Neoform, the same card that created the infamous NeoBrand deck in Modern, seems to have finally enabled the same glass cannon-style combo deck in Pioneer. Neo-Machus is brand new to the scene, finishing with multiple League 5-0s and a Top 16 finish in Saturday’s Challenge.
IslandGoSAMe and Bradcifer showcase the nuances of card evaluation by taking two sides on a planeswalker that has been spoiled for Streets of New Capenna to much hype by the Magic community: Ob-Nixilis, the Adversary
CasualJake sleeves up Dimir Ninja Rogues, takes it to an FNM and discusses the deck, the results and the specific matchups here for PlayingPioneer.
Midrange Red cards have always been very interesting and difficult to evaluate. People tend to look at red cards with low mana cost and keywords like “haste” through the lens of an aggressive deck, leading to some skewed perceptions of how good cards actually are. Sometimes, like in the case of Fable of the Mirror-Breaker, a red card is able to play the midrange role very well.
Jeskai Transmogrify is a value-based midrange deck that looks to keep the board relatively clear while setting up, then outclass opposing threats by using its namesake to turn an innocuous token into a tremendous creature that swings the game wildly in our favor. ServoToken presents a budget version of the deck here.
Manatraders has just announced that this month’s tournament series will be Pioneer! You can play anytime from the 11th to the 26th of April, so you better start preparing now!
Bradcifer and Tyrant of Tales make the case for Kethis, the Hidden Hand to return from exile and rejoin a Pioneer meta that is largely prepared to deal with creature-based combo decks.