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I'll just come out and say it: I've never seen a Standard format this good.

I've been playing since Shards of Alara, and there have been a few good Standard formats in that time. But nothing comes close to what we have today.

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Not needed. Who needs Planeswalkers when you have Riddle of Lightning?

Think about it. The decks that highlighted the Pro Tour, Jeskai and Abzhan? Still present, but just another piece of the metagame. We've seen every color combination and a mix of aggro, control and even combo. That's as good as it gets.

Well, except for maybe playing Mindswipe in Standard. And doing well with it.

That's the deck I want to highlight today. Piloted and designed by Mikael Magnusson, this blue-red concoction has all the sweetest cards in it, and he piloted it to great success at Grand Prix Stockholm last week, something that flew a little under the radar here in the States. I highly suggest checking out the tech deck here.

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Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at QuietSpeculation.com and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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