I’m currently sitting at 30,000 feet above somewhere in the Midwest on the first leg of my flight to Amsterdam for the World Championship. I can’t seem to get the in-flight wifi and Twitch app to cooperate and let me watch the live coverage of the SCG Invitational going on right now, so I’m mostly scouring the Internet looking for inspiration about what to play at Worlds.
There are four separate formats for the World Championship, and two of them are constructed – Modern and Standard. I did a bit of Modern testing when I was up in San Jose last weekend and feel like I have a reasonable handle on the format, but Standard is a different story. I haven’t played a game of Standard yet with the new cards. My guess is that Jund and Lingering Souls decks (W/b Humans and Junk Aristocrats) are likely to be the most popular decks, with UWR also a contender. I’m hopeful that the Invitational will help define the field a bit more, since I don’t really have a great sense of what to expect.
Thankfully, I have a few days once I get in to test, so I won’t be flying totally blind. Still, that’s not much time – I usually have some clue what I’m doing this close to a major event, but I suppose that’s a symptom of having twice as many formats to prepare for – not to mention less time and less people to test with.
What do you think I should play?