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October 20, 2016

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Mardu Aetherworks

Hello and welcome to this week’s version of Next Level Analysis. Each week we take a deeper look into the latest decks and the cards performing best in them. Each week the goal is to pick up a new strategy or idea that can help you take your game to the next level either at your local card shop or at a large tournament.

Last week we got some great feedback from readers as to how they felt about my speculations. I would like to start by saying you were right and I was wrong. Chandra, Torch of Defiance did not see as much play as I hoped she would this past weekend. On the other hand, Smuggler’s Copter still is the standard all-star like many of you said it would. I would like to continue to hear feedback from you and this week I have a new idea to give the readers more power to what they want to hear about.

This week I will be taking another look into Standard as we get ready for both Game Day this weekend or Grand Prix Providence, whichever event you may be planning on attending. However, what I write about next week will be up to you, the readers. Here are a few ideas, let me know which one you like best or suggest a new topic if you want. For my next article we can delve into a new format called Tiny Monocles. This format is very similar to Tiny Leaders or Commander except for the fact there is no ban list. We can look into Vintage and the cards that have been doing the best recently in this ever popular format. Lastly we could do another popular modern deck that you want to read more about.

So how do you submit your vote? Well that part is simple, either email me your vote to or simply comment on my article and on Monday night I will tally up the votes and begin to prepare based on what you want to read about. So to vote for Tiny Monocles simply respond with @TinyMonocles, for Modern respond with @Modern and for Vintage respond with @Vintage. Okay that’s enough about next week it’s time to Start Your Engines and look into some great options for Standard.

With both the Pro Tour and SCG Regionals last weekend there are many new and exciting decks that we can put through our Next Level Analysis testing to improve on. For starters I want to take a look into the deck that quickly became the deck to beat in Standard. If you were guessing the deck I was hinting at was Red White vehicles you are correct. This deck put up impressive numbers once again and is deserving of the first mention in my article even if I am not a fan of the deck.

This deck can pull off a victory very quickly with the combination of low mana creatures and vehicles for them to crew. Followed up with a Depala, Pilot Exemplar or a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and it can be quick work for your opponent. As far as improving this deck there is little to chat about as the deck is consistent and has few hiccups while watching it play.

If you are looking for more of a rogue style of deck you may want to look into some of the Aetherworks Decks that have been popping up more recently. These decks can consistently cast both large threats early in the game with the use of energy instead of mana. Many of the lists that we have seen recently have been using Temur Colors. However, I have been testing a Mardu version that has been working quite well for me. Being able to cast a Noxious Gearhulk at instant speed for free off of Aetherworks Marvel just feels well, perfect for the lack of other words. You still get all the befits of casting both Emrakul, the Promised End and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger for free as well. Another addition I have made to the deck is Electrostatic Pummeler. No one ever wants to counter or use a kill spell on this little guy and he helps you get the energy that you will need when activating the Aetherworks Marvel.

Here is the current list that I have been testing with if you are interested in trying something new this weekend for your local Game Day tournament.

Mardu Aetherworks

Mainboard: (61)
 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
 Liliana, the Last Hope
 Nahiri, the Harbinger
 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
 Harnessed Lightning
 Demon of Dark Schemes
Electrostatic Pummeler
 Noxious Gearhulk
 Emrakul, the Promised End
 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
 Unlicensed Disintegration
 Live Fast
 Blessed Alliance
 Oath of Liliana
Aetherworks Marvel
 Concealed Courtyard
 Inspiring Vantage
 Shambling Vent
 Smoldering Marsh
 Evolving Wilds
 Aether Hub
 Blighted Fen
Sideboard: (15)
Cataclysmic Gearhulk
 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
 Ruinous Path
 Lost Legacy
 Declaration in Stone
 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

No matter what deck you decide on playing, the biggest impact on your gameplay is if you enjoy playing the deck. Yes, I could settle and play the Red White Vehicles deck but I do not enjoy it that’s why I have brewed this other deck instead. Everyone has different play styles, it’s a matter of finding what you enjoy. When you find out what’s right for you that’s when you start to take your game to the next level.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s version of Next Level Analysis and I look forward to seeing all the great feedback for what format you all want to read about next week. Once again the options are @TinyMonocles, @Vintage and @Modern. I am going to give all the power to readers as it is you guys and gals who make MTG Canada such a successful website and give us writers a place to converse about the game we all love so much.

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