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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.
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.