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Concubines were sacrificed in China to be eternal companions; certain Indian sects required human sacrifices. Ritual sacrifice is described in the Bible, Greek mythology and the Norse sagas, and the Romans accused many of the people they conquered of engaging in ritual sacrifice, but the evidence was thin. A recent accumulation of archaeological findings from around the world shows that it was surprisingly common for people to ritually kill—and sometimes eat—other people.
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Last year's mono red entry to the challenger decks was by far the most popular, giving players access to a Hazoret and a Chandra, Torch of Defiance. And whilst this years entry doesn't quite have the same hype about value, it actually more closely resembles a fully competitive deck. At least the main deck, anyway. The pros of this deck are similar to the United Assault deck discussed earlier.
It's aggressive, mono-coloured, and punishes slow decks, and it has a lot of reach that the mono white deck doesn't with 32 points of damage at instant speed, incidental damage on creatures like Viashino Pyromancer and Goblin Chainwhirler add to that and you can win a game of Magic without event attacking.
Anyone who's seen Runaway Steam-Kin and Experimental Frenzy on the same board can attest to how much reach this deck has. The cons are that you aren't quite is quick as the mono white deck, and a lot of your opponents will have life gain in their main deck and even more in their sideboard. Your opponent gaining 9 or 12 life in a game makes little difference to the go wide strategy of mono white, it probably amounts to 1 more turn of attacking, whereas it takes much longer to recuperate that tempo loss in mono red.
Also the sideboard is a shambles and it looks like they stuck 15 cards in as placeholders and forgot to change them. Top tips for improving the deck: 2 Experimental Frenzy , 2 Treasure Map for the sideboard. But the most important thing, honestly, is completely rebuilding the sideboard. Budget tips for improving the deck: Light Up the Stage is incredibly powerful and I've seen lists that run them instead of Frenzy alongside a Risk Factor or two.
This deck. So let me start out that whilst the most played deck in the format by statistics is Sultai black, blue and green aggro, and of the two ways that I've seen this list built, most have one single blue card in the main, 3 or 4 Hydroid Krasis, and has some blue support from the sideboard. The rest of the deck looks incredibly similar to this list and the shell is certainly almost identical.
The pros are that you have so much staying power and card selection. The Jadelight Ranger, Merfolk Brachwalker, Wildgrowth Walker package can take over games on their own, especially against aggressive strategies. Also it comes with a shock land. The cons are that this shell has been proven now to work best in the Sultai package. And upgrading this deck to become the Sultai deck is going to take a lot of your hard earned cash.
Hydroid Krasis and a whole host of land that enable you to be in three colours Breeding Pool, Hinterland Harbor etc are some of the more expensive cards in standard. And whilst this deck is not a bad deck, and I fully expect that a player could win an FNM with it, it seems to be need more money invested in it than the others to make it truly top tier. Top tips for improving the deck: 2 Jadelight Ranger and 2 Vraska's Contempt.
This deck is the one that will sell out first everywhere. Does that mean that this is the best deck out of the box, though?
Well, the answer is yes and no, and it completely depends on what you want from your sealed product. A lot of the discussion is going to around the Arclight Phoenix, a card that is currently being played heavily in eternal formats.
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If you're looking for a deck to play at your local game store on a Friday night in standard then I would say that the other decks would be better. Firstly because the deck complexity is much higher in this than the others, and it is a product aimed at players who don't have competitive decks. Secondly because, similar to the discussion on the Deadly Discovery deck, it will take a lot of cash to upgrade the deck at the time of writing because if you want to play a Phoenix deck you need 4 of them.
Their value is definitely going to come down a little, but don't be surprised if it doesn't stay there for too long after these products sell out.