard and we continue to find ourselves in bant company.

After the cut, Bant made up something silly like 50% of the metagame. What’s really impressive about that is that nobody showed up not expecting to play against the deck. Everyone sitting down Saturday morning had a plan for Bant, and apparently that plan was “play Bant.” When a deck does this well in the face of a well-informed and readied opposition, it’s telling that things have gone wrong. This coming weekend is Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, where hopefully the pros will have found a strategy to crack Bant’s dominance.

Dissenger’s GU Crush of Tentacles deck looked like it may offer some relief from endless Company mirrors. It may be that any solution is going to require going well over the top of anything they’re capable of. Casting a sweeper or two may not be sufficient; establishing a true lock over the game state may be what’s required. Control decks typically don’t include such an air-tight (and resource-intensive) end game plan. Perhaps that will need to change.

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4 thoughts on “PROTRADER: Battle for Zendikar’s Lottery Tickets”

  1. Hope we get the follow up which is what will happen with the expeditions themselves. I know many have been disappointed with growth over the past 6 months (no noticeable change and maybe a slight tick up. Is this because they are being held by vendors waiting for it to go out of print, are they just not that desirable (they aren’t really full art). OR is packs still being opened satisfying any new demand? These were heralded as a no brainer pick up by many people is that still the case?

  2. Personally I’m not a big fan of the borders on the expeditions. There’s a couple i don’t mind the overall look on. But i haven’t seen any for trade in my area. I also agree that they aren’t full art.

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