Insider: Interviews with LSV, Ari Lax and Alan Comer (LIVE From PTBFZ)

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It's not every day you get to chat with some of the best Magic players around, but today's not just "every day", it's Pro Tour Friday! I've composed a suite of 5 short questions that Pros can quickly answer in between rounds, which I think will give us a great snapshot of what the best of the best are thinking coming into this weekend.  Here's a run-down of what they said*.

First, what's your favorite BFZ card and why?

Luis Scott-Vargas: Bring to Light leads to a lot of interesting decisions and fun play experiences. You get to play lots of 1-ofs

Ari Lax: Woodland Wanderer - he's the biggest greenest guy.

Alan Comer: Roil Mage - He looks like fun!

What card do you hope you don't have to play against this weekend?

LSV: Deathmist Raptor - It's a good threat, good against my deck.

Ari: Ruination Guide - if Isee it, that means we didn't evaluate it right.

Alan: Atarka's Command - By the time they cast it, something bad is happening.

Are there any cards that surprised you or your team in testing, either by over- or under-performing?

LSV: Siege Rhino underperforming, much worse with the loss of Thoughtseize.

Ari: Ruinous Path is shockingly mediocre

Alan: we'll talk tomorrow 🙂 every card that costs more than 3 underperformed. The format is just TOO fast.

What's the best card no-one's playing?

LSV: Rally the Ancestors - The Rally deck is actually good, it feels like its underplayed compared to power level.

In a few words, what is the key to BFZ Standard?

LSV: Playing to a board. Building creatures, developing position. Combat & removal.

Ari: mana bases, how you utilize the tangos. These are the best mana bases since Vivid/Reflecting Pool, its about determining how you want to approach the interaction with battle lands. You can stretch your mana to play 4 colors in Jacekai, perfect 2 color in GW, 3 color shards can do all untapped. using off color fetches to get tangos . Remember that Flooded Strand can't fetch a red dual.

You can expect many more of these throughout the weekend as we continue our live on-site coverage of Pro Tour: Battle for Zendikar, only for QS Insiders!


* These are paraphrased answers, not exact quotes, but they accurately represent what was said!

Douglas Linn

Doug Linn has been playing Magic since 1996 and has had a keen interest in Legacy and Modern. By keeping up closely with emerging trends in the field, Doug is able to predict what cards to buy and when to sell them for a substantial profit. Since the Eternal market follows a routine boom-bust cycle, the time to buy and sell short-term speculative investments is often a narrow window. Because Eternal cards often spike in value once people know why they are good, it is essential for a trader to be connected to the format to get great buys before anyone else. Outside of Magic, Doug is an attorney in the state of Ohio.  Doug is a founding member of Quiet Speculation, and brings with him a tremendous amount of business savvy.

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