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Wizards of the Coast recently announced that they would introduce something called a Challenger deck to help new players play Standard at Friday Night Magic or other store events.
Challenger decks replace the Event decks that served the same purpose until they were discontinued. Clearly a playable deck for Standard events is something that helps people get involved in store play, so we see the old Event decks given a new name and some polish.
But is there any substance? Turns out there is. Here’s one of the four deck lists:
Click the picture to go the the official website and view all the cards. They didn’t mess about with this deck. The previous Event decks avoided mythics until their final iteration. Here, we have two playable in-demand mythics waiting for us in the box – Chandra, Torch of Defiance, and Hazoret the Fervent.
It’s the same story in the other three decks. A pair of mythics, and as many rares as are needed to round out the product.
Four decks gives a decent mix and allows players to choose something that suits their preferred style of play. The Challenger decks will release in April but don’t contain cards from the upcoming Dominaria set. This means the decks are known to be effective in Standard and don’t require the people at Wizards to foresee what will be Standard playable.
An early April release means these decks will be Standard legal for almost 6 months post-release. At this point many of the cards will rotate. Hopefully these decks will sell well (their MSRP is roughly one-third of the cost of acquiring the cards individually at the time of writing this), and also fulfil their purpose of encouraging greater attendance at Standard events, which has been on the wane for a number of reasons.