The Impact of March of the Machine on Standard: More than 1467 Decks Analyzed
25/04/2023 · 11 min read
Welcome to my breakdown of the impact of Mach of the Machine on Standard.
Using all the data from the first week including MTGO Challenges, and major tournaments, I'll try to showcase the key cards needed to update our decks for the new Standard metagame, and how the new set has shaped the format.
To do so, I'll cover the cards from the new set played in each archetype.
Let's jump right in!
1. Esper Legends
Esper Legends has been one of the top decks throughout the previous season, and with the addition of MOM, it has found new cards that make it incredibly efficient.
The most noteworthy cards include Rona, Herald of Invasion, and Surge of Salvation in the sideboard, both of them truly making a significant impact in the archetype.
Rona is a Merfolk Looter on steroids in this deck, and when she transforms, she becomes an absolute nightmare for many opposing decks.
Other cards that are seeing play in this archetype, albeit less frequently, include Sheoldred and Elesh Norn, as well as Invasion of Gobakhan in the sideboard to buy the necessary time against aggressive decks.
Most played cards in Esper Legends
|Rona, Herald of Invasion||74||227||227||0||View Decks|
|Surge of Salvation||29||55||4||51||View Decks|
|Elesh Norn||14||20||15||5||View Decks|
|Invasion of Gobakhan||6||14||0||14||View Decks|
|Invasion of Fiora||5||7||3||4||View Decks|
|Faerie Mastermind||2||5||5||0||View Decks|
|Boon-Bringer Valkyrie||2||4||0||4||View Decks|
|Ayara, Widow of the Realm||3||7||4||3||View Decks|
|Render Inert||2||6||6||0||View Decks|
2. Mono White Midrange
Mono White was another dominant deck in the previous Standard that has gained ground with this set.
The primary culprit is Surge of Salvation, a card that has thrived in white sideboards and effectively streamlines our matchups against black-based decks, such as Esper Midrange, Mono Black, Orzhov Midrange, and so on.
Just like in Esper Legends, Invasion of Gobakhan has proven to be an incredibly effective card. It enables white players to delay their opponents' game plans, giving them enough time to develop their strategie against aggressive decks without problems.
Finally, it's also crucial to highlight how both Archangel Elspeth and Elesh Norn have found their place in numerous versions.
However, my personal pick as one of the set's sleeper cards is Guardian of Ghirapur, which allows us to blink our creatures and activate their ETB triggers multiple times.
Most Played Cards In Mono-White Midrange
|Surge of Salvation||25||60||8||52||View Decks|
|Archangel Elspeth||20||32||28||4||View Decks|
|Elesh Norn||15||27||26||1||View Decks|
|Invasion of Gobakhan||17||52||46||6||View Decks|
|Boon-Bringer Valkyrie||8||13||0||13||View Decks|
|Guardian of Ghirapur||7||23||23||0||View Decks|
|Progenitor Exarch||5||15||15||0||View Decks|
|Elspeth's Smite||4||11||0||11||View Decks|
|Invasion of Dominaria||4||8||8||0||View Decks|
3. Red Deck Wins
As a counterpoint to midrange decks, we have a classic archetype present across all formats: Mono-red. This archetype has found the essential staples it needs to once again become one of the top tiers in the metagame: bloodfeather phoenix and invasion of regatha.
The Phoenix gives us a form of recursion and the potential to make a comeback after mass removal, while Regatha is a great burn spell that can be aimed directly at our opponent's faces, with the upside of being a card we can transform later.
The other key card in the archetype is Nahiri's Warcrafting, which provides us with efficient removal, coupled with a solid card advantage.
Regarding the sideboard, the standout card is once again Lithomantic Barrage, which needs no further introduction: it's an absolute nightmare for blue and white decks.
Most Played Cards In Mono-Red Aggro
|Bloodfeather Phoenix||43||151||147||4||View Decks|
|Invasion of Regatha||42||153||151||2||View Decks|
|Lithomantic Barrage||38||125||0||125||View Decks|
|Nahiri's Warcrafting||47||105||52||53||View Decks|
|Khenra Spellspear||19||68||65||3||View Decks|
|Rampaging Raptor||11||34||34||0||View Decks|
|Wrenn's Resolve||7||18||16||2||View Decks|
|Invasion of Tarkir||6||22||18||4||View Decks|
|Sword of Once and Future||5||9||8||1||View Decks|
4. Rakdos Midrange
Throughout this initial week, Rakdos Midrange has stepped down from its top-tier deck position, but it remains firmly within the tier one rankings of the format. In this case, it has found fewer reinforcements for the main deck than other archetypes have.
The card that has made the most significant impact in the game is none other than Chandra, Hope's Beacon, accompanied by the now ever-present Lithomantic Barrage in the sideboard.
It's also quite interesting to see how Glistening Deluge has made its way into the sideboards of numerous builds as an effective mass removal option against aggro/token decks.
Most Played Cards In Rakdos Midrange
|Lithomantic Barrage||31||59||0||59||View Decks|
|Chandra, Hope's Beacon||41||79||68||11||View Decks|
|Glistening Deluge||17||40||2||38||View Decks|
|Volcanic Spite||9||19||19||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Azgol||7||15||15||0||View Decks|
|Pile On||10||14||7||7||View Decks|
|Invasion of Karsus||8||11||6||5||View Decks|
|Invasion of Tarkir||3||8||8||0||View Decks|
|Archpriest of Shadows||2||5||5||0||View Decks|
5. Rakdos Atraxa
As expected, there are also decks featuring Atraxa, the card that has become ubiquitous in a variety of formats from Legacy to Standard gracing all kinds of reanimator, creativity, transmogrify, and similar decks.
Rakdos Atraxa (also known as Rakdos Reanimator) has also been impacted by March of the Machine, featuring cards like Etali, Primal Conqueror and Volcanic Spite.
Etali serves as an excellent reanimator target, capable of swiftly securing victory single-handedly, while Volcanic Spite offers valuable spot removal capabilities, further enhancing our draw filtering process.
And, of course, they're incorporating Lithomantic Barrage into their sideboard - the go-to addition for red decks ;)
Most Played Cards In Rakdos Atraxa
|Etali, Primal Conqueror||18||34||34||0||View Decks|
|Lithomantic Barrage||16||49||0||49||View Decks|
|Volcanic Spite||11||32||32||0||View Decks|
|Kroxa and Kunoros||10||19||19||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Tarkir||4||15||15||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Azgol||4||4||4||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Fiora||3||3||3||0||View Decks|
|Glistening Deluge||3||4||0||4||View Decks|
|Breach the Multiverse||1||2||0||2||View Decks|
|Archpriest of Shadows||1||1||1||0||View Decks|
6. Grixis Midrange
The third top-tier black midrange deck in the current Standard is Grixis Midrange. Numerous versions are including cards such as Chandra, Hope's Beacon and Invasion of Amonkhet into their main decks.
Both cards offer card advantage, with Chandra being particularly good at it. And the ability to "reanimate" an opponent's Atraxa makes Invasion of Amonkhet truly captivating.
In addition to the classic Grixis Midrange, a new deck has emerged that combinesHidetsugu and Kairi with Explosive Singularity, which we've categorized as a distinct archetype: Grixis Singularity.
Most Played Cards In Grixis Midrange
|Lithomantic Barrage||17||35||0||35||View Decks|
|Chandra, Hope's Beacon||17||25||22||3||View Decks|
|Invasion of Amonkhet||11||37||36||1||View Decks|
|Hidetsugu and Kairi||5||8||8||0||View Decks|
|Etali, Primal Conqueror||5||10||9||1||View Decks|
|Invasion of Tarkir||4||15||15||0||View Decks|
|Nahiri's Warcrafting||3||7||7||0||View Decks|
|Faerie Mastermind||2||4||4||0||View Decks|
|Change the Equation||2||2||0||2||View Decks|
7. Domain Control
This deck is designed to fully capitalize on Battles and multicolor, pushing its potential to the limit. In upcoming articles, we'll delve deeper into it. For now, it's important to note that one of the key cards from the new set in this deck is Invasion of Alara.
With the assistance of all the tricolor lands from previous sets, it becomes incredibly easy to play and get the most out of it.
Most Played Cards In Domain Control
|Invasion of Alara||22||75||75||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Tolvada||12||23||23||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Ergamon||7||21||21||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Shandalar||9||9||6||3||View Decks|
|Invasion of New Phyrexia||6||11||11||0||View Decks|
|Herbology Instructor||6||17||0||17||View Decks|
|Etali, Primal Conqueror||6||8||3||5||View Decks|
|Kogla and Yidaro||4||4||0||4||View Decks|
|Quintorius, Loremaster||4||4||0||4||View Decks|
8. Mono Green
At last, another mono-colored deck. In this instance, we witness what we've all anticipated since the set spoilers started rolling out: Polukranos Reborn is an absolute juggernaut.
Combined with Doomskar Warrior and Tribute to the World Tree, it creates an intriguing deck that adds a refreshing twist to Mono Green in Standard.
Most Played Cards In Mono-Green
|Polukranos Reborn||25||73||72||1||View Decks|
|Doomskar Warrior||22||77||77||0||View Decks|
|Tribute to the World Tree||17||54||53||1||View Decks|
|Ozolith, the Shattered Spire||10||13||13||0||View Decks|
|Cosmic Hunger||10||23||10||13||View Decks|
|Sandstalker Moloch||6||14||0||14||View Decks|
|Atraxa's Fall||6||12||0||12||View Decks|
|Deeproot Wayfinder||4||16||16||0||View Decks|
|Streetwise Negotiator||3||10||10||0||View Decks|
9. Mono Black
Mono Black, which was once the dominant deck in the early days following the release of ONE, has gained two significant cards with March of the Machines: Sheoldred and Grafted Butcher.
Despite this, it is currently not one of the top decks in the format, mainly due to the presence of Surge of Salvation in sideboards.
Most Played Cards In Mono-Black
|Grafted Butcher||6||24||24||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Fiora||7||11||8||3||View Decks|
|Glistening Deluge||3||7||0||7||View Decks|
|Terror of Towashi||1||2||2||0||View Decks|
|Deadly Derision||1||2||2||0||View Decks|
|Invasion of Innistrad||2||3||2||1||View Decks|
|Pile On||2||3||1||2||View Decks|
|Bloated Processor||1||4||4||0||View Decks|
|Ichor Drinker||1||4||4||0||View Decks|
10. Mono Blue Tempo
Mono Blue Tempo continues to be one of the most affordable decks to play in Magic the Gathering, yet it has received virtually no fresh cards from the latest set, save for Moment of Truth, which has found its place in the main deck.
Most Played Cards In Mono-Blue Tempo
|Moment of Truth||3||10||10||0||View Decks|
|Assimilate Essence||2||4||4||0||View Decks|
|Faerie Mastermind||1||4||4||0||View Decks|
|Chrome Host Seedshark||2||3||2||1||View Decks|
|Change the Equation||1||2||0||2||View Decks|
|Meeting of Minds||1||2||2||0||View Decks|
I hope that this analysis of the impact of the set will help you to fine-tune your decks with the new cards. And If you think we have missed any key archetype, let us know in the comments, and I will try to include the analysis ASAP.
Until next time!
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Published: 2023-04-25 17:33:28