Five Cards I’m Most Excited to Try

Christian Calcano

Christian Calcano


We’re just days away now from Throne of Eldraine’s release and I can’t wait to start playing this new Standard format!

Teferi, Hero of DominariaGoblin ChainwhirlerAdanto Vanguard

It’s time to say goodbye to 《Teferi, Hero of Dominaria》, 《Goblin Chainwhirler》, as well as multiple of the Vampires that we’ve seen plenty of over the last few Standard formats. As with every rotation, there are a lot of exciting new cards and decks that we’ll get to see in action soon.

Today, I’d like to share five of the cards I’m most excited to try, as well as some decklists featuring these cards!

Five Cards I’m Most Excited to Try

《Brazen Borrower》

Brazen Borrower

When this card was revealed, I thought that it was very powerful and will be a major player in Standard. The card provides you with a way to tempo your opponent in the early turns without costing you a card. Also, you get the flexibility of being able to cast either half later in the game depending on what the situation calls for. I think this card will fit right in to the Simic Flash archetype that was largely unscathed from rotation and will be an early favorite to be one of the best decks in the format. Here’s the version I’ll be starting with:

Spectral SailorBrazen BorrowerNightpack Ambusher

《Questing Beast》

Questing Beast

Next up we have a card that seemingly has very little drawback outside of the fact that it’s legendary, and that’s 《Questing Beast》! This card seems quite good at killing planeswalkers, especially when you’re on the play since there are multiple 3 mana planeswalkers that are quite powerful in this format.

Hero of Precinct OneField of the Dead

The most relevant ability of this card will likely be that it can’t be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less so it’s not a threat that your opponent can just chump block later in the game and will certainly be a tough card for 《Hero of Precinct One》 decks to play against. Given the aggressive nature of this card, I think it’d go best in a Gruul deck and this is what I would start with:

Gruul SpellbreakerQuesting BeastSkarrgan Hellkite

《The Royal Scions》

The Royal Scions

Up next is a card that has a ton of potential and fits nicely in an aggro control style deck and that’s 《The Royal Scions》! One of the three mana planeswalkers in this format that we can build around, this card’s abilities have many applications. Its looting ability gives us an additional discard outlet for a card like 《Arclight Phoenix》, triggers 《Improbable Alliance》 which both protects your planeswalker and lets you play offense with it’s second plus ability, and its ultimate ability gives your deck extra reach. Definitely a card I’m looking forward to trying out and this is what I’d start with:

Arclight PhoenixThe Royal ScionsImprobable Alliance

《Stormfist Crusader》

Stormfist Crusader

One of the themes of this new set is Knights, so there will definitely be some Knight decks in Standard which will likely fill the void left by Vampires rotating out. The Knight card that seems like the most powerful to me is 《Stormfist Crusader》. It’s an aggressive card with evasion whose ability not only benefits you first, but also addresses some of the issues with aggressive decks (running out of gas/flooding), as well as serves as a form of reach too. There are so many powerful Knight cards in all three colors that it’s tough to not start with a Mardu build:

Fervent ChampionStormfist CrusaderInspiring Veteran

《Oko, Thief of Crowns》

Oko, Thief of Crowns

The last card I’m going to talk about is one that a lot of people in the community believe is the best card in this set and that’s 《Oko, Thief of Crowns》! With one of the other main themes in this set being Food tokens, there are multiple ways to generate food tokens to enable your 《Gilded Goose》 for future turns, allow Oko to create 3/3s, and to grow your 《Woodland Champion》. 《Gilded Goose》 into Oko is a start that I believe we’ll be seeing for quite some time in this format, and this will be my first attempt at the archetype:

Gilded GooseOko, Thief of CrownsWoodland Champion


There’s nothing like post rotation Standard that gets me excited to play as much Constructed as possible. With an entire PTQ season of Standard set to start soon, there’s plenty to be excited about and I’ll be fighting hard to try to secure my spot in the first Regional Player’s Tour of 2020!

I hope you have fun trying out some of these decks as well as whatever brews you might have as it’s a brewer’s world this early on in a new format! Best of luck in your events this season!

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Christian Calcano

Christian Calcano At the Grand Prix level, he has two wins, at GP Minneapolis 2012 and GP Atlantic City 2015, in seven total top eight finishes. He has also three additional top 16 finishes, and at the Pro Tour: Ammonket he has won the top eight awards. He is one of the top players who travels the world and continues to fight. Read more articles by Christian Calcano