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2020 Challenger decks revealed.

These look like being the best Challenger decks yet. We’re only in the third year of these, but it seems that Wizards has learned the lessons of last year’s rather lacklustre offering.

2020 Challenger decks

The Challenger deck series is designed to provide a jumping-in point to Standard, which remains Magic’s most popular competitive format.

Every year in October, Standard has ‘rotation’ where older sets leave the format. The impact of rotation on a product like Challenger decks is that they only have a 6-month shelf life if the decks are based around older cards in Standard.

In some ways this is out of Wizards direct control, since the Challenger decks are based around competitive archetypes in late November/ early December.

This year Throne of Eldraine provided a lot of the basis for these decks as the set contains so many powerful cards. Here’s one example decklist:

While some of the cards in the list will rotate come October, the core of the list will remain in Standard, meaning this box will still be decent value in six months time.

You can see all the Challenger decks lists on the Wizards website, and they are available from 3 April.

5 comments on “2020 Challenger decks revealed.

  1. Bookstooge
    February 18, 2020

    While I don’t plan on getting any of these, I am glad to see that 2 of them have a Fabled Passage. That card’s price point is ridiculous…

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    • davekay
      February 18, 2020

      Amazing how much more expensive Evolving Wilds with an upside turned out to be. I have preordered 3 of these, all except the Jeskai deck

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      • Bookstooge
        February 18, 2020

        I blame the higher price on it being in a “rare” slot AND the creation of Pioneer. Very few land fixers so any card will go up. I was complaining when it was at $10 though, so I doubt I’ll ever NOT complain about it 🙂

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      • davekay
        February 18, 2020

        Yes with the demand from Standard and Pioneer not going away, I don’t see this reprint reducing the price below $10

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      • Bookstooge
        February 19, 2020

        Can you believe us? Talking about a $10 Evolving Wilds. What is the world coming to?

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