My Two Picks For Week 1 Of Innistrad: Crimson Vow Standard Are…

Todd Anderson sees two creatures rising above the rest of Innistrad: Crimson Vow for Standard. What has he built around these powerful MTG cards?

Syncopate, illustrated by Marta Nael

Innistrad: Crimson Vow is here and with it come a ton of new Standard decks. The completion of the slowland cycle has opened up the door for three-color decks to jump into the mix. Some cool reprints and a few handy new cards have revamped aggro decks in various ways. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is particularly clutch, acting as an early threat that disrupts Izzet but also is surprisingly good against Mono-Green Aggro❄ due to their low actual creature count. Regardless, Innistrad: Crimson Vow is shaking up Standard, and today's article will detail my two picks for Week 1 decks. Let's get started.

Fly Away New Dragon

Izzet in all forms has been on my mind for the last few months. I had a blast brewing Divide by Zero decks when Innistrad: Midnight Hunt first came out. Izzet Dragons ultimately shaped the rest of the metagame, and even took down Magic World Championship XXVII in the hands of Yuta Takahashi. The modal spells give you a lot of flexibility, and the raw power of Alrund's Epiphany helps keep interactive midrange in check. Over time, the deck took many forms, some going harder on aggressive elements with Goldspan Dragon, while others chose almost full control with Lier, Disciple of the Drowned. Both are great against different expected opponents, but could Innistrad: Crimson Vow give us another build?

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