Velomachus Lorehold
20, Jul, 21

Unlikely Strixhaven Card Making A Splash In Standard 2022

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The new Standard 2022 metagame is a really fun place. There’s a lot of diversity in the decks that you’ll see on the ladder, and there’s a good amount of decks represented in Tournament finishes. New decks are constantly popping up all the time, and today, we’re going to look at 2 really spicy ones that utilize a very unlikely card from Strixhaven.

Both of these decks have hit Mythic on the ladder, and the card that’s being used here is Codie, Vociferous Codex. The Strixhaven artifact creature hasn’t seen any play in nearly any format except commander, but this new standard format is opening the door for this card to see some love! The first deck that we have is Mardu Codie, by Daniel Bitel

This deck looks to play a midrange style game with cards like Goldspan Dragon, Starheim Unleashed and Lorehold Command. It then closes the game out using Velomachus Lorehold. Codie comes in with the Learn board, where we can find Mascot Exhibition, cast that and spin into some other great spells. One thing to note here, is that the deck plays 1 Xanathar, Guild Kingpin and Return Upon the Tide to reanimate it. I’d imagine that this is a really cheeky strategy. Yes it can help us continue our game plan by not allowing our opponents to respond to what we’re doing, but we have to untap with it. I think this more so opens up additional lines of play with Burning-Rune Demon.

Daniel ended up getting top 100 with this list, so definitely give this one a try!

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The second list here is Jeskai Codie by ZeroisEven over on Twitter. This deck is a bit more on the control side of decks. Some of the same cards that were in the Mardu deck are here, Lorehold Command, Velomachus Lorehold, Starheim Unleashed. Where this differs is that we get to play some more control elements, like Rip Apart and Prismari Command. Our finish here is definitely more focused on Velomachus and Alrund’s Epiphany.

This is also another deck that’s Mythic viable, and if you look through the Twitter thread, Zero shows some of the screenshots from their games to show what the deck is capable of.

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If you’re looking for a new spicy deck to play in the Standard 2022 queues, definitely look at these and give them a shot. They’re both super fun to play and feel pretty powerful.

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