Best blue cards in standard?

  • #1
    I've got the funniest feeling that blue is going to be real good soon. I want to snatch up all the good blue cards in standard right now while they're so cheap. If my hunch is correct, I will have a bunch of cards to make good standard decks when blue gets good in a few months. If my hunch is not, I will have a bunch of blue cards to throw in casual decks and play my friends.

    Blue cards I've already got:
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    4 Sphinx of Jwar Isle
    4 Sphinx of Lost Truths
    4 Inkwell Leviathan
    4 Lullmage Mentor
    2 Merfolk Sovereign


    I know I want to buy my last 2 Merfolk Sovereign, and I want to get 4 mind spring but aside from these, I'm drawing a blank on what to get.

    Here's hoping merfolk get as good as I hope in standard!
  • #2
    Shinx of Jwar Isle will go up, for sure even if blue only gets a little better. I dont know about the rest.
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  • #4
    Lorthos, the tide maker i doubt he would see play but he's cool.

    Cancel can't get enough cancel... or so WOTC thinks reprinting it in every set.

    Jace, both versions are worth getting... when WWK comes out.

    archive trap
    mindbreak trap
    are good cards

    don't forget rite of replication if kicked on a lullmage... well its awesome...

    cosi's trickster could be a future bomb.
    archmage ascension may be good but i fail to see how...
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  • #5
    The two big sphinxes from zendikar will probably go up, i'm planning on trading for a bunch more whenever i can.
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    These won't be good until "Lights" comes out, at which point they'll rotate, so..



    I had this pegged to go up, I was expecting Worldwake to have some kind of Storm mechanic, but seeing as we know it's Multikicker, I'm not so sure.

    And Sphinx of Jwar Isle is definitely a safe bet. I bought an extra playset off eBay just for trade fodder, because I know they're underpriced at the moment. They'll easily climb up a good $5-10 when Blue decks are more prevalent.
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  • #7
    Quote from Moruk

    And Sphinx of Jwar Isle is definitely a safe bet. I bought an extra playset off eBay just for trade fodder, because I know they're underpriced at the moment. They'll easily climb up a good $5-10 when Blue decks are more prevalent.


    Or, they won't. Cause you know, precons and such.
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  • #8
    Quote from Tokwana
    Or, they won't. Cause you know, precons and such.

    The precon would climb in price too. Say hello Rat's nest.
  • #9
    How about, you know, Jace?
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  • #10
    I've said it before, I'll say it again. Blue's agressive, low-cost fliers are champs. We have enough parts already that a smooth curve is available, pretty much, and they evade earthquake, forcing opponents to stock AOE burn that can't kill sphinxes. Blue's finishers are also pretty boss, and there's enough bounce and relevant counters to make blue attractive once the cardpool grows some.

    My votes are thus for Umara Raptor and Welkin Tern, and quite possibly also Windrider Eel.

    Yeah, I know that people complain about blue often, such as "I don't play blue to play beatdown decks.", but seriously. Evasion plus what's shaping up to be solid interference? It looks pretty sweet.
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  • #11
    Aside from what has been listed, I think Twincast and Mindbreak Trap have potential, the latter more b/c it has the ability to counter uncounterable spells.

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  • #12
    Telemin performance too often brings up junk. It's not reliable enough for its cost. I mean, it'll mill out creatureless decks, but there aren't enough of them for it to be a concern yet.
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  • #13
    Quote from Powerslave995
    The precon would climb in price too. Say hello Rat's nest.


    Are you seriously comparing Sphinx to Jitte?
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  • #14
    Quote from llamatron2k
    Yeah, I know that people complain about blue often, such as "I don't play blue to play beatdown decks.", but seriously. Evasion plus what's shaping up to be solid interference? It looks pretty sweet.


    Except evasion isn't very good in this environment, since most of your opponent's creatures will be bigger and thus can easily race you.
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  • #15
    Strange nobody has mentioned Flashfreeze yet. It's pretty powerful imo.

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  • #16
    Well its not just blue but Wall of Denial is a fantastic card and will only go up in price after you know what comes out.

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  • #17
    Living Tsunami, when paired with landfall tricks, seems like it has big potential...it is never brought up much, either.
  • #18
    Quote from Tokwana
    Are you seriously comparing Sphinx to Jitte?


    His point was that "Omg it's in a precon" doesn't mean the prices won't rise. SoJI is a fantastic card, and is dramatically underpriced because of the meta. To be fair, it's risen a little closer to where it should be recently, but it's still underpriced. You could pick them up for $1-2 after Zendikar released.
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  • #19
    Quote from Moruk
    His point was that "Omg it's in a precon" doesn't mean the prices won't rise. SoJI is a fantastic card, and is dramatically underpriced because of the meta. To be fair, it's risen a little closer to where it should be recently, but it's still underpriced. You could pick them up for $1-2 after Zendikar released.


    I would not call it fantastic, and I play it. Jitte drove up the precon price because it was worth more than the precon it was in. Sphinx, however, is at best a 6$ card, and that is generous.

    The game had far fewer players back then and Limited during Kamigawa was not a favorite. This is a new era with more product printed, opened, and ultimately distributed among players. This helps keep the supply equal to the demand of such card like Sphinx of Jwar Isle. This is why Baneslayer's price jumped after the release of ZEN, people stopped opening as much M10, decreasing supply and driving up the price.
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  • #20
    TIME WARP

    This is my blue MVP for my turbo-fog/"Jacerator" deck. I'm shocked that no one has mentioned this one yet. Twincast combos well with Archive Trap but even better with Time Warp.

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  • #21
    Jace Beleren and Sphinx of Jwar Isle are tied for my pick as best overall Blue card in Standard right now.


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  • #22
    Quote from Tokwana
    I would not call it fantastic, and I play it. Jitte drove up the precon price because it was worth more than the precon it was in. Sphinx, however, is at best a 6$ card, and that is generous.

    The game had far fewer players back then and Limited during Kamigawa was not a favorite. This is a new era with more product printed, opened, and ultimately distributed among players. This helps keep the supply equal to the demand of such card like Sphinx of Jwar Isle. This is why Baneslayer's price jumped after the release of ZEN, people stopped opening as much M10, decreasing supply and driving up the price.


    ...which is exactly what will happen when people stop opening Zendikar packs when RoE/M11/"Lights" come out (Assuming SoJI isn't in M11). Hence me saying the price of SoJI will rise when Blue decks become more popular.
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  • #23
    also, wasn't Malakir Bloodwitch worth a decent amount for a little while?
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  • #24
    Quote from llamatron2k
    I've said it before, I'll say it again. Blue's agressive, low-cost fliers are champs. We have enough parts already that a smooth curve is available, pretty much, and they evade earthquake, forcing opponents to stock AOE burn that can't kill sphinxes. Blue's finishers are also pretty boss, and there's enough bounce and relevant counters to make blue attractive once the cardpool grows some.

    My votes are thus for Umara Raptor and Welkin Tern, and quite possibly also Windrider Eel.

    Yeah, I know that people complain about blue often, such as "I don't play blue to play beatdown decks.", but seriously. Evasion plus what's shaping up to be solid interference? It looks pretty sweet.


    hey, there are some big and cheap blue beaters besides Jwar Jwar Sphinx...

    Zendikar has Living Tsunami, while M10 offers that 3/4 illusion...

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  • #25
    Best Blue in Standard now should be Flashfreeze, never been happier to see one in my hand against Jund.

    Also Malakir is like worth $2 now. How is that possible ? Should i pick up more playset ?
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