Play Whatever You Want

Are you a Quiet Speculation member?

If not, now is a perfect time to join up! Our powerful tools, breaking-news analysis, and exclusive Discord channel will make sure you stay up to date and ahead of the curve.

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.

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.

Avatar photo

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 and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

View More By Corbin Hosler

Posted in Feature, FreeTagged

Have you joined the Quiet Speculation Discord?

If you haven't, you're leaving value on the table! Join our community of experts, enthusiasts, entertainers, and educators and enjoy exclusive podcasts, questions asked and answered, trades, sales, and everything else Discord has to offer.

Want to create content with Quiet Speculation?

All you need to succeed is a passion for Magic: The Gathering, and the ability to write coherently. Share your knowledge of MTG and how you leverage it to win games, get value from your cards – or even turn a profit.

Join the conversation

Want Prices?

Browse thousands of prices with the first and most comprehensive MTG Finance tool around.

Trader Tools lists both buylist and retail prices for every MTG card, going back a decade.

Quiet Speculation